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Imagine yourself pedaling a beach cruiser or a bicycle-built-for-two, a gentle breeze blowing through the air, stopping only for ice cream, epic views and dazzling sunsets over the water.

Perhaps you’ve been here before. If so, you know that it’s bliss on two wheels. In these moments, as all your senses are heightened, it’s not so much about getting somewhere as it is about enjoying the journey

A bike ride fosters a unique intimacy with a destination, and it can be a particularly magical experience along a beach, whether it’s cruising a bustling boardwalk or winding through a natural landscape. Here are a few beachy spots to help foster biking bliss.

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MIAMI, FL


Deco bikes roll up and down the Miami Beach Boardwalk, intermingling with the beautiful people that make this oceanfront metropolis so glamorous. Enjoy this quintessential Miami Beach experience (which is only allowed south of 21st street) in the early morning or at sunset. Be sure to include a journey to South Point Park for 360-degree views of the ocean. The Marriott Stanton South Beach, right on Ocean Drive, offers its adorable beach cruisers—decorated in pale yellow with bright teal wheels—to guests free of charge. The Confidante – in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt, in Miami Beach’s buzzworthy Mid-Beach neighborhood offers complimentary beach cruisers for local exploration, too.

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI

No cars are allowed on this island in northern Michigan, giving this sweet island setting, where fudge shops and Victorian architecture rule, a tempo more befitting of the 19th century. It also makes bicycles an integral part of the experience. Cruise the 8-mile lakefront path that circles the island; it’s Michigan’s only state highway that’s automobile-free, with dazzling views over Lake Huron. Bicycle Street Inn and Suites, as its name suggests, has a fleet of bicycles available for guest rental.

SANTA MONICA, CA

The 26-mile bike bath that runs alongside the Pacific Ocean is a colorful kaleidoscope of California eye candy, taking you through Venice, where you can ogle bodybuilders at “Muscle Beach” and street performers from oceanfront cafes, and Marina del Rey, where you can marvel at massive yachts in the water. A journey along this path is on one of the most popular things to do in Santa Monica. The Bayside Hotel offers bright-red beach cruises for guests to rent.

HILTON HEAD, SC

Hilton Head Island’s 12 miles of hard-packed beach are totally, completely bike-able during low tide. The family-friendly Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa offers bike rentals onsite for those eager to explore this, and the island’s network of biking paths.

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CHICAGO, IL

Chicago’s Lakefront Trail is glorious in summer, and a consistent surprise to visitors who don’t associate Chicago with beachfront bustle. The 18-mile path hugs Lake Michigan, winding through beaches, parks and the city’s museum campus. Hotel Lincoln, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is convenient to the path and offers guests free bike rentals.

JEKYLL ISLAND, GEORGIA

Explore this laid-back setting on two wheels. It boasts more than 20 miles of paved biking trails that wind through beaches, sand dunes, riverfront, historic sites and forests shaded by ancient oaks. Be sure to pedal your way to the Georgie Sea Turtle Center, where you can witness the rehabilitation of these sea animals in action. The Westin Jekyll Island, situated right on the beach and convenient to paths, has a bike rental facility right next door.

SAN DIEGO, CA

San Diego is blessed with year-round weather perfect for bike rides. Explore the network of paths and bike lanes that traverse the Point Loma Peninsula, which boasts breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay. It’s an adventure that can take you to Sunset Cliffs, Ocean Beach, Mission Bay Park and all the way to Cabrillo National Monument, with its historical sites, whale watching opportunities and tidal pools. The Pearl Hotel is a great springboard to it all. Bonus: It also offers free use of bikes to guests.

THE HAMPTONS, NEW YORK

Forget using your car here, where parking goes quickly and will set you pack a pretty penny. Opt for a leisurely bike ride along the beach, perhaps even cycling up to picturesque Montauk Point (if you’re feeling ambitious). The Maidstone in East Hampton offers guests complimentary use of red cruisers with baskets—ideal for stowing that towel, water and guilty pleasure beach read.

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