Katwijk has a walking boulevard of approximately two km long with many amenities. During the summer season (March to October), there are many beach pavilions on the more than four kilometers long sand beach. Katwijk has a lively marina with an open connection to many water sport areas in the region and beyond. It’s nice to shop in the shopping mall ‘Zeezijde\' (Sea Side) behind the Boulevard, and in the summer there’s a lively tourist market every Tuesday.
The beaches of Katwijk have won already several major awards. In 2018 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. In 2017 Katwijk received again the ‘Quality Coast Award’ for its high quality of human and nature-friendly tourism.
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 Katwijk 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.
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!
Dogs at the beach
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 Katwijk during the period 1 April till 1 October between 09:00 till 19:00.
Outside of the above mentioned period and time are dogs allowed (both loose and leased) on the beaches of Katwijk.
However, at a temperature lower than 18°C and/or rainfall free-running dogs are allowed on the beaches of Katwijk during the abovementioned time periods.
Nearest beach for dogs at Katwijk
Leashed dogs are allowed all year from beach Afrit C in a northerly direction.
- 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.
- You can download here the beach brochure of Katwijk.