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ZandvoortNetherlands

Laze on the beach, experience the thrill of motor racing or stroll amongst the dunes of a nature reserve in one of the Netherlands’ most popular coastal playgrounds.

Grab a beach towel and head to Zandvoort, a bustling little town with a long sandy beach on the North Sea coast. This popular beach resort is just a short train ride away from the capital Amsterdam, but feels like a world away.

Formerly a sleepy fishing village “Zandvoort aan Zee,” as the Dutch often call it, has grown out to become a busy coastal resort where mostly German and Dutch vacationers come to relax. With its trendy beach pavilions, fun summer festivals and secluded coastal nature parks, Zandvoort is a great place to escape to on a sunny day.

Rent a deck chair and sun umbrella and listen to the lounge music or Dutch folk songs coming from the speakers of your beach pavilion of choice. Wade into the ocean for a refreshing swim in summer. For refreshments or snacks, simply wait for one of the tractors that drive up and down the beach to sell irresistible treats.

Try windsurfing or kitesurfing to get an adrenalin buzz. Local operators rent out equipment and provide courses. Keep the excitement going by visiting Circuit Park Zandvoort in the dunes. Come on a race day to watch the professionals take on the circuit’s infamous sweeping bends or come any other day to experience being a passenger or even a driver in a race car for yourself.

Put on your walking shoes or rent a bicycle and delve into abundant nature of the coastal dunes surrounding Zandvoort. Kennemerduinen and Waterleidingduinen both have high dunes where deer, birds and rabbits roam. Bring a picnic along and relax with a view of the sea or a lake. You can also opt for a horseback ride through the dunes or let the children amble around on gentle ponies.

Find fashion, swimwear, beach toys and souvenirs in Zandvoort’s main street, where modern stores are dotted among the historic houses. If you are in Zandvoort on a Wednesday, browse its open-air market for fresh produce and sweet treats. On a rainy day, visit the Zandvoorts Museum to see its art exhibits.

Finish your day with a romantic dinner at one of the beach pavilions as the sun sets over the ocean, while you sip on a cold Dutch lager beer or rosé wine.

Top hotels in Zandvoort

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beachhouse Hotel
Beachhouse Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Boulevard Barnaart 59, Zandvoort
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$193 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Zandvoort hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zandvoort Beach and Circuit Park Zandvoort. Cathedral of Saint Bavo and Stadhuis are ...

4.2/5Excellent! (110 reviews)
Nice stay

"Great break by the beach"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

Beachhouse Hotel
Hotel Zeespiegel
Hotel Zeespiegel
3 out of 5
Hogeweg 70, Zandvoort
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$130 per night

Located in the heart of Zandvoort, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Zandvoort Beach and 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Circuit Park Zandvoort. Cathedral of Saint Bavo ...

3.7/5Good! (182 reviews)
Great value, tidy hotel in a nice spot.

"Small hotel in the seaside resort of Zandvoort, just a few streets back from the seafront. I was here for a trade show in Amsterdam which was just a 45 minute/20 Euro train and metro ride away. Really nice to get out of the city actually as it can take 45 mins to get back to a city centre hotel when ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Hotel Zeespiegel
Hotel La Rosa Amsterdam Beach
Hotel La Rosa Amsterdam Beach
3 out of 5
Haltestraat 77, Zandvoort, North Holland
The price is NZ$146 per night

Located in the heart of Zandvoort, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Circuit Park Zandvoort, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cathedral of Saint Bavo and Frans Hals ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)

"Sehr aufmerksames und äußerst freundliches und hilfsbereites Personal. Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt und kommen gerne wieder ins Hotel La Rosa"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2019

Hotel La Rosa Amsterdam Beach

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