It doesnt really feel like a national park as there is no entrance or information etc. but its a beautiful day trip out from Amsterdam! lovely wide beaches surrounded by dunes (covered in vegetation) and further south some lovely shaded forests.
We cycled around on the bikes paths and went through the gorgeous leafy forests full of wild ponies and hairy cows just chilling in the sunshine. A glorious day out on the bikes.
Walking might not be as good as its quite far from the train/ferry before you get into nature. But once you do its very pleasant around there.
The beach restaurant is quite expensive and take AGES to get service- we left without service after 20 mins and instead we ended up buying bread and cheese from the super market- but there are lots of nice benches (not tables) in the forest area.
the MAIN reason it only gets 4 stars was the signs! Next to the ferry dock there is a giant map showing two main cycle routes- Green and Red. Green is meant to go along the coast to the beach and then back through the dunes. Red goes south through some dunes into the forest area. Dont bother with the Green- it is boring and the bike path is along a motorway. But it will take you to the beach if thats what you're only mission is.
Try to find the red route its much more beautiful and away from the main road- But be warned- neither the red or green route is marked with signs. The problem is after you leave the map there is no more mention of a green or a red route, and all paths are marked with a little green circle with a number inside- no red circles. And on top of that the numbers change at every junction. so you never know where you are or where you are going!.
So my REALLY IMPORTANT advice is to find a good bike route map of the park before you go.
We had a really lovely time but we did get lost and leave the main route a few times and every 5 mins we arrived at a new junction and spent 5 minutes trying to work out which way to go.. a little stressful when you are trying to make your way back to the ferry and there is no-one to ask and no signs except these little green circles with numbers in them! :)
How to get there: We took the Fast Flying Ferry from Amsterdam Central Station (about 30mins trip, leaving every 40 mins, cost about 15 Euro return incl bike).
TIP- queue up early on the deck as they can only take 20 bikes on the boat.
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