Friday, July 10, 2009
The Dutch love the beach. Such a small country, yet because of it's great location on the North Sea, the Netherlands has miles and miles of wide beautiful beaches. I've written about them before here, here, here and here.
Last weekend (when it actually felt like July in the Netherlands...now it's more akin to October), Gabriel, Christian, and I took the train to Zandvoort Beach. We had just gotten back from Mallorca, and basking in the hot Dutch sun seemed like a nice way to ease us back to reality.
The beach was the busiest I've ever seen it, with almost every inch of sand taken up by sun-bathers. To the boys' delight, most of the women on the beach were topless. Dutch people are notorious sun-worshippers, and most people here seem to have such beautiful golden tans against their flaxen-hair. Unfortunately, the country also has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.
After a great afternoon relaxing and swimming in the sea, we decided to go to my favourite spot on the beach, Mango's Beachbar. In front of the looming dunes on the beach, you will find beachbar after beachbar. Mango's is great because it has the feeling of a Cuban broken-down bar. It's shabby chic in the most perfect mix. If you didn't know it, you'd actually feel like you were in the Caribbean.
They serve some great tapas, as well as Mexican food. I guess it's a mix of all Latin countries? We really loved snacking on the nachos, dates, and shrimp while sipping mojitos! From the faux-crumbling walls, to the white and turquoise peeling furniture, Mango's is a slice of paradise. They have huge beachbeds and loungers set up, and numerous seating arrangements so that everyone can have a place to relax. They were playing Mana, a popular Mexican band back in the 90's, and a wedding was taking place in one of the buildings at the bar.
We were planning on going back to the beach this weekend, but with this chilly rainy weather, I guess Mango's will have to wait.
Click here to visit their website.