Pedal through Paradise

Bikers riding on highway bridge

There is no better way to explore The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel than on a bicycle seat. With an average of 271 sunny days and the unlikelihood of snow, there is plenty of time to pedal through paradise!

If you consider yourself a savy cyclist, the largest bicycle club in the area is the Caloosa Riders Bicycle Club. The group was established in the area in 1987 and keeps an up-to-date calendar of events online for easy access. There are up to 30 club rides each month and visitors are always welcome to enjoy a tour with the locals. For reference, ride speed, distance and start times are listed online. One of my personal favorite rides is Taco Tuesday. The ride explores one of Fort Myers’ longest parks, John Yarbrough Linear Park, including a taco dinner at a restaurant near the ride start! If you are looking for more of a challenge, Caloosa Riders offers a variety of weekly rides with published average speeds of 18 mph. Many of these rides begin in Cape Coral and Fort Myers which makes exploring the surrounding communities a breeze. 

Are you looking for more of an island experience? Check out Sanibel Island and its 25 miles of easily accessible bike paths. Begin the ride by pedaling over the Sanibel Causeway Bridge for a magnificent view. Then ride next to some of the most beautiful beaches that are famous for shelling. Let’s not forget about Pine Island and its 16 miles of off road paths. The paths on Florida’s largest island begin in St. James City and continue to Bokeelia on the north end. Fort Myers Beach is another gem to explore. Expect to have views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Estero Bay.

If you wish to get off the beaten path, we have miles of paved roads where you can see Southwest Florida in its natural state. Areas such as Alva, Buckingham and Lehigh Acres are surrounded by horses, cattle, farms, rural homes and orange groves. Sometimes you can even smell the citrus in the air! Caloosahatchee Regional Park offers off-road mountain biking in its 768-acre facility with almost 20 miles of trails through pine flatwoods, scrub oak, cypress swamps and oak hammocks. Here you can find a real Florida experience where it’s not uncommon to encounter deer or hogs in the early morning hours. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to pedal through paradise.  

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