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Recreation area

“Enkhuizen offers several opportunities to get a breath of fresh air or enjoy the sun and nature. Think of the Enkhuizerzand where you can sunbathe and swim or the nearby Streekbos where a vast hiking area is located as well as a recreational lake with a beach.”

Recreational areas and beach

Recreation in Westfriesland (results list)

Swimming, hiking, biking and boating

Stranden in Westfriesland

Enkhuizer Zand

In Enkhuizen and its surroundings you will find several small beaches where you can sunbathe and recreate. In Enkhuizen itself you will find the Enkhuizer Zand. This beach is very suitable for children.


The nearby Streekbos (this is in Bovenkarspel, about 2 km from Enkhuizen) also has a recreational beach with several facilities such as a toilet, shower and a snack bar/restaurant with terrace.

Nesbos – Droge Wijmers

Located on the IJsselmeer between Medemblik and Onderdijk. Beautifully clear water, practically no surf and the water is shallow for a long time. The magnificent view over the IJsselmeer never gets boring. You can swim and (kite)surf (shell banks available) or practice other water sports. The Nesbos offers all the ingredients you need for a day of action or relaxation.

De Vooroever

Lazing in the sun, gazing across the water at the many sailing boats or quietly casting a fishing rod: in the vast Vooroever area you will experience the IJsselmeer at its best.

Vooroever Vlietsingel

Near Medemblik, on the IJsselmeer.
Water sports take center stage here. It can’t be otherwise, with the Regatta Center around the corner. You can also enjoy walking, cycling or swimming here. For a nice cup of coffee and more, visit the beach pavilion De Zoete Zee.

In 2011, Vooroever Vlietsingel expanded by about 50 acres. The area consists of grass, trees and bushes and a sandy beach that is crowded when the weather is nice.
Bird watchers can indulge in the wetlands section, consisting of a reed and rush area and a bird island.

Vooroever Koopmanspolder-Andijk

Near Andijk, on the IJsselmeer. At the southernmost tip of the Vooroever you can enjoy unique nature, a testing ground for water management and lots of recreational opportunities. You can enjoy walking and cycling here, as well as sunbathing on the sandy beach and floating on the water.

The area covers eighteen hectares and consists, in addition to grass and sandy beach, of wet and drier areas. Because of the subsoil, the vegetation differs from the other parts of the Foreshore. Marsh and water birds love it here and can be spotted in abundance.

The adjacent nature reserve is managed by the Forestry Commission. A colony of spoonbills can be found here.

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IVN Westfriesland

Working on a healthy environment is central to the IVN. Within this framework, all kinds of nature activities are organized for young and old.

Experience is very important here. Through playful activities, children are practiced in looking, feeling, listening and smelling. In this way they discover that sometimes what you see is not what you think you see! IVN Westfriesland also regularly organises interesting excursions for adults.

Hertenkamp Enkhuizen

Visitor Center ‘Hertenkamp Enkhuizen’ is located in the middle of the Wilhelminaplantsoen, within the fortress border of the historic town of Enkhuizen. This is a unique place in Enkhuizen, where children and adults can come into contact with all kinds of farm animals, play and discover in nature. The tea garden overlooking the deer meadow, petting zoo, nature playground and nature garden are free to visit. In addition to the free drop-in times, a variety of activities are organized throughout the year.

Streekbos Outdoor

Streekbos Outdoor organizes fun packages for the whole family. For example, you can get acquainted with nature in and around Enkhuizen with a cruise in an authentic poldership, possibly combined with a number of other activities such as coffee and cake or drinks. Besides sailing, you can also opt for a percussion workshop, foot painting, beer tasting, scooter ride, nature walk, raft building or the Blotevoetenpad Gouwe Voeten wandelen in Bovenkarspel.

Streekbos Outdoor is happy to inform you about the possibilities.

Ecoproject Streekbos

The Eco Project is a part of the Streekbos where development of nature is paramount. The two-hectare area includes a pond, a toad pool and a ditch, with area-specific and nutrient-poor water. With ecological management, more biodiversity is achieved than elsewhere in the Streekbos (created in 1980) and this is made possible in part by volunteer work.