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The Best Beaches in the Netherlands 

When you think of the Netherlands, images of tulip fields, windmills, and charming canals may come to mind. However, beyond these well-known symbols, the Netherlands also offers a remarkable coastline that is often overlooked. Located along the North Sea, the Dutch beaches offer something for everyone, from relaxing beach days and surf lessons to discovering the picturesque dunes. As an international student, you might find yourself with more free time in the summer, making it the perfect opportunity to explore beyond your busy city life and discover the hidden gems of the Dutch seaside. If you’re looking for the perfect holiday without crossing borders, we have prepared the best guide for you. Here are some must-visit beaches that will enhance your Dutch experience and create unforgettable summer memories. 

Scheveningen Beach (The Hague) 

Scheveningen is arguably the most famous beach in the Netherlands. Located just a short tram ride from the center of The Hague, this bustling beach is known for its lively promenade, vibrant pier, and numerous beach bars. Whether you’re into water sports, sunbathing, or enjoying a meal with a sea view, Scheveningen has it all. Don’t miss the iconic Kurhaus hotel, the Ferris wheel on the pier, and the gaming arcade. Even if the weather is not good enough for a swim, Scheveningen is worth visiting all year round. 

Zandvoort aan Zee 

Zandvoort is another popular beach destination, easily accessible by train from Amsterdam. Known for its long sandy shores and numerous beach pavilions, Zandvoort is perfect for a relaxing day by the sea. The beach is also home to the Circuit Zandvoort, a motorsport race track that hosts various racing events throughout the year. 

Texel Island  

If you are looking for a unique island holiday in the Netherlands, Texel is for you. It is the largest of the Wadden Islands and offers some of the most picturesque beaches in the country. Take a short ferry ride from Den Helder, and you will find yourself surrounded by miles of sandy shores, dunes, and nature reserves. Texel is ideal for those who love nature and tranquility, as it will not get as busy as mainland beaches. If you are there, don’t forget to visit the iconic lighthouse. 

Bloemendaal aan Zee 

Just north of Zandvoort lies Bloemendaal aan Zee, a beach known for its trendy beach clubs and vibrant nightlife. During the summer months, Bloemendaal transforms into a hotspot for beach parties and live music. If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, the beach is also home to beautiful dunes to walk along; Kennemerduinen is definitely worth a visit. 

Domburg Beach (Zeeland) 

Domburg, located in the province of Zeeland, is one of the oldest seaside resorts in the Netherlands. Known for its clean, wide beaches and historic charm, Domburg is perfect for a family-friendly beach day. The beach is backed by dunes and a forest, offering plenty of opportunities for hiking and cycling. Domburg’s rich history and relaxed atmosphere make it a great destination if you are looking for a peaceful retreat. 

Egmond aan Zee

Egmond aan Zee is a charming coastal town with a rich fishing history. The town itself has a cozy atmosphere, with plenty of cafes, restaurants, and shops to explore. Don’t miss the historic lighthouse, which offers stunning views of the North Sea, and if you are lucky, you can even spot some wild horses. 

The Netherlands may not be the first destination that comes to mind for beach lovers, but its coastline is filled with beautiful and diverse beaches that cater to all kinds of needs. With more time on your hands during the summer break, summer offers the perfect opportunity to explore these stunning coastal destinations. So pack your beachwear, grab your friends, and set out to discover the breathtaking beaches of the Netherlands. Whether you're sunbathing, swimming, or simply soaking in the natural beauty, you're sure to create unforgettable memories along the Dutch coast. Enjoy your summer adventures and make the most of your time here! 

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