The smell of the salty sea pervades the air and the fresh gusts of wind coming in from the North Sea ensure this area is a haven for water and wind sports fans. From surfing to sailing or even land yachting, whether you’re an expert or beginner, there are loads of professional teachers and rental companies to get you going. Northwest of Amsterdam, the beach at IJmuiden is a fantastic spot for nature lovers and dog walkers. And where the Port of Amsterdam meets the sea, stop off for top-notch food and drinks opposite the impressive sea locks, admiring the massive cruise ships and commercial boats making their way in and out of the city.