Santa Barbara, CA is a paradise for people who love to ride bikes. The sunny, warm weather and the sheer abundance of bike paths make for a really nice destination that can be appreciated while leisurely pedaling down the road on two wheels. It is no wonder that the place is teeming with bike rentals.
One place in Santa Barbara that is recommended for bikers is the Cabrillo Beach Bike Path. The name itself implies what the place is for. It is a simple flat bike path that runs for 5 mile along the waterfront in the downtown area. It is very easy to traverse for novice cyclists, yet provides a very scenic view of the coast of Santa Barbara.
Most experienced cyclists already have their own bikes, but those who want to try out what it’s like being a cyclist can rent bikes and tandem bikes from many of the rentals that are available along the waterfront. Biking is easily one of the most fulfilling activities you can do in the city, as it gives you some much-needed exercise, while also allowing you to see all of the most beautiful parts of the beach in a single day’s worth of tourist activities.
The Cabrillo Beach Bike Path is also perfect for people watchers, because the path is particularly teeming with people during weekends and in the summer, as runners and fellow bikers prefer the place and the perpetually warm, sunny weather make it ideal to get some time under the sun. It is also a great place to bring kids along due to its flat, paved path. Accidents are less likely to happen, and kids will enjoy roaming the place. Just make sure you practice common safety procedures when traveling with kids.
It’s not all biking, there are also numerous restaurants and public restrooms dotted around the path, and people who come in a car won’t have to worry – there’s plenty of parking available along Cabrillo Blvd and nearby neighborhoods, though you are more likely to find paid parking than free ones, for obvious reasons.
As for how to get there, the Cabrillo Beach Bike Path can be accessed through several points. First is the path that starts in downtown Santa Barbara, which can also be accessed from different areas around Santa Barbara and neighboring cities. Next is through Cabrillo Boulevard, if you are in downtown. This is where most people usually go to if they want to get to the beach bike path.