7x urban beaches in North Brabant for summer recreation!

Not planning on travelling too far from home this summer, but still eager to get that beach holiday feeling? Then why not grab a cocktail, bury your feet in the sand and enjoy one of the many urban beaches and recreational locations across Brabant this summer? Sitting for hours in slow traffic on your way to the Dutch coast is time wasted. So pack your swimming gear, towel and sunglasses and follow our tips below for a fantastic summer in North Brabant!

You can check the water quality at urban locations with dedicated bathing water before you leave, and make sure someone keeps an eye on you. Then you can swim safely in open water.

1. Aquabest

At Aquabest near Eindhoven, it’s recreation heaven! It’s also a paradise for the young water babies amongst us, who can enjoy splashing around in the water, building sandcastles and having fun on the climbing equipment. Prefer to relax with a magazine while you work on your tan? There’s also a sunbathing area with plenty of shaded spots to enjoy. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, you can reserve a deckchair at Beachclub Sunrise. Lie back and relax!

2. Belcrum Beach

You’ll find Belcrum Beach just outside the centre of Breda, at one of its most hip and urban spots – Haveneiland. It’s a fantastic place to relax in the sun with the music of a band or DJ in the background. It’s also a wonderful place for children who can have fun in the sand or join in with the various children’s activities on offer. Haveneiland has a wealth of things to do and enjoy, including skateboarding at Pier15 Skatepark or sipping a nice cold beer at BRACK, next to Belcrumhaven.

  • Belcrum Beach Breda

3. Zuiderplas

Located next to Bossche Broek and surrounded by beautiful countryside is Zuiderplas, well within walking distance of ’s-Hertogenbosch. It’s the perfect place for beach relaxation and to dip your toes in the natural fresh water pool. Take a refreshing dip and treat yourself to a snack and a drink at Beachbar Zuiderplas with its terrace and stunning views. You can also enjoy a game of beach volleyball. For the children there’s a trampoline, a swing carousel and a water slide.

4. Pleq

Next to the IJzeren Man lake in Eindhoven is a delightful spot known as Pleq, a play on the Dutch word ‘plek’, which means spot or place. Pleq is the place to go for a drink, a snack, a dance and those real ‘beach vibes’! Bury your feet in the sand and enjoy a cocktail and some delicious shared dining – perfect for sharing with your friends! There are different events on offer throughout the summer months, including music evenings hosted by DJs and sushi tasting on ‘Sushi Sunday’. Discover it all at Pleq!


  • Pleq - stadsstrand Eindhoven
  • Pleq - stadsstrand Eindhoven
  • Pleq - stadsstrand Eindhoven

5. Experience Island

Summer state of mind? Take a trip to Experience Island in Loon op Zand, no more than a stone’s throw from Tilburg and close to the Loon and Drunen Dunes National Park. Experience Island has two large beaches with sunbathing areas, crystal-clear swimming water and a fabulous terrace overlooking ’t Blauwe Meer. Bring your inflatable flamingo along and come and float around in some of the cleanest waters in the country. Experience Island has all the ingredients for a wonderful warm holiday outing!

6. De Binnenschelde

Fancy some fresh air on the urban beach in Bergen op Zoom? De Binnenschelde has something for everyone – from windsurfing, canoeing and paddleboarding at Windsurfschool Rulez to a more relaxed ice cream at Crusio, either in the sand or on the promenade. Need to cool off? Why not take a dip in the lovely (cool) water or enjoy a nice refreshing drink? You can also enjoy lunch, drinks or dinner on the beach, terrace or inside at one of the various beach bars like SAUS or Het Strandhuys.

  • Binnenschelde kitesurf
  • Binnenschelde Bergen op Zoom

7. IJzeren Man

Did you know that the IJzeren Man in Vught has the longest beach in the province of Brabant? Located in a wooded area, it’s a beautiful bathing lake offering nothing but enjoyment. It has much to offer, including water-based activities, a play area for children and hiking and cycling routes, and is certain to be an unforgettable day for visitors of all ages. The beach also boasts the atmospheric Strandhuys, where you can enjoy a tasty lunch, dinner or thirst-quenching drink. Cheers!

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