N52./ O4.(latitude and longitude)
Entrance: Parking lot at restaurant “Duinoord” at the end of Jan Verfailleweg (N502).
The beach at Duinoord is the best equipped beach in Den Helder, with ample parking in the area, a Beach Club and a guarded beach post during the summer season. Close to the beach are beautiful natural parks such as “Donkere Duinen” and “Mariëndal”. Duinoord has a beautiful wide beach and is much visited in the summer by tourists and the inhabitants of Den Helder. This beach is awarded with a Blue Flag.
Nearby Points of Interest
Nature Reserve “Donkere Duinen”
Landscaped recreation forest dating from 1917, with walking trails and a pond. “Donkere Duinen” can be found directly next to the parking lot at Duinoord. For more information see http://denhelder-donkereduinen.nl.
Visitor Center “De Helderse Vallei”
The nature and education center, located in the nature reserve “Mariëndal” (across the road), has a petting zoo and permanent exhibitions about nature and the environment in the vicinity of Den Helder. For more information see www.deheldersevallei.nl
Nature Reserve “Mariëndal”
In the 70’s a nature and recreation area for Den Helder was created. In this area you will find a watchtower, climbing valley, walking and biking trails and fields for sunbathing and playing next to the ponds. A little further on there is a large dune lake with a bird watching point, where many pasture and water birds can be seen. At Mariëndal a bicycle and canoe route starts, that runs through the area down to Julianadorp.
For information about the canoe route see http://www.kanoroutes.nl/nl-denhelder.htm
Various cycling and walking trails through the dunes
See for info on cycling and walking routes http://www.vvvtopvanholland.nl/
Or for a cycling route in the vicinity of Den Helder http://www.natuurwegwijzer.nl/v_natuur/print_route.asp?n_code=255
Parking and accessibility
At the end of Jan Verfailleweg, near the exit to restaurant Duinoord, there is a large free car park. From the car park a wide paved path leads to the beach entrance. In the summer season the Kustbus bus service (851) runs from Den Helder railway station to this beach entrance. The bus stops at Restaurant Duinoord. From this bus stop it is a 5 minute walk to the beach.
Access for disabled
The access road to the beach is fully paved. There is a beach wheelchair for disabled available at the pavilion Citadel.
Steak and barbecue restaurant / party house, terrace overlooking the forest.
Pancake Restaurant with Climbing Valley
Located at Mariëndal, at the car park opposite the entrance of “Donkere Duinen”.
Pavilion “De Donkere Duinen”
Located at the car park opposite the entrance to “Donkere Duinen”, with a watchtower behind the parking lot.