Surf and cycling: the beaches of LA on two wheels

cycling on the beaches in LA

Before I travelled to California this year, I believed the stereotype that Los Angeles is car-obsessed and that it’s impossible to even walk, let alone, cycle around the city.

Now, while this did turn out to be largely true (the city had some of the biggest, least pedestrian-friendly roads I’ve ever seen), I was pleasantly surprised to find that the city’s beaches are excellent places to get out of your car and onto some alternative transport.

Feet, rollerskates, skateboards, bikes, trikes, Segways, scooters…

You name it, you can use it to travel along a path that sweeps past the iconic sands of Venice, Santa Monica and Manhatten Beaches, to name but a few.

The path is actually officially known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail or The Strand. It’s 35km of bike path along the most beautiful beaches in the county of Los Angeles, starting at Will Rogers State Beach in the north and ending in Torrance County Beach in the south.

We were lucky enough to have access to a couple of great bikes at our AirBnb place in nearby Calver City (a stone’s throw from the beaches), so spent a happy day cruising up and down the coast. If you’re in LA, I’d highly recommend you do similar.

Just look at these photos of our day out, doesn’t it look amazing?! After five years of living in China, where the sky can be so grey from pollution, the brilliant blue of the Californian sky was frankly unbelievable. And being out in that great weather on a bike sure beat being stuck in a traffic jam in downtown LA!

The yachts at Marina Del Rey.
The yachts at Marina Del Rey.
The Italy-inspired canals of Venice.
The Italy-inspired canals of Venice.
The strip at Venice Beach.
The strip at Venice Beach.
The skate parks and palm trees of Venice Beach.
The skate parks and palm trees of Venice Beach.
Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica Pier and cyclists.
Palm trees above Santa Monica.
Palm trees above the huge beachside houses of Santa Monica.
Bikes aren’t the only vehicles that use the path.
A lifeguard hut at Will Rogers State Beach.
A lifeguard hut at Will Rogers State Beach.

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