Maasvlakte 2 connects directly to the existing Maasvlakte. For this reason, the Slufter beach is largely disappearing. Although it was never officially zoned for recreation, this location became very popular in the course of time. Reason enough to restore the disappearing beach during Maasvlakte 2's construction. Maasvlakte 2 is getting a soft seawall in the west as protection against the North Sea. This automatically means a new beach. This so called soft seawall is roughly twice as long as the existing Maasvlakte. Infrastructure and sufficient parking places will shortly ensure good accessibility by car or bike. The coastal strip along Maasvlakte 2 will not become a beach with an esplanade, catering and the like. This does not fit in with the function of the land reclamation as a port and industrial area. But it is a place where people can enjoy sun, sea, beach, wind and peace. The large waves off the Maasvlakte coast have moreover always been a significant attraction for surfers and kite-surfers.
Slufter beach closed
The Slufter beach is no longer accessible. The beach has become a work site and is therefore no longer safe. That is why the North Sea boulevard has been closed to all traffic since April 2010.
Possibilities in the vicinity
There are several attractive nature reserves around Maasvlakte 2. Restrictions apply with regard to their access. Recreation is not permitted there as a matter of course. There are many alternatives in the region where there are ample recreational possibilities. See this map for an overview of alternatives.
New beach partly open in 2012
The first part of the new beach at Maasvlakte 2 will open in 2012. The opportunities for recreation are growing in parallel with the construction. Finally, there will be a beach restored at Maasvlakte 2 that is twice as big as the Slufter beach was, with generous parking for some 1,500 cars. All possible forms of recreation will soon be possible again, from swimming to sunbathing and from nudism to surfing, kite-surfing and other sporting activities. So everyone will find a place on the the Maasvlakte 2 beach.
The 'Lyondell' bird-watching point on the North Sea boulevard is no longer accessible due to closure of the boulevard. However the 'Bonte Piet' at the end of the Scholekster route remains accessible as usual. More information on this can be found at zuidhollandslandschap.nl.
For a spectacular view over the North Sea, the ships and the surrounding land, viewpoints are planned at the northern and southern ends of Maasvlakte 2. These will come into use after 2013.