You are never far away from a beach exploration or relaxation opportunity when in Holland. Whether it be climbing and discovering in the sand dunes, strolling along the wide expanse of coastline or having a meal seafront – you won’t be disappointed. Most beaches carry the blue flag for safety and are monitored by life guards. Here you will also have the opportunity to really partake in Dutch lifestyle by tasting some of the traditional snacks such as kibbeling and herring.
Hidden in the dunes along the coastline of IJmuiden you will find bunkers dating back to the Second World War. What better way is there to get your imagination going and create your own adventure along the way? It is possible to explore some of these from the inside too but it’s probably best to let the ‘biggest kid’ in the family explore these first! This beach extends all the way to another resort called Bloemendaal. Both are very lively during the summer months but equally have much to offer in terms of a great day out combining traditional and modern tastes and activities.
Most beach resorts are easily accessible by bus or train and are usually part of a small village, making it really easy to turn a dip in the sea into a full day out if it takes your fancy. Scheveningen (The Hague) boasts an enormous promenade where you can also find the entrance for The Sea Life Center. Should you have a musical lover in your family you will find the AFAS Circus Theatre just set back from the beach front too. This theatre features many West End shows throughout the year, currently ‘The Lion King.’
When the sun comes out, so do ALL the Dutch and their love for the beach is evident. With this in mind there are numerous catering facilities for all tastes and ages and on some beaches, parasols and sunbeds for hire. Katwijk is a beautiful resort not far from the city of The Hague and Leiden. It caters for families and has a 4.5km long beach to enjoy with traditional beach huts. Here you will find first aid facilities and lifeguards plus a lovely traditional village to explore along its extended boulevard. If you prefer a quieter location then head for Bergen aan Zee or Egmond aan Zee. However, if you really want to discover little hidden beaches, then it is best to hop on a bike with your family and take a relaxing ride through the beautiful Dutch nature and stop at one or more of the surprising little bays you will find along the way.
The Wadden Islands
It is impossible to mention beaches without acknowledging the Wadden Islands!! The beauty of these islands is something that really needs to be experienced first hand to be believed. With a huge open expanse of beaches and dunes and beautiful clear waters you will be almost forgiven for forgetting you are in Holland.
Let’s face it, children don’t need much more than a bucket and a spade to enjoy a day out at the beach. However, you may just find that on some beaches there is more to keep them busy such as playgrounds and miniature museums along with all that nature to explore!!
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