The Hague is the only large Dutch coastal city. That means that in addition to a great city, there is a big bonus in the form of eleven kilometres of coastline. If you ride a bike from the city centre, you can have your feet in the sand within fifteen minutes. The Hague’s beaches are the ideal place to get some fresh air, whether you’re looking to get some peace and quiet, be active in the outdoors or hang out with friends. You can be in a totally different world without having to leave town. It’s like being on holiday, except you’re still in your own city. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
Mikkie B: “I feel the dunes are one of the most beautiful parts of The Hague, if not the most beautiful!”
As well as kilometres of pristine beaches and dunes, The Hague also has two seaside resorts, each with their own unique identity. Scheveningen, of course, is the most well-known, with its theatres, cinema, attractions, more than fifty beach bars and dozens of restaurants. The Pier is Scheveningen’s icon. It’s not only worth visiting for the beautiful view from the Ferris wheel, but also for the good food and drinks available at the various trendy bars and cafés. The Scheveningen harbour is also popular with locals. The second inner harbour houses the marina with its pleasure craft. You will find an array of lovely restaurants on the waterfront, and on sunny days the terraces are always full of people enjoying the nice weather.
The second seaside resort in The Hague is Kijkduin. You’ll mainly find locals here, as it’s more off the tourist beaten track. The atmosphere is laid-back, and the beach is very popular with young families. The revamped promenade is situated at the top of the dunes, with restaurants and shops behind it. The whole area is to be further developed in the coming years and will become even nicer.
For many locals, the eleven-kilometre coast is one of the best things about living in The Hague. Whether you’re looking for nature, going out to have fun with friends, or heading into the waves for an intense surf session, with its location on the coast The Hague is able to offer you opportunities for seaside fun that you won’t be able to find in any other Dutch city.