There are on Schiermonnikoog two nudist beaches:
Access to and use of the beaches of Schiermonnikoog is (of course) free.
Dogs are allowed (both loose and leased) on the beaches of Schiermonnikoog all year round. In many other parts of the island is loosening allowed. Leash is mandatory only in urban areas, in the National Park and the Rif.
However, it is prohibited that dogs go after other animals on the island. This can causes damage to these animals, resting places or residence (such as nests or dens).
With regard to the public security fire (including a campfire, fire pit, grill or barbecue) is prohibited at all times on the beach of Schiermonnikoog.
Barbecues inside or on the terrace of a beach restaurant, are not covered by this prohibition.
During a few brief periods there is a training done the Dutch Royal Air Force in NATO exercise location around Schiermonnikoog. These exercises are held predominantly during the off season.
The training will be announced on the defense website well in advance. Whether or not the military exercises can be heard on the (tourist) beach, or in the village of Schiermonnikoog has to with many different factors, including wind direction and wind speed.
You can find more information about the military exercises on and around Schiermonnikoog at: https://www.defensie.nl/onderwerpen/vliegbewegingen. For questions or complaints, you can also visit the same website and/or call the number: +31 (0)77 465 67 67
A telephone reservation is recommended. Often the use of beach wheelchairs is free. The beach wheelchair is only for use on the beach and into the sea. All beach wheelchairs need someone to push.
Below are the lending locations with phone numbers:
tel. +31 519-531208
Prins Bernardweg 2
tel. +31 519-531397
Possible messages are:
- Good: There are no reports for this swimming spot. You can safely swim.
- Warning: Swimming allowed, however there is a potential health risk.
- Advice against bathing: Not swimming, health risk.
- Swim Ban: Swimming prohibited, great health risk.
During the bathing season (May 1 to October 1) local provinces will inform you about the quality of the water of the official bathing sites. The measuring point is the place where most bathers are expected either where the risk of pollution is greatest.
Outside the bathing season, the bathing water is not investigated. If you go into the water off season, you must decide for yourself whether it is justified.
The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded. The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
The Blue Flag programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).
What are the beach criteria?
Beaches are awarded the Blue Flag based on compliance criteria with covering the following:
1) Environmental Education and Information
2) Water Quality
3) Environmental Management
4) Safety and Services
All Blue Flags are awarded for one season at a time.
Most shops, beach clubs, bars, terraces and restaurants remain open during the weekends in the low season. Many are also open throughout the week.
Each year the low season on Schiermonnikoog begins after the autumn holidays till the beginning of the spring holidays. Several shops, beach clubs and restaurants use this period to rebuild, renew or for vacation. As a result, during this low season period, not all stores are opened every day.
Furthermore there is no general period when all the restaurants, bars and shops are closed. All entrepreneurs determine the temporary closure individually. Therefore is there are, also in the low season, enough shops and restaurants opened for you to enjoy.
No, you need a permit for a campfire.
The campfires are fired in specially designated places on the beach, approximately at . The organization ensures that the environmental impact is limited as much as possible by the use of special firing trays and "clean" firewood.
There are two organizations that have the necessary campfire permit and they can provide the campfire for you:
- [url=https://paviljoenpaal3.nl]Pavilion Pole 3 (for reservations and information +31 630 347 782)
- Groups who stay on one of the camping farms can also reserve their camp fire via the GRAS (group accommodations Schiermonnikoog), you call the family Hagen (+31 519 531 421).
No, you may not enter the dunes of Schiermonnikoog. This is to prevent damage. The main function of the dunes is to provide natural protection for the coast against the sea. Without the dunes a large part of the Netherlands would be under water.
In addition, almost all the dunes in the Netherlands is part of a nature reserve. They are an important part of biodiversity. In the dunes live many animals such as rabbits, foxes, deer, lizards and many species of birds. It's official forbidden to pick the plants and to chase animals in the Dutch dunes.