Zeeweg 31, Castricum aan Zee, Netherlands
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Camping Bakkum Castricum aan Zee Reviews
Campground at the dunes Jul 12, 2009
A campground with a long history.
Camping Bakkum is part of the "Kennemer Duincampings", campgrounds located at the dunes at short distance from the sandy beach of the North Sea.
These days it is an up-to-date campground, with modern sanitair facilities, small restaurants, a well assorted supermarket - open 7 days a week, kids playgrounds and -entertainment, sportfacilities, small internetcafe.
There are several types of summercabins available for rent, besides the appr. 2000 camping spots, from which are about 70% for seasonal campers, the rest for short term campers.
The past 4-5 years the management worked hard to achieve this, because the campground was really outdated.
About the value: This campground is not that cheap (not too expensive either) - but put all the facts together, (location, cleanliness etc.) and I think you have good value for your money.
About the location: Great location! Situated at the inner dunes not too much difference in height (or altitude). Place is in a woody area. Situated at the extensive Noord-Holland sand dune reserve, and only 1500 meters from the beach.
For daytrips in the country: the town of Alkmaar with its weekly cheesemarket is close by, West-Friesland just a little bit further.
Closer is the village of Limmen with the bulbflower culture, or the Egmonden (3 villages) which have the abby, or a modern seaside resort.
My conclusion: Beautiful and peaceful dunes reserve, with lots to do in the hinterland.
About the cleanliness: This has undergone a major improvement. There are new, heated buildings for the sanitairy facilities, and they look pretty clean. Ofcourse the level of cleanliness has to do with the people using the facilities, but in general toilets and showers are in every way acceptable.
The dishwashing places are easy to clean, with hot water available for free.
The campground itself looks well maintained, the majority of the campingspots (at least hte ones for seasonal campers) are in the woods, the ones for short term campers are in the woody areas as well as on the fields. There are sufficient garbage containers.
About the safety: I don't know what to say about this, this campground has about 2000 campingspots, so it is more like a little village. Safety in this matter depends all on behavior of the camping guests ;)
A doctor can be seen everyday on the campground, no appointment is needed, he or she has consulting hours twice a day.
About the loudness: The common rules apply, so the camping guests are to respect the peace of the dark hours, from about 23.00 till 7.00 quietness is expected.
Now a bit about the history:
Bakkum campground started more or less as a coincidence.
About a century ago (in 1914 to be precise) a German princess who owned an estate at this dune area gave permission to nature lovers to set up a tent on her property.
This continued - mouth to mouth advertisement did its work - and in the years following permits were given to more people to camp on the estate, in the mid 30's of last century 7000 permits were given in one season. Because of this "invasion" of tourists the nearby village of Castricum benefitted from this and became known as a seaside resort.
During WW2 (1940-1945) the place was not suitable for camping anymore, but in 1946 it was possible again to camp.
After the war something changed: tenthouses became popular, little summercabins which were built-up every Spring and dismantled the next Fall. They had thin (light in weight) walls and a canvas roof. The advantage was that the campers could have real beds and a kitchen in these shelters. The hey-day of these cabins was in the 1950's and -60's.
The first time I camped on Bakkum was in 1961, and I still remember the tenthouses, when I was a little older our family also bought such a little house, and made a reservation for a camping spot every year.
After the 1970's the tenthouses gradually made place for trailers, today the majority of camping devices is trailers.
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