Rules for the beach

The beaches of The Hague are well-known throughout the Netherlands and in neighbouring countries. Each year millions of people visit the city's beaches.

Scheveningen beach (photo: Martijn Beekman)
Scheveningen beach (photo: Martijn Beekman)

For a day of sunbathing and swimming, enjoying a drink or strolling the boulevard. But also for letting your dog frolic, for surfing or for horseback riding. Look no farther than The Hague's beaches of Scheveningen and Kijkduin.

Safety at the beaches

The Municipality of The Hague places a high priority on safety at the beaches. This is the reason they are regularly cleaned. A beach patrol (Hague Volunteer Rescue Brigade) is on duty from June through September. There is also a lifeguard post for children who have lost their parents.

Nude beaches

Scheveningen and Kijkduin have space designated for nude recreation:

  • Zwarte Pad (pole 96.5 - 98), Noorderstrand Scheveningen, between the Zwarte Pad and Meijendelseslag
  • Westduinpark (between pole 104 and 105)
  • Zuiderstrand Scheveningen, Laan van Poot access point
  • Kijkduin (as of pole 108 in the direction of Monster), Kijkerduin access point

Some beaches have beach restaurants and sanitary facilities available. Some restaurants require clothing.

Dogs on the beach

Would you like to take your dog to the beach? No problem, but first read up on all the rules for dogs on the beach.

Horses on the beach

You can go horseback riding on the beach the whole day long from 1 October to 15 May. Outside of this period (summer months) there are many people on the beach. Due to the safety of beach visitors, horseback riding is allowed only between 19.00 and 7.00 hrs. Horse drawn wagon or buggy rides are never permitted on the beach.

These rules apply to both the Noorderstrand (Scheveningen) and Zuiderstrand.

Wheelchair accessibility

At the Biesieklette facilities in Kijkduin (Deltaplein) and Scheveningen (by the Carlton Beach Hotel) you can rent a recreational wheelchair for the beach. For more information, visit the website of Biesieklette or call Biesieklette on tel. (070) 394 22 11. Also see Getting to The Hague's beaches.


Camping and sleeping on the beach at night is not permitted.

Also see: Barbecuing rules in The Hague

Published: 25 March 2013Modified: 20 September 2021