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Why to Take a Day Trip to Bloemendaal aan Zee?
Beach at North End of Bloemendaal aan Zee
© 2008 Shannon McAllister, licensed to About.com
To see a Dutch beach, of course! Bloemendaal aan Zee is really more beach than beach town. The nearby dunes, which are part of a national park, make this area much calmer than Zandvoort, a crowded, built-up hotspot of beachcomber activity just down the road.
The North Sea is no Caribbean, and for some it's a bit too brisk, but the expanses of dunes in this easy day trip from Amsterdam are worth a visit to clear your head and soak up some nature. Perhaps you're already planning a trip to quaint Haarlem and its treasured museums; this coastal area is only a 15-minute bus ride away and the two could easily be combined.