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IJburg is the newest extension of Amsterdam and lies to the east of the city on a series of artificial islands in IJmeer. Unless you’re a lover of modern architecture or wind, you’ll not find many reasons to go here. But, in the summer it has a fantastic beach called Blijburg, where you can swim, sunbathe, windsurf and have a drink. This beach has a laid-back vibe (picture above by Maarten Willemstein)
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A strange location for a beach, but Strand Zuid is next to the RAI convention centre. It’s the perfect place to lounge, lazily sip a cocktail or have dinner on the terrace. Most of all it’s a place to see and be seen. This city beach has a chique upper class feel to it. You can’t actually swim here, but there are showers for cooling off.
ZANDVOORT AAN ZEE
Zandvoort aan Zee
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Zandvoort aan Zee, a popular beach town that attracts a lot of tourists in summer, is only a 30-minute train journey from Amsterdam. It’s better to visit in spring or autumn when you’ll have more of the beach to yourself. There are many cafes and restaurants on the shorefront from where you can watch the sun set in the sea. Most of them are open all year through.
IJMUIDEN AAN ZEE
IJmuiden aan zee
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IJmuiden aan Zee has one of the widest beaches. The town itself is really down to earth compared with Zandvoort and upper class Bloemendaal, and less crowded too. Maybe it has something to do with those big Tata Steel factory pipes looming in the background. The beach is popular with wind and kitesurfers, and bird-watchers like to congregate on the pier.