• Take bus 82 from Amsterdam Sloterdijk to IJmuiden aan Zee, which takes about 30 minutes.
  • The beach at IJmuiden is a fantastic spot for sports and nature lovers. While enjoying the breeze and the good weather, sit back and watch the massive cruise ships and commercial boats pass by and disappear over the horizon. 
  • Walk through the bunker-studded dunes or take a long walk down one of the two extremely long piers. These piers provide stunning views of the harbour and the many passing freight and cruise ships as well as the North Sea. 
  • IJmuiden aan Zee is known for its fresh fish, and a visit would not be complete without sampling the catch of the day. The freshest catches can be restaurants such as Zilt aan Zeeor the popular beach club Timboektoe, a local favourite.
  • If you fancy some excitement, take a short walk to the marina where you can rent a powerboat through ProRib Events. Alternatively, try SUP or surf lessons at Seaside Sports or Hightide. Then rent an electric bike at Dutch Pedelec Tours to explore the region by bike.
  • Continue on by water taxi from IJmuiden to Wijk aan Zee. The water taxi across the North Sea canal costs just €4 for a return ticket and also stops at Forteiland (Fortress Island) on the first Sunday of every month. 
  • Forteiland is part of the Defence Line of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island fortress was constructed in the 1880s to help defend the surrounding area and restrict shipping traffic heading for Amsterdam. This iconic post is half underground and is the defence line’s largest building.
  • If you’re heading back from IJmuiden to Amsterdam, you may like to visit the Spaarnwoude recreational area (bus 82, Golfbaan stop). There are lots of activities to take part in here, including indoor skiing, paintballing and climbing.
  • When you are ready to return to Amsterdam, take the 82 bus back to the city. 
    Amsterdam bike tour dunes beach, Christine van Muiswinkel