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Three possibilities, 1) From the Dutch side, park car at the beach Hotel and walk over the dunes to your left is the break. 2) Park your car at the Belgian side then walk along the dike until you see the nature reserve, you're there. 3) Park your car at the parking of 't Zwin Nature Reserve, you see 4 huge granite menhirs, walk between them and follow the concrete road, it first takes a left and after 250m a right turn, after the turn there is a small opening in the bush to your right, go in it, follow it until you reach the beach...
DistanceIn the city
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Den Appelzak
FrequencyRarely break (5day/year)
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
- Man-made danger (buoys etc..)
Be aware of the border-marking-poles that get flooded at high tide, they are in the middle of the outflow of the river created by 't Zwin. Be respectful of the nature reserve.
Beautiful spot with sometimes great waves, try the left at the pier on the Belgian side, the lefts and rights in the middle or the right at the Dutch side. The Dutch right tends to be sectionny and rarely breaks all the way down the line but is a bit more powerful than the Belgian left that does peel off perfectly but as said with less power. Spot receives more swell than spots to the left of it due to favourable bathymetry. In and out flow of the estuary can generate rips and undertow. Laid back atmosphere, peaceful.
Nice place, have seen a dolphin and a seal in the surf though very rare. A lot of birds, storks in summer, herons etc... Also a meeting place for gays and nudists in the tourist season so be aware of overfriendly weirdoes. Sunsets in September can be similar to Indonesian sunsets but without the tropical heat. Fossils of shark can be found, Mako, and Megalodon (great white) are common.
By MerK , 19-08-2006
The Zwin - it's perfect to begin surf AND bodyboard.Let's play there with a boogie, working very often between middle august to end of octobre... after, the water is a little bit cold...
By anonymous , 31-03-2005
i think that's what i meant - the fossils are approx. 40 milion years old hence the name fossil... and back in those days the megalodons were some big mothaf#@kin' sharks swimmin' all over the place, i've been told they is the ancestors of great white but i dunno, i'm not a paleontologist... You can always go ask the coservator of 't zwin, or go visit the park on a flat day, they have some fossils you can find on the beach for display...
By anonymous , 24-03-2005
OOSTENDE - I think he meant to say fossils of Megalodon which is the ancestor of the great white (well some are debating over that now).Anyway, Megalodons were roaming these waters a long time ago, well come to think of it not that long ago !! Lucky us, because those sharks make great whites look like sardines.
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