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    Can anyone identify a beach town with access to great mountain biking. The smaller the town and bigger the mountains, the better. Water doesn't need to be warm enough to swim. Remoteness is not too much of a consideration. North America preferred. Thought s?

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    Beach and moutains

    Several places in California come to mind: San Diego, Laguna Beach, San Luis Obispo & Santa Cruz.

    Edit to say “great mountain biking” is in the eye of the beholder. These place all have mountain biking and beaches though.

    Second Edit. Lake Tahoe just came to mind as well.


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    How big of a beach do you need? Can it be the dirt shore of a mountain lake or are you wanting something with lots of fine sand and umbrellas etc. on an ocean?

    Small town, sandy beaches, and big mountains... Hmmm, sounds like coastal California but where can all three requirements exist? Any place like that was probably “discovered” in the 70’s and is now super populated.

    Maybe Lake Tahoe is your best bet?

    Or is there some place in Canada like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlazedHam View Post
    Can anyone identify a beach town with access to great mountain biking. The smaller the town and bigger the mountains, the better. Water doesn't need to be warm enough to swim. Remoteness is not too much of a consideration. North America preferred. Thought s?
    Can we assume you are in Texas ?, do you want to stay somewhere in the west ?.

    2 thoughts for the east are Lake Placid, NY. Smallish town, good restaurants, AirBNB and vacation rentals for lodging, Saranac Lake also a good town, is nearby. Lots of good mt. bike trails in the area. Swim in Mirror Lake, tons of canoe/kayak opportunities as well as hiking in area.

    Other would be Northeast Kingdom in Vermont, better trails systems than NY, has a lake with a beach (Lake Willoughby, NW of Burke).

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    South Lake Tahoe!

    Sandy beaches - check
    Caribbean clear water - check
    Mountains - check
    Mountain Biking - big check
    Extra Credit - Nevada casinos
    Extra Credit - awesome hiking
    Extra Credit - very scenic

    And all within biking distance.

    Gotta pick the right time of year weather wise for what you want to do. They have real winters there. We usually go there the week of Labor Day. You get crowds and fun for the holiday, then it empties out and gets quiet. I too am in Texas. Best flight is to DFW-Reno. Rent a car for the scenic drive over the mountains into the Tahoe basin. Sacramento is another option, but the traffic from there (which includes the Bay area) to the Tahoe basin can be murder.

    Check TrailForks for trails there. No shortage of trails. We usually use Over The Edge for shuttling some trails and bike rentals if we need 'em.

    Alternately, the north end of Lake Tahoe is great as well. We just don't stay there since we own a place in South Tahoe.
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    All of the top riding destinations in British Columbia have nice lakes too if that's good enough?

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. It's looking like Lake Tahoe this year, but keep the suggestions coming as I approaching unlimited vacation.

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    I would look hard in British Columbia.

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    voting for Tahoe as well. Lots of shuttle options. Fun beaches. Just can be very crowded (traffic of a big city in peak summer). North lake is more chill and has great biking. South lake might have better biking (haven't ridden) but is way more crowded / party atmosphere, and not my speed anymore.

    I live in Santa Cruz which is awesome, but it can be a little daunting. Need to be willing to find undocumented trails, etc. mountains are not huge and not as wild, but the redwoods are unique, and riding all the way down to the beach is a fun experience. Also has lots of ancillary fun (breweries, surfing, etc.) Especially good in spring, which is also when sierra options are not available

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