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Zandvoort

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Beaches, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

You probably knew about Amsterdam's canals, but what about its beach? Just about 20 miles west of the city center is a place called Zandvoort, a strip of sand that borders the North Sea. Experts say Zandvoort is at its best in the summertime, though recent visitors say a trip here in the offseason is also worthwhile since it lacks the summertime crowds.

Along with its wide shoreline, Zandvoort also boasts a variety of trendy beach clubs, including the popular Tijn Akersloot and Safari Lounge. When you've had your fill of the beach, explore the town – a recommendation from past visitors.

You can take a 30-minute train ride directly from Amsterdam's Centraal station; during other seasons, you'll need to transfer (change at Haarlem for Zandvoort aan Zee).

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