Far north (about two and a half hours) is the wonderful ocean region of our community. They call this region for the most part The Hauge. There are many beaches scattered about this region ranging from straight up touristy to a little bit laid back. Even on the chillier days the beaches will be busy during the summer months, but not to worry- there is enough sand and sun for everyone.
Schevenigen beach is a wonderful beach for taking your children. The beach goes out for at least 20 beet without coming up to a child’s waist on good days. This gives a parent a bit of ease about the depths of the water. The area has three parking garages that are mapped out on the web page and has a plethora of places to eat. Get there early on high tourism days or deal with the traffic of cars and bikes. The beaches are somewhat divided into sections indicating where you are in vicinity to a hotel, but all in all I just find a spot and park it. Whatever you do, don’t miss the pier. It juts out an amazing 984 feet and gives you a panoramic view of the city and sea.
Boat trips, water sports, you have it all in Katwijk! In general Katwijk is considered a little more low key than Schevenigen, but still busy on nice days. Check out the dunes, shopping, and nearby windmills for picturesque moments.
Located extremely close to Katwijk is Noordwijk. Don’t be confused though- apparently Noordwijk is Holland’s finest beach. Each area has many different attractions that they call their own. Take a look at Noordwijk’s website to see their proximity to Amsterdam and other sightseeing adventures. Now would be a great time to mention that many of the beaches offer Nudist sections that can be visited with or without clothes at an age limit.
The last beach I will mention is Schoorl. This beach is unique because of its high dunes and forest area. This area is a bit different than the others and can offer more than one nature experience. Because of its forest region, the area has a high camping turnout as well as crowds for the beach. That sounds like a good time to me!
The beaches I have mentioned in this article are just a few of the beaches near us. Don’t forget about the numerous lakes and rivers as well. I have only included beaches in the Netherlands region due to the fact that they are closest to us at GK. Don’t discount France! Enjoy your time at the beach and be sure to read the safety warnings at each individual beach. Some can periodically become infested with jelly-fish or other marine life that could be hazardous. Have a good trip!