Dutch Beaches, Please

Where to enjoy summer in the Netherlands

In this weather you a trip to the seaside is a no brainer. But don’t count on a quiet day on the Dutch beach, because for many swimming in the North Sea is one of the few chances to cool down.

Schevening is by far the most popular beach in the Netherlands, which means it will be very crowded these days.

Luckily there is no shortage of beaches in the Netherlands. Actually the whole coast is one big strand of nice sand. If you feel like exploring or want to avoid the Scheveningen crowd, check our mini-guide to alternative beaches of the Netherlands.

You can check the exact location on the map below. Most of the beaches are well adjusted to summer siege, so there should be no problem with parking spaces.

Beaches close to the Hague

Scheveningen

The beach in Scheveningen is by far the most famous beach in the Netherlands with bars, cafes, museums, shops, and a pier with a beautiful view of the sea. It is a beach for those who like the buzz of a city beach and need more entertainment than sun, sea, and sand.

Kijkduin

Kijkduin is less known but it has its charm. It is surrounded by a large area of ​​dunes, crossed by paths for pedestrians and cyclists. The beach is known for its calm atmosphere, great views and little streets with shops. In a short distance from the beach you can find buildings from the defense lines of the Second World War, the old lighthouse and an interesting artistic installation “Hemels Gewelf”.

Katwijk

Katwijk is a small village north of The Hague, with several little shops and a picturesque boulevard. The old lighthouse and fishing houses are a reminder of Katwajk’s past of a typical Dutch fishing village.

Noordwijk aan Zee

Noordwijk aan Zee is surrounded by natural areas of dunes and forests, where you can enjoy peace and quiet not far from the city. If you are looking for even quieter beaches, you can visit the beaches a bit far from the bustling boulevards: Duindamseslag and Langevelderslag, north of Noordwijk.

Beaches close to Amsterdam

Bloemendaal aan Zee

If you like to party, this place is for you. You will find here a lot of beach cafes, bars and clubs. In Bloemendaal outdoor events with live music take place regularly as perfect conclusions to a sunny summer day.

IJmuiden aan Zee

The beach in IJmuiden has a bit of an industrial character due to the proximity of the port. Sometimes you can even see container ships setting out on a journey across the ocean. Despite this, the beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Netherlands with 5 pavilions serving all sorts of food and drink. The beach in IJmuiden is also a laureate of the Blue Flag: awards for clean and safe beaches.

Wijk aan Zee

Wijk aan Zee is the widest beach on the Dutch coast. It is also called the best kept secret of the North Sea coast. The beach is located by the dunes reserve and a small seaside resort and is a friendly place for families with children.

Zandvoort aan Zee

The endless beach at Zaandvoort aan Zee is the second most popular beach in the Netherlands. Through its white fine sand is often called Pearl on the Sea. Like many other beaches, it is also surrounded by natural dunes suitable for hiking and biking. There are also bars, cafes and restaurants as well as water sports facilities.

Beaches close to and south of Rotterdam

Domburg

The beach in Domburg has a long tradition of sunbathing, because it is the oldest seaside resort in the Netherlands, once popular with Dutch artists. The beach is known for its characteristic wooden poles. In addition, the beach offers beautiful views, and the town next to it is characterized by typical Dutch charm.

Cadzand

The 11-km-long beach is the southernmost tip of the Dutch beach. Most of the beaches are surrounded by dunes, but there is also a choice of bars and cafes. In the vicinity there are old polders and areas encouraging for walks.

Hoek van Holland

The Hoek van Holland beach looks a bit industrial, because from a distance you can see cranes serving the port of Rotterdam. From the beach you can watch the cruise ships and ferries sailing to the British Isles. From the village of Hoek van Holland, it is only a few steps to the barrier “Maeslant Storm Barrier”, which protects Rotterdam against floods.

Egmond aan Zee

Egmond aan Zee is a village about 9 km west of Alkmaar. Egmond boasts a long sandy beach adjacent to the dunes reserve. On the beach there is a picturesque lighthouse that adds to the charm of this peaceful beach located in a former fishing village.

Rockanje

Multiple winner of prizes for the quality and cleanliness of the beach, Rockanje guarantees clean water and the beach. The presence of sandy shores prevents strong sea currents and makes children safe to play and paddle in the sea. A good place for beach purists who simply like sand, sun and sea the most.

See you at the Dutch seaside!