You might be surprised to hear it, but Amsterdam actually does have beaches. Strand Zuid, Dok and Sloterplas are located around the periphery of Amsterdam, and all have beach restaurants, water and sand. If you feel like going to the beach on a summer’s day in Amsterdam, yet don’t want to get on a train to Scheveningen, Zandvoort or Bloemendaal, the following beaches offer an alternative.
- Enjoy a beach vibe in Amsterdam.
- Sip on a cocktail at Strand Zuid.
- Dip your feet in the Sloterplas.
Strand Zuid in Amsterdam is located between the Amsterdam RAI exhibition center and the Beatrixpark (Europaplein 22), and boasts over 2000 m2 (over 6,600 square feet) of man-made beach property. Strand Zuid has the image of being a more luxury beach, and in the summer, the upper class of Amsterdam love to come here to lounge, sip cocktails, and see and be seen. But don’t let this trendy image of Strand Zuid scare you off. The beach offers countless hammocks and lounge chairs and even a volleyball court. Although there are no swimming facilities, there are showers available if you need to cool off. There are also even a variety of activities geared towards kids.
Sloterplas swimming beach
The Sloterplas is a great place to be. This swimming beach in West is under development and has been transformed into a lovely urban beach. There are plenty of things to do: volleyball, sports and games programs... You can enjoy great food and drinks and sometimes there are shows and festivals.
Board the ferry across the IJ from Central Station and find a table on the urban beach of the industrial hotspot Pllek. Amsterdam natives travel from the center to Noord for this great beach, where you can bask in the sun while enjoying the beautiful view of the IJ.
This hotspot is located just outside the city center, right by the IJ. Enjoy a bite and a drink while listening to music or stories told by the camp fire. There is a special play corner to keep children entertained.