The unique variety in nature and landscape, the peace and quiet make Oostvoorne, which is located right next to mainport Rotterdam, a very special recreational district.
Enjoy the beaches and the unique nature in the woods and dunes of 'Voornes Duin'.
"Abundance of natural beauty"
Challenges of the coast: from bathing beach to deep-sea diving
The lenght of the beach garantees pleasure for sportsmen and women whilst offering enough room for sun-seekers. The presence of sandbanks makes the beach ideal for children as there is no danger of strong currents.
During the past six years the north bank of the Oostvoornse Meer, which forms the border between the island Voorne and the Maasvlakte, has become a top location for deep-sea divers. The south-west bank has been special arranged for children and is provided with playground equipment.
In the thirteenth century, the first dunes emerged here, after which the creek estuaries developed into magnificent dune lakes, amidst a natural profusion of flora and fauna. Voorne's 'Burcht van Heren' also dates back to this time. Westvoorne is also a cultural attraction nowadays; no less than three private museums exhibit their unique collections.
It is always a pleasure to cycle, walk, horse-ride and simply enjoy oneself in the woods and dunes of Voorne. 'Voornes Duin' is one of the most important nature reserves in Western Europe. Over 60% of all Dutch species of birds breed in this rich and varied area. The spoonbills on the 'Quakjeswater' and the cormorant colony on the 'Breede Water' are favourite objects for observation. Tall mullein, loosestrife, willowherb and evening primrose, as well as many other species, provide the natural and unique flora of Voornes Duin.
Sometimes you will be lucky enough to suddenly find yourself eye to eye with one of the many animals which wander freely in this area: an Iceland pony or one of the many impressive dark brown to black Galloway oxen and cows that graze on the dunes.
Coast & watersports
On the Rockanje bathing beach, the stretch between the 1st and 2nd markers is ideal for a day along the coast. This beach is also ideal for families with children. The so-called Maasvlakte beach with more than 1600 parking places, located on the southern side of the Maasvlakte, is worth a special mention.
It is the ideal spot for surfers. And the high chain of dunes offers hang gliders and ultralight planes the perfect place to launch themselves into the blue. This is an excellent location for sports like parasailing, ultralight flying, scuba diving and sea kayaking.
Voorne is surrounded by water and offers all manners of water sports. There is a wide choice of windsurfing and diving, both on inland waters like the Brielse Maas and the Oostvoornse Meer as well on the Haringvliet and the open sea.