There are some popular beaches in The Netherlands. To mention some: Zandvoort and Bloemendaal, province of North Holland, and also Scheveningen and Noordwijk which are from the province of Zuid Holland. I was curious and looking forward to the opportunity of going to the beach. Since the weekend weather was looking favorable, it was time to pick the first beach adventure: Scheveningen strand.
Choosing to go to this beach first had a lot to do with visiting The Hague itself. This is one of the three main cities in The Netherlands and also very influential worldwide. We will wander around for a bit and just make one stop because after all, we are here for the beach today!
Getting there is very easy: Take a train from Amsterdam Centraal to Den Haag Centraal or Den Haag HS, it will take about an hour, and from there you can take bus or tram to the coast.
Another option, which is what we actually did and I would highly recommend is going by bike. If you are from the Netherlands and have a personal OV-chipcard you can rent the OV-fiets. The process is simple and fast: just identify the renting location, grab a bike, they will scan your OV-chipcard and you are good to go. The price is 3.85€ for 24 hours. This was the first time I used this service and I have no complaints. There are also some other regular bike rentals near-by the stations.
First stop: The Peace Palace is the house of the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), the Hague Academy of International Law and the Peace Palace Library.
It was also very nice to see The Eternal Peace Flame burning beside the entrance of the Palace, surrounded by The World Peace Path, which consists of stones from many countries, representing their unity. #worldpeace
Heading Scheveningen! Back to the cycle lane riding through the city towards the east coast, which was only thirty minutes away. When we arrived, we walk by the esplanade, seaside resorts, market stands, through the pier for more shops and food & drink. There are also plenty of activities around; like bungy jumping, zip line, Ferris wheel, trampolines, and others beach sports.
Once you get to the beach, look for an available spot and make your setup. This is a public long sandy beach strip. Everyone takes their own tents, mats, towels, umbrellas, snacks, beers or whatever each needs to spend a nice day under the sun. Most of the people don’t get into the water, maybe because it’s ice cold!
Sun was shining bright and I just wanted to lay in the sand, feel the heat in my skin and absorb as much vitamin D as physically possible. We seated near the pier to alternate between sun and shadow because we were not prepared with all the beach equipment in this occasion.
In this esplanade, you will also find the Sea Life Aquarium, the Palace Promenade which is a large shopping mall, and now in construction is Lego Land! So this place will continue to grow to such a nice attraction!
I’m pleased with my first beach experience in the Netherlands! The sand is beautiful, the weather was super-hot but also windy which made it enjoyable, it was crowded yet still manageable. What I was truly missing were the palm trees and a hammock 😅
Overall, it is a nice and relaxing atmosphere!
Regards from Scheveningen!