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The Netherlands may be better known for its breath-taking landscape of polders and windmills than its dazzling selection of fine beaches, yet the stunning Dutch coastline attracts thousands of visitors every year. And, that’s hardly surprising when there is a Dutch beach resort to cater for everyone, from water sports enthusiasts to nature lovers and from trendy, young twenty-somethings to families. So, if you’re planning a trip to the Netherlands this summer, don’t forget to check out one of the top 3 Dutch beaches below!
Zandvoort (and Bloemendaal)
Zandvoort is a buzzing seaside resort located in the Dutch province of Noord Holland. Particularly popular with day-trippers from Amsterdam (Zandvoort is just 24 km west of the capital and well connected by train), visitors flock to the area’s sweeping sandy beaches (including both a nudist and a dog friendly beach), nature reserve, beach bars and restaurants. For the more active, exciting water sports abound including kite surfing, windsurfing and sailing. A more laid back alternative to Zaandvoort is Bloemendaal – just 15 minutes by bus from the charming city of Haarlem, Bloemendaal’s pretty beaches are flanked by sand dunes that enjoy National Park status.
The name may be notoriously difficult for many foreigners to pronounce but that doesn’t deter a constant stream of visitors to this lively beach town throughout the summer months! Scheveningen is a modern seaside resort, blessed with a long sandy beach (including a nudist section to the northern end), a busy esplanade, a pier, a lighthouse and even a working harbour. For those who quickly tire of sunbathing, windsurfing or kite boarding, there’s plenty of alternative entertainment on offer. In addition to a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafés, Schevingenen boasts a theatre, casino, bowling alley, a bustling shopping promenade and is host to regular beach parties. A mere stone’s throw away form the administrative Dutch capital, many squeeze in a trip to Scheveningen on a city break to The Hague.
Renesse, a picturesque seaside village located in Zeeland (the westernmost province of the Netherlands), offers some 21 kilometres of pristine beaches, which are renowned for their excellent quality of water and have won several international awards. Popular with teenagers, who are drawn to its hip cafés, bars and nightclubs, as well as its surfing and water-skiing opportunities, Renesse is also a firm favourite with families, nature lovers and sun worshippers who all come to make the most of its extremely large selection of beaches.
Ready to hit the sands?
Don’t forget to bring plenty of sun lotion, as despite its bad press, the Dutch summer can be sizzling! And why not enjoy your day at the beach Dutch style with a Dutch picnic hamper crammed with typical Dutch products?
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