By the sea outside Amsterdam, spend a day at Zandvoort an Zee, a cute mix of faded old beach town and summer beach clubs down in the sand. Take the train 30 minutes outside Amsterdam to get here, you can even take your bike on board for added adventure but it's walkable too.
It's pretty clear on arrival that this place is som
ething of a retirement town, but that's all part of the charm and intrigue. Retirees potter around outside their cute, very Dutch-looking houses looking out to sea. Down on the sand, cool beach clubs line the shore in all directions, they go on and on and on. There's even a little carnival along the promenade in summer, vans serving the Belgian fries and mayonnaise in a cone are everywhere too.