Not the first urban beach I've been to, but definitely the best. I suppose if you take an urban beach and prefix it with "ganja-friendly", you've just made it the best urban beach in the world. The beach is man-made and not very large. You can lay out comfortably if you come during the hottest part of summer. Although some people went in the water, even in our mellow state it didn't seem like a good idea due to the skeeve-factor. There are some fire pits, but you have to supply your own fuel--most people use any old garbage they find. They also apparently have music shows and other special events, but we unfortunately didn't get a chance to see any of that.
But, seriously, who cares? Get mellow and lay out. When you're hungry and/or want a beer, walk into the decently-sized restaurant and sit inside at a table or at the bar or outside at a table so you can water-gaze. The shrimp, OMG, the shrimp, the shrimp, the shrimp, OMG, the shrimp. Get the shrimp. They also have some loungy outdoor seating facing the beach for you to lay back and drink (and it's protected from rain with awnings), but you might not get table service there.
Mostly locals come to this place because it is a bit out of the way for tourists that want to hang out downtown, but if you do feel like doing something different, head to Centraal and grab the 26 tram towards IJburg and get off at IJburg Zuid (it's about a 20-minute ride). From there, it's a short and pleasant 10-minute walk to the beach. Be mindful of the timing for the return trip, because I don't think the trams run super late and it is a LONG walk back to downtown.
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