Scheveningen has one of the most famous beaches in the Netherlands and the only true city beach in Zuid-Holland. The beach of Scheveningen is about 4.5 kilometres long and 110 meters wide on average. Stretching from the Westduinpark nature reserve in the southwest to the Oostduinpark in the northeast. It is located northeast of Kijkduin and southwest of Katwijk. The beaches are located on the northwest, on the North Sea.
Many Dutch, as well as foreign, tourists visit this charming coastal town, which is inextricably linked to the beach, the North Sea and the dunes. The most popular and busiest beach is the Noorderstrand at De Pier, and in front of the Kurhaus. On sunny summer days it can be very crowded here. This is partly due to the many beach pavilions and popular boulevard. On the Zuiderstrand, on the other side of the harbor, there is plenty of space all year round.
The beaches of have won already several major awards. In 2021 the beach received the international 'Blue Flag' environmental award for the 11th time. It guarantees high quality of bathing water and a well kept clean beach.
The wide-open beach of Scheveningen is more than two kilometers long and is located right in front of the boulevard, between the harbor dam and the famous Pier. This so-called Noorderstrand is mainly visited by tourists in the summer, but locals also like to drop by. It is ideal for sun lovers who like to have a good time. The 2.5 km long boulevard of Scheveningen has many nice restaurants, terraces and beach pavilions with a beautiful view of the sea and the Ferris wheel. The beach pavilions are constructed at the beginning of March. They remain open until the beginning of October.
The beach area near the harbor dam is a bit more quiet and therefore a great spot to visit with children. This southern part of the boulevard has room for sports such as surfing and beach volleyball. There are several permanent beach pavilions and surfing schools, where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner, even in the winter months. In addition, there are several delicious seafood restaurants at the port of Scheveningen.
The Zuiderstrand is located north of Kijkduin and south of the port of Scheveningen. It is one of the most beautiful parts of The Hague. Among locals it is also known as the quiet beach. It is the quiet - 'secret' - alternative between Scheveningen and Kijkduin, directly behind the dunes, perfect for anyone who loves wide open spaces. You will mainly see locals here, as well as some tourists , the ones who know how to find this place that is.
The beach of Kijkduin is a lot quieter than the Noorderstrand of Scheveningen and that's great for anyone who's not a fan of big crowds. But not only the beach of Kijkduin is lovely, behind it you can find a beautiful dune area for walking. The top of the dunes sport a great track for cycling or running, with a view out to the sea!
North of the Pier lies the Zwarte Pad Strand. Less touristy than the beach directly in front of the Kurhaus, but this is the place where most of the beach parties are held in summer. If you fancy a little party, you've come to the right place. But there's also ample space for you to relax and enjoy a glass of rosé or prosecco on a trendy lounge couch here. It's always nice to sunbathe at one of the many beach pavilions.
The beaches, with showers to rinse of the salt seawater, will be cleaned everyday. Besides the rescue brigade will guard the beaches and warns when there is a dangerous current or wind; a pleasant and safe feeling.
A sunbath or a walk along the beach, playing fun or water sports. The very well maintained, white beaches of will offer you peace and quietness. Optimum facilities will tribute to the comfort and with that the holiday pleasure of the guests. It starts with accessible beach crossings and parking places. Then there are the lifeguards and the rescue brigade whom watch over the well being of the guests, with a First aid post nearby. Furthermore the many cafes, terraces and restaurants near the beach will take care of the needs for serving drinks and snacks or lunch and diner.
The Scheveningen beach lifeguards are present at weekends and daily during school vacations in the months of June, July and August.
During the summer season, several orientation poles are located on the main beaches of Scheveningen. They are a landmark for children on the beach. Each beach orientation pole has a clearly different figure at the top. For children it is easier to make their own way back to the rest of the family, even on a beach full of people. Moreover, it is easier to bring a lost child back to the family.
On the beaches you will find flags and signs with instructions for swimming. It is wise to take account of these signals. They are there for you!
Floating Bodies prohibited
The beach is the ideal destination for many dogs to enjoy. A Frisbee, a stick or a ball can fetch give great pleasure. And what is more fun than making a beach walk with your dog? However, on various beaches are dogs, loose or on a leash, not allowed all year.
Dogs are prohibited on the beaches of Scheveningen during the period 15 May till 1 October.
Outside of the above mentioned period are dogs allowed (both loose and leased) on the beaches of Scheveningen.
Nearest beach for dogs at Scheveningen
- At low tide there is a strong current towards the sea, than stay close to shore. In case you get pulled in by the current do not try to swim straight against it, but swim slanting to the shore with the current. Also be aware of floating devices like air-beds, boats or other swimming devices.
- Do not get to close to the poles, piers or other obstacles.
- Watch your children carefully, do not let them alone near the water. Are there recognition signs on the beach, tell it to your children.
- Help to keep the beaches clean.