Amsterdam’s latest city beach is Strand West (when facing the main entrance of Central station to the left): a broad sandy expanse with a panoramic view of the River IJ. Here you can laze in a hammock or beanbag, sip a cool cocktail, snack on tapas or play a game of beach volleyball.
A sandy beach, with a bohemian vibe, is Blijburg aan Zee. Situated on the eastern side of the modern IJburg island complex, the beach is 250 metres long and 40 metres wide. It hosts evening campfires and often a DJ or live band. Take Tram 26 from Central Station. One of the most popular Amsterdam city beaches.
The perhaps most alternative Amsterdam city beach of them all, is BovenNEMO. Science centre NEMO is a massive green boat-like structure in the centre of Amsterdam (when facing the main entrance of Central station to the right). BovenNEMO (literally meaning on top of NEMO) is located on its unmistakable sloping roof, with a spectacular view of the city centre. There you can enjoy a fun day with the family, with lots of activities especially for the kids, or watch the sun go down in the evening, chilling out while DJs spin their tunes.