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Dutch Beaches and the North Sea Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Culture

My mom came to visit and we did our fare share of traveling within the Netherlands, Belgium and a tiny bit of Germany. I was glad that my mom was able to have a true Dutch experience in regards to weather…it was unpredictable and ever changing! She arrived with wind, rain and cold temperatures and left a month later with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celcius and with a clear and shiny sky!

In June, the Netherlands have already experienced heel warm temperatures. On June 5th, Maastricht was the first city in the Netherlands to reach 30 degrees at around 12pm. On June 12th, the day my mom flew back home, temperatures reached the 30s once again. Because the husband and I were already on the west coast of the Netherlands, we decided to make a day of it and head to the beach!

 So far, I have been to three different beach areas in the Netherlands. The most famous is, of course, Scheveningen which is a 20 minute bike ride away from Den Hague. What I like most about Scheveningen is the variety of restaurants on the beach. From hippie lounge areas to more luxurious ones, in Scheveningen you are bound to find a place to relax and enjoy a pilsje!

My husband’s family is a big fan of Zeeland when it comes to the beach. According to them, Zeeland is nice because the beaches are a lot less crowded there. There are also many restaurants where you can enjoy the sun.Bloemendaal Beach (personal photograph)

Last week, we went to Bloemendaal near Haarlem. What I liked most about Bloemendaal is that there were a lot less people than the pictures I had seen of Scheveningen the week before. The lounge/restaurant where we stayed at had delicious food, great music and a very relaxed but fun atmosphere. However, I must admit that the North Sea and I are not very good friends. The moment my feet felt the ice cold water, I got terrible flashbacks of winter! I think I’ll just stick to the beach, the drinks and the food!Delicious food at Bloemendaal Beach (personal photograph)

Which Dutch beach do you prefer?

Beach-related Vocabulary:

het zand– the sand
het strand– the beach
de zee– the sea
het koraal– the coral
de zon– the sun
de strandhanddoek– the beach towel
het zwempak– the bathing suit
de zonbeschermingsfactor– the sun protection factor
de zonnebrand– the sunburn
zonnebaden- to sunbathe
– to tan

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About the Author: Karoly Molina

Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with languages and writing. I speak English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and a little bit of French. I am a writer, reader, language teacher, traveler, and a food lover! I now live in The Netherlands with my husband Riccardo, our cat Mona, and our dog Lisa, and the experience has been phenomenal. The Dutch culture is an exciting sometimes topsy-turvy world that I am happily exploring!