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Florida Gulf Beaches & Rail Trails Bike Tour

  • Gulf beach
  • Siesta key aerial view
  • Sunset on the Key
  • Shrimp meal
  • Sandhill crane Florida
  • Sunset and palm trees Sarasota
  • Roseate spoonbills on Florida Gulf Beaches
  • Sea star on kayak tour
  • Beach on Florida Gulf tour
DURATION
6 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
16 to 56 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
1-Easier
REVIEWS
STARTING FROM
$3495
SINGLES ADD FROM
$1,250

Trip Overview

Escape the north and enjoy this award-winning bike tour on flat, protected rail trails — plus scenic riding on the barrier islands and beaches along the serene waters of Florida’s gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. Relish these carefully designed cycling routes in Pinellas and Sarasota counties. You stay ALL five nights right on the beach or waterfront, allowing for morning and evening strolls during the ideal conditions in late fall or early spring. Each day features riding on rail trails with options for additional road miles — and the road miles are frequently in bike lanes or on quiet roads. Plus, dine on fresh seafood and other local treats.

You spend the first three days on Clearwater Beach and in the St. Petersburg area, primarily exploring the Pinellas Trail and numerous state parks and beaches. A short shuttle on Wednesday takes you to the Legacy Trail in Sarasota County, where you enjoy rail trails and easy access to Casey Key — with its slow-traffic road and easy connections to bike trails and to miles of roads with dedicated bike lanes.

Whether you want to ride just on trails, or you are looking for extra early- and late-season miles, this trip provides a great combination of beaches and biking to create a vacation you’ll never forget! This is also an ideal trip to bring along a non-riding companion to enjoy the beaches and museums, including the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. On the March dates, you might even be able to attend an MLB spring training baseball game.

This tour won Bicycling Magazine's 2021 award for "Best Beach-Adjacent Tour." Reserve your space today!

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Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day
Distance: 17 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
The trip begins in the afternoon when you meet your leaders at Tampa Airport. After brief introductions, you shuttle to Fort Desoto State Park for a bike fitting, have a safety review, and then set off on your first ride. After exploring the fortifications and beaches, riders head to the hotel by van. Check in for your first night — right on the beach — and gather for a welcome dinner together.
DAY 2 - Clearwater Beach to Tarpon Springs
Distance: 30 or 36 miles | Terrain: Easier | Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
Today's ride begins with pedaling over the Clearwater Causeway to the Pinellas Trail and then heading North on the Pinellas to the historic fishing village of Tarpon Springs. You pass through a number of bayside towns and enjoy lunch together at a classic Greek restaurant. After lunch, you head back south on the Pinellas Trail to Dunedin, where we end the ride at a trailside brewery. There is also an option to continue riding for the final 6 miles back to the hotel on Clearwater Beach. Dinner is as a group.
DAY 3 - Clearwater Beach to St. Petersburg
Distance: 26 or 36 miles | Terrain: Easier | The Birchwood, St. Petersburg
Today’s ride begins with cycling over the Clearwater Causeway to the Pinellas Trail and then heading south on the Pinellas to the end of the trail in downtown St. Petersburg. You pass through a variety of towns and parks and end with a section of murals along the trail. You arrive in St. Petersburg in time for lunch and then go on a guided tour of the Dali Museum. After the tour of the Dali, you check into your boutique hotel and have an optional 10-mile ride through historic neighborhoods and beachside towns. Dinner is on your own this evening.
DAY 4 - Casey Key
Distance: 25 or 45 miles | Terrain: Easier | Gulf Shores Resort Motel
Shuttle to Venice and the end of the Legacy Trail. After riding to the northern end, follow dedicated bike lanes and back roads out to Casey Key for an included lunch. Your hotel is a short 6-mile ride down Casey Key after lunch. Casey Key is known for its lovely beach ... and the low-light restrictions there improve the success of the many sea turtles that nest there. You can then relax on the beach or choose to do an additional afternoon loop for more miles. End the day with a sunset stroll on the beach and a walk to a delicious waterside dinner nearby.
DAY 5 - Islands & Kayaking
Distance: 39 miles | Terrain: Easier | Gulf Shores Resort Motel
Today’s ride takes you back along the Legacy Trail into Venice, then along a dedicated bike trail beside the Intracoastal Waterway — part of the network providing protected passage for boats from Boston to Florida and around the Gulf to Texas. After traversing the quiet neighborhood roads of South Venice, you cross a bridge onto Manasota Key and enjoy more riding along a barrier island. At the southern end of Manasota Key, you visit Stump Pass Beach State Park and go for a kayak paddle in the mangroves at Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve. A bag lunch is included. Return to Venice Island — via bike or van — and explore the beaches there, including the opportunity to sift the sand for plentiful fossilized shark’s teeth. Our final celebratory dinner is at a local restaurant.
DAY 6 - Departure Day
Distance: 16 to 30 miles | Terrain: Easier
Today is our final day of riding. You can start early for some longer miles on bike lanes, visiting Myakka River State Park, or you can take a more leisurely ride back to the Legacy Trail and along the beaches of Casey Key. Then shuttle to Ybor City for lunch and then back to Tampa Airport for farewells.

Map

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Mar 12, 2023 Mar 17, 2023 $3495.00 Date SOLD OUT Sold Out Sold Out

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (on your own for 1 lunch in St. Petersburg, 1 dinner in Clearwater and 1 dinner in Venice), kayaking at Lemon Bay, entrance to the Salvador Dalí Museum, State Park entrance fees, leaders, van support, maps and route directions. One free shuttle time to and from Tampa Airport per each tour date. And use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Mar 12, 2023
End: Mar 17, 2023
Cost: $3495.00
Availability: Date SOLD OUT
Sold Out

What’s Included

5 nights’ lodging, 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners (on your own for 1 lunch in St. Petersburg, 1 dinner in Clearwater and 1 dinner in Venice), kayaking at Lemon Bay, entrance to the Salvador Dalí Museum, State Park entrance fees, leaders, van support, maps and route directions. One free shuttle time to and from Tampa Airport per each tour date. And use of a bicycle, helmet, and bike lights. Airfare not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
This waterfront hotel on Florida's Gulf Coast is in the heart of Clearwater on 10 acres of beach property. Pier 60 is footsteps away, and you're a mile from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This hotel features four beachside covered decks, private cabanas, and a tiki bar on the sand. They can arrange snorkeling trips, deep sea fishing, and more adventures.
The Birchwood Inn
The Birchwood Inn is a beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Their 18 hotel rooms are the perfect getaway for guests looking to enjoy the vibrant restaurants, bars, and art scene of the city. Whether you are enjoying a divine dinner in their restaurant Birch & Vine or soaking in the view from the Canopy rooftop bar & lounge, there is something for everyone at The Birchwood.
Gulf Shores Beach Resort
Enjoy relaxation at the newly renovated Gulf Shores Beach Resort on the secluded island of Casey Key. Their bungalows rest on a private beach and on the Venice Inlet. Experience sunsets, palm trees and sunshine.

Guests say …

Quotes from guests about this tour:


“Absolutely impressed with their [leaders’] commitment to customer service.”
 
— M. Franz
 
 

“You do particularly well at making riders feel that you want them to get the best possible experience.”
 
— C. White
 
 

“The seafood I had on this tour was the best I have EVER had. Thanks for all the great choices!”
 
— L. Radin
 
 

“You do most everything well. I really have no complaints and look forward to another trip with Discovery.”
 
— D. & J. Keller
 
 

Gallery

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Gulf beach Siesta key aerial view Sunset on the Key Shrimp meal Sandhill crane Florida Sunset and palm trees Sarasota Roseate spoonbills on Florida Gulf Beaches Sea star on kayak tour Beach on Florida Gulf tour