Bike Rides Along California's Central Coast, Immortal Monterey

I’m so lucky to be able to visit friends that live in such beautiful places. This past weekend I spent some time along California’s central coast in Monterey. Things started off hectic. After accompanying my husband for a work trip, we flew home from HNL to LAX on Thursday and then early next morning set off for what I thought was going to be a leisurely and scenic six hour drive along the coast only to sit in lots of traffic and be stuck in the car for nine and a half hours. Yay.

Rock garden along 17 mile drive

Rock garden along 17 mile drive

Driving aside, there were so many beautiful things to see in Monterey. Point Lobos, Carmel-by-the-sea, Pacific Grove, Asilomar BeachPebble Beach…it doesn’t stop. Monterey is the quintessential place to be for coastal leisure. It’s kind of a sleepy town but there’s lots to do and eat. 

China rock (point of interest #8 on 17 mile drive) 

China rock (point of interest #8 on 17 mile drive) 

I was dreading the drive home Sunday (even though upon arriving in Monterey I swore off driving on the 101 and had already decided to take the 5 home) so we saved a morning bike ride for Sunday and did about 13 miles riding along the coast between Monterey’s fisherman’s wharf and stunning pebble beach. 

Glassy water at Fisherman's Wharf

Glassy water at Fisherman's Wharf

We unknowingly woke up to a massive power outage on Sunday so it was perfect that we saved an outdoor activity for our last day. We rented bikes from Adventures by the Sea and made our way towards pebble beach along the coast. There was a JDRF walk happening that same morning but we got an early start so there weren’t many pedestrians along the path yet. 

My Sunday morning bike route

My Sunday morning bike route

Plenty of marine life to see along the coast. This weekend alone we saw sea otters, cranes, sea gulls, and of course, sea lions. If that's not enough you can check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium. And if you can't make it to the Monterey aquarium you can check out their live web cam feeds...including their jelly cam!

The Sunday peloton

The Sunday peloton

The views along the coast were absolutely breathtaking. If you're ever in Monterey, definitely either rent some bikes or take a drive and check out 17 mile drive along Pebble Beach. The bikes were totally worth it at $8/hour (includes a helmet) or $20 for a half day. Adventures by the Sea even has electric bikes for $30 (2 hours) and four person party bikes if you're looking for something fun. If you're looking for legit cycling maps you can check out this Strava map of 17 mile drive.