Good morning everyone. I hope you enjoyed your drive down to Santa Monica Bay yesterday afternoon. The day is warm and beautiful and perfect to explore Santa Monica Bay this morning. After breakfast we will start our day at Santa Monica Bay beach and bike trails. .
Most of the beaches of Santa Monica Bay are wide strips of golden sand. Santa Monica offers several piers found every few miles down the coastline. Normally the piers are nearby shops and restaurants. Along this strip of highway there is plenty of outdoor dining, entertainment and equipment rentals.
The Pacific Coast Highway does not follow the shoreline in this area. I would suggest buying a map at the gas station or local stores. The map helps to find the beach access roads, shops, and points of interest. The area has so much to offer and see. In front of shops there are boardwalks to the beach to roll down, beach volleyball games to see, and street entertainment for your enjoyment. Spend the morning exploring Santa Monica Bay. Our next stop down the highway will be:
South Bay Bicycle Trail
The South Bay Bicycle Trails run from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance County Beach. The 22-mile long trail is a paved path where most of the trail runs along the beach with parts of the trail on city streets. The trail is 14-feet wide with smooth asphalt or concrete surface. Share the trail with bicyclist, joggers, skaters, skateboarders, pedestrians and wheelchair riders. The trail is a wonderful way to spend the day connecting to all the piers along the way and the Strand in Venice Beach.
Along the ride you will see rental stand that offers bicycles, roller-skates, and Rollerblades. Some of the stands rent reclining three-wheel bicycles. The owner's of the shops will allow you to try riding the bikes before you rent. If you have some strength in your legs this is a great way to enjoy the stretch of the beach and get some exercise at the same time. I would suggest that you try riding one of the bikes and have some fun on the beach trail.
Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach
At the section of Manhattan Beach that connects Hermosa Beach will be a set of stairs. It is possible to bypass the stars on the ocean side by the residential street. Follow the residential street that is directly ahead of you and look for the alley between the tenth and eleventh houses. The alley is steep and lined with planter boxes but it is possible to pass by in your wheelchair.
Just south of Hermosa Beach the trail detours to a commercial street with heavy traffic. The street is narrow and most wheelchairs cannot pass on the street. One bicycle lane runs along the street but the traffic on the street makes you feel uncomfortable traveling in the bike lane. I would suggest that you travel a few blocks inland to a friendlier street and rejoin the trails at Redondo Pier.
Will Roger State Beach
The Will Roger State Beach is two miles of the trail and has blue handicap spaces in the three parking lots along the Pacific Coast Highway. The entrance at Gladstone's 4 Fish restaurant sits on the low bluff above the beach. The restaurant is one of Los Angeles local landmarks. During the summer months dine on the deck overseeing the ocean to enjoy your lunch or dinner. Spend some time on the rocks at the edge of the bluff and if you feel adventurous take the steep asphalt road down to the beach.
Temescal Canyon Road
The 22-mile trail begins at the Temescal Canyon Road beach entrance. To the north of the parking lot is a pedestrian-only path. This path is beautiful for an early morning or late evening stroll.
Will Rogers State beach is a flat southern California beach. The entrance is three miles down from Gladstone's 4 Fish restaurant where you will find picnic tables, concessions stands, and beach volleyball courts. Grab a beach wheelchair in the parking lot and take a stroll down by the water getting your feet wet. The sidewalks at each end of the parking lot connect the beach to the South Bay Bicycle Trails. The parking area has two handicap parking areas one found at each end of the parking lot.
The South Bay Bike Trails will lead you from Santa Monica Bay to Santa Monica. The 22-miles of trails have much to offer for the entire day. Spend the day enjoying the beach, riding down the trails, and stopping to shop along the way. Once you reach Santa Monica you will find plenty of hotels, shops, and restaurants to spend your evening at. Tomorrow we will start our day off at Santa Monica Shores where each year over 15 million people come to enjoy the beaches. Have a wonderful afternoon and evening I will see you tomorrow after a good night's sleep. Enjoy Santa Monica beach community and please take in the nightlife you will have so much fun.