You can find Catamarans available to rent in the Netherlands on the Nautal website, with flexible cancellation or date changes up to 15 days before check-in allowed on selected boats. We are sure that you will fall in love with the beautiful dutch landscapes in no time when you visit this prime boating location, from the windmills and traditional gabled houses, to the vast, green open spaces. The Netherlands is, without a doubt, one of the best places in the world to escape the stress of everyday life and experience a holiday of near complete relaxation, with many areas, both rural and urban, to explore.
One thing is for sure though, you definitely won’t be bored renting a boat in the Netherlands.
How much does it cost to rent a Catamaran in the Netherlands?
The cost of renting a catamaran in any location varies based on several factors, including the season in which you want to rent the boat, the model, dimensions and technical specifications of the boat, as well as where you want to charter your catamaran.
Currently in the Netherlands, we only have catamarans in Hellevoetsluis, Zeeland, the westernmost province. During low season, your charter will cost from around $238 for half a day, $481 for a full day, or $2436 for a week, and during high season, you should expect to pay from around $359 for half a day, $603 for a full day and $3472 for a week.
Can I rent a catamaran with or without a skipper in the Netherlands?
At the moment it is only possible to rent a catamaran with a skipper in the Netherlands but the price of the skipper is included in the price of the charter.
What are the weather and sailing conditions like in the Netherlands?
The climate in the Netherlands is temperate with cool summers and cold winters that can get quite snowy, depending on where you go. Typically, the weather will be cool, cloudy and humid all year round, with temperatures ranging from 5-14.4°C (41-57.9°F). Average summer highs are usually between 20-25°C (68-77°F) and average low temperatures in the winter will range from 0-4.4°C (32-39.9°F).
The average annual rainfall is usually between 73.66 and 83.82 cm (29-33 inches).
When is the best time to go on a catamaran holiday in the Netherlands?
The best time to go on a catamaran holiday in the Netherlands will depend on a number of factors. In order to benefit fully from you experience, it is therefore essential to correctly choose the time of year when you want to sail, as unpleasant weather conditions could vastly compromise your enjoyment.
Generally, we recommend the summer period when the higher temperatures and sunny days are perfect for navigation, but the spring and autumn also offer favourable conditions for sailing. While sunny days will be fewer and there is a higher chance of rain, there will also be fewer crowds and thus better deals on boats.
Typically, you should try to plan your visit between May and September, though, as although rain is still fairly frequent, the temperatures will be more pleasant. You will also get up to 16.5 hours of sunlight during these months, and the humidity levels will be more bearable. If you like flowers, you should visit in May and June to see the tulips bloom. During the summer, it is highly recommended to take your boat charter to the beach, where you can enjoy swimming in a sea with a temperature of around 15.6°C (60.1°F) and over. The only drawback of this period is the higher boat prices as a result of the fact that there are more people.
We would recommend that you avoid a catamaran charter in the Netherlands from December until February, as during these months, it can be very dark and snowy, with a humidity that can be unbearable. You’re also more likely to experience storms and strong winds in the winter, as well as less than favourable swimming conditions. The sea in this period will rarely rise above a temperature of 5°C (41°F).
What are the best sailing areas to explore during a catamaran charter in the Netherlands?
There are so many fantastic sailing areas to explore during a catamaran charter in the Netherlands that it can be difficult to compile just a short list. However, here are a few personal favourites.
For somewhere a little off the beaten track, the best place to visit is Friesland in the north of the Netherlands. Here, there are so many magical places to explore, that you will feel as though you are diving head first into the Vermeer landscape, immersing yourself in large expanses of green meadows, woods, dunes, canals and typical dutch windmills, as well as ancient cities.
There are also many alternative destinations which are worth visiting though. Zeeland is another great area where you simply must visit the Oosterschelde national park, which displays a wide range of habitats from marshes to drylands. Twice a day, the tide transforms the entire landscape, filling the park with 800 billion litres of water.
In the south of the Netherlands there are many more places to explore. One such place is the aptly nicknamed Dutch “Green Heart”, which is a large area stretching between the cities of The Hague, Rotterdam, Haarlem, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Zoetermeer. The landscapes in this area are completely unique in comparison to the rest of Europe, and it is also a great place for sports lovers to enjoy cycling, hiking and a wide range of watersports.
What to do in the Netherlands?
There is so much to do and see in the Netherlands that there is no way you could possibly get bored. While it is true that the Netherlands has a canal system to rival Venice, this vibrant, cultural hub has so much more to offer. If you want to see some traditional Dutch windmills, you should visit either the windmills of Kinderdijk, or Zaanse Schans. This area, about 15 km (9.3 miles) north of Amsterdam, offers a real window into what the Netherlands would have been like in the past.
If, however, you’re interested in culture, you should visit one of the Netherland’s many museums. The Rijkmuseum, for example, has a fantastic collection of art and antiques, as well as a library with about 35000 books. Van Gogh fans are sure to be delighted by the Van Gogh museum, which has the largest collection of his works in the world, and Mauritshuis, despite being relatively small with only 800 pieces of art, has some pieces which are very culturally significant, including the Girl with a pearl earring, by Johannes Vermeer.
If you’d prefer to stick with the nautical theme, you can’t miss the Houseboat museum. This one of a kind museum, is actually situated on a houseboat and shows how people have lived on houseboats over the years, demonstrating just how much houseboat life has changed. The favourite museum of locals and tourists alike, though, is the Anne Frank museum. One of the most famous attractions in Amsterdam, this is the former home of Anne Frank, who penned a diary which would later become one of the most important books in the world. Although it has been restored over the years, the attic in which she hid with her family is more or less identical to how it would have been when she lived there.
The Netherlands is not just full of cities and museums. There are also many places you can go to be close to nature, such as Keukenhof and Hoge Veluwe. Keukenhof is also known as the Garden of Europe on account of the colourful flowers found there which stretch out as far as the eye can see. It is even the perfect place to look at tulips, the Netherland’s signature flower. Hoge Veluwe covers 800 acres and has plenty of woodland habitats, a sculpture park and many species of deer. Bird lovers will also love it here, given the wide range of bird species found nesting up in the trees.
If you want the opportunity to meet lots of locals, while wandering through the streets of a beautiful town, you should visit Marken, which is conveniently close to Ijsselmeer Lake. The best time to visit Marken is during the summer when lots of festivals take place. During these festivals, the residents dress up in traditional clothes and demonstrate a range of traditional crafts, such as clog making.
For those who love old buildings, you should visit Grote Kerk or Valkenburg. Grote Kerk is a large Gothic church located in the Hague which has a particular cultural significance, because of the many Dutch royal family members who have been baptised here. Valkenburg, on the other hand, is a town situated in the Geul Valley, which is home to the only hilltop castle in the Netherlands. You can also explore caves here and in the months of November and December, you can even visit a Christmas market in the Velvet Caves to buy souvenirs for your friends and family.
For the thrillseekers among you, Effeling is the place to go. Effeling is the biggest amusement park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in the world, having been opened in 1952. The theme park is divided into different realms and each of these realms focuses on a different ancient myth or legend. This is, without a doubt, an interesting place to visit if you have the time.
What can you do if you want to see lots of the different areas that the Netherlands has to offer but are only staying for a short amount of time? Don’t worry, even in this situation, the Netherlands has you covered. In this case, you should visit Madurodam, a scale model version of the Netherlands, to tick off multiple spectacular buildings and cities in one go.
How to get to the Netherlands?
The quickest and easiest way to get to the Netherlands is to fly. You can find direct flights to airports across the country, especially Amsterdam’s Schipol airport, which receives flights from many countries, including Canada, Norway, the USA, Ireland, Italy, France and multiple airports across the UK, including some in London. Other ways to arrive include train, long distance bus, car, and ferry. As you can see, there is no end to the list of ways to reach the Netherlands.
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