Zandvoort is located only 24km west of Amsterdam and is a popular place with both tourists and locals as it is located next to the beach and the North Sea.
It is well serviced by public transport, with hourly trains leaving from Amsterdam's Central Station. Each trip takes about 30 minutes. Note that some trips require you to change trains at the township of Haarlem and then continue on to Zandvoort.
You can also travel by a bus which also leaves from Central Station. The buses run more frequently than the trains however your journey will be longer.
The third option is to take your car via the A9. You will need to take the exit at Haarlem, then follow the signs which clearly mark how to get to Zandvoort. Time to get there will depend on the traffic, which can be very heavy on weekends, especially if the weather is good.
Once there, you will probably want to head for the sandy beach. The beaches are lined with pavilions and huts and in the height of the summer season, the area can get very crowded. To the south of the main beach is a designated nudist beach, where you will be frowned upon if you wear clothes.
Besides soaking up the sun, many people come here to take part in water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, hiking and cycling. Kite flying is also very popular with several of the shops in the town selling kites.
Just to the north of the beaches you will find the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. For further information on hiking and cycling trails, it is best to go to the main tourist office located near the central bus station. Opening times vary depending on the time of year.
As well as the beach, Zandvoort has plenty of other things to see and do. Holland Casino is open daily. There is an admission fee and entry is restricted to people over 18 years. You will also need to be suitably dressed as a dress code applies.
Getting around Zandvoort is generally best on foot or by bike. Bikes can be hired from the train station at Stationsplein.
Most shops in Zandvoort are fairly small and many only open during peak season. There are several small supermarkets however, if you want more diverse stores, its best to head off to Haarlem, which is about 7km from Zandvoort. Haarlem is a small picturesque, historical town full of culture, with plenty of shopping, art galleries and restaurants.
Other points of interest in Zandvoort include the Circus Zandvoort, the Dutch shop Kaashoek in Haltestraat, the Cultureel Centrum (Culture Center) and the Circuit Zandvoort.
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