Favorite Routes by Theme

Favorite Seafront Promenades: North America

Running along a wide path with a view of the sea is a favorite for many runners. Our ‘seafront promenades‘ category has nearly 200 of these types of routes, worldwide. Here, we choose 20 of our favorites in North America. The criteria: must be along an ocean, or one of the Great Lakes (not a river), at least 2 miles long, not on the road, and feature unobstructed views of the water.  Note: these are listed in alphabetical order, by location.

Seawall Urban Park

Galveston, TX

Run the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States, while enjoying splendid ocean views! Seawall Urban Park is the sidewalk along Seawall Blvd. on Galveston's Gulf (south) side . Good water views the whole way. A festive scene.

Halifax Waterfront

Halifax, Nova Scotia

A wonderful run along the Halifax waterfront. Dedicated boardwalk most of the way, with great views of the water and harbour. Lots of great shops, restaurants, and important Halifax sights along the way.

Jersey Shore Boardwalks

Jersey Shore, NJ

The Jersey Shore is famous for its boardwalks, and the longer ones are great for running. Great ocean views, people watching, and entertainment. Our favorites: Atlantic City, Wildwood, Avalon to Belmar, and Seaside. Might have to dodge the crowds in summer.

Miami Beach

Miami, FL

One of the great urban beaches. The wide sand beach stretches for nearly ten miles from south to north with a running path along most of the way. South Beach is where the action is .

Eastern Promenade Trail

Portland, ME

One of Portland’s centerpieces, running from downtown, along the water, to Back Cove. The waterfront trail is built along an old rail corridor and offers spectacular harbor and ocean views.

La Marginal de Arecibo (Boardwalk)

Puerto Rico

The cement walkway/boardwalk along Avenida Victor Rojas in Arecibo on Puerto Rico's northern coast offers stunning ocean views. It's nearly 2 miles between the bridge over the Río Grande to the point of Obrero. A great spot for a sunset run.

West Cliff Drive

Santa Cruz, CA

Wonderful coastal running along a multi-use path that runs from Municipal Wharf to Natural Bridges State Park. It's 2.8 miles one-way. Great views, with Seal Rock/Lighthouse Point being one of the scenic highlights.

Scarborough Running Options

Toronto, Ontario

The iconic run in Scarborough is the waterfront path at Scarborough Bluffs, with great views of the cliffs and the waterfront. There's also a 10 km waterfront path between East Point Park and Frenchman's Bay. Trail runners will love Rouge River Park.