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Living in IJmond, Zandvoort and Castricum

Life in the IJmond, Zandvoort and Castricum makes many residents feel as though they’re on a mini holiday.

Relaxed living around the coastline

Locations like Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Castricum, Bergen, Velsen, IJmuiden, Egmond, Beverwijk and Heemskerk offer a unique lifestyle that perfectly balances the bustling cities nearby. Weekends can be spent taking part in wind and water sports, walking or cycling in the Dutch dunes and spotting local wildlife or visiting the beachside bars and restaurants nearby. There’s a feeling of freedom that comes from the area’s relative remoteness, making it easy to forget that it’s just a simple journey by car or train from Amsterdam, Haarlem or Alkmaar. Housing varies in style and price range, with a mix of spacious single-family villas near the dunes through to modern apartments with sea views. 

A father is pulling his kids in a handcart over the beach, while the mother follows behind.
Image from Rob Verhagen

Why live on the North Sea Coast?

- Access to Amsterdam, Haarlem and Alkmaar

Short travel times between this area and the cities of Amsterdam, Haarlem or Alkmaar make it an easy commute for professionals and entrepreneurs by train or bus. Many locals also drive or cycle.   

- Enjoy an active coastal lifestyle

With the beach right on your doorstep, the area is an ideal location for residents with a passion for surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding or kayaking – or those who want to try. Cycling and walking in the Dutch dunes is another popular pastime for locals. 

- Experience the ultimate work-life balance

The ability to work in Amsterdam or Haarlem and retreat back to a quiet beachside home provides the best combination of city and coastal living.

- Summer parties and festivals

The area is quiet and tranquil for most of the year but comes alive during the summer months when visitors flock to the beach for festivals and events.

IJmond, Zandvoort & Castricum

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International Schools

- International School Haarlem is easily accessible. This partially-subsidised school offers a combination of the IPC and British national curricula (ages 4 to 11, and 12 to 15 from 2018).

- European School Bergen in northern Noord-Holland is also accessible by car.

Further information

Municipality of Velsen

Tel. 14 0225 (open Mon-Fri from 09:00-16:00, Thu also 18:00-20:00)

If you are calling from abroad: +31 (0)25 556 7200