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San Diego Bay Never Looked So Good

The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition's recommended route along the San Diego Bay is a 24-mile bicycle route called the Bayshore Bikeway. Currently, about 13 miles of bicycle paths are in use on the car-free Bikeway. The rest of the route consists of on-street sections designated as either bicycle lanes or bicycle routes. This is an iconic ride in San Diego and a must-do for bicyclists visiting the area.

Starting Downtown take Flagship's Coronado Ferry or Water Taxi across San Diego Bay and start your ride upon docking at the Coronado Ferry Landing. The Bikeway makes its way through Coronado, along the Silver Strand, through the communities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista and back into Downtown San Diego.

Don't want to hassle bringing a bike on your trip? There are many bike rental shops in and around Downtown and Coronado. Search for "bike rentals" on this site or on the route map below to find your preference.

San Diego Bayshore Bikeway Route Map


View Bayshore Bikeway from Downtown in a larger map

Bayshore Bikeway Starting Address

  • Broadway Pier - Coronado Ferry, 1020 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

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Where to Go

  • The Coronado Ferry Landing is a great spot to grab a bite to eat, shop or be entertained. Take time to stroll through the area on your visit.
  • The Silver Strand, a thin piece of land connecting Coronado to Imperial Beach has parks and beach access on both the San Diego Bay and Pacific Ocean. Bring your swimsuit and go for a mid-ride dip.
  • Visit the legendary Hotel Del Coronado and the beautiful white-sand beaches nearby. Built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, The Del is an American treasure with over 120 years of stories to tell.

What to Love

  • Views - The Bikeway stays close to San Diego Bay, giving riders multiple-angle views of the San Diego skyline, Navy bases, Coronado Bay Bridge, and South Bay and Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuges. Don't forget your camera!
  • Brews - Coronado Brewing Company is a great pit-stop after the ride. Take the ferry back to Coronado to enjoy a craft brewed celebration. Or, better yet, start the ride in Coronado to only have to rely on the ferry for one trip.
  • Future Parks, Shopping and Hotels - The Chula Vista Bayfront is home to the recently demolished South Bay Power Plant that will turn into a gorgeous bay front community and resort destination in upcoming years. Watch for development on your ride and come back for a visit when the project is completed.
  • The Bridge - Want to enjoy the ride by traveling over the Coronado Bay Bridge? That opportunity only happens once a year at the Bike the Bay Ride in August. Plan your visit around Bike the Bay and take part in the unique chance to cross the bay high above the water.

What to Know

  • Expect a vigorous ride that is mostly flat, but definitely lengthy. Bring plenty of water and snacks for the ride as most of the available opportunities to stop and eat are at the beginning and end of the route.
  • Although the City of San Diego and the State of California don't require adult bicyclists to wear helmets, it is strongly suggested you do.
  • California does require all bicyclists under the age of 18 to wear a helmet.
  • San Diego is a bicycle friendly city with great weather for biking year round and community groups advocating for the rights of all people on bikes. For more information about what's happening in San Diego's biking community visit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition website.

Directions

To Downtown from the North:

  • Take California I-5 south, exit on Front Street and continue south to Broadway.
  • Head wast on Broadway to Harbor Drive.

From the South:

  • Take California I-5 north to Sixth Avenue, following Sixth Avenue South off the exit ramp to Broadway.
  • Go west on Broadway until it ends at Harbor Drive.

To Coronado from the North:

  • Take California I-5 south to the Coronado/State Route 75 exit across the Coronado Bay Bridge.
  • Head into Coronado and head north on Orange Avenue into downtown Coronado.

From the South:

  • Take California I-5 north to the Coronado/State Route 75 exit across the Coronado Bay Bridge.
  • Head into Coronado and head north on Orange Avenue into downtown Coronado.

Vehicle Parking

  • If you're transporting your bikes in or on a vehicle, parking can be a bit of challenge in Downtown. Consider Public Transportation to avoid the hassle. Busses and trolleys are bike-accessible and rental shops are around Downtown as well.
  • Starting your ride at Coronado? Parking can also be a bit challenging here, however easier than downtown.

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