This summer we’ll flock to the coastal villages, which are located at only 30 kilometres from the city. Although these towns are officially called Zandvoort and Bloemendaal, they have been subjected to a strong sense of city marketing and are now called ‘Amsterdam Beach’. Pack your swimsuit, sunscreen and sunglasses and join us at the golden sand along the North Sea.
Bloemendaal is a quaint little town, mainly populated by wealthier families. The town itself is located inland, which makes its coastal area more secluded. However, this tranquil location only seems to add to the exclusive reputation of the beaches. Head over to Rapa Nui if you are looking for a family-style beach club. The fancier bikinis and swimsuits are more likely to visit Bloomingdale or Republiek next door.
Zandvoort is Bloemendaal’s bigger neighbor and has something to offer for everyone. Stroll the boulevard towards the south and pass the casino to reach the best part of the beach. Enjoy a delicious fruit smoothie at Hippie Fish or a heavenly summer barbeque at Tijn. Rather in for some real local street food? Then stop at one of the fish vendors and enjoy a herring from the tail or a fried ‘Kibbeling’ dish.
Zandvoort is easy to reach by train from Amsterdam Central Station. But why not enjoy the journey and discover the beautiful sand dunes? Instead of getting off the train at the final destination, you could also disembark at Haarlem and rent a bike to reach some of the more remote beaches. On weekdays you can even be lucky and find a completely private spot to stare at the waves.
The Dutch beaches are perfect for any water sports enthusiast. Usually, there is plenty of wind to start your kite- or windsurfing adventure. Mifune in Bloemendaal and the North Sea Surf Lodge offer some of the best equipment, lessons and instructors. More of a wave surfer? Then wait for that perfect day with less wind and a north-western swell before you hit the water.
The Formula 1 returns to the Circuit Park of Zandvoort after its last Grand Prix in 1985. Thanks to the successes of Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen, both locals and international fans will be more than excited to head over to the track in the Dunes. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets for the event, then you will definitely enjoy one of the other races or an exciting guided tour of the circuit.