International Kiteboarding Organisation trained instructors teach a variety of kiteboarding lessons from solo lessons to group lessons and beginner to advanced. Beach break also offers surf lessons for those looking to shred some waves or for when the wind isn’t strong enough to kite. Beach Break also offers equipment rental for advanced kite surfers who haven’t got their own gear as well as kayaks, stand up paddle boards, surf boards and wetsuits. Free cancellation is available for kite surf lessons that have to be cancelled due to a lack of wind and the club also has a bottle bar for after a long day in the water. For more information as well as lesson booking, please see their website – beachbreak.nl/en
If so then look no further than Lex Surf School. A friend of the hostel, Noordwijk native Alex has been surfing around the world for around 15 years. Alex is an ISA trained surf instructor as well as a trained lifeguard whose lesson focus on safety, enjoyment and personal attention. Whether you’re looking for group lessons or private lessons, Lex Surf School has you covered. For more information and lesson booking please see Alex’s website – lexsurfschool.nl/en
Just a minutes’ walk from our front door is the Yoga Beach studio, run by friends of the hostel. The studio provides classes in the studio as well as on the beach weather permitting. With 7 fully qualified yoga instructors teaching multiple yoga styles from beginner to advanced, Yoga Beach is a great place to unwind during your stay. For the class schedule and more information see the website – yogabeach.nl
Whether you’re a casual walker who likes an afternoon stroll through or an avid cycler who likes to push their limits, the sand dunes on the north and south of the town give you endless options. For the adrenaline junky mountain bikers amongst you, there are numerous trails through the dunes, ranging from 4 to 30 miles. If you’re looking for pre-planned walking or cycle routes, check out komoot.com, a great website with extensive information
Where around 2500 European Space Agency workers work hands on with mission design, spacecraft, satellites and space technology. In the same ESTEC complex lies the Space Expo, a permanent exhibition opened in 1990 by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands. The expo provides an in depth, interactive look into space exploration that attracts over 100,000 visitors per year. For more information and tour booking see the space expo website – space-expo.nl/en
in the form of an enormous bunker complex. Over 80 separate bunkers connected by around 500 meters of tunnels were built under the orders of Adolf Hitler between 1942 and 1944. Today the bunkers are used a museum offering an insight into the construction and uses of the bunkers during the war. For more information and tour booking see the atlantikwall museum website – atlantikwall.nl/en
Just 2 minutes’ walk from our front door, the museum houses a large collection of pottery, sculptures and paintings by artists who have all lived and worked in Noordwijk itself. The museum will inform you about the coastal town’s fishing past and the history of Noordwijk. With temporary exhibitions organised every year along with their permanent collection, there is plenty to be learnt from the museum. Their website, with photographs of the different exhibitions as well as information on opening times and more can be found at museumnoordwijk.nl
The MoCa has 2, high quality exhibitions per year compiled from the unique collection of one of the founders of the museum supplemented by pieces from other collections and even the authors themselves. Along with the 2 main exhibition, there are a number of small, permanent exhibitions to see throughout the year. A beautifully put together museum for comic lovers and anyone with an interest in any facet of art. You can find information on opening times and which exhibitions are in place on their website – museumofcomicart.nl
Yan Thai is the one to go for if I fancy eating out or getting a takeway. They’ve got a separate menu for takeaway where you can get 2 meat dishes, a vegetable dish and rice for only €10, definitely worth a try! Archie – For me, fast and fresh is a great place for a reasonably priced tex mex meal. Grab a takeaway burrito and eat on the beach, or eat in for a quick lunch. Their Jarritos Guava soda is amazing and you have to try the loaded fries! Kim – I like to go with a group of people to La Cubanita. It’s a funky, Cuban style all you can eat tapas restaurant with over 50 different tapas choices. They’ve also got cocktails for just €5, that’s backpacker prices for sure! Fanni – I love Indian food and Sunand is an amazing Anglo Indian restaurant just a couple of minutes’ walk from the hostel. They’ve got so many different options and loads of vegetarian choices too. It’s not the cheapest place in town, but it’s definitely worth the money!
The hostel is located in a beautiful little beach town and is just a few steps away from the beach. Everything was clean and as a woman travelling solo I felt really safe. The staff was super nice and helpful, combined with the Dutch locals and backpackers from all over the world made this trip a really unique experience. This hostel is fantastic and I will definitely come back! *
Genuinely the best hostel I have had the pleasure of staying in. Firstly I received a very warm welcome at check-in. Then, the warmth continued throughout my stay. All the staff are exceptional, friendly, helpful and a real pleasure to chat with. The hostel itself has a great vibe, people from all over the world getting on like old friends. The hostel is very clean and throughout my stay the cleanliness was great. I have nothing negative to say about the Flying Pig Beach, best hostel!
Ended up extending my stay and missed it so much when I left it was like I was homesick! I kind of want to leave two reviews just to fit all my compliments in. They have a clean and organised kitchen and bar. But the people absolutely made it for me. I’m a very introverted person but I found everyone (especially the staff) really accommodating and genuinely interesting people, and the vibe was so great you really can’t help but socialise.
It was one hell of a time I had at the Flying Pig Beach Hostel. I met amazing friends there, people were always friendly and ready to help any time you asked for it. I love their culture and it’s definitely away from the Amsterdam hustle. It’s located in a very peaceful place that’s close to the beach.
If you’re into nature, I recommend renting a bike and exploring the sand dunes and farms nearby.