Enjoy yourself on a warm bike tour while the rest of the country is shoveling snow. The fun is not just on 2 wheels as you will have time to walk the beach, shop famous stores, have a drink at a microbrew and eat at great local restaurants. This Florida Suncoast beach tour is fully supported and covers everything, except dinners, for 6 days and 5 nights. Our tour price includes, breakfast, lunch, shuttle during the tour with your bags, great bike jersey and beverages after the ride. You will have a tour guide riding on the trail along with a support vehicle for the entire tour. See our February tour below or send INQUIRY for more information. This tour is sure to be a sell-out so take advantage of the early bird pricing.
Your hosts will be Luke Harris, the owner of Crossroads Bike Tours, his son, Eli and his friend, Dennis Scherschel.
Dennis, Eli and Luke
Your Florida Suncoast 7-day Fully Guided Tour
Travel day to Clearwater Beach, FL. Hotel – Residence Inn, 309 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. Tampa Airport (TPA) is a 40 minute drive by Taxi/Uber. We will meet at 7:30pm for a group welcoming.
We will start at 8:30 to ride the Southern Section of Pinellas trail and then back to Clearwater Beach. This ride moves from Clearwater Beach to Largo to St. Petersburg and then back to our hotel for a 30 mile ride. Lunch on the beach, across the street by hotel taking in the great view of the surf. – Free afternoon to stay on the beach, go to Aquarium or shop. Group dinner in evening at a great restaurant near by.
Today we ride the northern section of Pinellas Trail traveling 38 miles. We start at our Hotel and travel north to Tarpon Springs, visit the Greek sponge community, have lunch then head back to Dunedin. While in Dunedin we will do a few beer tastings and stroll the shops. We ride our bikes back to our Hotel to enjoy a free mid-afternoon followed by a group dinner at a great Seafood restaurant
Time to leave Clearwater Beach, we check out and leave at 8:00an and drive to Fort Desoto where we will ride their beautiful bike trials around this old Fort that protected Tampa Bay from Pirates and other countries. We will ride around this park for 18 miles and walk the grounds of this Fort and beach before heading to lunch then off to Sarasota. Group dinner tonight at the famous St. Armand’s Circle – Shore Restaurant
Fun day riding the Legacy Trail from Sarasota to Venice for a 27 or 54 mile day of riding We will have a great ride over lagoons, lakes and pass Alligator crossing signs along the way. Then in Venice we will travel to the beach for Lunch at Sharky’s on the Pier. After lunch plan on walking this “Black Beach” and try your hand at finding fossilized shark teeth or fishing off the pier. Then head back by bike or van back to Sarasota. Group dinner tonight at another great restaurant at St. Armand’s Circle
Time to trade in your bike for a paddle as we do a Kayak Tour of the Sarasota Bay. We will be taught how to kayak and then go into the bay for a 2-hour tour. We tour through exotic Mangrove tunnels and in the bay hope for manatee and dolphin sightings as well as birds, star fish and unique aquodic animals. Then we ride our bikes to a great lunch at Old Salty Dog before having the afternoon to relax by the beach or shop at St. Armand’s Circle. Our final group dinner tonight at the St. Armand’s Circle – the famous Columbia Restaurant.
Our final day in Florida. We get up early to ride 22 miles along the bike path on Lido Key, crossing several bridges from island to island then head back to hotel to shower, pack, have a late breakfast and checkout by 11am. We then pack the van and head back to the Tampa Airport by 1:00pm or the Residence Inn to pick up your car.
Lodging w/ breakfast at hotel
Lunch at great local restaurants
Shuttle during the 7 days of the tour
Detailed map of each day’s route and activities
Guides riding with tour and the last guest to ensure safety
Support & Gear Van stationed throughout the tour
Dinner reservations for entire group – participation is optional – guest pay
Florida Tour themed bike Jersey
Beverages after the ride
Transportation back to Tampa Airport or Clearwater Beach Hotel to pick up your vehicle
Suggested Packing List
What's Not Included
Transportation to Residence Inn – Clearwater Beach, FL before trip begins– Nearest Airport is Tampa (TPA) then taxi/uber to hotel
Extra night’s reservations – We can provide them for you – based on availability
Parking at Hotel for guests with vehicles
Difficulty Level: easy to intermediate These trails are all paved trails with smooth surfaces. We will ride from 18-35 miles per day with 5 riding days on this tour. The trails are flat with some occasional bridges to crossover roads and water. Support vehicle will provide drinks and snacks on the route. This ride is very casual to enjoy the scenery as well as the warm weather. This tour is designed for all biking levels.
Suggested bicycle and tires
Any bike will work on these trails - touring bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, trikes or hybrids. do not bring a bike with skinny tires to ride this trail. You will not enjoy it as much!
If you are flying, you fly in and out of the Tampa International Airport (TPA), arrive no later than 4:00pm and plan to depart no earlier than 3:00pm the last day of the tour. If you are driving, meet us at the Residence Inn, Clearwater Beach. You can leave your car here for the entire tour.
This tour was excellent
We enjoyed the Ft. DeSoto and Legacy trail rides
I loved all the bridge crossings! The kayaking was fun and the Lido Hotel beachfront rooms were mind blowing!
You'll Be Staying Here
Residence Inn - Clearwater Beach
Imagine warm ocean breezes and pristine white sands – we’ve got you covered at Residence Inn Clearwater Beach. Our all-new Clearwater Beach hotel on the water features cutting-edge designs that give way to soft natural lighting and stunning views, while warm wood tones and coastal decor ready you for a relaxing coastal getaway.
Holiday Inn - Lido Beach - Sarasota
Welcome to Sarasota and scenic Lido Beach, a picturesque barrier island ringed in white sands and aquamarine water. We’re an island hub of art, natural beauty, and entertainment. Be there, close to it all, at one of the top Lido Beach hotels
What are the dates for the tour?
January 29 – February 4, 2023
February 5 – February 11, 2023
Where will I be staying while on this tour?
Residence Inn – Clearwater Beach and Holiday Inn Lido Key, Sarasota
When and where do we meet on the first day
We meet at 7:30pm at the Residence Inn – Clearwater Beach, 308 Coronado Drive, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
How do I get from the airport to the Residence Inn at Clearwater Beach when I arrive?
Taxi or Uber is the best way to get to the hotel
Can I bring a non-riding friend?
Yes – they would pay the same price as riding guest. They could join us for lunch and ride along in the support vehicle or stay around the hotel while we are away.
It’s winter, what kind of weather can I expect?
It is winter but it is also Florida. Temperatures are typically in the 50—70 range. Check the forecast before leaving and pack accordingly but you can forget the snow shovel!!
What is the best type of bicycle for this tour?
We will be riding paved surfaces so bring whatever bike you like to ride. One bike minimum as space is limited.
Will there be bicycle rental available?
Yes we have hybrid and e-bike rentals available for the week. See the Extras for the pricing and types of bikes to rent.
What if I choose to ship my bike?
No problem. Ship it to the hotel, they will hold your bike for you. Please notify us prior to shipping so we can ensure the hotel knows it is arriving.
What can I expect the riding to be? Mileage? Hills?
We will ride 18 – 36 miles per day. Flat trails with an occasional bridge over traffic or water. We don't ride too hard, we provide time for you to enjoy these beautiful beaches, remember, you are on vacation!
Besides riding, will there be other things to do along the way?
Yes. You will be in walking distance to boat rides, aquariums, famous shopping areas and many beachside restaurants and bars. In addition, we have a kayak tour planned for day 6.
Where do I park my car during this trip?
Your car will be parked at the Residence Inn in Clearwater for the entire seven days during the tour. This is a secured covered parking garage inside the hotel. The added cost for parking is $150 for the entire week.
How do I get back to my car or to the airport on the last day?
We will transport you from Sarasota to the Tampa Airport with arrival around 1:00pm. Do not plan on departing Tampa before 3pm.
If you have driven your vehicle, we will drop you back at the Residence Inn in Clearwater Beach for you to pick up your car in their secured covered parking garage.