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Texel has some fantastic beaches. There’s around 30 kilometres of sparkling white sand awaiting you! Why not take a bracing stroll along the beach with the breeze blowing through your hair or simply enjoy the sun? The beaches on Texel may put on a different face each season, but there’s something to enjoy all-year round. In summer, the lifeguarded beaches provide safe swimming and beach huts can be rented.
It’s the simple things that make life sweet. Why not rent a beach hut for your beach holiday on Texel? Beach huts can be rented by the day, for the week or for the whole of the summer at most of the beaches. Huts usually come complete with deck chairs and a parasol. Beach huts can be hired at locations with the following beach-markers: 9, 12, 15,17, 20, 21 and 28.
A large number of beaches on Texel are staffed by lifeguards in the summer. These qualified life-savers are there to ensure that you can enjoy safe swimming within the demarcated zones. Keep a watchful eye out for the lifeguard’s flags!
Red flag: forbidden from swimming in the sea
Yellow flag: swimming is hazardous
White flag: a child has been found or gone missing
The Texel branch of the national lifeguard service mans beaches 19, 20 and 21 near De Koog and 28 near De Cocksdorp. Beaches 9, 12, 15 and 17 are manned by student volunteer lifeguards from the University of Utrecht. See also the flyer 'Safe swimming'. Lifeguard stations are open from the first week of July to the first week of September from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On many of Texel’s beaches it’s possible to let your dog run free. However, on the lifeguarded stretches of beach and the nudist beaches at Den Hoorn and De Cocksdorp, dogs must be kept on a lead. South of the section with beach-marker 8 and between 12 and 21, dogs need to be kept on a lead between 1 March and 1 September. See our brochure ‘Discovering Texel with your dog’.
You can fly kites with one line on the entire beach. Do you want to fly kites with multiple lines, kite surfing or sand yachting? That is allowed on the sporting beach: the indicated areas at beach pole 17.6, beach pole 18.99, beach pole 28.2 and beach pole 32.0. Kifesurfing on the Wadden Sea is only permitted at 'Dijkmanshuizen'.
Texel goes to great efforts to keep its beaches as clean and attractive as possible. We encourage our beach-goers to clear up when they leave and we also provide our support for the MyBeach project, which is striving to create 100% waste-free beaches and get visitors to do their bit too. On Texel, the initiative has been embraced by several beachside establishments in conjunction with VVV Texel and Ecomare.
When is low and high tide on Texel’s beaches? The Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management keeps detailed tide tables.