Where to Ride Bikes in Miami
Oleta State Park
Ten miles of intermediate bike trails will challenge the most adventurous of riders. Treacherous labyrinths entertain and burn calories for hours on end—and the trickier the trail, the more vivacious the surroundings become. One word of caution: Routes aren’t clearly set and one can mistakenly go into the black expert zone and flip over a bridge (it may or may not have happened to me).
Rickenbacker Trail – Virginia Key, Crandon Park, Bill Baggs State Park
Bring a bike with you to Virginia Key: there are no rentals available at the first stop on the eight-mile-long Rickenbacker Trail. Off-the-beaten-path mountain trails are novice-friendly and picturesque to keep both your eyes and feet amused. Then, head through Crandon Park and end up at Bill Baggs State Park, where you can topsy-turvey around the lighthouse and maybe even spot a manatee coasting along the seashore trail.
Amelia Earhart Park
Where you’re going, you don’t need roads—or at least not paved roads. Amelia Earhart Park spans eight miles of unpaved roads for all levels of riders. Be sure to bring your hot wheels and GoPro—and perhaps most important, a helmet, since they won’t let you ride here without one.
South Beach Boardwalk – Deco Bikes
It’s not a real Miami experience without renting a Deco Bike and pedaling along the South Pointe Park’s paved walkway, which has 360-degree views of the ocean. Early morning riders will get a nice worm with donation yoga every morning at 7 a.m. on Third and Ocean Drive. Sunset wheeling is just as sweet.
You can cruise through the Everglades on a 15-mile paved road that sometimes features alligators as pedestrians. For a bird’s-eye view of the ecological surroundings and wildlife, stop and steal a view from the observation tower. A well kept-secret, Shark Valley is typically uninhabited, so it’s great for families and group rides. Just bring water, sunscreen, and good energy.