Beach Oostende

Many Belgians, as well as foreign tourists, visit Ostend every year. The main attraction of Ostend, especially in the summer months, is obviously the beach. You can walk from the cozy shopping streets in the city center to the wide family beach via the spacious boulevard. The family-friendly beach may be crowded on hot summer days, but there is always plenty of room for a walk or sunbathing. In addition, there are plenty of facilities nearby, the sand is kept clean and many lifeguards are present during the summer months. During the summer numerous events take place on and around the beach.

Beach Oostende

The beach of Ostend is about 7 kilometers long and 80 meters wide. It is located northeast of Middelkerke and southwest of Bredene. The beaches are located on the northwest, on the North Sea. From the Oosteroever in the northeast, to the Schapenweide nature reserve in the southwest. The beach is separated from the charming town by a 4-kilometre-long promenade.

Beach Oostende

Six areas

The North Sea coast of Ostend can be divided into five different beaches: Oosterstrand, Klein Strand, Groot Strand, Sportstrand, Mariakerke beach and Raversijde beach. All these beaches attract a different crowd. The most popular and busiest beach of Ostend is the Groot Strand. In the summer this beach is the busiest, but even in July and August one can find plenty of space here. By walking a few dozen meters you'll be able to find your very own quiet spot.

The beaches will be cleaned everyday during the summer. 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 the lifeguards whom watch over the well being of the guests, with a First aid post nearby. Furthermore the local cafes, terraces and restaurants near the beach will take care of the needs for serving drinks, icecream, lunch and diner.

If the rescue stations are not open, a general swimming prohibition applies. This is clearly indicated with signs 'forbidden to bathe' and / or wind bags. On this page you can check where you can go for a safe splash in the water!

Beach Oostende

Flags and Their Meanings

On the beaches of Ostend, you will find various information signs and beach flags to inform and warn swimmers, water sports enthusiasts, and other beachgoers about the risks associated with swimming in the sea. Below you will find the meanings of these flags:

Pay attention to these flags and always follow the instructions of the lifeguards for your safety and the safety of others on the beach.

Dogs at the beach

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.

Further, we also recommend reading the information board, with the local beach rules, which is often placed near every beach (entrance).

Nearest beach for dogs at Oostende

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