No, you may not enter the dunes of Katwijk. This is to prevent damage. The main function of the dunes is to provide natural protection for the coast against the sea. Without the dunes a large part of the Netherlands would be under water.
In addition, almost all the dunes in the Netherlands is part of a nature reserve. They are an important part of biodiversity. In the dunes live many animals such as rabbits, foxes, deer, lizards and many species of birds. It's official forbidden to pick the plants and to chase animals in the Dutch dunes.
Most shops, beach clubs, bars, terraces and restaurants remain open during the weekends in the low season. Many are also open throughout the week.
Each year the low season in Katwijk begins after the autumn holidays till the beginning of the spring holidays. Several shops, beach clubs and restaurants use this period to rebuild, renew or for vacation. As a result, during this low season period, not all stores are opened every day.
Furthermore there is no general period when all the restaurants, bars and shops are closed. All entrepreneurs determine the temporary closure individually. Therefore is there are, also in the low season, enough shops and restaurants opened for you to enjoy.
There are in the surroundings of Katwijk several nudist beaches. The nearest location is tolerated starting at post 89.250 southwards to the third beach entry point.
More information: http://www.nfn.nl/../katwijk/
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
The Blue Flag programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
What are the beach criteria?
Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance criteria with covering the following:
1) Environmental Education and Information
2) Water Quality
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services
All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time.
As far as we know it is permitted to search the beach of Katwijk with a metal detector.
Generally it is allowed to search the Dutch beaches using a metal detector at amateur level. Metal detection is a search method for finding metal objects in the ground. Beach searchers use a metal detector to find lost items (jewelry and coins) of bathers.
Of course, Dutch laws and regulations also apply on the beach. This means that you, also when searching on beach, need to take the following into account: Law on Archaeological Heritage, the Monuments law, the weapons and ammunition law, the local General Local Regulation (APV), Lost and Found items according to the civil law etc. Aside from that you should always leave behind your search location the way you found it. In other words, neatly close any dug holes.
A local municipality may decide to prohibit the use of a metal detector (detection ban) via the General Local Regulation. Therefore always check the General Local Regulation and/or contact the municipality where you wish to search. Katwijk is subject to the municipality of Katwijk. Here you will find contact information about this municipality: http://www.katwijk.nl/
Note: Searching in the Dutch dunes is generally strictly prohibited. This is due to the protection of nature.
You can rent chairs, windbreakers and umbrellas at various beach pavilions in Katwijk.
All local surf information (including surfing schools) can you find on our special page: https://katwijk.info/en/surfing.php
With regard to the public security fire (including a campfire, fire pit, grill or barbecue) is prohibited at all times on the beach of Katwijk.
Barbecues inside or on the terrace of a beach restaurant, are not covered by this prohibition.
Below are the lending locations with phone numbers:
tel. +31 71-4074198
Boulevard Zeezijde 47
tel. +31 71-4072278
Strandvak 17, Katwijk
tel. +31 71-4082380
Wassenaarseweg 154, Katwijk
tel. +31 70-5112595
Access to and use of the beaches of Katwijk is (of course) free.
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.
Leashed dogs are allowed all year from beach Afrit C in a northerly direction.
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Strandpaviljoen Paal 14
Boulevard tegenover nr 8
2225 AA Katwijk
tel. +31 71-4014464
gsm. +31 6-51236136
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Possible messages are:
- Good: There are no reports for this swimming spot. You can safely swim.
- Warning: Swimming allowed, however there is a potential health risk.
- Advice against bathing: Not swimming, health risk.
- Swim Ban: Swimming prohibited, great health risk.
During the bathing season (May 1 to October 1) local provinces will inform you about the quality of the water of the official bathing sites. The measuring point is the place where most bathers are expected either where the risk of pollution is greatest.
Outside the bathing season, the bathing water is not investigated. If you go into the water off season, you must decide for yourself whether it is justified.