Blijburg aan Zee

Amsterdam’s main city beach is located to the east of the city, on the man-made island of IJburg. Head here on sunny days to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the bohemian beach bar vibes. In the evening there’s live music and DJs to be enjoyed while you cosy up around a campfire. Blijburg aan Zee, Amsterdam Oost

Blijburg aan Zee Amsterdam by Kimberley Muis

Pllek

Just a short ferry hop over the IJ from Amsterdam Central station, this hip waterfront bar boasts its own urban beach where locals and in-the-know visitors flock in summer months to enjoy great food, DJs and a vibrant atmosphere by day and night. Kick back on giant bean bags with a beer in hand, and take in the views of Amsterdam across the water. Pllek, Amsterdam Noord

Pllek Amsterdam NC

StrandZuid

South of the city centre, StrandZuid (South Beach) is a chic inland beach complex surrounding a lake. There’s a stylish restaurant, large beer deck with ping pong table, and a sandy party beach with plenty of sunbathing spots connected by a series of boardwalks. StrandZuid, Amsterdam Zuid

StrandZuid Amsterdam

NEMO's roof terrace

Not exactly a beach, but there’s something of a seaside feel to the giant roof terrace at Amsterdam’s cruise-ship shaped science museum. Complete with decking, deckchairs, sand pits and water features, the roof terrace is the ideal spot to relax with an ice cream on a warm day and enjoy the stunning views across the city’s rooftops. NEMO's roof, Amsterdam Centrum

Nemo Amsterdam Edwin van Eis

Amsterdam Roest

If you’re looking for a truly urban beach, then head to this hip post-industrial hotspot in Amsterdam East. There’s a selection of indoor and outdoor bars and a large sandy beach by the water strewn with junkyard art and quirky seating areas, presided over by reminders of the area’s industrial past. Amsterdam Roest, Amsterdam Oost 

Amsterdam Roest