Ventura Beach Bike Trail
scenic bike trail starts along the mouth of the Ventura River
and takes you along the C-Street Promenade, past surfer’s
point, Ventura Pier and ends at the San Buena Ventura State Beach
without breaking a sweat.
Where to Start:
Free public parking lot next to Hwy 33 overpass
on the West end of
From here, head south down the bike trail
towards the coast...
here you can also head up the Ventura River Trail towards
Ojai (a much more vigourus trail).
few strokes into your ride, you'll cross
over the railroad tracks, where you'll see the
tressle train bridge that crosses the mouth of the Ventura
further down on you're left you'll pass
the Ventura County
, where you might see horses trotting in the
the path meets the Pacific
, where you'll get your
of the ocean, but on your right is one of the most beautiful spots in
Where the Ventura River meets the Pacific is a very
estuary, where you'll see pelicans and other variety of birds
skimming the coastal estuary surface.
and continue along the bike trail as
it hugs the coast.
at Surfer’s point
(called C-street these days).
cobblestone and sand deposited from the Ventura River create this
popular surfing spot and it is a fun place to stop and watch the
surfers challenge the waves. If you started your ride later in the day,
this is also a romantic place to catch the sunset.
you'll enter the
. During summer months (and some busy
weekends), you’ll be accompanied by
fellow cyclists, skaters, joggers, walkers, surfers and dog-walkers on
this path as you head on towards the Crowne
Plaza Hotel and the C-Street Promenade
On weekends, the promenade is usually alive with activity. Vendors
often sell jewelry and other hand-made crafts and local artists
frequently display their sculptures, paintings or photographs here as
The promenade area is the gateway to downtown Ventura and there
is welcome talk of creating a more pedestrian friendly link between the
downtown area and the beach.
bit further down
on your right is the Ventura Pier
. If you want to
take a stroll to end of the pier, lock up your bikes and
walk up the stairs.
on, the path leads you down along San
Buenaventura State Beach,
(you’ll have more privacy
on this leg of your journey since most of the people hang around the
Crowne Plaza). The State beach
is two miles of sand, swimming and a large adjacent picinic
The natural rolling sand dunes that
line the State Beach make it one of the more scenic beaches to work on
your tan. (And, how’s this for something new: the State beach now
offers free Wi-Fi service within 150’ to 200’ of the lifeguard tower).
the loop into the park area,
stop at the snack
bar and enjoy a picnic at one of the numerous picnic tables in the park
or just kick back and spend a little quiet time time before
you double back and
head back home
Cruising with your date or with your family? Share this path on a tandem
or 4-wheel bicycle.
Don't have your own bike?
No problem. Here's several bike rental depots to choose from, depending
on where you join the bike trail:
- Just a block away from the start of the coastal trail (above), and a
short walk from the Clock Tower Inn. Plus parts and accessories
239 West Main Street
Fun Rentals at Ventura Pier
- An easy walk from the Crowne Plaza and the Bella Maggiore Inn.
850 Harbor Blvd
Wheel Fun Rentals at Marriot Ventura
- This is really convenient if you’re already staying at the Marriot or
at the Inn on the Beach.
2055 Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA. 93001
Surf & Sport
- A good choice if you are staying at the Inn on the Beach; tandem
bicycles or 4-wheel cycles are not available at this time.
1082 S. Seaward Ave.
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