Beaches near Amsterdam

by Tanja

Going to a beach when you are visiting Amsterdam, makes for a great day out. Zandvoort beach is a beach resort near Amsterdam that can easily be reached by train. One of the best beaches near Amsterdam is Wijk aan Zee, a paradise for surfers and kite surfers. If you are looking for the best beach party near Amsterdam, Bloemendaal aan Zee is the best beach for you.

The coastal line of the Netherlands is comprised of one big finely grained white sandy beach, stretching hundreds of kilometers from the Wadden Islands in the North all the way down to Zeeland in the South. Behind the beaches lie beautiful sand dunes. The dunes protect the Netherlands against high tides.

Here are three great beaches near Amsterdam.

1. Zandvoort beach

A big beach resort near Amsterdam is Zandvoort Beach. Amsterdam Beach is the nearest beach to Amsterdam en can easily be reached by train.

The beach resort of Zandvoort beach lies about 30 km west of Amsterdam. Around an enjoyable seafront boulevard lie many hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. The beach is most popular among families, German tourism, and locals.

As it is the only beach easily reachable by public transport, it is also popular among Amsterdam inhabitants.

How to get to Zandvoort beach

By train

To get to Zandvoort Beach from Amsterdam in summer, you can catch a train. From Amsterdam Central Station there are trains directly to Zandvoort aan Zee. It takes about 25 minutes.

Outside the summer season, you need to change trains in Haarlem.

By bus

From Amsterdam Marnixstraat there is also a bus (bus 80) to Zandvoort aan Zee.  The bus takes about 50 minutes.

2. Bloemendaal Beach

Bloemendaal aan Zee is a beach resort that lies next to Zandvoort Beach. Bloemendaal is famous for its beach parties. During the day people lounge on relaxing sofas and cushions, enjoying food, cocktails and music at one of the many beach pavilions.

Legendary Beach Club Woodstock at Bloemendaal Beach.

The spectacular sunset is accompanied by sounds from the decks. During weekends, the beach bars turn into beach clubs. Big-name DJ’s serve the young and hip crowd that drive to the beach to attend the famous beach parties.

Beware, many beach clubs in Bloemendaal have a strict door policy and dress code.

How to get to Bloemendaal beach

To get to Bloemendaal beach from Amsterdam, you have to take a train from Amsterdam Central Station to Zandvoort aan Zee (see above). From the train station at Zandvoort, you can take bus 81 to Bloemendaal beach. You can also walk there (direction north), either on the road or on the beach. It takes about 20 minutes walking.

3. Wijk aan Zee Beach

Wijk aan Zee is a lovely sea side village that has the broadest beach of the province of North Holland. There are two areas: the beach near the village and the part next to the North Pier. The beach near the village is popular among families, it’s very kids friendly with beach guards.

Beach resort Wijk aan Zee is oddly famous for its out of place industrial look. Next to the village is the steel-making company Tata located, formerly the Dutch Hoogovens. The white fumes that rise of the dark industrial complex provide a surrealist backdrop of the beautiful white sandy beach and green and white dunes.

Beach near Amsterdam
Beach near Amsterdam is Wijk aan Zee.

Surfing near Amsterdam

If you want to go surfing near Amsterdam, Wijk aan Zee Noordpier is your best bet. You can rent surfboards and other stuff to play with in the sea. The beach by the North Pier is especially popular among surfers. Relaxed beach pavilions of Timboektoe and Aloha attract a young and easygoing crowd.

The wind and the waves needed to surf and kitesurf are not there every day. Especially in summer, waves are rare. Check the windfinder to see in the situation is good for surfing.

How to get to Wijk aan zee beach

You can get to Wijk aan Zee by car only. From Amsterdam, take the A9 in the direction of Alkmaar. From the A9 follow signs to A22 Beverwijk. Right after the Velsertunnel take the turn in direction of Beverwijk/Velsen Noord/Corus. Follow signs to Wijk aan Zee. Parking is free.

If you want to go to the Noordpier, take a left in the village of Wijk aan Zee. Follow the dead end road to the sea following the signs ‘Noordpier’.

Timboektoe, a beach pavillion at Wijk aan Zee. Photo by Lotte de Graaf, Timboektoe.

Things you need to know about the Dutch beach

Stormy weather

The weather can be quite unpredictable on a beach near Amsterdam in The Netherlands. A hot summer’s day can easily turn into a tropical storm with thunder and lightning and hailstones sending the crowd running to their cars.

Windy beaches

Generally, it’s windy at a beach in Holland. Coupled with the finely grained sand, you need to be able to support sand all over and your towel turning into a sandbox within minutes. People use windscreens on Dutch beaches to protect against the sandy wind.

Treacherous sun

Because of the wind, you don’t feel the sun burning your skin and it’s easy to get sunburned. Always protect yourself from the UV rays.

Traffic jams

In Holland, beautiful days don’t come often. So when high temperatures are predicted, people all drive to the beaches at the same day. Resulting in enormous traffic jams towards the Dutch seaside. Better leave early in the morning.

Cold water

The water is freezing cold, especially at the beginning of summer. Taking a swim is not for cowards.

Beautiful sunsets

As the Dutch coastline is located in the west, there is a beautiful sunset everywhere, on all the beaches.

Cleaner than the Mediterranean

The water is not, well…. sea blue. It’s not even transparent. This doesn’t mean it’s dirty. The North Sea is cleaner than the beautiful light blue sea of the Mediterranean! It’s an excellent idea to combine a visit to Amsterdam with a beach near Amsterdam.

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Donald September 15, 2019 - 06:20

Are there nude beaches there

Ankit July 20, 2017 - 07:55

Thanks for the post. Information here is really helpful.

Tanja July 20, 2017 - 08:06

Thank you for the comment! Happy to help!

Perry June 17, 2015 - 21:33

Avoid the beaches in seaside towns near Holland’s big cities like Scheveningen or Zandvoort, it’s your worst nightmare tourist trap. The Netherlands best beaches are in areas like Zeeland (Zoutelande, Domburg, Haamstede) and the northern “Wadden” islands. The coast line of the Netherlands is very sunny from March to July, at this time of year clouds and rain showers start to develop inland. It might be windy and chilly (especially the Northern part) but from June to September the sand warms up quite well and sea water at the beach is around 20C.

Daniyal July 21, 2014 - 11:21

Hi Dear,we are looking for a tranquil and luxurious beach near Amsterdam to have nude swimming.Would you please help us and introduce best beaches near Amsterdam to have nude swim with my wie?

Tanja July 21, 2014 - 12:07

Hello, Easiest from Amsterdam is the nude zone (in Dutch ‘Naaktstrand) of Zandvoort. When on the beach, walk towards the South and you will find the nude beach. (Officially it’s between pole 68 and 71) It’s the busiest nude beach of The Netherlands, but it’s large (over 3000 meter long) and will give enough space.


Nancy Larsen March 31, 2012 - 11:54

We will be in Amsterdam the middle of April and want to go to the beach to shell and see the gorgeous sun sets.Where is the best shelling beach and how do we get there by train and what is the cost?Thank you.