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Beach and dunes offer protection from the sea

The south-western seawall will appear to have developed naturally. It will be a wide sandy beach followed by a row of dunes. This offers numerous advantages. In the first place, a seawall like this is cheaper than a hard seawall like the one constructed on Maasvlakte 2's northern edge. But it is also good news for nature. The dunes will provide ample space for the characteristic vegetation commonly found in a dune landscape. The plants that manage to secure a place in this landscape will in turn attract birds and other animals. This will create a typical ecosystem, which will make Maasvlakte 2, like the existing port area, an attractive area for bird spotting.

Port area with a beach in the southwest

Another advantage of a soft seawall is that it offers room for recreation. Just like the beach on the existing Maasvlakte, the new beach will offer room for all manner of recreational pursuits. For example, the furthest south-western corner will feature a leisure beach. Here, summertime visitors can enjoy peace and calm, space, sun and surf. To the north of the leisure beach, there will once again be room for a nude beach. The beaches can be easily accessed by car and bike, and with 1,500 spaces, they are assured of ample parking capacity. As in the case of the former Slufter Beach, the new beaches will not have excessively lively catering establishments in the shape of beach clubs and the like. This does not suit the area's primary function: the execution of port-related activities. The northernmost section of the beach has been reserved for all forms of outdoor sports. Here, surfers, sailors and kiteboarders can thoroughly enjoy themselves without hindering the regular beachgoers.