The longest continuous coastal bike route in Los Angeles is also the most popular, but don’t let that stop you from taking a 22-mile round-trip classic spin that stays oceanside almost the entire time and passes multiple marquee communities. Beauty awaits the beach roller on this quieter stretch of the South Bay Beach Bike Path. Avoid the Venice Beach weekend crush by hopping on the paved bike path at Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey. Ride between bright-blue Ballona Creek and sailboats before getting onto the Pacific Avenue Bridge where the creek empties into the Santa Monica Bay. Wheel through pure ocean and sand scenery in Playa del Rey, and listen as jumbo jets zoom overhead at Dockweiler State Beach. The scent of sunscreen and sea salt mingle at El Segundo Beach as surfers catch morning swells. Starting to notice more people? Between Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, things get busier as visitors shuffle from piers to volleyball games. In just 2 miles, you’ll reach the lively and eclectic Redondo Beach Pier where a doughy and delicious mid-ride treat puts the hot back into the dog. Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick isn’t in any Michelin guides, but it’s a star to loyal devotees who appreciate a slice of beach town authenticity and swear there’s a secret ingredient in the batter. Just $5 gets you a fluffy corn dog and a cool lemonade to wash it all down. When you’re ready, head back the way you came. Sweet roll!
TIP: No bike? Daniel’s Bicycle Rentals and Sales in Fisherman’s Village rents beach cruisers for $7 an hour and mountain bikes for $9 an hour. All-day rentals ($23 for a cruiser) come with a scoop of free ice cream at Daniel’s adjoining ice cream shop.
Start the ride at Fisherman’s Village in Marina Del Rey. From 1-405, exit at 90 E. At W. Slauson Ave, make a U-turn; follow for 3.3 miles before turning left on Lincoln Blvd. Turn right on Fiji Way after 0.5 mile. Fisherman’s Village is on right hand side, 0.5 mile down. There is free parking at Dock 52—about 0.4-mile before Daniel’s Bicycle Rentals on Fiji Way. Otherwise, park in the Fisherman’s Village lot. Parking is free for two hours with validation (Daniel’s Bicycle Rentals validates); otherwise it’s $0.75 per half-hour. Bike around the cul-de-sac at the end of Fiji Way and take your second right on a bike path that borders a chain-link fence. After 10 yards, take a right at the sign for South Bay Beach Bike Path. Follow the well-marked path for 11 miles to Redondo Beach Pier. Walk your bike to Craig’s Hot Dog on a Stick (310-374-4974) on the right side of the wharf, across from El Torito. Return the way you came.