Bicycling: so hot right now! In the U.S. and worldwide, bike tourism is quickly gaining traction as one of the top ways to explore a new city. And while Miami may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the best cities for bike riding, you’d be surprised at how many stunning bike trails there are throughout the thriving metropolis.
With the near-perfect, year-round weather that Miami possesses, there’s no denying the enjoyment that comes from enjoying the outdoors. Add in the soft, warm breeze and surge of endorphins you get from bike riding, and you’ve got yourself a winning activity on all fronts!
So, for all you vacationers out there looking for a unique way to experience Miami, check out these Miami bike trails and choose one—or more than one—that best suits your riding style!
Explore Miami on These Bike Trails
#5. South Pointe Park | Miami Beach
Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the glittering Atlantic and enjoy 360-degree views of the natural surroundings. Accepting of all skill levels, this bike trail will entrance you with its indisputable charm, so much so that you’ll be hard pressed to find another spot as charming. You’ve been warned!
Address: 1 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
#4. Commodore Trail | Coconut Grove, FL
Head out on a breezy, 5-mile ride through the lovely streets of South Miami Ave., Bayshore Drive, Main Highway and Douglas Road. Soak up the historic vibes of Coconut Grove and check out some Miami hotspots along the way—Alice Wainwright Park, Museum of Science/Planetarium, Vizcaya Museum, Kennedy Park, Peacock Park and the Barnacle Historic State Park are along the way and worthy of checking out.
Address: 3162 Commodore Plaza Unit 1H, Miami, FL 33133
#3. Old Cutler Trail | Coral Gables
11 miles of picturesque, tree-canopied trails—perfect for a calm and beautiful ride through Coral Gables. It may get a bit bumpy from time to time, as the Banyan trees’ roots have a tendency to stake their claim over the path. No bother—set a leisurely pace and you’ll glide right over them! Oh, and save some time to take a detour through Matheson Hammock Park for stunning views of Biscayne Bay. Other stops include: Fairchild Tropical Garden, Pinecrest Gardens and The Deering Estate.
Address: 7001 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL
#2. Rickenbacker Trail | Key Biscayne
Now this is a trail that makes bikers swoon! Enjoy breathtaking views of Miami in the distance as you cross the Rickenbacker Causeway, and be on the lookout for the beautiful beach of Virginia Key on your right. If you want to add a little more distance to your trip, take the bike/pedestrian path at Virginia Key (it’s separate from the bike lane along the highway). This 8.5-mile trail ends at the Bill Baggs Cape State Park, where you’ll turn around and make your way back. All in all, it’s one heck of a picturesque path.
Address: 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
#1. Shark Valley Trail | The Everglades
This trail is an absolute must for cyclists. Aside from being just plain cool, this 15-mile paved loop is the ultimate escape from the inner city madness. Although the name suggests, this 2- to 3-hour trail isn’t teeming with sharks. In fact, there are none—sorry! However, you will see several sunbathing alligators, grasshoppers and all kinds of fowl. So bring your camera and keep your eyes out for sleeping gators. About half way through, there is an observation tower that overlooks the Everglades. Trust us, you’ll want to check it out!
Address: U.S. Hwy 41, 25 miles off the Florida Turnpike
Cost: $10 by car, valid for one week