Self Guided Multi-Day Bike: Coast - San Luis Obispo Starts

Overview - San Luis Obispo Starts - Self Guided Bike Tour

Starting your California coast self guided cycling tour in the town of San Luis Obispo (SLO) avoids the hills of the Big Sur coast. Much of the coastal route south of SLO is actually inland, but these inland stretches cycle through some of the most scenic riding in the area!

Heading south from SLO and its historic mission, pass by Avila beach and Pismo Beach. Continuing on, 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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SLO to Santa Barbara (133 miles, 2-5+ days). LEARN MORE...

SLO to Santa Monica/LA (220 miles, 3-6+ days). LEARN MORE...

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

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

 

 

SLO to Santa Barbara - 133 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 67 52-81 Inquire $465 $315 $240 $215 $150
3 44 38-52 Pdf File $485 $335 $260 $235 $300
4 33 25-43 Pdf File $505 $355 $280 $255 $450
5+     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 per day.

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

 

SLO to Santa Monica (LA) - 220 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 73 58-81 Pdf File $635 $410 $320 $260 NA
4 55 38-81 Inquire $655 $430 $340 $280 NA
5 44 29-58 Inquire $675 $450 $360 $300 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.**

 

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 San Luis Obispo (SLO) and continue south to Santa Barbara or Santa Monica (LA) will be on Highway One and US 101 for certain stretches. South of Solvang to Santa Barbara or Santa Monica/LA, there are 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. Traffic, road conditions and terrain are all highly variable. Cyclists should be comfortable riding with traffic and over hilly terrain. LEARN MORE...

 

Meeting Times and Logistics - Tour Start/End

For tours that start in SLO, we usually meet you at 9:00 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.

If your tour is ending in 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. 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.

Getting to/from San Luis Obispo (SLO). 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...