Self Guided Multi-Day Bike: Coast - San Francisco Starts

Overview - San Francisco Starts - Self Guided Bike Tour

Cycling all the way from San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge to the beaches of Los Angeles is one of the classic bicycling odysseys in the world. The coastal route between these two California cities is possibly one of the most diverse coastal bicycle rides anywhere, featuring iconic urban areas, rugged coastline, towering redwood forests, marine wildlife viewing, historic lighthouses, winery areas and surfers plying the waves of the Pacific Ocean off sandy beaches.

Starting your California coast self guided cycling tour in San Francisco, you'll cycle past Golden Gate Bridge, and dramatic Pigeon Point Lighthouse in the isolated coastal area south of Half Moon Bay. You'll pass through the surfing town of Santa Cruz, with it's historic boardwalk and also pass through artichoke fields on the way to the Monterey Peninsula, home to Monterey Bay Aquarium and the epic 17 Mile Drive that winds through Pebble Beach and it's famous golf courses. Continuing south, the legendary Big Sur coast with it's 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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San Francisco to Santa Monica/LA (505 miles, 5-13+ days). LEARN MORE...

San Francisco to Santa Barbara (418 miles, 4-11+ days). LEARN MORE...

San Francisco to Solvang (366 miles, 4-10+ days). LEARN MORE...

San Francisco to San Luis Obispo (SLO) (285 miles, 3-8+ days). LEARN MORE...

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

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

 

 

San Francisco to Santa Monica (LA) - 505 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
5 101 84-133 Pdf File $1070 $660 $505 $430 NA
6 84 58-98 Pdf File $1090 $680 $525 $450 NA
7 72 58-84 Pdf File $1110 $700 $545 $470 NA
8 v1 63 45-84 Pdf File $1130 $720 $565 $490 NA
8 v2 63 45-81 Pdf File $1130 $720 $565 $490 NA
9 56 34-81 Pdf File $1150 $740 $585 $510 NA
10 51 29-71 Pdf File $1170 $760 $605 $530 NA
11 46 29-61 Pdf File $1190 $780 $625 $550 NA
12+     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.**

 

 

San Francisco to Santa Barbara - 418 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
4 105 84-133 Pdf File $910 $580 $440 $380 NA
5 84 52-98 Pdf File $930 $600 $460 $400 NA
6 70 52-84 Pdf File $950 $620 $480 $420 NA
7 v1 60 45-84 Pdf File $970 $640 $500 $440 NA
7 v2 60 45-71 Pdf File $970 $640 $500 $440 NA
8 52 34-71 Pdf File $990 $660 $520 $460 NA
9 46 34-61 Pdf File $1010 $680 $540 $480 NA
10 42 30-52 Pdf File $1030 $700 $560 $500 NA
11+     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.**

 

San Francisco to Solvang - 366 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
4 92 84-98 Inquire $860 $540 $415 $365 NA
5 73 52-84 Inquire $880 $560 $435 $385 NA
6 61 45-84 Pdf File $900 $580 $455 $405 NA
7 52 34-71 Inquire $920 $600 $475 $425 NA
8 46 34-61 Inquire $940 $620 $495 $445 NA
9 41 30-50 Inquire $960 $640 $515 $465 NA
10+     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.**

 

San Francisco to San Luis Obispo (SLO) - 280 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 95 84-110 Inquire $770 $455 $345 $305 NA
4 71 61-84 Pdf File $790 $475 $365 $325 NA
5 57 34-75 Pdf File $810 $495 $385 $345 NA
6 48 34-61 Pdf File $830 $515 $405 $365 NA
7 41 22-50 Inquire $850 $535 $425 $385 NA
8+     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. 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 San Francisco and continue south to San Luis Obispo, 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 San Francisco, if you are just going to Half Moon Bay on the first day (about 35 miles) we usually meet you at 12:00 pm (noon) on the first day of cycling. If you are going to Costanoa (about 60 miles) or Santa Cruz (about 85 miles) we usually meet at 8:00 am or 9:00 am in the morning 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 San Francisco on the morning of the first day of cycling, we usually meet at a bike sporting goods store near Crissy Field, as it is very convenient to the bike route out of town.

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 San Francisco. 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...