St. Augustine, the oldest city in the US, was founded in 1565. It’s the center of the “Historic Coast.” Forty two miles of peaceful sand beach abound with old Spanish and Moorish architecture, museums and history galore. It’s the perfect cycling vacation, with old world charm, southern hospitality and a mix of trail and road biking.
Castillo De San Marcos
Ormond Scenic Loop
National Estuarine Research Reserve
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Golden Magnolia Resort & Spa
St. George Inn
Florida House Inn
Day 1: Our first ride will be along the Ormond Scenic Loop from Ormond Beach to Flagler Beach. Vistas from the saddle include rivers, creeks, marshes, barrier island dunes & beach. You’ll also pass historic dwellings, museums, Victorian-era homes & other interesting spots as we loop inland and then back toward the Atlantic. A large portion of the days ride will be through state parks and on barrier islands.
Day 2: The tour continues up Florida’s Historic Coast to St. Augustine, the oldest city in America. We will stop at Marineland Dolphin Adventure, one of the first oceanariums in the country. After a guided aquarium walk and dolphin training session, the ride continues to the St. Augustine Lighthouse.
Day 3: The third day is all about exploring historic St. Augustine with low miles in the saddle to rest. After a walking tour with local expert and lunch, we will visit Castillo De San Marcos. Built by the Spanish to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route, this monument preserves the oldest masonry fortification in the continental U.S.
Day 4: We will continue our journey north up the coast to Atlantic Beach. Making our way out of St. Augustine, we ride on a barrier island that separates the Guana River from the ocean and serves as the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. This reserve is one of only 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country, and protects and provides for a great diversity of plants and animals.
Day 5: Continuing north, the tour heads toward Florida’s northernmost city. A ferry ride over St. John’s River takes us to Fort George Island, where we will ride a scenic loop to Kingsley Plantation. This historic plantation illustrates the 18th and 19th century in the state.
Day 6: For the final day, we will ride a loop from our hotel to Fort Clinch State Park and back. The state park is at the very northern tip of Florida along the Atlantic coast and features a Civil War era fort and 1,400 acres of Maritime hammocks with massive arching live oaks. After exploring the park, we return to our hotel to change for a Amelia River Cruise to finish out your vacation on a relaxing note.
5 Breakfasts | 6 Lunches | 2 Dinners
PP Double Occupancy
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.