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Our favorite road cycling routes in Southern California

South from Dana Point/San Clemente hills: https://www.strava.com/activities/1548142204

South from Dana Point to Las Pulgas- flat/coastal: https://www.strava.com/activities/585447942

Laguna Niguel/Dana Point climbs: https://www.strava.com/athletes/408629

Newport Coast/Shady Canyon Loop: https://www.strava.com/activities/402103875

Shady Canyon bike path

Santiago Canyon, Live Oak Canyon, Silverado Canyon: https://www.strava.com/activities/583537272

Laguna Beach Climbs- amazing views: https://www.strava.com/activities/784510328

San Gabriel mountain/Glendora Mountain Road to Hwy 39 to Crystal Lake: https://www.strava.com/activities/98155429

Glendora Mountain Road (previous Tour of California route)

Mount Baldy ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/39266087

Swami’s ride from Encinitas: https://www.mapmyride.com/us/encinitas-ca/swami-s-saturday-ride-route-63844274

Rancho Palos Verdes ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/220287131

Simi Valley/Thousand Oaks/Santa Monica Ride: https://www.strava.com/activities/99133843

Unique Laguna Beach Travel Information

This Laguna Beach travel information was compiled by Marvin Davis (@farmtotable on Twitter) and kindly provided to us for use on this blog. Please, feel free to let us know if something should be added to this listing.

We are often asked about fun things to do in the areas we serve. Sometimes, we’re even asked where is a great place to stay. For that reason, we thought it might be nice to post some ideas for people. Here, we provide some interesting Laguna Beach travel info. August is an especially great time to visit the Laguna Beach area, and it is a one-stop shop for outdoor adventures. We highly recommend this area as a base camp for your Southern California adventures!

Info Sheet – South Orange Coast Base Camp at Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove State Park (http://crystalcovestatepark.com/) makes a great base camp for just about any adventure (Kayak/SUP/MTB riding/Road Bike riding/Hiking/Swimming/Scuba/Surfing/Snorkeling). The South Orange Coast from Newport to Dana Point has sufficient topography to make launching & landing kayaks/SUP’s in most weather conditions a breeze. Exploring this beautiful area will reveal many small coves, hidden beaches, and beautiful vistas.

Be sure to treat yourself to the Shake Shack located along HWY-1 at least once.

If you are unfamiliar with this venue and just want to get a feel for Crystal Cove, stop by the Beachcomber Cafe (http://thebeachcombercafe.com/_crystalcove/index.aspx) located right on the beach. Great beach vibe with breakfast, lunch, dinner, served inside or on the deck and a separate bar outside.

While staying in one of the vintage Crystal Cove Cottages, just get yuppie grub from Trader Joes  ((949) 494-7404) at the nearby Crystal Cove Promenade (8086 E Pacific Coast Hwy 92657) shopping center or take out from local restaurants. One of our favorite takeouts is whole roasted chicken and a Caesar salad from Banderas ((949) 673-3524; http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurants/bandera/ ) at 3201 E Pacific Coast Hwy in Corona del Mar 92625.

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Crystal Cove Cottages

Unique accommodations range from tent/RV camping at the Crystal Cove State Park’s new Moro Campground, to hiking in to an Environmental Site, to rustic beach Cottages located right on the sand. The Moro Campground tent sites are located closest to the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and cost a whopping $50/night, but could just be one of the finest adventure base camps ever.

Accomodations:

Environmental Sites (Hike may not be suitable with heavy gear/boats.)

Link to site: http://www.crystalcovestatepark.com/camping.htm

Reservations by ReserveAmerica:http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Crystal_Cove_Sp/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120022

Moro Campground

Link to site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5WhiHC71Jc

Reservations by ReserveAmerica: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Crystal_Cove_Sp_Moro_Campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=123400

Cottages

Link to site: http://www.crystalcovebeachcottages.com/html/index.php

Reservations by ReserveAmerica: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Crystal_Cove_Beach_Cottages/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=CA&parkId=120742

Prices range from ~$40/night for a secure dorm room to ~$200/night for a complete house. Reservations are available 7 months in advance but cancellations often come up, especially the week before.

I like the beach cottages 16, 19A, 32, & 37 because of the short portage to launch. My wife’s favorite is 33 located along the bluff. The dorm units do not work for couples. Cottage 2 has some restaurant noise. ADA units 1, 18 , 38D require handicap placard. The only unit I cannot recommend is 19B as it is located below 19A and can be painfully bad with noisy kids living right above you, jumping off the beds, running across the floor, etc.

Other Accomodations:

The Carriage House in Laguna Beach is a relatively affordable private accommodation with kitchen.

http://www.carriagehouse.com/

Another great base camp option is the cottages at nearby Newport Dunes RV Park.

http://www.newportdunes.com/cottages.html

The 1 bedroom w/lofts and Beachfront 1 bedroom w/lofts are very nice. Pricey during the summer, but the off season rates have been running ~$150/night for a nicely furnished cottage. Launch from beach a stones throw from cottage for a peaceful flat water meander of the Newport Back Bay, or head on out through the channel to see what adventures await. Located along some good road bike routes and there are a few nice little MTB routes and hiking trails nearby, including the Back Bay Loop (http://www.irlandmarks.org/assets/pdfs/BackBayLoopMap.pdf) that you can access directly from the RV Park.

Laguna Beach Weather

Use the following link to check out what to expect from the weather during your stay: http://www.weather.com/weather/monthly/92651

Laguna Beach Events

Local events include Pageant of the Masters (A unique must see experience where the art comes to you life size (http://www.foapom.com/), Festival of the Arts, Sawdust Festival, Art Museum, Live music (Ever heard Sachmo Covers? That sound exactly like Louise Armstrong?) in a multitude of indoor and outdoor venues, great little shops, museums, art galleries, with free trolley service around town and to the beach. Check out the Laguna Beach Calendar of Events for more options for your stay.

Laguna Beach Calendar of Events: http://www.lagunabeach.com/calendarofevents/

Outdoor Activities:

MTB Riding: There is some great year round (closed after winter rains) MTB riding in Crystal Cove State Park and you could always hook up the with the RADS and Brian Lopes if you are looking for a more extreme Pro level adventure.

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MTB in Laguna Beach

No known pump tracks or DJ/Freeride sites, but I’m sure they’re there somewhere.

MTB Trails:

http://www.mountainbikebill.com/elmorocanyon.htm

 

Check out the MTB Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6v5FLPQcUo

Note the ridge line trails are completely devoid of Poison Oak.

 

 

MTB Rentals (Stumpys, Mojos, Blurs, Oh My!):

http://www.cycleogical.net/

http://lagunacycleryshop.blogspot.com/

 

Road Riding:

Nice road bike rides North/South along HWY-1 and as far East as you want.

http://www.octa.net/pdf/bwmap_full.pdf

Road Bike Rentals:

Don’t have your road bike with you but still want to go out and enjoy cycling the South Orange Coast? Contact Joe (949) 374-6079 at Synaptic Cycles for a great rental price on a super smooth Calfee or Cervelo delivered right to your door!

https://synapticcycles.com/

 

Kayaking/Stand Up Paddleboarding:

Newport Bay also makes a good launch site.

http://www.newportbeachca.gov/index.aspx?page=904

Dana Harbor is a very nice launch site.

http://www.funorangecountyparks.com/2011/08/baby-beach-dana-point-harbor.html

Kayak/SUP Rentals:

Kayak/SUP Rentals from Southwind Rental Base (949) 261-0200

http://www.southwindkayaks.com/rental-rates.html

SCUBA:

SCUBA is a great option with much sea life and interesting topography and artifacts, include including an old anchor and a WWII vintage F4 Corsair (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=23871) located just offshore from Crystal Cove.

Surfing:

Surf Report (949) 494-6573

http://www.orangecounty.net/html/beaches-lb_crystal.html

Watch for submerged rocks.

Day Trips:

Avalon on Catalina Island makes an excellent day trip from the ferry terminals in nearby Newport Beach (Catalina Flyer http://www.catalinainfo.com/) or Dana Harbor (Catalina Express http://www.catalinaexpress.com/index.php). Tip: Catalina Express currently has a promo for free round trip travel on your birthday.

 

How to get around:

Train Service: Regular AMTRAK Train service aboard the Pacific Surfliner is available from nearby Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, or limited service from San Clemente.

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Route_C/1241245649505/1237405732511

Call (800) USA-RAIL for reservations and monitor http://twitter.com/PACSurfliners for latest updates.

Buses:

OCTA #1 municipal bus travels HWY-1 from Long Beach to Dana Point (and occasionally San Clemente) with stops near Crystal Cove State Park. http://www.octa.net/bus-routes-and-schedules.aspx

 

 

 

Orange County Road Bike Rides-Newport Coast

There are great road bike rides throughout Orange County that have incredible views of the ocean. The Newport Coast sits along the coastline of Southern California, tucked between Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar. There are few places along the coast that enjoy such a beautiful view of the California coastline. Given the setting, it’s not difficult to see why it would be a local favorite for road cyclists. Here we list a few great Orange County road bike rides near Newport Coast.

The one difficulty with riding in this area is that riding along the PCH to the north takes you through Corona Del Mar, while riding to the south takes you through Laguna Beach. Both of these coastal towns are wonderful places to visit, but riding a bicycle through them can be a bit frightening, especially for those not accustomed to newport-coast-2-300x143riding in higher traffic areas with little or no shoulder or bike lane. Your best bet if you want to ride the coast road is to get out early during lower traffic times.

Fortunately, there are other options for those staying in one the resorts in the Newport Coast area. Many of these options offer road cyclists a nice variety of terrain, with nicely paved roads and terrific scenery. We are starting to compile some routes for those staying in the area and we will be sharing links to route sheets on this page as we move forward.

Here’s a few great road bike rides in the Newport Coast ares (all start from Newport Coast and avoid the higher traffic areas of the PCH):

Quick Hill Workout-A 7.2 mile loop with almost 1500 ft of climbing!

Laguna Beach/Dana Point/Lake Forest Loop-44 mile tour of some of Orange Counties nicest areas.

Corona Del Mar/Irvine/Laguna Beach Loop-32 mile ride with varied terrain.

If looking for Orange County’s number one road bike rental service, give us a call today!

We Deliver High-End Road Bike Rentals!

August 2, 2013Joe BartoeNews

Usually, when the phone rings around here, we find that customers have some familiar questions for us. “We are staying in [insert town/city here]. Do you deliver there? Is there an extra charge for that?”

Just to have the record set straight, we want to let you know that we deliver high-end road bike rentals to areas within an ~30 mile radius of Dana Point, for free. I know this might not be very helpful to those of you who ahome-bikere not familiar with Orange County and San Diego County.

It’s difficult to create and exhaustive list of places within this radius, but we can to give you some idea.

In San Diego County, we deliver to Oceanside, Carlsbad, Leucadia, La Costa, Encinitas and Del Mar along the coast, and we’ve delivered inland to Rancho Santa Fe, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido.

In Orange County, we can easily deliver to the coastal areas such as San Clemente, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach, Newport Coast and Huntington Beach. We have also delivered to inland areas like Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Irvine, Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Orange, and Fullerton.

This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list but it covers most. Don’t worry, we don’t get angry or testy if you ask where we deliver. We just wanted to say it somewhere so people can find it. So give us a call and we’ll set you up with your bike and get you out on the road!

So, give us a call! We carry bikes from Calfee, Volagi, and Focus!

 

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