Access to and use of the beaches of Zandvoort is (of course) free.
As far as we know it is permitted to search the beach of Zandvoort with a metal detector.
Generally it is allowed to search the Dutch beaches using a metal detector at amateur level. Metal detection is a search method for finding metal objects in the ground. Beach searchers use a metal detector to find lost items (jewelry and coins) of bathers.
Of course, Dutch laws and regulations also apply on the beach. This means that you, also when searching on beach, need to take the following into account: Law on Archaeological Heritage, the Monuments law, the weapons and ammunition law, the local General Local Regulation (APV), Lost and Found items according to the civil law etc. Aside from that you should always leave behind your search location the way you found it. In other words, neatly close any dug holes.
A local municipality may decide to prohibit the use of a metal detector (detection ban) via the General Local Regulation. Therefore always check the General Local Regulation and/or contact the municipality where you wish to search. Zandvoort is subject to the municipality of Zandvoort. Here you will find contact information about this municipality: http://www.zandvoort.nl/
Note: Searching in the Dutch dunes is generally strictly prohibited. This is due to the protection of nature.
No, you may not enter the dunes of Zandvoort. This is to prevent damage. The main function of the dunes is to provide natural protection for the coast against the sea. Without the dunes a large part of the Netherlands would be under water.
In addition, almost all the dunes in the Netherlands is part of a nature reserve. They are an important part of biodiversity. In the dunes live many animals such as rabbits, foxes, deer, lizards and many species of birds. It's official forbidden to pick the plants and to chase animals in the Dutch dunes.
Possible messages are:
- Good: There are no reports for this swimming spot. You can safely swim.
- Warning: Swimming allowed, however there is a potential health risk.
- Advice against bathing: Not swimming, health risk.
- Swim Ban: Swimming prohibited, great health risk.
During the bathing season (May 1 to October 1) local provinces will inform you about the quality of the water of the official bathing sites. The measuring point is the place where most bathers are expected either where the risk of pollution is greatest.
Outside the bathing season, the bathing water is not investigated. If you go into the water off season, you must decide for yourself whether it is justified.
A telephone reservation is recommended. Often the use of beach wheelchairs is free. The beach wheelchair is only for use on the beach and into the sea. All beach wheelchairs need someone to push.
Below are the lending locations with phone numbers:
+31 235 714 445
Boulevard Barnaart 23
+31 235 715 707
Boulevard Barnaart 18
+31 235 715 660
Boulevard Paulus Loot 1B
tel. +31 235 712 547
Boulevard Barnaard 20, Zandvoort
tel. +31 235 716 994
Strandafgang 9, Zandvoort
tel. +31 235 718 888
Most shops, beach clubs, bars, terraces and restaurants remain open during the weekends in the low season. Many are also open throughout the week.
Each year the low season in Zandvoort begins after the autumn holidays till the beginning of the spring holidays. Several shops, beach clubs and restaurants use this period to rebuild, renew or for vacation. As a result, during this low season period, not all stores are opened every day.
Furthermore there is no general period when all the restaurants, bars and shops are closed. All entrepreneurs determine the temporary closure individually. Therefore is there are, also in the low season, enough shops and restaurants opened for you to enjoy.
After a nice day at the seaside, light the fire and have a BBQ on the beach with your friends. The perfect way to end the perfect day. And you can in Zandvoort, but only in the specially designated spots. You must have an extinguishing agent at hand and available near the BBQ.
There are a few conditions:
a) All waste must be removed. The beach must be left in the same state it was when you arrived.
b) To avoid bush fires, you must keep a distance of at least 10 meters from the dunes.
You must also adhere to the conditions mentioned below:
1) You must use a BBQ that is in correct working order, to prevent any waste like ashes or coals from falling on the sand.
2) Using a BBQ is only allowed under constant adult supervision.
3) No liquid lighters may be used to light the BBQ.
4) The BBQ must be positioned an appropriate distance (min. 10 meters) from buildings, property or plants to prevent fire.
5) The BBQ must be positioned such that it cannot tip or be knocked over.
6) To minimize inconvenience and fire risks, lighting a BBQ is only allowed during suitable wind directions and speeds; BBQ’s are not allowed in winds of force 5 or higher.
7.)There must always be a means of extinguishing the fire present in the immediate vicinity of the BBQ.
8) Afterwards, the extinguished ashes and coals must be deposited in the red iron garbage pails.
Ashes or coals must never be deposited in normal waste containers and suchlike.
With regard to the public security fire (including a campfire, fire pit, grill or barbecue) is prohibited at all times on the beach of Zandvoort.
Barbecues inside or on the terrace of a beach restaurant, are not covered by this prohibition.
You can rent chairs, windbreakers and umbrellas at various beach pavilions in Zandvoort.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
The Blue Flag programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
What are the beach criteria?
Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance criteria with covering the following:
1) Environmental Education and Information
2) Water Quality
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services
All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time.
Dogs are prohibited on the beaches of Zandvoort during the period 15 April till 1 October between 09:00 till 19:00.
Outside of the above mentioned period and time are dogs allowed (both loose and leased) on the beaches of Zandvoort.
Kite surfing is part of Zandvoort. The past few years, more and more people have taken up this particular water sport. It’s a spectacular sight.
But kite surfers and bathers, together on one beach, that can be risky. That is why the council has appointed three spots where kite surfers can take to the water.
The official starting and stopping sites are:
1) the area between beach pole 63.650 and 63.800 (across from George 5);
2) the area between beach pole 64.850 and 65.000 (across from The Spot and Rescue station north) and
3) the area between beach pole 66.950 and 67.100 (across from the water sports club and Rescue station south).
The staff from The Spot and the water sports club put out signs every day that tell you exactly where kite surfing is allowed. The signs are moved with the high or low tide. The council provides the signs.
All local surf information (including surfing schools) can you find on our special page: https://zandvoort.biz/en/surfing.php