San Diego’s Fiesta Island wasn’t always a cyclist’s paradise.
Back in the 90s, the peninsular park at Mission Bay housed 130 acres of sewage sludge. In other words, the leftovers that come from wastewater that has been pumped through a treatment facility. It was so bad that the Sierra Club called it “San Diego’s toilet.”
Thankfully, time has been kind to Fiesta Island. Along with much of Mission Bay, it’s been transformed into a natural respite from daily city life. Specifcally, you’ll find public beaches, hidden coves, bonfire rings & a youth camp. Most importantly, you’ll find a glorious 4-mile cycling loop.
With a largely-flat profile and virtually zero car traffic, Fiesta Island is a must-ride for every cyclist. Cyclists are legally allowed to ride anywhere on the road – so the whole thing is basically a bike lane. Plus, the loop is one-way headed in a counterclockwise direction you’ll never have to worry about oncoming traffic. That said, you will run into some sea breeze (which won’t always be a tailwind).
Find the Perfect Ride for Cycling the Fiesta Island Loop:
Now it’s time for a few pro tips. First, the speed limit around Fiesta Island is 25 mph. While you’re unlikely to encounter cycling speed traps, it’s never a bad idea to keep your speed in check. Also, the loop is a favorite for local cycling clubs, so prepare yourself to run into practice rides that take place here.
Finally, if you’re looking to extend your ride there are no shortage of bike paths/lanes throughout the surrounding Mission Bay area. Specifically, you’ll find plenty of great spots to kick back in Mission Beach – a staple of the San Diego scene. From mid-ride snacks to post-ride drinks, it’s a great way to close out your trip around Fiesta Island.