Blijburg city beach Amsterdam
Blijburg is the largest and most beachlike city beach in Amsterdam. It has a sandy beach with a great view on the IJsselmeer lake. You can actually swim here, unlike many other city beaches in Amsterdam. It has a bohemian vibe, especially in the evening when the camp fire is lit. The beach bar and restaurant Blijburg is definitely worth a visit. They serve good food and often programme live music, DJ’s and other activities.
Amsterdam has other city beaches and of course the real beach at the coast: Zandvoort. This is traditionally the beach that most Amsterdam people go to, it takes only 25 minutes by train. It has endless sandy beaches and many trendy beach bars and restaurants. So if the weather is really sunny and you have the time, consider a day or just an evening at the coast.
It’s on the north shore of IJ river and just a 15 minutes boat trip by the free ferry from Central Station: Pllek. Pllek is more than just a fine beach: it is sun facing, it has simple organic food, drinks and there are cultural events as well. Pllek is situated on the former premises of NDSM shipyard, which gives an industrial feel. It’s not Amsterdam’s first city beach (being Blijburg), but Pllek certainly adds to the hip feel of the Northern IJ shore.
Zandvoort is Amsterdam’s main beach, it’s only half an hour by train. Zandvoort is a small but very lively touristic city, it is the Coney Island Beach for Amsterdam people who want to escape the hot city during summer. Trains leave every half hour from Amsterdam Central Station (through Haarlem) to Zandvoort. For more adventurous people; take the Fast Flying Ferry, a hydrofoil departing behind Amsterdam Central Station, for another (nearby) beach spot: Velsen Zuid. From there you can take a short bus trip (bus 82) to the beach at IJmuiden. This beach is non touristic, with less café’s, shops, etc.