Surf at the Beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee, Netherlands Surf at the Beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee, Netherlands

Surf at the Beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee, Netherlands

Every year, more people discover the Netherlands beyond Amsterdam. The southwestern islands of the Netherlands have 650 kilometers of coastline. One of those islands, called Goeree-Overflakkee, is a little gem, even for the Dutch people! Those wide stretches of beach are filled with very laid-back beach clubs, kitesurfers, longboarders, windsurfers, surfers, and bike tracks. Besides that, the tulip season makes it a must-see!


Goeree-Overflakkee and its beautiful beaches are just a 40-minute drive from Rotterdam. On the weekends, people often go to these beaches to escape their city life. But don’t worry, the beaches aren’t too crowded! Sunbathing is one thing to do here, but there is so much more! This is, for example, a great spot to go surfing in the Netherlands.

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing in the Netherlands

The surfing culture is HUGE in this area of the Netherlands. The beach on Goeree-Overflakkee stretches along 25 kilometers of coastline, leaving plenty of room for kitesurfers and windsurfers.

Both can be done at Ouddorp Beach or Brouwersdam Beach. If you’re new, get lessons at SurfKaravaan, Natural High, or Sail & Surf Center Brouwersdam.

No need to take lessons? You can rent or take your own equipment as well and directly hit those waves!

WindSurf Beach Netherlands Goeree Overflakkee

Tip: Every year in October, the event DAMX is held, where kitesurfers from all over the world participate in the European Freestyle Windsurfing Championships.

KiteSurf Beach Netherlands Goeree Overflakkee

Beach Activities in the Netherlands at Brouwersdam and Ouddorp

If surfing in the Netherlands isn’t on your list of things to do, don’t worry, you won’t be bored either. There is much more to do on the beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee.

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Surf at the Beaches of Goeree-Overflakkee, Netherlands

Go to one of the many beach clubs and go for something active like standup paddleboarding, kite buggy, blow kart, the water slide, or even a beach workout.

Or something totally different, like riding a horse on the beach, beach yoga, or renting an e-bike or e-scooter.

Our absolute favorite thing is to bring our longboards and follow the bicycle path along Ouddorp beach. Longboards can also be rented, and lessons can be taken at Sail & Surf Center Brouwersdam.

Where to eat on the beach?

The beaches offer so many great places to have lunch or dinner. One even received the title of best beach club dining in the Netherlands. For food, we highly recommend:

  • Strandtent Iloon
  • Brouw
  • Paal 10
  • C-Side
  • Natural High
  • Zeester
  • ‘t Gorsje

How to Get to the Beach?

Getting there shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s a 40-minute drive and about 1,5 hours with public transport from Rotterdam. Although public transport is pretty good, we definitely recommend coming by car to be free to explore every little corner of the island of Goeree-Overflakkee.

Where to Stay Near the Beach in the Netherlands

We can highly recommend staying at one of the many bungalows or campings. Rent an old Volkswagen van at or to stay at one of the 24/7 campgrounds for about 20 EUR a night, including electricity, WiFi, and drinking water. When the sun rises, pop your boards on top of your van and drive 10 minutes to the beach.

Another great option for a bigger budget would be to book one bungalow next to the beach.

Enquire more information at the Tourist Office in Ouddorp:

Watch This Video of the Island!

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