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Dieren en planten

Water en land

Fun at the beach, Ecomare, Oscar Bos

Coastal recreation

If you look at the number of Dutch people that spend time along the coast, then it adds up to more than 10 million visits. In addition, the Dutch spend 4 million vacations along the coast. Lots of Germans also visit the Dutch coast during the high season. Altogether, coastal recreation accounts for 25% of all the tourism in the Netherlands.

  • MyBeach
    mybeach, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    In 2011, the first MyBeach was opened in Noordwijk. This stretch of beach has been adopted by the regular visitors. This group takes care of cleaning up marine litter on the beach and its general appearance. Visitors are stimulated to keep the beach clean.

    In 2012, four other MyBeaches were opened: one on Texel, two at Zandvoort and one at the Hook of Holland.

  • Activities
    looking for crabs, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    The beach is ideal for sunbathers and those that are looking for fresh air. In addition to sunbathing, swimming and walking, other forms of beach recreation include horseback riding, jogging, kite flying and beachcombing.

  • Beach reservations
    colony of Little Terns, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    Beach recreation also has its disadvantages. There is pollution, particularly litter, nature areas are used to build pavilions and parking areas and animals, especially birds, are disrupted. There are several bird species that nest on beaches. Most beaches are much too busy for Kentish plovers and little terns. They pursue the few, rarely visited beach plains. Various nature organizations plead for establishing reservations for these beach brooders.

  • Blue flag
    Bblue Flag, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    The blue flag is an international eco-label for beaches and yacht harbors. A town receives a blue flag if the seawater and beach are clean, the beach or yacht harbor is well kept and provide toilets and rubbish barrels. Sewage pipes cannot discharge into the sea. Around 40 beaches and 44 yacht harbors receive the blue flag every year.

  • Danger for swimmers
    strong currents, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    A dangerous current flows in the gullies between the sandbanks by the beaches, especially with strong winds. Every year there are victims of drowning in these currents. If you end up in such a current, don't try to fight it. The current is so strong that it's impossible to fight it. The best option is to let yourself be carried to deeper water where the velocity is less, and then to swim parallel to the coast in order to get out of the current. Once behind the sandbank, it's much easier to reach land again safely.