Pockets of Paradise

June 24, 2016

So much about bike travel has to do with getting away, getting lost, and finding those little pockets of the world that aren’t listed in a guide book.

I’m not much of a beach person. Beaches are too often crowded, noisy, littered strips of sand where people go to fry in the sun. Give me a quiet mountain stream, thank you.

Yet, I (we) have pedaled upon some of the most beautiful pockets of paradise in the world — beaches without parking lots and beer vendors — pristine strips of bliss with coconut palms and sea birds skittering along the sand. They are a bicycle journey’s unexpected reward.

May you find your own secret paradise — off the beaten path, far from the crowds, and not listed in a single guide book.

Happy pedaling!

Photos by Willie Weir

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday.

Willie Weir is a contributor for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can also find him at WillieWeir.com, Facebook, and Instagram.  


Wayne R June 25, 2016, 1:17 AM

My girlfriend and I found an out of the way park at the end of the road in Marathon Key, Fla.

Sombrero Beach, very nice, quiet and surprising under used, it was in a sub division with what had to be million dollar homes. We've been back many times on our recumbent trikes.

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