Biking: San Luis Obispo County - Guided Multi-Day
Overview - San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Guided Bike Tour
Located south of Big Sur, San Luis Obispo County has a diverse offering of breathtaking coastal scenery, marine wildlife viewing, beaches and wine country within a relatively small and manageable area. A series of small towns along the coast in northern SLO County make the area an ideal cycling destination for families or more casual cyclists looking to keep daily mileages short, but still have a lot of options to explore. The Edna Valley wine country in southern SLO County also beckons. Some itineraries below also extand into the wine country of the Santa Ynez Valley in northern Santa Barbara County.
***ALL CENTRAL COAST OUTDOORS BIKE TOURS ARE PRIVATE***
"We had a great trip with John. I couldn’t have been happier about how it all came together. Booking was easy, bikes were great, we enjoyed the routes John suggested, picnic was lovely. Wish we had John every weekend to help our family bike together."Sue Butzo San Jose, CA
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- Suggested Itineraries
- Traffic, Road Conditions and Terrain
- Overview Map
- Start and End Tour Transportation
- Climate Information
All of the itineraries below are flexible. Many can be done in fewer or more days. Layover days can be added along the way. Options to add miles and hills on most days day of the San Luis Obispo County bike tour itineraries below make this a great area for groups of mixed abilities. Casual cyclists can ride point to point while stronger cyclists can tack on extra miles on the optional rides.
RAGGED POINT TO PISMO BEACH - 3 DAYS
74 Total Miles / Daily Average = 25 Miles / Daily Range = 22-30 Miles
This is a relaxed itinerary that focuses on the scenic coastal areas of SLO County, staying in seaside towns for the entire tour. The last day includes an option to cycle through the Edna Valley wine country just south of SLO if you want to weave in some wine country cycling as well.
CAMBRIA, SLO AND SANTA YNEZ VALLEY - 4 DAYS
82 (or more) Total Miles / Daily Average = 20-40 Miles / Daily Range = 20-40 Miles
One of our most popular guided itineraries. This tour cherry picks the best of the cycling in SLO County and northern Santa Barbara County. It's a delightful combination of coast and wine country and is highly flexible. It's a great tour for groups of mixed abilities. Many groups elect to add a day of kayaking and hiking between Cambria/Cayucos and SLO as well. Adding an extra day in the Santa Ynez Valley is also possible.
We have three levels of service and pricing for our guided bike tours. The pricing on our most popular levels is a base daily rate for the whole group based on size of support vehicle needed multiplied by number of days for the tour plus added cost for providing bikes and/or lunch. You typically book your own accommodations (we provide recommendations) and are responsible for all or most of your meals (we also provide recommendations). We can also do fully inclusive tours. Please click on the links below (or just call us!) to read more about our different service levels and to see what daily rates might be like for your tour.
Summary of Levels of Service
- Guided - Vehicle Support Only - Best if you have your own bikes.
- Guided - Vehicle Support Plus Bikes and/or Lunch - Our most popular option. Best for groups of 2-6 people without their own bikes. We'll supply accommodations recommendations.
- Guided - All Inclusive - Hassle free. Includes vehicle support, bikes, meals, accommodations. Best for larger groups.
We also offer Self Guided Multi-Day bike tours down the coast and in wine country.
Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire (Start the booking process)
Once you've reviewed itinerary options and have an idea of a level of service you'd like, the best way to start the process of booking a tour and getting a firm price quote for your group and itinerary is to fill out the Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire. You can always give us a call at 805.528.1080 as well. Remember - all our bike tours are private! But we think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the modest cost of a private bike tour with us.
Most of the groups that do guided multi-day bike tours with us book their own accommodations based on our recommendations. The cost and availability of accommodations can vary considerably and are influenced by location, high season vs. low season rates, and weekend vs. weekday rates. The best way to get a sense for what accommodations for your tour might cost is to first choose a specific itinerary and dates and ask us to email you our lists of recommended accommodations for each stop along the way. Then you can check availability and rates for your specific dates. Most budget hotel accommodations are in the $70-150 per night range. Mid range accommodations are typically between $150-300 per night. High end accommodations can cost much more than that. Some places, may sell out months in advance during the busy summer season or other holiday times, and/or may require two nights stays on certain busy weekends. The farther in advance you plan your bike tour, the better chance you have to get the accommodations you want at each stop along the way. Virtually all accommodations we recommend have websites where you can check availability and book rooms.
Traffic for most San Luis Obispo County bike tour routes is variable. Many stretches are on remote roads that have little to no traffic. Some of the cycling route is often on Highway One which has differing traffic volumes on different portions. Highway One also has highly variable shoulders with some stretches that have little to no shoulder. The stretches of Highway One with little to no shoulder can often be shuttled over or minimized, depending on the itinerary. Cyclists doing a SLO County bike tour should be comfortable riding with traffic for certain shorter portions of the tour.
The terrain for SLO County bike tour routes is variable, but less challenging than the riding along the Big Sur coast to the north. Most days will have some combination of relatively level riding mixed with a few sections of hillier riding. There are often ways to avoid cycling some of the larger hills. If you like riding hills, many of the optional rides are quite hilly.
San Luis Obispo Area
San Luis Obispo has a regional airport (SBP) quite near town, although it is smaller and currently served by only two airlines (United and US Air). There are non-stop flights to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix. San Luis Obispo is also well served by Amtrak and has several trains/buses per day north toward the San Francisco Bay Area and south toward Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Many people assume you can rent a car in most of the towns in SLO County, but this is not the case. There are no places to rent cars along the northern SLO County coast (i.e. Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay) until you get to the town of SLO itself, where most major national car rental companies are represented.