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Zandvoort Netherlands, WW

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Distance Shuttle 5.35 miles
Trailhead Elevation 30 feet
Elevation Gain 35 feet
Accumulated Gain 416 feet
Avg Time Hiking 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 6.74
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25  2013-05-28 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Overview: Zandvoort is a *major* resort area. There are tons of hotels, cabins, car camping and tent camping areas. Zandvoort's almost 200-year old popularity as a tourist resort is reflected by the fact that half the local population is directly employed by the tourist industry. Things to do include sun-bathing, swimming (beware rip tides), hang gliding, sailing, hiking, biking (which is true everywhere in the Netherlands), golf and motorsports (at the world famous Circuit Park Zandvoort). On weekends and holidays, it is jammed. Basically, it is the Jersey Shore, without the garbage, spray tans or attitude.

Nudity: Yes, this is the Netherlands, but families need not worry as nudity is not allowed on the majority of the beach. Nudity is only allowed in specified areas. In Zandvoort, the clothing-optional area is between poles 68 and 71, off paved roads, just south of town.

Hike: The immediate park around Zandvoort is about 20km long by 5km wide, with unbroken beach stretching from IJmuiden 45km south to Den Haag ("The Hague"). There are literally hundreds of kilometers of possible hiking / biking in the park. Basically, you can pick your own path, going where you will on the beach, or back in the dunes. The only restriction being don't cross a fence, or violate a "Toegang Verboden!" ("do not enter") sign. The berm of the dune immediately behind the beach is off limits, but the lower dunes behind it are free reign.

This description describes the route I took, which hits a little bit of everything: Start at the Parnassia cafe. Walk down the sandy access to the beach, then head south towards Zandvoort. Take your time. Do it barefoot. (Like I said, it's clean, so no worry about stepping on sharp stuff.) Walk in the water. Hold hands. :-)

In a mile, at the next beach access, go up over the berm, cross the road, then turn right up the path. Walk until you get to the N200 road you drove in on, crossing the parking area on the other side. To the right of the paved path, will be a dirt trail; take that. If you look ahead, you will see a tall signal tower: That is what we are aiming for (helps keep you from getting turned around in the dunes). Work your way south on a combination of dune and bike trails until you come to several small ponds. You have gone about 2.0 miles.

Just past the ponds will be a trail to your right; take that. In about .3 miles, you will cross what looks a corral gate. (There are wild cattle in the dunes.) Cross it, turning right up what is more like a jeep trail. When you reach an open, sandy area, turn left towards the tower, staying left of the house. When you get to the track, you have gone about 3.0 miles. You can walk right up to the fence, no problem, no fee, even when they are racing. It's great viewing.

Work your way clockwise around the track, either on the gravel access road, or on a trail a bit higher up on the berm. You will pass a golf course on your left, and then some small lakes, also on your left. Continue until you see a paved parking area; you have gone about 4.0 miles.

Head for the building (track offices) on the west end of the parking area. Exit the track grounds, then turn right up the voetpad ("sidewalk") to the traffic circle. You can descend to the beach for some more surf & sand walking, or stroll along the voetpad until you arrive at the De Zeemeermin ("The Mermaid") fish shack. The Centre Parc Hotel is across the street. End of hike. You have gone about 5.4 miles.

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2013-06-05 kingsnake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Zandvoort Netherlands
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    My wife and I were going to spend two days here, visiting my step-brother and has family, but teenager issues occured so we spent yesterday in Amsterdam, before heading to Zandvoort this morning, the final day of our European trip. The weather was frequently awful, but two sunny days to end the trip, concluded it on a high note. :y:

    Our Tom-Tom (Euro GPS) directed us through the traffic in Hoofdorp, which included waiting for a boat to pass under a canal drawbridge. Then it tooks us through the tight narrow streets of Zandvoort. We should have taken the less trafficy way through Haarlem. We parked at Parnassia, and my wife accompanied me on the first mile down Zandvoort's beach. Wow, it was nice! I did not want to hike ... just spend my time there, letting the waves wash over my bare feet. (I started the hike in shoes, but when we saw another couple barefoot my dim bulb went on. ;) )

    The dunes were pretty in a very rugged way. Rugged not due to elevation -- I was often below sea level (check out the track) -- but rugged due to the brush. It was prickly and thick enough to rival anything here in Arizona, no exaggeration. So, instead of off-trailing it, I stuck to paths, both paved and sand. (The latter being slow going.)

    I generally aimed for the tower at the race track. I could hear engines from quite a way off, despite the sound-absorbing dunes, so I was hopeful there would be something cool happening. When I got there, the track was dead. Bummer. And I was low on phone battery. But I hung around for about 15-20 minutes, and out the motorcycles came

    I had intended to hike the dunes around the south side of town, then take the strand back to the zentrum, but per my usual practice was running short on time. I'm thankful I have a wife loving enough to play shuttle driver, but at the same time I wish I had time more time to explore. :)

    So, instead I cut across the track's parking lot, then south down the strand to our pre-arranged meeting spot at the Centre Park hotel. There was a fish shack across the street -- which shockingly did not sell beer :o -- so we had lunch and fed birds for another relaxing hour.

    I loved the beach so much, that the next time we are in the Netherlands, rather than basing ourselves out the Schiphol airport hotel, I'd like to get a place in Zandvoort. In case I have not made the point so far, awesome beach. :)

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    There are two main ways into Zandvoort: Through Hoofdorp and through Haarlem. The route from Hoofdorp enters the middle of Zandvoort, and has a lot of traffic on narrow city roads. Your GPS will try to take you through Hoofdorp -- ignore it. The route from Haarlem has less traffic and more spacious (by Dutch standards) roads. This describes the route via Haarlem: From Amsterdam, exit the A9 at the A200. Exit left at Camera Obscuraweg, which ends up taking you right. Go 1.0 km, then continue left onto Oudeweg, which in 1.7 km turns into the N200 as it curls north of the city centre. From there, follow the N200 signs about 8.0 km through the city and into the park. When you arrive at a large complex of bike paths, hike paths, roads and parking, that is Parnassiaweg; turn right. Go 1.5 km to the Paranassia parking area; pay at the parkeerautomat machine.
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