Destination guide

Culture, history, and unspoiled coasts in North Holland

From the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam to the charming towns along the North Sea, North Holland is a diverse and lively area. Staying in one of the many North Holland vacation rentals allows you to spend time in the Dutch capital, exploring the museums and historic homes. Amsterdam's art galleries are full of iconic works from Van Gogh to Mondrian. Not far from the city are vast national parks, set on a coastline made up of plains and sand dunes. Here you'll find long stretches of sandy beach, and small traditional Dutch towns featuring characteristic windmills.

Things to do

Discover North Holland's coastal areas

Along the coast, North Holland has a number of areas of natural beauty to explore. Kennemerduinen an der Nordsee, near Zandvoort, is a national park with gentle green hills inhabited by wild sheep and ponies. Its trails lead to a coastal playground of wild sandy beaches and calm seas. In Egmond aan Zee, you'll find the Nordholländisches Dünenreservat, a large nature reserve covered in sand dunes that's next to the sea. There are hiking and biking trails through the area, and you can rent electric bikes to zip along the promenade.


Explore North Holland's stylish cities and small towns

Amsterdam is often the starting point for exploring North Holland, and, if you're short on time, then a walking tour is a popular way to see the highlights. As you stroll the canal sidewalks, you'll have time to stop at the Anne Frank House, the Rembrandt House Museum and the lively Dam Square. North Holland vacation rentals offer access to the area's small towns, so why not head for the North Sea Coast and visit Volendam? This old fishing village is now home to a vibrant cultural scene, including galleries of Dutch artwork, and a variety of live music venues.


Mild weather and occasional showers in North Holland

North Holland has a mild climate for most of the year, and the winter months usually stay above freezing. The summer months are the most popular time to book North Holland vacation rentals, with hot days that feel cooler and comfortable, thanks to the area's position next to the North Sea. The fall months stay fairly warm, although you may encounter one of Holland's famous rain showers, so do bring waterproofs if you're planning a walking tour. Spring also has pleasant weather and a little less rain, which usually comes in short bursts.

Natural features

Beaches, sand dunes, and national parks in North Holland

North Holland has vast, flat plains, with large areas of sand dunes framing the sandy coastlines. At the tip of North Holland, you can take a boat to Noorderhaaks, an uninhabited island that's full of nesting seabirds, where you might see seals swimming alongside your boat. There are lots of unspoiled beaches where you can swim or take long coastal walks. Further north is the island of Texel, which is dominated by the vast Nationaal Park Duinen. There are long coastal plains and beaches, wild wetlands and meadows, where you'll see lambs frolicking during the spring.

Where to stay around North Holland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,313 vacation rentals near North Holland. From 1,440 Houses to 195 Bungalows, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near North Holland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Holland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Holland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Amsterdam: 1,698 vacation rentals
  • Amsterdam-Centrum: 601 vacation rentals
  • Jordaan: 456 vacation rentals
  • Municipality of Haarlem: 2,349 vacation rentals
  • Sint Maarten: 1,197 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Holland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Holland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Holland:

  • Amsterdam: 1,698 rentals
  • Sint Maarten: 1,197 rentals
  • De Pijp: 291 rentals
  • Zaandam: 1,415 rentals
  • Alkmaar: 1,133 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to North Holland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in North Holland are:

  • Schiphol Airport (AMS): 2,369 vacation rentals
  • Hoofddorp (QHZ): 2,361 vacation rentals
  • Amsterdam Centraal Airport (ZYA): 2,105 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in North Holland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in North Holland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Amsterdam Central Station: 2,102 rentals
  • Amsterdam Museum: 2,346 rentals
  • Haarlem Station: 2,776 rentals
  • Hilversum (QYI-Hilversum Train Station): 1,361 rentals
  • Zandvoort Beach: 2,335 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Holland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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