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Amsterdam Beach

When the temperatures soar in Amsterdam, sun-seekers flock to the Dutch coast and the beaches at Bloemendaal and Zandvoort to bask on the sands and soak up the vibrant nightlife. Find out more about Amsterdam Beach, including popular beach spots and how to get there from Amsterdam!

Hit the beach in Holland

Sandy shores and sunbathers may not be the first things that spring to mind when you think of Amsterdam, but a short distance away from the canals and cobbles of Amsterdam city centre lies one of the most unspoilt coastlines in Northern Europe. Summer months see the towns of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal buzz with throngs of party goers and sun-worshippers who come to enjoy themselves at the many vibrant beach clubs, which range from chic restaurants to colourful bohemian bars with DJs and campfires.

Reasons to visit Amsterdam Beach:


  • Just 30 minutes from Amsterdam Central Station 

  • Discover the best surfing spots, beach clubs and bars to visit all year around

  • Highlights: Zandvoort, Bloemendaal and IJmuiden


Amsterdam beach highlights

Zandvoort aan Zee

Zandvoort is a popular beach destination located near to Amsterdam, with clean sandy beaches, trendy beach bars and family activities.

Dutch Dunes

Enjoy a casual stroll, a lengthy hike or even a challenging bike ride across the undulating sands of these protected landscapes.

IJmuiden

The wide, windy beach around the mouth of Amsterdam’s River IJ is a magnet to thrill-seeking water sports fans.

How to get there

Amsterdam Family on beach Rob Verhagen
Getting to the beach from Amsterdam is a piece of cake. While many locals drive or cycle, it’s just as easy to get there using public transport.

Activities, excursions, hotels and more

I amsterdam's selection of highlights of things to do and places to stay, eat and drink in Amsterdam Beach, including restaurants, hotels, excursions and attractions.

Amsterdam Beach: Get inspired!

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