Blog: Summertime and beach life in The Netherlands
‘Summertime and the living is easy’
Indulge yourself in a few moments of great music by the Dutch jazz band Gare du Nord. Summertime in The Netherlands can surprise you. In a good way, but also in a bad way. Unfortunately, the country is influenced by a maritime climate, meaning the winters are mild and the summers are cool, on average that is! In fact, our summers can be awesome. The downside is you never know when. This makes it hard to plan your trip to The Netherlands as a beach destination. Good thing is that there are so many more things to do than visiting the beach.
The country is very rich in culture and counts 680 museums, more than 650 theaters for performing arts, 440 galleries, and over 800 festivals a year are being organized.
Apart from the activities like sight-seeing, shopping and visiting one of the above-mentioned locations, there is a huge variety of sports you can undertake whilst being in The Netherlands. For example, you can go to the beach for wind- or kitesurfing, go to the dunes or hills for mountain biking or rent a bicycle in the cities to explore these at your own pace.
And when the sun shines and the temperatures reach above 20 degrees head to one of the beaches. Well-known beaches are located at Bergen aan Zee, Zandvoort, Bloemendaal, Noordwijk and Scheveningen as well as the beaches in Zeeland like Renesse and Breskens. All have their own style and attract their own crowd. Most beaches can easily be reached by public transport like the train or busses, and once you have arrived, the beaches have lots of beach clubs where you can get yourself a nice spot. Or do as many Dutch do, bring a towel and just relax on the sand. Maybe not the most comfortable way, but certainly the cheapest way since it is free of any charge.
So, plan your trip to The Netherlands in summertime and experience yourself that the living is easy here.
Justine ten Hoorn
August 7th 2018