Netherlands: Beach

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Netherlands Beach

Since the west side of the Netherlands entirely borders the sea and has a coastline of 282 miles (451 kilometres), the Netherlands provides many opportunities for taking a beach holiday. The only drawback is that the weather, like in the UK, can sometimes be cold and wet in summer in the Netherlands. Even in Amsterdam itself, there are 3 beaches spread out over the city, but these are all synthetic.

If you would like to visit a natural beach however, there are plenty of beaches to visit, such as Bloemendaal, Zandvoort and Scheveningen for you to check out, all within two hours' travelling from Amsterdam. The beaches in the north, along the Wadden Islands, are also a wonderful place for a beach holiday in the Netherlands. Texel Island is very popular with tourists, but many of the other Wadden Islands offer more secluded beaches. You can enjoy many other activities on the islands too, including hiking, swimming, canoeing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and even parachute jumping.