Beach / Outdoor Activity
Party Earth Review After being destroyed in World War II, the lazy beach town of Zandvoort aan Zee slowly rose in both population and popularity to eventually become a favorite spot for Amsterdammers searching for the closest beach getaway. A quick 25-minute train ride from Amsterdam Centraal lands beachgoers just a short flip-flop ... more
Beach / Nightlife Area
Party Earth Review When people think of the great beach towns of the world, Amsterdam probably doesn’t pop into their minds – but time spent at Bloemendaal aan Zee just might change that. Rolling dunes covered in lush vegetation lead to a miles-long stretch of sandy beach popular for surfing and volleyball. Given its ... more
Party Earth Review Perched on a mound of sand on the edge of Ijburg – Amsterdam’s newest neighborhood and home to the city’s latest man-made beach – Blijburg is a popular hotspot for young city dwellers in search of a nearby oasis for sunbathing and partying. The beach itself overlooks expansive canals and lagoons ... more
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Beaches in Amsterdam? That’s right. Not only are there great Amsterdam beaches outside of the city, but if you look closely enough, you’ll find ones right inside as well.
In an area in southeast Amsterdam called Ijburg, there’s a not-so-hidden oasis called Blijburg. Ijburg is one of Amsterdam’s newest neighborhoods and there’s nothing like bringing a new hood to bear than giving it a man-made beach. The beach itself looks over the canals and features a bar and café as well as a stage area for live music.
About a half an hour west of the city, hugging the coast of the North Sea, is an area called Bloemendaal. This beach enclave supports two great beaches: Bloemendaal aan Zee and Zandvoort aan Zee. Bloemendaal is the more youthful and active of the two with a reputation for surfing during the day and clubbing at night. Zandvoort is by no means a lazy area though and also has good waves for surfing and soft sand for volleyball. There is also a good amount of bars and cafés along the beach so it’s easy to make a full day of lounging in the sun.
Although the water is cold and the summers are relatively short, when the sun is shining its brightest and the temperature rises to sun-tanning levels, the beaches get filled to the brim with countless sun-starved Amsterdam denizens looking to shake the winter doldrums.