Balboa Island Ferry
Newport Beach, CA, USA
Balboa Island Ferry Bike Ride—Roll with ItSouthern California's car culture is under siege. Ok, maybe it's just a collective, civil "excuse us" from the growing biking community. Corona del Mar is making riding safe and fun. There is a tour north of town that includes a novel jaunt on the little ferry over to Balboa Island. Boating and biking, what could be better.
Rent a bike at one of several shops in town or out on the island to get your wheels about you. To make things innovative, check out the electric assist bikes at Pedigo for this relatively flat tour.
Don't forget a map. I like to start in town and head north along the coast picking my way through the trendy neighborhoods. Drop into the Balboa basin and get in line for the boat ride. The fare set me back a buck and a quarter, exact change appreciated. From here it's a beachy, laid-back saunter up to the Huntington Beach bike path. The wheels roll between sand and sea with many opportunities to stop for food or drink. The pier beckons with photo ops and people watching. Then it's back in the saddle for the swing south. Retrace or head up to Highway 1, where the bike lane buffers bustling traffic.
To turn the trek into a true workout, aim for Ruby's Shake Shack at the top of the hill before Laguna Beach. Try a basket of sweet potato fries with any one of their handmade shakes. It's all downhill back to town. Enjoy the ride!