For iconic scenery, this is a gold mine tour of San Diego. Starting at Fiesta Island in the south east corner of Mission Bay we roll north then west around the Bay through Pacific Beach and Mission Beach to the Pacific Ocean. We cross the San Diego River to reach Point Loma and Harbor Island where, on an out and back circuit, we'll enjoy iconic San Diego Bay of today and our Portuguese origin. Continuing this explorer's tour our next visit is to Liberty Station, formerly Naval Training Center (NTC) San Diego, with a history so rich that it boasts its own self guided walking tour of its glory days as NTC San Diego. Leaving along the old river channel and the San Diego River bike path we reach Mission Bay and Fiesta Island which San Diegans proudly hail the hub of outdoor sporting activities. Having returned to our starting point we could call it a day but, before you put the kickstand down for the last time, consider a victory lap around Fiesta Island, a fitting place to say, "you're beautiful" San Diego, thank you.
What to Expect:
This is an easy convenient route with a big agenda. With short mileage and negligible climbs this scenic tour is easy for a novice rider with regular fitness and enjoyable also by the experienced rider who wants to discover the City. The ride is technical due to heavy traffic in spots and several turns, but this is eased by the flat terrain and smooth bike lanes, paths, and road surfaces over the entire route,
We typically stop at a cafe bakery in Liberty Station near the end of the ride. Two easy climbs and big time scenery make this the premiere take-it-all-in ride in America's Finest City.
In a somewhat short ride with minimal climbing you'll explore Pacific Beach, Mission Bay, Point Loma, San Diego Bay, Harbor Island and Liberty Station for a bit of local history.
Start times for this route are flexible, both morning and afternoon start times work well. The route passes several hotels which allows for the possibility of starting the ride from your hotel.
We will stop along the the route for water and restrooms as needed. Variations to the route are possible to shorten or lengthen the ride if desired.