IJmuiden is home to three beaches: IJmuiderslag, IJmuiden aan Zee and Beach Noordpier, which are perfect for active, dynamic water sports and beach sports.
Strandchalet is located directly behind the beach IJmuiden aan Zee.This beach is suitable for active water sports. The location of the South Pier creates a surge that is highly suitable for windsurfing and kite surfing. But also families enjoy the recreation area of the beach.
On the beach you will find trampoline center Springvloed, pavilion Zuidpier , pavilion Zeezicht , pavilion Zilt aan Zee and pavilion Noordzee.
In the dunes are located the remains of the Atlantik Wall, a row of different bunkers from World War II. Via a bunker walkway you can walk through the dunes along the bunkers towards to the beach IJmuiderslag.
The beach is easily accessible by car and public transport (bus). There is a wide range of parking spaces.
In IJmuiden aan Zee you can always enjoy the beautiful view by one of the beach pavilions. Most beach pavilions are open the whole year for a nice cup of coffee with cakes, lunch, drinks or dinner.
Strandchalet is an excellent location for people who love bicycle rides. In this multi-faceted, beautiful area, the cycle paths take you through dunes, along the coast, and through forests. The landscape is extremely varied and just perfect for a wonderful bicycle ride.
IJmuiden aan Zee is also a part of the cycle junction network. On this way you can compile a route by yourself. There are, for example, the surprising routes Velsen (40 km), Nature (28 km), Culture (28 km), Estates (34 km), Locks (30 km), Bunkers and Fortresses (60 km) and bicycle tour "Buitenplaatsen in the IJmond"(60 km).
Anyone who loves to hike will really love IJmuiden. The area around Strandchalet is perfect for nice long walks, and you will definitely be impressed by your surroundings.
Whether you prefer a stroll through the many quaint villages and cities in the area, or you prefer walk through the nature reserves such as the Kennemer Duin en Kruidberg, or over the large wide beach of IJmuiden aan Zee, or along the special bunkers directly behind our chalets, you will not be disappointed!
Do you want to fish? Then of course you will also find yourself in IJmuiden aan Zee. There are various well-known and attractive fishing spots such as the Zuidpier, Kop van de Haven or the Noordzeekanaal. It is also possible to sport fishing on a boat.
Do you not want to fish, but do you want to eat fish? There are plenty of fish shops available where you can buy all types of fish, raw - baked or smoked. On the halkade you will find Zeevishandel Nico Waasdorp. This spacious and well-arranged store offers many options; fresh fish from many world seas are presented on ice or chilled. It is a true attraction to come and see this!
You can buy smoked mackerel, salmon, butterfish and herring all year round by fish smokehouse Smeding on the Rondweg. You can also get sandwiches, freshly baked fish, chips and soft drinks there.
Sea locks complex
The largest lock complex in the Netherlands is located in IJmuiden and consists of the Zuidersluis (built in 1852), Middensluis, Noordersluis (the largest lock in Europe with a length of 400 meters) and pumping station.
This complex can easily be reached by car and with a bit of luck you can see the largest and most beautiful ships.
Now they are started the construction of a new sea lock (the biggest one of the world) that will have a length of 500 meters and a width of 70 meters!
The Amsterdam port region retains its international allure through the construction of this new sea lock (Photos: https://beeldbank.rws.nl, Rijkswaterstaat)
Spaarnwoude recreation area is located in the middle of North Holland and forms the buffer between Haarlem, Amsterdam and IJmuiden aan Zee.
This area is almost 3,000 hectares and forms an oasis of greenery, nature and tranquility. Here you can enjoy the typical Dutch peat meadow area while walking, cycling or rollerblading and see the many monuments.
You will also pass parks, playing fields, a climbing wall, ski slope, information farm, canoeing tracks and adventure land. Every year, several major events take place in Spaarnwoude, such as Dance Valley, Dutch Valley and Mystery Land. Spaarnwoude is the place for all forms of outdoor sports and leisure activities, and attracts around 5.5 million visitors annually.