Self Guided Multi-Day Bike: Coast - Monterey/Carmel Starts

Overview - Monterey/Carmel Starts - Self Guided Bike Tour

Starting your California coast self guided cycling tour on the Monterey Peninsula, home to Monterey Bay Aquarium, puts you in a perfect position to experience the best of the California Coast. Between Monterey and Carmel the epic 17 Mile Drive winds through Pebble Beach and its famous golf courses (if you start in Carmel, you usually miss 17 Mile Drive). Continuing south from Carmel, the legendary BIG SUR COAST with its stunning coastal views and redwood canyons will thrill even the most well traveled cyclist. Diverse San Luis Obispo County is next, with Hearst Castle, elephants seals and beaches galore.

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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Monterey to Santa Barbara (288 miles, 3-9+ days). LEARN MORE...

Monterey to San Luis Obispo (SLO) (155 miles, 2-7+ days). LEARN MORE...

Carmel to SLO (136 miles, 2-6+ days). LEARN MORE...

Monterey to Santa Monica/LA (375 miles, 4-11+ days). LEARN MORE...

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

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

 

 

Monterey to Santa Barbara - 288 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 96 90-104 Inquire $735 $445 $355 $295 NA
4 72 52-94 Pdf File $755 $465 $375 $315 NA
5 58 45-71 Pdf File $775 $485 $395 $335 NA
6 v1 48 38-61 Pdf File $795 $505 $415 $355 NA
6 v2 48 38-52 Pdf File $795 $505 $415 $355 NA
7 41 30-52 Pdf File $815 $525 $435 $375 NA
8 36 25-49 Inquire $835 $545 $455 $395 NA
9+     Inquire         NA

*Rates above are per person per itinerary and do not include accommodations or food. Daily luggage delivery not available for these itineraries. Learn More...

**Cost to add a layover day is $20 per person per day.

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

 

 

Monterey to San Luis Obispo (SLO) - 155 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 78 61-94 Inquire $715 $425 $335 $275 NA
3 v1 52 45-61 Pdf File $735 $445 $355 $295 NA
3 v2 52 39-71 Pdf File $735 $445 $355 $295 NA
4 39 22-49 Pdf File $755 $465 $375 $315 NA
5 v1 31 19-49 Pdf File $775 $485 $395 $335 NA
5 v2 31 22-45 Pdf File $775 $485 $395 $335 NA
6 26 19-39 Pdf File $795 $505 $415 $355 NA
7+     Inquire         NA

*Rates above are per person per itinerary and do not include accommodations or food. Daily luggage delivery not available for these itineraries. Learn More...

**Cost to add a layover day is $20 per person per day.

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

 

Carmel to SLO - 136 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 68 61-75 Pdf File $530 $340 $240 $215 NA
3 v1 45 26-61 Pdf File $550 $360 $260 $235 NA
3 v2 45 39-50 Pdf File $550 $360 $260 $235 NA
4 34 26-49 Pdf File $570 $380 $280 $255 NA
5 27 22-39 Inquire $590 $400 $300 $275 NA
6+     Inquire         NA

*Rates above are per person per itinerary and do not include accommodations or food. Daily luggage delivery not available for these itineraries. Learn More...

**Cost to add a layover day is $20 per person per day.

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

 

Monterey to Santa Monica (LA) - 375 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
5-10+     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. Finding appropriate hotel accommodations on the Big Sur coast during busier times of year can be a challenge. LEARN MORE...

 

Traffic, Road Conditions and Terrain

California coast bike tours that start in Monterey or Carmel and continue south to San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara or Santa Monica (LA) will be on Highway One for significant stretches. Traffic, road conditions and terrain are all highly variable. Cyclists should be comfortable riding with traffic and over hilly terrain. LEARN MORE...

In winter and early spring there may be highway closures on the Big Sur coast that might impact the tour.  LEARN MORE...

 

Meeting Times and Logistics - Tour Start/End

For tours that start in Monterey or Carmel, we usually meet you at 10:00 am on the first day of cycling. We meet wherever is best for you. If you arrive the night prior to the first day of cycling, we usually meet at your accommmodations. If you are traveling to the start town on the morning of the first day of cycling, we usually meet at a transportation center (train or bus station) or at a location convenient to starting 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.

For tours that end in Santa Monica/LA, we usually meet at 3 pm on the last day of cycling. If you are staying near the Santa Monica Pier that evening, we can meet at your accommodations. If you are not staying near the pier or are traveling onward that day, we usually meet at the pier at 3 pm.

 

Transportation

The tours on this page are all one way tours and do not include a shuttle from the end of the tour back to the start. You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangments to get to the tour start and away from the tour end.

Getting to Monterey/Carmel. LEARN MORE...

Departing 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...