Beaches in Amsterdam - Sun, Sea and Spliff

It may not be the Bahamas but there are coffeeshop and cold beer! When the sun is shining theres no better place to be than on one of the Amsterdam´s many urban beaches with a nice fat joint, a drink, or both!

Amsterdam has a variety of man-made beaches from hippy chill-out spots, to beach clubs to old factories turned bars with their own beach-style terraces. Here are a few of our favorite beaches in Amsterdam: 


Blijburg aan Zee

Amsterdam’s main city beach, Blijburg aan Zee, is in the east of Amsterdam, on the island of IJburg.

Relax in the sun, enjoy a drink or take a swim! Then relax around the campfire with live music and DJs as the sunsets.



NEMO's Roof Terrace

The roof terrace at the NEMO; Amsterdam’s cruise-ship shaped science centre has a unique beach style to it, complete with decking, deckchairs and sand! You also get to enjoy great views of the city, something you often don´t get at a beach!  




Take the free ferry across the the IJ from Amsterdam Central to Amsterdam Noord, and you´ll find the NDSM. You´ll find loads of cool spots in this area including Pllek. Enjoy the views of the water and Amsterdam Centraal while relaxing on a giant bean bag with a smoke and a drink on Plleks urban beach terrace! 




This small beach area surrounds a lake in Amsterdam Zuid, just south of the Centrum. StrandZuid has a big restaurant, a large deck, and lots of sunbathing spots on the beach! 



Amsterdam Roest

Roest is located at an industrial area with old warehouses. It’s laid back and relaxed with a selection of indoor and outdoor bars and a large sandy beach by the water. 




If you feel like going further out of Amsterdam then there are few other beautiful beach spots around The Netherlands, a few of our favorites include:


Zandvoort aan Zee

One of the most popular beaches near Amsterdam is Zandvoort.

Big sand dunes near the near form a great natural chill out spot. Popular with tourists, locals and families, Zandvoort has wide, sandy beaches and a lots of of funky beach bars! If you are planning on visiting, make sure not to miss one of the oldest, and best coffeeshops in town Yanks Indian Club. 


Take a look at Andrew Pyrah´s video HIA HASH JOINT AT THE BEACH La Paz Coffeeshop Zandvoort - Amsterdam Weed Review 2015 to get a feel of the Zandvoort vibe!


Bloemendaal aan Zee

Another popular beach spot is Bloemendaal. It has a bit more of a party atmospere than Zandvoort with has live bands and DJs playing most nights... beach party anyone??