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Scotland, Scotland, United Kingdom
August 28, 2011
June 4, 2002
I didn’t know there were so many shapes, sizes and varieties. Some were long and thin or short and thick, others limp or erect, dangling or hardly worth mentioning.
I didn’t come prepared and felt slightly overdressed, to say the least. But they didn’t even look at me.
I had intended to go for a walk along the beach. Zandvoort beach is excellent for walking. As far as the eye can reach golden sand and a bluish sea.
So, I set out, leaving the crowd behind, children with buckets and spades, mothers lounging in the sun, fathers reading newspapers.
Soon I had the beach all to myself. In the distance I could see another crowd. Again fathers and mothers and children, I thought. And, yes, it was another crowd.
The closer I got the more I saw. This is where I noticed the many shapes and varieties. They took me for granted although I was the odd one out, fully dressed among the nudists on the beach.
Zandvoort is about half an hour by train from Amsterdam. The nudist beach is south of the town. The best way to get there from the station is to turn left and go to the far south of the town. A cycle path leads further south, behind the sea defences. The path over the sea wall to the nudist beach is behind the a cycle parking place and signposted. You walk up a steep hill and then down on to the beach.
All along the Dutch coast you'll find wooden posts marking off every 250 metres. The official nudist beach falls between kilometres 68 and 71 just south of Zandvoort town. There are seven nudist beach cafes: Adam & Eva, Maribaya, Paal 69, Brasil Beach, Thermos, Eldorado and Amerika. Paal 69 and Thermos are exclusively gay. No need to dress when it's time for food or drink. The Dutch attitude to nudism is perfect. Even the most respectable pensioner goes topless or naked...
There are a number of beach cafes all along the beach where you can hire sun loungers and windbreaks. These are very useful as the wind can be quite strong and chilly, even in mid-summer. On windy days the sea can be quite rough and under currents can be treacherous.
If you don’t fancy the nudist beach, closer to the town you’ll find family beaches.
From journal Amsterdam: A Joy Forever
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
October 20, 2000
From journal Day Tripping from Amsterdam