Zandvoort aan Zee

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Zandvoort aan Zee 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. Amsterdam Holland 52.373739 4.525037
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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... ... read full review

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    • Night Spot

Party Earth Zandvoort aan Zee Review

The Scene

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.

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 shuffle away from the sandy boardwalk, tiki bars, and long coastline full of sunbathers.

Although most of the buildings along the beach are rather bland vacation rentals built in the 1950s, the scenery across the boardwalk changes to a hip and low-key environment.

With all the local surf shops offering lessons in surfing, kitesurfing, and skimboarding, Zandvoort beach offers action-packed days in the sun. Land lovers pass the time with volleyball and Frisbee games, while those who prefer to just lounge around spend the day on beach chairs soaking their feet in deep puddles along the shore.

The North Sea isn’t the warmest body of water, though in the summer the temperature is bearable enough for a refreshing dip in a bathing suit rather than a wetsuit.

The coast is also lined with numerous cafés with umbrella-shaded terraces, making Zandvoort the perfect spot for watching the sunset from the comfort of a friendly pub or bar.

Needless to say, the beach attracts all kinds of people who come to escape the frenzy of Amsterdam and enjoy the slower pace of Zandvoort.

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Tip from Emma:

D-Frost surf shop (www.d-frost.nl) offers all-day surfboard and wetsuit rentals, plus a two-hour lesson for €35. They also do kitesurfing lessons.

  • Crowd

    Beach bums, surfers, and sunbathers of all types and ages. Mostly locals, though the Dutch coastline is also a popular spot for German vacationers.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Most bars play low-key beachy tunes.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    The many bars, cafés, and restaurants along the coast offer a wide range of menus, prices, and scenes, from Australian pubs and Latin beach bars to sandwich stands and seafood restaurants.

  • Prices

    Appetizers average €7 and entrées €15 at the cafés. Sandwiches and fish dishes €4–€7 at the beach stands. Beer €2–€3, wine €3, cocktails and mixed drinks €7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Beachwear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Summer days are most lively, though the cafés and walks along the shore are popular on sunny days any time of the year.

  • Close By

    Skyline (Boulevard Barnaart 12a, www.skyline13.nl) is an Aussie bar popular with local surfers, while Mango’s Beach Bar (Boulevard Barnaart 15, www.mangosbeachbar.nl) offers a stylish Latin and Cuban theme and amazing cocktails.

    Bruxelles Aan Zee (Strandtent nr.14, www.bruxellesaanzee.nl) is a restaurant known for good deals on fresh seafood appetizers. There are also numerous portable stands selling fried fish and sandwiches along the boardwalk.

    A few boutique shops and fresh seafood and Italian restaurants can be found downtown, while just behind the boardwalk is a Dirk supermarket.

Zandvoort aan Zee User Reviews

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Reliving childhood memories!
Lalarumpelpumpel S. Dec 13, 2012
When I was a young boy my family would take me and my sisters to Zandvoort from Munich on holiday. I remember always running to my favorate fish stand to get these tiny shrimps and fried fish plates with remoulade saus. We would walk down the path to Bloemendal, and then we walked back. Or of course play on the beach. And always it's perfect wind for kites! Now when I go back there I see the same fish stand, so in that way it is an unchanging tourist spot for Germans that don't want change! But again I know the beach is also an old sleepy town with old sleepy Dutch people. So not much changes anyway. But I love Zandvoort, and anyone else will too. Unless you hate beaches.
Good weather permitting
Amster M. Dec 12, 2012
That photo of the four of us jumping was taken on one of the most memorable weekends ever. All of us surfed, and some of us even stood up... back when they had a surf shop run by a buddy of mine. He moved to Morocco and started his own surf camp, but there's still a shop there that sells and rents out equipment. There's a beach break just across from the Aussie bar, and some times it works pretty well. But most of the time it's choppy and blowing all over the place. When I want to get away from the city though, I'll even take my lap top and work here for a day. Working by the Zandvoort beach reminds me how awesome it is to be living abroad.
Perfect day at the beach
elina s. Dec 5, 2012
If you are looking for a nice day on the beach , Zandvoort is the place to go. It is very easy to reach by train and there is a supermarket just close to it. It also offers you to rent surfgear. This beach has a laidback atmosphere compared to the Bloemendaal beach, right next to it, which is more popular for it's summer party scene. Don't forget to visit the little town just right behind the beach, it has a authentic character to it and offers very nice places to eat fresh fish and walk around after a day sunbathing or surfing. If you never surfed before, this is a good place to start!
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