Whether you are after an active or a quiet holiday, this is to place to enjoy the sun and feel the wind in your hair. It is the place to cycle and to relax.
Zandvoort’s beaches are wide and varied. There are 39 beach ‘pavilions’ with comfortable outside sitting areas for you to enjoy sun, sand and sea. Unlike in the past when the pavilions were removed in the winter, many are now permanent and as a result open throughout the year for a drink, lunch or dinner. Spectacular sea views await you.
The centre of Zandvoort has many comfortable bars en restaurants and a variety of shops.
The picturesque Zandvoort houses are situated in the small streets around the centre.
Zandvoort is bordered on both sides by beautiful dunes (Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen to the south and Kennemerduinen to the north) which are excellent for walking. Walking and entrance permits may be obtained from the VVV Zandvoort or at the machine. The long beaches run towards Noordwijk (south) and from Bloemendaal towards IJmuiden (north). The beach at Bloemendaal is particularly popular because of its beach parties and cool beach clubs.
Zandvoort has a golf course and a race circuit. See circuit-zandvoort.nl for more information. Circus Zandvoort provides entertainment for all ages. It has a theatre/cinema where (current) films may be watched. There is also a Casino. The colourful and striking building was designed by architect Sjoerd Soeters and is worth a visit for its design alone.
ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN IN & AROUND ZANDVOORT
In addition to playing and chilling on the beach and in the dunes, the “Mu-ZEE-um” situated on the promenade provides a ‘sea experience’.
Circus Zandvoort has a cinema and a downstairs interactive game area.
Zandvoort has a tropical swimming pool. Bowling alleys and tennis and squash courts are nearby.
Nearby Groenendaal (municipality Heemstede) provides good walking opportunities as well as a childrens farm with a nice playground.
The swimming pool in Groenendaal has a large pool with a wave pool. And a children’s pool with slide.
You may request a guide with all information about Zandvoort and nearby areas from VVV Zandvoort.
AROUND HAARLEM AND AMSTERDAM
Zandvoort has a direct train/bus connection to Haarlem and Amsterdam. This is a quick way of getting you there without parking being a problem.
Haarlem is a beautiful old Dutch city situated along the river Spaarne. There are many attractive monuments in its atmospheric centre as e.g. the famous Teijlers museum and the Frans Hals Museum. Apart from the large shopping streets, there are many characterfull small streets with a variety of shops as well as lovely cafes and restaurants.
For more information about Haarlem and nearby areas please visit www.noord-holland.com of www.haarlemmarketing.nl
Amsterdam hardly needs an introduction. The museums as e.g. the van Gogh, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk museum, the ‘Fotografie Foam’ and the recently opened Hermitage are more than worth a visist. Don’t forget the world famous Anne Frank museum nearby the beautiful Westertoren in the centre of Amsterdam.
Walk through the 9 Straatjes (small streets).
During a tour through the ‘Jordaan’, you will find out more about the real Amsterdam. Take a seat in one of the touring boats and admire the special canal houses.
For more information please visit www.iamsterdam.com or www.vvvamsterdam.nl
PARKING IN ZANDVOORT
In most parts of Zandvoort one has to pay for parking and parking meters are situated in many areas. Some parking spaces may only be used by permit holders. There are special car parks where you may park your car for the day.
From November to February inclusive, you may park for free along the boulevard and at the dunes area to the south of Zandvoort. At other times, free parking is available within a 10 to 15 minutes walk from the centre.
Information about parking in Zandvoort may be found on the VVV Zandvoort website.