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Velsen (population: 66,798) is a municipality in the north-western Netherlands, in the province of North Holland, on both sides of the North Sea Canal. It covers an area of 52.87 km² (of which 6.30 km² water).

The municipality of Velsen comprises the following towns, villages and townships:

There are the following connections across the canal:

Also there is the Fast Flying Ferry to Amsterdam [1].

The Kennemerstrand beach on the nouth side of the canal is at the end of the Kennemerboulevard, which runs south of the Seaport Marina.

To the south is the beach of Bloemendaal aan Zee. In between is a nudist beach (see [1]).

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