Oostkapelle is a true Zeelandic family resort located in the beautiful nature areas De Manteling and the Dune and Water extraction area Oranjezon. The beach of Oostkapelle is well known, just like the rest of Walcheren, for its characteristic groynes, typical beach huts and of course the cozy atmosphere. Furthermore, the province of Zeeland has the most sun hours in the Netherlands during the summer. An excellent start for a lovely beach holiday.
The beaches of have won already several major awards. In 2023 the beach received the international 'Blue Flag' environmental award for the 35th time. It guarantees high quality of bathing water and a well kept clean beach. In 2017 received again the ‘Quality Coast Award’ for its high quality of human and nature-friendly tourism. In 2017, 2016, 2004 and 2003 won the title of ‘Cleanest beach of the Netherlands’.
The beaches, with showers to rinse of the salt seawater, will be cleaned everyday. Besides the rescue brigade will guard the beaches and warns when there is a dangerous current or wind; a pleasant and safe feeling.
A sunbath or a walk along the beach, playing fun or water sports. The very well maintained, white beaches of will offer you peace and quietness. Optimum facilities will tribute to the comfort and with that the holiday pleasure of the guests. It starts with accessible beach crossings and parking places. Then there are the lifeguards and the rescue brigade whom watch over the well being of the guests, with a First aid post nearby. Furthermore the many cafes, terraces and restaurants near the beach will take care of the needs for serving drinks and snacks or lunch and diner.
At the main beaches of Oostkapelle, there is surveillance by trained lifeguards. They carry out their duties from the lifeguard stations and are present in the months of July and August. During the bathing season (from May 15 to September 15), there is also beach surveillance on fine weather weekends. Some lifeguard stations have a fast rescue boat, which is used for patrols in good weather and can, of course, quickly rescue someone in an emergency.
Beachcombing, trawling through the surf with a drag net, searching for shells between the tide lines and beach poles. There's plenty to do on the beach behind the forest area De Manteling between Domburg and Oostkapelle. You can of course venture out on your own, but the Landscape Museum Terra Maris in De Manteling regularly organises various activities on the beach. An expert then accompanies you and often you also get a peek behind the scenes at the museum.
On the beaches you will find flags and signs with instructions for swimming. It is wise to take account of these signals. They are there for you!
- Guarded beach zone
- Child found
- Dangerous sea
- Watersports allowed
- Swimming prohibited
- Floating Bodies prohibited
The beach is the ideal destination for many dogs to enjoy. A Frisbee, a stick or a ball can fetch give great pleasure. And what is more fun than making a beach walk with your dog? However, on various beaches are dogs, loose or on a leash, not allowed all year.
Dogs are prohibited on the beaches of Oostkapelle during the period 1 May till 15 September between 10:00 till 19:00.
Outside of the above mentioned period and time are dogs allowed (both loose and leased) on the beaches of Oostkapelle.
Nearest beach for dogs at Oostkapelle
- At low tide there is a strong current towards the sea, than stay close to shore. In case you get pulled in by the current do not try to swim straight against it, but swim slanting to the shore with the current. Also be aware of floating devices like air-beds, boats or other swimming devices.
- Do not get to close to the poles, piers or other obstacles.
- Watch your children carefully, do not let them alone near the water. Are there recognition signs on the beach, tell it to your children.
- Help to keep the beaches clean.