With its clean sandy beaches, trendy beach bars and family activities, Zandvoort has become one of the Netherlands’ most popular beach destinations.
Zandvoort wasn’t always the popular seaside resort it is today – it originated as a fishing village, whose quaint charm has carried through to modern times. Visitors from all around Europe now flock to Zandvoort during the warmer months for long, lazy days of sunbathing and seaside fun.
As a seaside resort catering to tourists, there is no shortage of things to do in Zandvoort – many of them active. There are plenty of opportunities to go surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kitesurfing and other water sports right on the water, while those not in the mood to get wet can bike the coast or hike along the dunes.
If it isn’t exactly beach weather, Zandvoort still has plenty to do: visit the Jutters Mu-ZEE-um to check out some artefacts discovered in the sand by beachcombers, or the Zandvoorts Museum for art and history.
One of the best parts of going to Zandvoort is hanging out at one of its more than 30 beach clubs. After splashing around in the water, lounge at the colourful Safari Lodge for some live music and yoga, or head to the popular Tijn Akersloot to socialise with the locals and the out-of-towners. Whatever your mood, there is a beach club to match.
Getting to the beaches of Zandvoort from Amsterdam city centre is surprisingly simple and quick, taking under an hour by public transport. Take bus 80 from Marnixstraat in central Amsterdam, or hop on the train from Amsterdam Central Station, transferring in Haarlem. In the summer, a special train runs directly from Amsterdam to Zandvoort. With the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket, you can travel on any number of buses, trams, trains and metros in the Amsterdam Area for 24 hours for just €19.50.