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Beach Please! 6 Best Amsterdam Beaches To Discover Out Of The City

It’s true that we are not famous as a beach resort but whether you are looking to cool off – or break a sweat – Amsterdam has many beaches popular with locals and tourists. There are beaches and swimming spots dotted along the coast and in the wider city, both natural and manmade, all with some impressive beach cafes, water, and sand. It’s about 40-minutes’ drive from our serviced apartments in Amsterdam to the coast with some of the more artificial swim spots less than 20-minutes from door to water. Book your stay in our centrally located accommodation in Amsterdam to experience the best of both city living and beach life.

1. ZANDVOORT | For a relaxing seaside resort experience

Distance: 40 minutes’ drive

What started as a small fishing port in the 1100s, Zandvoort is now a bustling seaside resort town in North Holland and one of the major beach resorts in the country. Spend a day on a sun lounger enjoying a cocktail and a bite to eat from one of the many beachside bars & restaurants along the seafront. The beach is bordered by some impressive sand dunes in Zuid-Kennemerland National Park and the city is also home to Circuit Zandvoort, The Netherlands premier motor racing circuit.

2. BLOEMENDAAL | For a buzzing, Ibiza-like getaway

Distance: 35 minutes’ drive

A short hop from the centre of the city, Bloemendaal is Amsterdam’s party suburb, our answer to Ibiza. Bloemendaal is the countries most affluent suburb and has everything you need from a trip to the coast including shops, boutiques, cafes & bars, villas and sun loungers and a very impressive natural surround with lots of native wildlife to admire. You’ll find some of the countries best nightlife here and are guaranteed a good time with friendly locals in beach clubs like Woodstock69 and Vroeger.

3. WIJK AAN ZEE | For passionate surfers

Distance: 40 minutes’ drive

Did you know you could surf close to Amsterdam? Wijk aan Zee is the best surf beach in the area with the clearest water along the coast. If you’re a beginner, there are always surfing lessons on offer in the surf schools along the seafront and you can spend the rest of the day exploring this lovely traditional Dutch village. Its also home to an excellent beach club called Timboektoe where you can relax with a drink, enjoy a BBQ, or dance the night away.

4. IJMUIDEN | For water sports fanatics

Distance: 35 minutes’ drive

Aside from the world-class beach and super clubs, the North Sea swell offers ideal conditions for a more adventurous break near the water. One of the more urban beach retreats, Ijmuiden is located at the mouth of the River UJ and is a popular spot for water sports in the city. You can try your hand at many water-based activities including kitesurfing, paddleboarding and blokarting (think go-karting on the sand). If that’s not your idea of fun, you can lay on the sandy beach with your favourite book and admire the gigantic cruise & cargo ships as they pass peacefully. It’s a great day out for all the family.

Also read: Seven Reasons Why You Should Go On A Cruising Trip

5. SLOTERPLAS LAKE | For an exciting family day out

Distance: 13 minutes’ drive

Aside from the beach, there are plenty of places to enjoy water sports in Amsterdam. In the Nieuw-West neighbourhood, Sloterplas Lake offers crystal-clear water that’s perfect for sailing and water sports. Visit the centre to sign up for lessons and hire any equipment you might need for an exciting day out. It’s perfect for a family-friendly day out with activities to keep the children busy and plenty of sand and grass for parents to relax and keep watch.

6. PLLEK | For folks who are craving a lively atmosphere

Distance: 22 minutes’ drive

Pllek is a buzzing beachfront strip that’s full of art exhibitions, cultural events and the famous PLLEK Restaurant. It’s a cool hangout spot for students & groups that still has the opportunity to swim in the River IJ if you wish. There is often live music playing and you’ll always find a spot to crash with a beer and a burger.

Find the best accommodation in Amsterdam

You could spend every minute of your weekend exploring the thousands of things to do in Amsterdam but this year, make time to relax on one of the cool beaches on the skirt of the city. PREMIER SUITES Amsterdam is one of the city’s newest and most impressive accommodations, comfortably housing groups, couples, families, and corporate travellers in self-contained apartments.

For exclusive access to our best available rates and special offers for your beach or city break in Amsterdam, visit our official website. We look forward to welcoming you.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a travel buff who loves writing for PREMIER SUITES PLUS Amsterdam, which specializes in luxury, full-suite serviced apartments in Amsterdam, Netherland. This quirky and frugal young lady believes that traveling shouldn’t be expensive. She loves sharing money-saving hacks on lodging, traveling, and dining. 

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