Self Guided Multi-Day Bike: Coast - Ragged Point Starts

Overview - Ragged Point Starts - Self Guided Bike Tour

Starting your California coast self guided cycling tour in Ragged Point (20 miles north of Cambria in northern San Luis Obispo County, perched on the very southern end of the Big Sur coast) avoids the big hills and other potential challenges of the Big Sur coast, but still yields some very impressive coastal cycling. Pedaling through diverse San Luis Obispo County, you'll pass by Hearst Castle, elephants seals and beaches galore. Picturesque coastal towns such as Cayucos and Morro Bay offer ocean activities like surfing and kayaking. Lightly trafficked inland valleys await as well. Just south of the town of San Luis Obispo (SLO) the scenic wine country of the Edna Valley beckons.

If you continue south past SLO County, the rich agricultural and winery areas of Santa Barbara County beckon, as well as the palm tree lined waterfront of Santa Barbara itself. Iconic surf spots line the route south from Santa Barbara to the Malibu coast and the traditional end of the long version of the tour at Santa Monica Pier.

***ALL CENTRAL COAST OUTDOORS SELF GUIDED BIKE TOURS ARE PRIVATE***

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Ragged Point to San Luis Obispo (SLO) (61-95 miles, 2-6+ days). LEARN MORE...

Ragged Point to Solvang (142 miles, 2-6+ days). LEARN MORE...

Ragged Point to Santa Barbara (194 miles, 2-7+ days). LEARN MORE...

Ragged Point to Santa Monica/LA (281 miles, 3-7+ days). LEARN MORE...

Accommodations, Traffic, Terrain, Meeting Times, Transportation. LEARN MORE...

How This Works and WHAT IS INCLUDED IN PRICES. LEARN MORE...

 

 

Ragged Point to San Luis Obispo (SLO) - 61-95 Total Miles

# Days Average Daily Mileage Daily Mileage Range Itinerary Solo cost (per person) 2 ppl cost (per person) 3 ppl cost (per person 4+ ppl cost (per person) Daily Luggage Delivery Cost**
2 31 22-39 Pdf File $385 $275 $240 $230 $50
3 v1 30 22-39 Pdf File $405 $295 $260 $250 $75
3 v2 19 15-22 Pdf File $405 $295 $260 $250 $125
4 v1 25 15-30 Pdf File $425 $315 $280 $270 $200
4 v2 25 20-30 Pdf File $425 $315 $280 $270 $200
5 v1 25 20-30 Pdf File $445 $335 $300 $290 $275
5 v2 25 20-30 Pdf File $445 $335 $300 $290 $275
6+     Inquire          

*Rates above are per person per itinerary and do not include accommodations or food.

**Daily luggage delivery is available for these itineraries for an extra cost. Cost is for the whole itinerary (not per day) for the whole group (not per person). Adding layover days at start or end of tour may increase cost of luggage delivery.

***Cost to add a layover day is $20 per person/bike per day. Adding layover days at start or end of tour may also increase cost of luggage delivery.

**GET THE PROCESS STARTED - Submit a Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire.**

 

 

Ragged Point to Solvang - 142 Total Miles

# Days Average Daily Mileage Daily Mileage Range Itinerary Solo cost (per person) 2 ppl cost (per person) 3 ppl cost (per person 4+ ppl cost (per person) Daily Luggage Delivery Cost
2 71 61-81 Inquire $515 $340 $260 $250 $50
3 47 30-68 Inquire $535 $360 $280 $270 $100
4 36 22-43 Pdf File $555 $380 $300 $290 $200
5 28 22-38 Inquire $575 $400 $320 $310 $225
6+     Inquire          

*Rates above are per person per itinerary and do not include accommodations or food.

**Daily luggage delivery is available for these itineraries for an extra cost. Cost is for the whole itinerary (not per day) for the whole group (not per person). Adding layover days at start or end of tour may increase cost of luggage delivery.

***Cost to add a layover day is $20 per person/bike per day. Adding layover days at start or end of tour may also increase cost of luggage delivery.

**GET THE PROCESS STARTED - Submit a Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire.**

 

Ragged Point to Santa Barbara - 194 Total Miles

# Days Average Daily Mileage Daily Mileage Range Itinerary Solo cost (per person) 2 ppl cost (per person) 3 ppl cost (per person 4+ ppl cost (per person) Daily Luggage Delivery Cost**
2 97 90-104 Inquire $590 $365 $275 $235 $100
3 65 52-81 Inquire $610 $385 $295 $255 $225
4 49 38-61 Pdf File $630 $405 $315 $275 $350
5 39 32-52 Pdf File $650 $425 $335 $295 $425
6 32 25-38 Inquire $670 $445 $355 $315 $600
7+     Inquire         NA

*Rates above are per person per itinerary and do not include accommodations or food.

**Daily luggage delivery is available for these itineraries for an extra cost. Cost is for the whole itinerary (not per day) for the whole group (not per person). Adding layover days at start or end of tour may increase cost of luggage delivery.

***Cost to add a layover day is $20 per person/bike per day. Adding layover days at start or end of tour may also increase cost of luggage delivery.

**GET THE PROCESS STARTED - Submit a Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire.**

 

Ragged Point to Santa Monica (LA) - 281 Total Miles

# Days Average Daily Mileage Daily Mileage Range Itinerary Solo cost (per person) 2 ppl cost (per person) 3 ppl cost (per person 4+ ppl cost (per person) Daily Luggage Delivery Cost
3-7+     Inquire         NA

**GET THE PROCESS STARTED - Submit a Custom Bike Tour Questionnaire.**

 

Accommodations

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own accommodations. We'll supply recommendations. Costs are highly variable. LEARN MORE...

 

Traffic, Road Conditions and Terrain

California coast bike tours that start in Ragged Point and continue south to San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara or Santa Monica (LA) will be on Highway One for some stretches. However, these tours avoid the big hills, traffic and potential winter/spring highway closures of the Big Sur coast. Traffic, road conditions and terrain are still variable for these tours and cyclists should be comfortable riding with traffic for some stretches and climbing some hills.

Ragged Point to SLO tours have relatively few sections of traffic with little to no shoulders as well as having fewer hills.

If you continue south to Solvang, Santa Barbara or Santa Monica/LA, there are more sections of traffic with little to no shoulders and some sections of riding on a freeway near Santa Barbara. The freeway sections always have a large shoulder, except for two very short stretches on the approach to Santa Barbara. However, the standard Pacific Coast Bike Route uses this section of freeway and motorists are used to seeing lots of cyclists and are normally courteous.

In winter and early spring there may be highway closures on the Big Sur coast that might impact your choice of tour. Tours that start at Ragged Point avoid the Big Sur coast.  LEARN MORE...

 

Meeting Times and Logistics - Tour Start/End

For tours that start in Ragged Point, you usually get yourself to the town of San Luis Obispo (SLO) the day prior to the tour and stay in SLO overnight. From there we usually meet you in SLO at your hotel at 8:00 am or 9:00 am on the first day of cycling and shuttle you a little over one hour north to Ragged Point to start cycling. If you are traveling to the SLO on the morning of the first day of cycling, we usually meet at a transportation center (train or bus station) or at another convenient location in SLO as early as possible and shuttle you to Ragged Point to start cycling.

At the tour end, we usually meet in the mid to late afternoon on the last day of cycling, at a time we agree upon beforehand. We typically meet at your accommodations if you are spending the evening in town. If you are traveling onward that day, we usually meet at a transportation center (train or bus station).  If necessary, we can usually meet earlier than mid afternoon if you are catching an earlier train or bus.

If your tour is ending in SLO, usually no post trip shuttle is required.

If your tour is ending in Solvang or Santa Barbara, we can usually provide a shuttle back to SLO at no extra charge, assuming the tour end meeting to exchange bikes/gear is at the same time frame as the shuttle.

For tours that end in Santa Monica/LA, please inquire as to best trip end meeting logistics for your tour.

 

Transportation

The tours on this page are all one way tours, but a complimentary shuttle at the trip start from SLO to Ragged Point is included in the trip price. Depending on trip end logistics, we may be able to provide a complimentary shuttle back to SLO as well. You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangments to get to/from SLO and/or away from the tour end if you are not taking our shuttle back to SLO.

To/From San Luis Obispo (SLO). LEARN MORE...

Departing Solvang. LEARN MORE...

Departing Santa Barbara. LEARN MORE...

Departing Santa Monica (LA). LEARN MORE...

 

Climate/Best Time to Cycle

The coastal routes on the Central Coast of California (between San Francisco and Los Angeles) can be done any time of year. In winter you may encounter rain and traffic is busiest in summer. Spring and fall are considered ideal. LEARN MORE...