Last weekend I went to Scheveningen Beach for some beach time Dutch style. Yes, they exist. In fact the entire North Sea coast of the Netherlands is one massive strip of sand. However the thing I love the most about the beaches in the Netherlands are the beach bars.
Scheveningen is a very popular seaside resort and there is a buzzing boulevard, lined with hotels, bars and restaurants which are open year round. The beach bars however are only open during the summer season and are built in March and stay open till about October. There are about 35 of them in Scheveningen, and when Holland is blessed with sunny days, they tend to get quite busy.
Further north, along 'Het Zwarte Pad' the beach bars are a bit more chilled. Soomers is a nice option for a beach meal or refreshing drink on the terrace. Or you can just chill in the shade on the comfy beds along the beach path. And if the weather turns a bit chilly you can still enjoy the views from inside the bar.
A bit further up the path you'll find Boomerang Beach, beach club and lounge. It's a very relaxed place to enjoy some sun downers and things hot up a bit on Saturday nights when punters dance the night away to the tunes of international DJs.
Next door you'll find bohemian Indigo which has very comfy lounge beds with lots of colourful pillows. At night Indigo is lit by lanterns and an open fire in the centre of their terrace. In the background you'll either hear live music or a DJ spinning loungy music. Don't forget to try one of their organic burgers, because a day at the beach wouldn't be complete without one.