Noordwijk with kids: day at the beach with the family!
Visiting the beach in Noordwijk with kids is top notch! We have visited the beach several times now in different places and it is always a nice day out! The beach in Noordwijk also has some fine family-friendly beach bars, where it is good to stay for a snack or a drink. Following our visits to the beaches of Noordwijk, in this blog we list all the information for a nice day at the beach in Noordwijk with kids.
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Noordwijk with kids: general information
We visit the beach in Noordwijk on the occasion of a city trip we are taking to the city of Leiden. We already wrote about this family-friendly city in the blog Leiden with kids, in which we listed all the activities for families in this city. From Leiden, it is just over a 15-minute drive to the beach.
Around the beaches of Noordwijk are plenty of parking spaces to park your car (paid). The parking lot where we parked the car the cheapest was parking Langevelderslag which is north of Noordwijk. There is also a nice beach club near here with a playground, but more on that later. By public transportation it is also possible from Leiden to visit the beach in Noordwijk. It takes you about half an hour by bus.
Because the village of Noordwijk is located on the beach, you also have a small shopping center near the beach with some restaurants and some stores. There are also some supermarkets here if you want to do some shopping for the beach and it is also possible to go to the comic book museum (MoCa) here. This Dutch comic book museum is obviously dedicated to comic books, and kids can also take a scavenger hunt here. For example, this can be a great option when the weather is a little less conducive to going to the beach.
Noordwijk with kids: the beach
The beach in Noordwijk is pleasant. The sand is soft and lies nicely, and kids can make wonderful sandcastles and other creations in the sand. Especially the beach sand closer to the sea is very nice to play with. When the tide goes out, several little lakes are created with backwater and ideal play areas for kids are created here.
Just keep in mind that it can be quite windy on the beach which can make it feel a bit chilly. Of course, in addition to beach beds, it is possible to rent a windbreak at one of the beach bars on the beach. In this regard, as with most beaches in the Netherlands, the facilities are fine. However, the sea generally remains quite cool during the summer months.
In addition, Noordwijk is one of the places in the Netherlands where you have a lot of waves and where the waves are also high compared to other places in the Netherlands. This also makes it an ideal place to go surfing. You have three surf schools in Noordwijk, where you can learn to surf or rent a board. One of these surf schools is BeachBreak.
You can do plenty of other things in Noordwijk with kids. For various children’s activities in Noordwijk, read the blog Noordwijk with kids.
Family-friendly restaurant Noordwijk aan Zee
You have quite a few beach tents around Noordwijk aan Zee beach. On the main beach there are more than ten different beach bars where you can go for a bite to eat and a drink. When we visited the beach in Noordwijk, we had lunch at beach tent de Zeemeeuw, because of the large playground located behind the beach tent. In this playground our daughter played for quite a while after she finished eating and this allowed us to have another drink after lunch.
Another fun beach club to visit in Noordwijk with kids is beach club Speelzandt. This beach club is quite a bit further north than the other beach clubs, though, and by car you drive about another ten minutes or so north from Noordwijk. You can park your car here quite cheaply in the spacious parking lot, though, and the playground located near the beach tent is quite large. A great place for kids to play and at the beach tent you also have plenty of tasty options for kids. Therefore, the target market of this beach resort is families with kids.
Noordwijk with kids: conclusion
If you are looking for a seaside resort in the Netherlands, where you can enjoy a day at the beach with kids then Noordwijk aan Zee is definitely recommended. The beach is spacious and clean and all facilities for families with kids are available. You also have a number of family-friendly beach bars, where you can go for a bite to eat and a drink. In short, the ideal conditions to spend a day at the beach with your kids.
Family-friendly hotel Noordwijk aan Zee
Hotels in Noordwijk aan Zee are quite pricey. Under a hundred euros you will find few seaside hotels here. However, there are some hotels that offer family rooms. Below are three good options, all scoring 7 or higher from many reviews.
If you are looking for more options, the city of Leiden is the place to be. Anyway, the city of Leiden is great fun to visit with kids. We wrote the blog Leiden with kids about it, where we list all the activities. You have several options here in different price ranges and it is about a 15-minute drive from Wassenaar. Below we list the best options.
Budget: Hilton Garden Inn Leiden
Middle Class: Tulip Inn Leiden Centre
For the full range of accommodations in Leiden with kids check here.