Sunnier days are on the horizon, which means that soon we’ll be spending our leisure time hanging out by the water, having BBQ’s, and enjoying the weather. The Netherlands has a long coastline so there’s plenty of spots to lay your towel and parasol and get your tan on! Since there are so many beaches to choose from we’ve made a list beaches we think are worth visiting in the summer months.
The first beach we recommend is Bloemendaal aan zee. This beach is within driving distance of Amsterdam and is the perfect beach for water sport fanatics as you can find many kite surfers here on the sunniest and even the rainiest of days. On the boulevard behind the beach, you’ll find typical fish food trucks that sell kibbeling, which is fried cod in batter with a delicious sauce. This is a quintessential Dutch beach snack so be sure to try it out!
The next beach is Zandvoort, which is connected to the previous beach so you can simply walk over if you’re in for a different setting. Zandvoort is even more accessible to Amsterdam as the Zandvoort train station is 2 blocks away from the beach and has a direct connection to Amsterdam Central. On this beach you’ll find typical Dutch restaurants that serve the more touristy demographic, but if you’re looking for a more culinary experience then we’d recommend heading to the southern part of the beach. There you’ll find spots such as Hippie Fish or Ubuntu that will satisfy your acai bowl or poké cravings instantly.
A little further along the coast and just a 20-minute drive away from Leiden there’s Noordwijk. This beach town is known for being the Posh Spice of all Dutch beaches. The beach itself lively and filled with trendy beach clubs, Bries being a personal favourite, and is the perfect place to unwind. The town itself is also worth visiting as it really is feels like a vacation town that’s perfect for late afternoon strolls.
Scheveningen is the last beach on this list and is probably the most notorious among tourists and natives alike. Its technically a district of The Hague and from the city centre it’s a short distance by tram. Scheveningen is known for its long pier filled with restaurants and shops, an also has a Ferris wheel from which you can see the entire coastline. This beach feels the most cosmopolitan due to its proximity to the city and has a long boulevard that’s perfect for rollerblading kids and long walks. If we’re lucky this summer the boulevard will also be the perfect place to enjoy a drink on the terrace!
We hope this list has made you grab your towels and sunscreen become as excited for summer as we are!