Muiderzand Marina is situated in the Netherlands' newest city. It's a marina that blends perfectly with new town Almere. Modern, dynamic, dazzling and imbued with the pioneer spirit! You'll find Europe's largest catamaran beach here, and sailors tacking and jibing left and right across the water. It's hard to believe that Almere stands where, only seventy years ago, there was only water – before Flevoland was reclaimed from the sea! Let's go back in time...
...captain's log, 1981. Almere was celebrating its fifth anniversary! The new Dutch province of Flevoland still needed to be zoned and landscaped, and the Dutch national forestry service had just opened the Muiderzand camping site. Guests reached this site in the middle of nowhere along a narrow county lane.
In 1992, a man by the name of Bot bought the camping site and built an adjoining marina. He painted everything bright blue, earning the marina the name 'Smurf Village' – in Dutch Het Smurfendorp. A few years later, Jan Willem den Daas took over at the helm. Den Daas was a brick manufacturer, but had just diversified into the leisure and recreation industry under the name Den Daas Recreatie. With Den Daas at the helm, the marina grew into the marina we all know and love today – the most luxurious marina in Flevoland.
Meanwhile, it wasn't only the marina that had been growing, the entire region was booming. Almere grew from a one-street town into a city totalling 200,000 inhabitants. In 2005, construction work started on the Almere Poort borough – the area that is now home to Muiderzand Marina. A start was made on Almere Duin in 2011, a neighbourhood in which Muiderzand Marina plays a central role to this day.
Muiderzand Camping Site – where it all started – no longer exists, except for a few fields and camping spots that serve as a reminder of our roots. What remains, however, is a profound respect for the countryside around us. Muiderzand Marina plays an exemplary role in terms of sustainability. We use 'grey' water instead of drinking water to flush toilets, virtually zero pesticides and FSC-certified wood to replace old jetty parts.
Muiderzand Marina is one of the sustainable, full-service Thuishavens (homeports) operated by Den Daas Recreatie, our parent company in Elst. Whereas the Thuishavens focus is on water sports, Den Daas actually has its roots in the brick-making industry. Den Daas Recreatie's owners grew up right next door to their brick factory with the smell of hot sand in the air. Den Daas Recreatie is responsible for servicing and supporting all the Thuishaven marinas, so that our teams can do what they love doing most – providing guests with first-class service and an unforgettable experience!