Naturist beaches are often a curiosity to tourists visiting the Netherlands, and there are several such beaches within a short drive of Amsterdam. But be advised: If you're planning to go to a nude beach just to gawk, you may want to reconsider. In general, staring at and photographing other nude bathers is frowned upon (and at some private beaches, such behavior is prohibited).
Before you head out, research the rules for the specific beach you're planning to visit. While sunbathers are allowed to doff their tops on most Dutch beaches, full nudity may not be permitted, depending on the beach.
At some naturist beaches, there are areas specifically reserved for nudists; at others, the entire beach is available. Look for signs reading naturistenstrand (naturist beach) or naaktstrand (nude beach). If it's a beach where only certain areas allow nudity, these signs will be located at the poles marking the borders.
The nude beaches below, open to everyone, are convenient to Amsterdam... and appropriate for both new and seasoned nudists alike.
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The first nudist beach in the Netherlands, Callantsoog became official in 1973. The 2,300 meter stretch of coastline allotted to nudists is now so popular that its crowds outnumber those of the clothed beach area.
Nudism is permitted between poles 14.50 and 16.80; there is also the cheekily-named beach pavilion Ja, Natuurlijk ("Yes, Naturally"), dedicated to nude sunbathers.
How to Reach Callantsoog by Train: From Amsterdam CS, take the Intercity train (direction: Den Helder) to Schagen; transfer to Connexxion bus 152 (direction: Julianadorp) and exit at the Callantsoog stop. Travel time is about 90 minutes, plus a 20-minute walk from bus stop to beach.
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Amsterdam's Most Popular Nude Beach: Zandvoort
One of Amsterdam's most popular coastal beaches, Zandvoort, is a beautiful area in the North Sea dunes. Three kilometers, between poles 68 and 71, are devoted to nude recreation. Zandvoort has many amenities, including five beach pavilions with snacks, meals, and drinks in the naturist area.
How to Reach Zandvoort by Train: From Amsterdam CS, several trains per hour stop at Zandvoort aan Zee; transfer there to Connexxion bus 81 (direction: Zandvoort) and exit at the final stop. Travel time is 70 minutes, plus a 20-minute walk from the bus stop to the beach.
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Amsterdam's Closest Nude Beaches: Velsen and Bloemendaal
The adjacent seaside resorts of Velsen (to the north) and Bloemendaal (to the south) have a shared nudist area where their two beaches meet; poles 58.0 to 59.5 span the entire nude recreation area, while pole 58.425 marks the boundary between the two municipalities.
While there aren't many beach pavilions or amenities available, both Velsen and Bloemendaal make up for this with a wider variety of off-beach attractions. When visitors become weary of the sand and sun, they can visit the IJmuiden aan Zee tourism site and the Bloemendaal Municipality sites for more information on things to do.
How to Reach Velsen/Bloemendaal by Train: From Amsterdam Sloterdijk station, take Connexxion Regioliner bus 82 to IJmuiden aan Zee (direction: IJmuiden). Travel time about is 45 minutes.
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The Netherlands' Most Updated Nude Beach: Het Twiske
Het Twiske is a recreation area and beach complex that surrounds the Stootersplas Lake between Zaandam and Purmerend, North Holland. Its nude beach, the Baaiegatstrand, is one of the most spacious and modern in the Amsterdam area, with a nearby car park and clean water. It also has a pétanque court, the French sport that has become popular with the Dutch. The boundaries of the nude beach are not set off with poles since the Baaiegatstrand is a distinct beach area within Het Twiske. The nearest beach pavilion, Pavilioen 't Twiske, remains outside of the nudist enclave, so you'll have to cover up to get refreshments.
How to Reach Het Twiske by Train: From Amsterdam CS, take bus 92 to De Kunstgreep (direction: Zaandam Station). Travel time is 20 minutes, plus a 25-minute walk from the bus stop to the beach.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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While not a beach, Flevo Natuur is an outdoor oasis for nude sports, recreation, and relaxation. Nestled in the Hulkesteinse forest near Lake Nijkerkernauw, nudists are welcome to sunbathe, swim, sail, surf, fish and ride horses. Individuals and families can camp on the premises, where pitches vary from basic (sans electricity) to luxury.
How to Reach Flevo Natuur: From Amsterdam CS, take the Intercity train to Almere Centrum (direction: Lelystad Centrum); transfer to Connexxion bus 160 (direction: Nijkerk GLD) and exit at the Flevo-Natuur/Wielseweg stop. Travel time is about one hour, plus a 15-minute walk from the bus stop to the park.