Activities

9x sun, sea and beach: on the Dutch coast

25 May 2021

Would you prefer to holiday on the beach this season? Enjoying fresh sea air in the dunes, sunbathing in the sand and toasting drinks in a beach bar? There is no need to go to the Spanish costa for that. You can do that all in the Netherlands at Stayokay! The 500-km-long coastline of the Netherlands has everything you need for a wonderful sun, sea and beach holiday. Tick off the list below!

1. A bike ride through the dunes

Are you one of those people who think that you've first got to earn that cocktail at the beach club? Then this bike ride through the Noord Holland Dune Reserve is for you! The diversity of dunes and forest makes this a beautiful area to discover by bike. And well ... do you still have some strength left in those calves of yours? Then Stayokay Heemskerk is about a half-hour bike ride from the nature reserve.

2. Attention water sports enthusiasts!

Fancy catching a wave? One of the best places to toss your board into the sea is on the boundary of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal aan Zee, where you'll find surf school Surfana at the Rapa Nui beach restaurant. So, even if you're not much of a surf expert yet, you're still in the right place here! Want to get there early? Our hostel in Haarlem is located nearby so you'll be up bright and early on the shoreline.

3. Sun, sea and beach hotspots

The Netherlands has lots of fun and friendly beach pavilions. Where, with your bare feet in the sand, you can watch the sun sink into the sea in the evening and enjoy local delicacies. And of course, fresh fish should accompany that! One of the top locations is Strandpaviljoen Nautilus aan Zee (near Stayokay Egmond) where you can hang around both indoors and outdoors.

4. Charming coastal towns

It's lovely on the beach, but the small towns and villages definitely have their own charm too. What about Middelburg? You will be surprised by the imposing monuments, elegant façades and medieval streets in the capital of Zeeland. And from Middelburg, it's just a short drive to the seaside resort of Domburg, where you'll find our hostel for a wonderful overnight stay.

5. What will you find in the sea?

You probably know what beach combing is all about, but have you ever heard of 'korren' - as in dredging? You can do this on the beach near Stayokay Noordwijk. Armed with a net, a rod and a board, you then head out to sea to see for yourself what's living in the North Sea. All of you drag the large net through the sea. Plaice, shrimp, dab, sea trout, turbot... What's the catch of the day? You can see this together with a nature guide.

6. Spotting lighthouses

The Netherlands boasts a few gems when it comes to characteristic lighthouses. They were built in the olden days near cliffs and harbours to warn ships at night during stormy weather. One of the oldest lighthouses in our country is the J.C.J. van Speijk tower close to Stayokay Egmond.  Did you know that this tower is still active? Definitely worth a visit!

7. Precious (wild) nature

Fun fact: The Netherlands has its own Big 5! You don't have to go to the jungle far away, because you can track down wild animals in our own nature. Wisents, Scottish Highlanders, wild horses, deer and seals: which ones will you bump into in this over 7,300-hectare dune area? Hire your bicycle from Stayokay Haarlem and ask for the most beautiful routes in the Kennemer Dunes.

8. Tropical fish

You don't really need to travel to tropical waters or the high seas to see seahorses or gigantic sharks. Take a trip around the world at the Zee Aquarium close to Egmond and discover more than 300 species of fish, from stingrays to piranhas. Who dares to pat a stingray on the head at the Roggenrif?

9. Out and about in the outdoor air!

If you go on a beach holiday for the fresh ocean breeze, well, there's no better place than our own country, the Netherlands. Accept a new challenge with a kitesurfing lesson at Vertigo on the coast of Zeeland, close to Stayokay Domburg. Put on your wetsuit and off you go into the water with your board and kite. Naturally, a real professional is standing by to help you. Is this just a bit too wild for you or would you like to do something different? You could also go windsurfing, kayaking, kite buggying and surf rafting.

AND, STAYING THE NIGHT?

You can do that at one of the following top locations...

Stayokay Domburg

Spend a special night at Westhove Castle: 5 minutes' walk from the beach and surrounded by beautiful woods and dunes. You can also visit historic Middelburg and Domburg in no time at all. An unforgettable experience for the whole family.

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Stayokay Egmond

A modern hostel near the beach and the Kennemer Dunes. This location with its sun-drenched terrace is made for chilling out. And in the surrounding neighbourhoods, you will find delightful coastal villages which are well worth a bike trip.

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Stayokay Noordwijk

This hostel is right next to the dunes and the forest and is a perfect base for anyone who loves to be active. On the Noordwijk beach, you can ride the waves in lots of different ways. Plus, you can also have a lovely time walking through the lush green dune area.

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Stayokay Heemskerk

Would you like to spend the night in a castle and still experience that relaxed hostel atmosphere? It's possible! This hostel is located in Assumburg Castle and is a great place for families to spend a holiday, one that fits a fairytale book. Moreover, you can cycle to the beach in 25 minutes on a Stayokay bicycle!

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Stayokay Haarlem

Coast, countryside and city: Haarlem has it all! Enjoy shopping, culture and a sense of the gourmet lifestyle as well as the dunes and beach. On your Stayokay bicycle, you can cycle through the Kennemer dunes or along the coastline of Zandvoort and Bloemendaal in no time at all.

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All our locations

Would you rather stay the night on the Wadden Islands, in the midst of nature or maybe in the city?

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Did you know that...

we also have private rooms?

Choose a private room or family room and sleep in one room with the whole family. Each room has its own bathroom and you can make your stay as comfortable as you like. For example, go for a lazy checkout, choose a discount package or add meals. Breakfast is often even included!
We have different types of rooms: there is something for everyone. Do you want to know which room suits you best?

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Family time

Stayokay is a perfect base for families.

Would you like to book a hostel with your family? Go on! There's always a great, easy-going atmosphere at ours and children are free to play to their hearts' content. Our family hostels have a large outdoor area so that no one will ever get bored!

On holiday with the family