Every summer these urban spaces in Amsterdam turn into sandy city "beaches." Find out where you can evoke a seaside spirit on your visit here.
This is the only true beach in Amsterdam. People actually swim off the sandy oasis, as it sits in the deep water known as the IJsselmeer east of the city. There's always something going on, from DJs and live bands to Sunday brunch and kids' events, so check the program on the website. The food gets a thumbs-up for vegetarian and organic fare. You'll surely feel transported to another place on a visit to Blijburg!
Location: Bert Haanstrakade 2004 (Strandpaviljoen on IJburg)
Open in 2010: June 1 through September; Wednesday - Saturday from 12 noon, Sunday from 10 a.m. Closing times vary
How to Get There: Tram 26 from Centraal Station to the end point, IJburg, then walk toward the water (look for the flags)
Location: Europaplein 22
Open in 2010: April 24 through September; daily 10 a.m. - 12 midnight
How to Get There: Tram 4 to Europaplein (located on the water behind the RAI convention center)
Location: Oosterdok 2
Open in 2010: June 1 - September 1; daily 12 noon - 7 p.m. (July and August until 9 p.m.)
How to Get There: Walk from Centraal Station (follow the signs for Oosterdok)