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First stop in your Dutch summer

Get planning your next trip to Holland an discover your own piece of deserted paradise or choose from some of the other wonderful beaches Holland has to offer. There's a beach there to suit everyone's tastes; windy ones for kite-surfers, secluded ones for sunbathers, entertainment-packed ones for families and even city beaches for urbanites. We've picked out some of the best beaches for you to explore this summer.

Kiteboarder getting some air off the top of a wave on a beach in Holland.
Best for Sportsters

Zeeland is a cluster of islands in the far west of the Netherlands and has a staggering 650 kilometres of coastline, making it a water lover's paradise.

The old seaside resort of Domburg has a promenade and beach cafés galore and also offers excellent surfing & kite-surfing.

The liveliest resort of Brouwersdam is the place to be for sport lovers, with world-class windsurfing, sailing and kayaking all within a stone's throw.

Prefer to keep your feet on dry land? Tt's also the place to try blokarting, surfsailing or kite buggying,

Woman jumping in the air on a beach with the sea in the backgroundd.
Best for Families

The bustling seaside resort of Scheveningen close to the Hague has it all with wide sandy beach, a promenade, fabulous surfing, beach cafés, watersports schools and the Sea Life Marine Park.

Relax on the beach in the sun, join a sand castle building competition, go fishing off the Pier or hire bikes to pedal through the dunes, Scheveningen will keep even the most active kids entertained.

Deserted Kwade Hoek Beach in Holland at sundown.
Beautiful Deserted Kwade Hoek Beach & Goeree Dunes

There isn't much that is a real secret in densely populated Holland, but there are some tranquil spots along the west coast that make for an enchanting day at the seaside. De Kwada Hoek and Goeree dunes are just an hour's drive from the Hook of Holland Port. Offering mile after mile of fine sand, the beach and dunes sit in the delta where major European rivers meet before entering the North Sea, including the Rhine.

The best part of vising De Kwade Hoek (pronounced kw-eye-uh hook), are the inland dunes sprinkled in summer wild flowers and busy bird life, its long walks and the exquisitely delicious seafood that you can sample at De Gouden Leeuw or Hameeteman.

Three ladies sitting in the sun chatting and smiling.
Best for urbanites

When visiting the Netherlands, it's possible to spend a full day on the beach without even leaving the city! Voted one of the world's best city beaches, Amsterdam's BIijburg lives up to its title. Located east of Amsterdam, the hip resort opens onto the freshwater IJsselmeer lake with sandy beaches, volleyball, an atmospheric café and "glamping" spots.

Chill out with the locals to live music and regular festivals. If you're in Utrecht, head for Strand Oog in Al (SOIA) in the Oog in Al park, which offers a grass and sand beach on the canal, an atmospheric café and a children's play area. The venue regularly plays live music and hosts DJs and festivals, a music lover's heaven.

Couple sitting back, relaxing on sunloungers in Holland.
Best for lounging

If you like your beach life laid-back with a hint of Thailand's Islands, then head north for the trendy beach towns of Bloemendaal & Zandvoort.

Only 30 minutes from Amsterdam by car or public transport, the long sandy stretches in these popular towns are lined with hip cafés and beach bars. Go for a dip in the ocean, play beach volleyball, listen to djs spinning some discs and enjoy the sunset with cocktails before dancing till dawn.

Alternatively, just south of Amsterdam lies the old fishing village of Noordwijk, which offers beach cafés, bars and shops, perfect for a spot of spring or summer sun.