Explore the San Diego coastline and the charming town of La Jolla via bicycle on this 2.5-hour cycling tour. Ride to the top of Mt Soledad with an experienced cycling guide to see panoramic views of La Jolla's beachside cliffs and Pacific Beach's surf breaks. This 10-mile (16-km) ride is suitable for most abilities, but some experience is recommended. Enter one of La Jolla's famed sea caves to learn about the protected shoreline's rich marine life from a naturalist guide. All biking equipment is provided, as well as snacks and water.
2.5-hour bike tour from La Jolla
Explore the beautiful coastline of the San Diego area with a local naturalist guide
Zoom downhill from the top of Mt Soledad, an 822-foot (251-meter) hill with 360-degree views
Pedal along La Jolla’s rocky shoreline, checking out sea caves, seals and tide pools
Visit Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, two of San Diego’s most popular beach neighborhoods
Make your way to the bike tour office in La Jolla to meet your guide and tour group. Get fitted for a Bianchi hybrid bike and a helmet, then listen to a short orientation and safety briefing. Climb aboard the bike shop's tour van for the short drive to the top of Mt Soledad, the region's highest coastal peak. From the top of the mountain, enjoy the panoramic views of the coast and the city, then hop on your bike and start making your way down the mountain. At your own pace, ride about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) towards the coast through La Jolla's charming atmosphere and photo-worthy scenery. Stop at seal beach to see the town's resident Harbor seals and check out Children's Pool. Stop at the bluffs overlooking La Jolla Cove and Ecological Reserve for some photo ops, then marvel at the variety of marine life found in the tidal pools. At the coast, head for Sunny Jim's, the only one of the famous La Jolla sea caves that is accessible by land. Listen to a naturalist guide talk about the geology and ecology of the caves. Back on your bike, pedal to Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, the area's two most popular surf breaks. After watching some surfers work their magic on the Pacific Ocean waves, ride back to your starting point on pleasant back roads through San Diego's quiet beach communities. Your tour ends back at the bike shop after 2.5 hours.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Sep 2018
On this typical, sunny and gorgeous San Diego day, we started at the top and wound our way down the side of the mountain on the coast. Nothing but pleasure and a good work out. Felt great! Our guide had story after story and comments galore that helped us appreciate this area. I highly recommend!
You can admire the sea views of La Jolla while riding the bicycle and enjoying the sunshine and wind. What you can see is the sea shores of La Jolla, the sea seals and sea lions lying near the beaches, and the secret tunnel where the smuggling of alcohol took place in the past.
The tour guide is talkative. He was born in San Diego, and he shared to me about his home city.
Overall, the tour gave me so much joy.
What a nice, leisurely bike ride. Yes, a bit of it was spent in residential neighborhoods, but those are the areas I would never get to see otherwise. The end of the tour is spent near the water, which was fun! It was a beautiful day and an enjoyable bike ride. PS - I only had to walk my bike up a hill once!!
My girfriend and I went to do this activity last weekend.
This tour is very close to false advertising:
- The tour was a little less than 2 hours, not 2.5, with less than one hour of actual cycling
- We actually did 4.5 miles, not 10 miles
- No snacks were provided
- We haven't met any naturalist guide supposed to talk about the geology and ecology of the caves
On top of it, La Jolla was extremely foggy at the time we did the tour, we could not see anything no view, no panoramic landscape, no scenery, nothing but thick white fog. They can't do much about the morning weather, but they could have offered to reschedule to later.
Do yourself a favor, just take a bike and cycle around la Jolla, you'll save 40 per person and will have pretty much the same experience.