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Top 5 Bike and Beach Destinations

ChristieBy Christie   Posted 4th Feb 2021

Cycling alongside amazing views is an all-around win, benefitting your health and mind all at once. Add to that sparkling oceanscapes, fresh seafood cuisine, and potential for a cooling dip and it amounts to a fantastic vacation. There are some prime destinations for exactly this sort of escape, each with its own unique charm.


Vietnam

Alongside fishing boats on Vietnam Coast tourFishing industry along the Cycling the Highlands and Coast tour 

The gorgeous Vietnam coastline is a picturesque mix of sandy beaches, pristine waters, and a bustling fishing culture with bright splashes of color across boats and floating villages. The roads are paved and smooth, allowing for a comfortable transition through towns, while you observe the hustle of everyday life unchanged for generations. Opportunities to experience the unique culture and delicious Vietnamese foods beckon from every corner. Exchange peaceful countrysides of rice paddies with vibrant streets full of business and markets. A country steeped in dramatic history, it includes historical coastal cities like Hoi An, a UNESCO heritage site — significant, beautiful, and incredibly atmospheric. 

Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An

Notable beaches line the length of the coast. Da Nang’s My Khe Beach is not far from city center and a popular spot for surfing, snorkeling, and jet skiing. Cua Dai Beach sits outside of Ha Noi, a point where three major rivers converge and flow to the sea. The blue waters are crystal clear and recent resort developments have established a variety of dining options. A unique beach and sand experience is past Saigon at Mui Ne, a location with beaches that rival the best in Vietnam. Mui Ne sits aside a vast expanse of desert as well — the Red Sand Dunes and the White Sand Dunes. 

If cycling in Vietnam something you’ve considered, we may have just the right fit. Our Highlands & Coast of Vietnam cycling tour offers a special immersive cycling and beach ride, from Saigon to Hoi An.

Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
Sam Roi Yot National Park

Sparkling white coastlines, impressive temples, and natural scenery line Thailand’s bike-friendly roads. The southern coastline, especially, offers an achievable ride amid pristine beaches and a variety of wildlife. Small coastal villages, like the charming Pranburi, dot the way. Resorts have made the most of key locations, maintaining the feeling of seclusion and beauty. South of Hua Hin, Sam Roi Yot National Park sits as Thailand’s first marine national park. Lined with a series of stark limestone peaks the park is packed with diversity in wetlands, mangroves, beaches, and trails. Accessible from a ferry in Chumphon, smaller islands offer an even more secluded seaside escape. One is  Ko Tai, known for its colorful coral reefs and marine variety like whale sharks, rays, and green sea turtles.

Beach on Southern Thailand
Beaches of southern Thailand

We take the back roads along this coastline, on our Cruising the Coast to Sumai tour. The rides are on predominantly flat roads through Sam Roi Yot National Park and scenic beaches. There’s plenty of time on hand to slow down, interact with locals and enjoy the coastal world-renowned Thai cuisine.

Taiwan

Fo Guang Shan Monastery, Kaohsiung
Fo Guang Shan Monastery and Giant Buddha

The tropical paradise of Taiwan is highly sought after as a cyclist destination. Well-tended routes take you deep into mountain valleys, past monasteries, hot springs, and flowing gorges. Many of these trails wind out to the coast, taking you alongside breathtaking views in every direction. One perfect is example is in Southern Taiwan, from Kaohsiung to Kenting, Taiwan’s secret sandy retreat. Kaohsiung has an enormous backdrop of mountains, home to numerous indigenous communities and nearby the Fo Guang Shan Monastery. On through villages and mountain pools, one can travel along the coastline to the nation’s tip at beautiful Kenting. The surrounding Kenting National Park is one of only 10 tropical botanical gardens worldwide. Accompanying this natural scenery are picturesque beaches and sunsets.

Kenting National Park, Taiwan
Kenting National Park, Taiwan

Our Taiwan team specializes in making the most out of all the right spots, including this particular route, on our Kaohsiung to Kenting tour

Noosa

Tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park
Tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park

While the tropics are indeed gorgeous, they don’t hold the title for the only amazing beaches! In fact, the Sunshine Coast of Australia steadily retains its reputation for coastal beauties along 100 km of coastline. Noosa is positioned perfectly in the center, with something for everyone. The Noosa National Park includes some obscure and beautiful swim spots and surf breaks like Boiling Pot, Granite Bay and Tea Tree Bay. Noosa Heads is a magical blend of city and beach. The calm waters of Main Beach beckon for a paddle while a haven of eateries, boutiques and specialty stores just minutes away on Hastings Street. 

Aerial view kayaking Noosa Everglades
Kayaking the Noosa Everglades

While we have prepared a unique active adventure tour away from the beach, Noosa makes a perfect pre-trip or post-trip beach destination. On the Noosa & Hinterland - Bike, Hike & Kayak tour, the range of adventure perfectly pairs with the beach. Discover the natural beauty of the Noosa Everglades’ mirrored waters and thick lush Mary Valley via kayak. Go deeper into Bunya Mountain National Park and enjoying the very best parts of the Brisbane Valley Trail. Meet talented locals and warm, friendly hosts. Why not round it all off with some oceanside relaxing in Noosa?  

Florida

Overseas Heritage Trail, Florida
Overseas Heritage Trail, Florida Keys

Now, we can’t leave the Americas out of the Bike & Beach equation! Florida contains a multitude of stunning areas that make the Sunshine State (sunny theme developing here) a great destination. Cyclists rave about the Overseas Heritage Trail, stretching 106 miles long over the Florida Keys and full of spectacular tropical scenery. Key West boasts some of the country’s most picture-perfect beaches. From there, the hidden gem of Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson is accessible by boat transfer or seaplane. The fort is simply a magnificent monument full of history and secrets. White sands and turquoise waters surround the National Park, inviting you to snorkel coral reefs full of color and sea life variety. 

Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park

In Florida we’ve crafted a multi-active adventure tour for a robust experience of all the senses. To include cycling the Overseas Heritage Trail, kayaking the spectacular Everglades and more. We explore mangroves with rare wildlife and spend plenty of time enjoying Florida’s culinary delights. We offer an optional 4-day extension: the Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson Sea Plane tour, as a crowning jewel experience.


No doubt, a bike and beach holiday takes the cake for that refreshing-stimulating combination you may be looking for. Whether in Asia, Australia or North America, we have some great tour options for a satisfying experience with lasting memories. Hope to see you on the beach trail!

 

 

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