Bloemendaal aan Zee

Beach / Nightlife Area / Outdoor Activity
Bloemendaal aan Zee 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. Amsterdam Holland 52.396095 4.538662
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Bloemendaal aan Zee - Beach | Nightlife Area | Outdoor Activity in Amsterdam.
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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... ... read full review

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    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bloemendaal aan Zee Review

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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.

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 reputation for surfside sports, Bloemendaal attracts a more energetic and mixed crowd of young locals than does the neighboring Zandvoort, which caters to a laid-back group of beach bums, German tourists, and city dwellers not into the club scene.

After playing in the waves all day at Bloemendaal, beachgoers enjoy an incredible sunset before setting off to explore the ultra-hip beach clubs that line the strip. Most of the clubs are terrace cafés and restaurants by day that roll up the carpets and turn up the flashing lights and ground-shaking sound systems at night.

The most popular of these venues are Bloomingdale and Vroeger, upscale beach clubs with door policies that require some sexy attire and attitude from their patrons. The well-dressed clientele obliges as they lounge around and sip cocktails before heating up the vibe and hitting the dance floor later on when the DJs take over.

For days of fun in the sun that morph into high-energy nights, it’s hard to beat Bloemendaal.

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Tip from Adriana:

Lounging at one of the beach bars on a sunny day is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. After hours, the immense Vroeger often hosts great parties that bring in huge crowds, while Bloomingdale on the weekends is always a safe bet for a cool and relaxing beach club vibe.

  • Crowd

    All types of all ages. Nighttime brings in a mix of casual and clubby Amsterdammers and others from nearby cities, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bars and clubs plan various parties and events and host DJs who spin a mix of electronic and house.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    All of the cafés and restaurants serve lunch and feature fresh seafood entrées. The boardwalk between Bloemendaal and neighboring Zandvoort is also home to many food stands that sell fried fish, sandwiches, ice cream, and beverages.

    Travel time to Bloemendaal from Centraal Station is less than thirty minutes.

  • Prices

    Reasonably priced food and drinks at the terraced cafés.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Swimwear during the day, light summer dresses and neat casual threads at night.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During the summer season from April to September, which is when the clubs are open. Nights are most popular on weekends and holidays.

Bloemendaal aan Zee User Reviews

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My secret spot for surf
Amster M. Nov 30, 2012
During the day the place has probably the best surf on that beach area. There's a night beach break right in front of Woodstock, and around dusk the water calms down and creates some pretty decent waves (for the North Sea). But watch out for the zillion kite surfers that are out there, that's a more reliable sport out there anyway. At night the people are coming from around towns like Haarlem to party there, and it's the classic Dutch techno scene. Some spots are a bit posh, others are just a big party. I've always wanted to party there and then sleep at the campsite across the way but never managed. On the list.
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