The clean, fresh gusts of wind coming in from the North Sea ensure that IJmuiden is a haven for water and wind sports fans.
Northwest of Amsterdam, 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 then get in the water yourself!
From surfing to sailing or even land yachting and fishing, there are loads of professional teachers and rental companies to get you going regardless of your skill level – beginners and experts are welcome in IJmuiden. Take a leisurely walk with your dog at IJmuiderslag, where they can run off leash and play in the sand. Visit the Forteiland IJmuiden to learn a little World War II history, or head to the IJmuider Zee- en Havenmuseum to hear the story of IJmuiden and the surrounding area.
Stop in IJmuiden for top-notch food and drinks opposite the impressive sea locks. Taste the flavours of the sea – fresh seafood is a staple in this little village, after all – at restaurants such as Zilt aan Zee or the popular beach club Timboektoe, a favourite of the locals. For more adventurous foodies, Hokkai Kitchen serves up delicious Japanese grilled fish and sushi dishes.You’ll find it among the warehouses at IJmuiden harbour, with fresh fish and carefully selected rice, nori and shoyu coming together at the chef’s table.
Getting to IJmuiden takes just under an hour when taking public transportation from Amsterdam. Take bus 382 from trainstation Amsterdam Sloterdijk to get straight into the town. Make you trip easier (and cheaper) with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, which you can use for unlimited travel on buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area for 24 hours for just €19.50.