Land. Meet sea.
Big Sur, California Visitor Bureau   

Carmel Bicycle
26543 Carmel Rancho Blvd
Carmel, CA 93923, USA
(831) 625-2211

Big Sur Visitor Bureau - Carmel Bicycle

Bay Bikes map Carmel to Big Sur -

Carmel to Big Sur is one of the great bike rides in the world, with stunning vistas, warm sand beaches and meadows with cattle grazing in the open fields. You can gear up at Carmel Bicycles and start your journey at Rio Road, next to the bike shop at the southern edge of Carmel. 

From Rio Road it's 26 miles to Big Sur, thus...the Big Sur Marathon. You'll be riding that course in reverse. 
On the road, you'll pass artichoke fields, cross the Carmel River and ride past the Odello Ranch. Climb a hill and you'll ride through the Carmel Highlands with some of the most spectacular coastal homes in the hemisphere. 

The first stop is Garrapata State Park, seven miles from Rio Road. You can walk on the beach, look for whales, or relax and have lunch.

Bay Bikes Garrapata Beach -
Highway 1 near Garrapata State Park.

Another seven miles and you'll cross the famed Bixby Bridge. One of the world's few arched bridges built on a curve, it was constructed by San Quentin convicts working alongside locals like author John Steinbeck (pre-fame).

Bay Bikes Bixby Bridge -
Bixby Bridge

Five miles further and you're at the Point Sur Light Station, built on a towering 360 foot high volcanic rock in the sea, it's a spectacular view, flat and easy to ride. You can only visit the light house on a guided tour, but riding by is an experience you'll never forget.

Bay Bikes Point Sur Light House -
Best place to be a cow.

Five miles more and you're in what's known as Big Sur. Big Sur is not a town. A region without formal boundaries or government, it's more attitude than cartography. 

Carmel Bicycles is locally owned and operated. We're don't own 56 stores; we're not a chain. We're a local shop with sales and service, apparel, helmets, shoes, parts and best of all, great advice from real bike riders.