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Zandvoort is as famous and crowded as beach resorts get in the Netherlands. That is - in summer, when the weather is nice, Dutch and German visitors flock to the sandy beaches of this otherwise rather small town and dozens of beach pavilions along the long boulevard cater to their needs. By November, all pavilions have to be closed and mostly removed until Mid-February, changing the face of the Zandvoort boulevard completely.

The town also hosts Circuit Park Zandvoort, the main car racing circuit in the country.

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Beach view looking north

The whole west coast of the Netherlands is a single long beach. The nearest stretch to Amsterdam is Zandvoort—29 minutes by train from Amsterdam Centraal, every 30 minutes. In summer there are extra trains, change trains at Haarlem. Zandvoort is very crowded on warm days in summer: parts of the beach attract the in-crowd, others the somewhat less so.

Get in[edit]

On hot summer days, traffic jams in the directions of all major Dutch beach destinations are common - and Zandvoort is no exception. On such days, consider using the train instead of a car. On other days, driving in is easy enough. The N201 is the main road in, connecting Zandvoort to the nearby city of Haarlem and, slightly further, Amsterdam.

Trains run every half hour from Amsterdam and Haarlem, with extra trains in high season and on very hot (and thus busy) days. From Amsterdam, it's easy to connect to countless destinations in the country and abroad. Station Zandvoort aan Zee is less than a 10 minute walk from the beach.

Bike lanes are readily available, and there are plenty of biking and hiking routes connecting Zandvoort to other beach resorts along the coast as well as to cities and villages in the region.

Get around[edit]

Zandvoort is a small place, so you can get around walking or rent a bike from one of the many bike rental stores in Zandvoort.

The nearest bike rental store to the train station is Zilt at Sea. Zilt at Sea is also a few steps from the beach.

  • 1 Zilt at Sea Bike Rentals in Zandvoort (Rent a bike in Zandvoort at Zilt at Sea), Passage 33, +31 23 576 69 91, . Rents bikes of all kinds, including electrical bikes, mountainbikes, tandems, scooters and children's bikes. You can also rent a locker, take a shower, and buy beach accessories.

See[edit]

  • 1 Circuit Park Zandvoort, Burgemeester van Alphenstraat 108, +31 235 740 740, fax: +31 235 740 741. This hosts Formula 1 / Grand Prix and other races, including Testing Days where you can register to drive your own vehicle on the circuit. The next F1 is 1-4 Sept 2022. Circuit Park Zandvoort (Q173083) on Wikidata Circuit Park Zandvoort on Wikipedia
  • 2 Juttersmu-Zee-um, Strandweg 2, +31 235 712 221, . A museum displaying what beachcombers find on the beaches of Zandvoort. Free.

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Crowds flock here to find a spot on the sand and enjoy the sun and the sea. Sunbathing, swimming, beach walks and of course casual drinks in one of the many beach side bars is the core of all activity here.

The Zandvoort beach

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