Tuesday, July 31, 2018



Castricum aan Zee is not a "real" seaside resort, such as Zandvoort or Noordwijk aan Zee. Castricum aan Zee has no inhabitants and no boulevard. It is only the name for the beach, the forest and the dunes with associated catering (various beach bars, restaurants) and other tourist facilities.

The beach of Castricum aan Zee can be divided into two parts; the busy beach and the quiet beach. The Drukke Strand is easy to reach by car. Near the beach entrance is a large parking lot at relatively small payment. The Drukke Stand has many beach and catering facilities, including a surf school. We went in this part which is more fun for children and families.

The Silent Beach lies south of the Drukke Strand and can only be reached by bike or on foot through the forest and the dunes. It is usually quieter and has no beach or other catering facilities.

It was the ideal weather for going to the beach and so we went to Castricum beach. 

We had packed all our stuff in this little wagon which nearly all Dutch families own. We went along the shops to the beach.

We arrived at a very big beach, ideal for children to play but of course also for everybody

The wind blew up the beach bed ! Very comfy

As it was quite windy people had rented these wind screens

I was sitting near the restaurants and cafés on the beach

observing the others playing or laying in the sun

and then I saw people gathering and looking towards a white tent. I became curious and went closer.

What I saw was a wedding ! On the beach and in the sand ! It was funny because the bride and the guests had to take their shoes off ! Walking with high heels in the sand didn't work.

It was the first time in my life that I saw a bride walking barefoot towards her future husband !

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peppylady (Dora) said...

Looks like every one is having a good time.
Coffee is on

Lady Fi said...

What fabulous blue water!

diane b said...

Lovely blue sky and sandy beach but it sure is crowded. We often see weddings on the beach.

Klara said...

mmm, sun and sea and warm temperatures! I'll have to check this place.

William Kendall said...

The water looks inviting!

Murthy K v v s said...

Wedding in the beach.Great to see.Have a nice day.

jennyfreckles said...

What gorgeous soft sand. I can't say I'd enjoy getting married on the beach, at least not in a full bridal outfit. Imagine sand inside your wedding dress...

Loree said...

Cool place and not very crowded.

Maribeth said...

Beach weddings are lovely and casual. Pretty common on Cape Cod, although I married inside a church there both times. Just think how lovely their pictures will be!

Fun60 said...

You could be in Egypt with the colours of the sea and sky! Looked a great day out. Not sure about getting married on a crowded beach though!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The barefoot wedding couple,love it! In my next life, I want a barefoot wedding on the beach, in the forest, in a backyard.

The beach looks wonderful. It's nice that they're choices of quiet and busy.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I've happened upon a couple of weddings on Florida beaches ...s. one was all formal like the one you saw (I didn't think to check out the shoes, as I was watching from a bit of a distance, but I'm sure they couldn't have been wearing heels).... The other one was very informal and silly. The groomsmen were wearing T-shirts with printed pictures of neckties on them. I like to laugh and all that, but I'm not sure if starting out your married life aspart of a joke would be a good thing.

That looks a great beach for families, but nowadays if I go I would rather find one like the quiet side you mentioned.


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