Only a half hour from Amsterdam by train,
the North Sea resort of Zandvoort can be packed with what seems
like a million people on nice summer days (or almost empty on a winter
one - see photo below). The Dutch are so sun-starved, that when it shines, the
entire country seems to take the day off and goes to the beach.
itself is geared towards the tourists, with lots of guesthouses and hotels,
restaurants and cafes, and shopping that is even open on Sundays. A beautiful promenade with benches overlooking the beach extends for several kilometers north and south of town.
During summer months the strand is lined with temporary structures serving as cafes, bars and restaurants and they can be very busy. The beach is long and wide, stretching for endless miles, and you can get away
from the crowds if you are willing to walk. The scenery can be quite nice, as the Dutch women don't hesitate to go topless in public at the beach. (A mixed blessing to be sure...)
A 45 minute stroll north along the beach from Zandvoort is Bloemendaal, a more relaxed place to hang out or a huge party scene, your choice. There is also a posted nudist beach about 3K south of town, a nice walk.
Note:Only a half hour from Amsterdam by train,
the North Sea resort of Zandvoort can be packed with what seems like a million people on nice summer days (or almost empty on a winter
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