Our home is located in the center of Castricum with shops, restaurants, theatre, swimming pool, train station, but also the Noord-Holland Dune Reserve which is a beautiful forest with great trails, all at walking distance. The beach is only 5 minutes by car, but we strongly recommend going there by bike through our lovely dunes with beautiful scenaries.
Castricum is centrally located in Noord Holland. Amsterdam is only 25 minutes by train, Alkmaar with the famous cheese market only 10 minutes and Haarlem at 20 minutes. Futhermore, Zaandam with the Zaanse Schans (wind mills) is only 10 minutes away.
By car there are so many more options of things to see and do. For example the windmill museum (see https://www.museummolen.nl/nl/over-de-museummolen) and villages like Volendam, Edam and/or Marken take you back in time.
If you are more interested in nature, we can recommend a day-tour to Texel and visit the beautiful and unique Wadden, either on foot or by boat tour and see seales. In the dunes in Castricum itself you can run into Scottish Highlander cows or horses or if you are early (and lucky) even a fox. On the way to the beach, there is a visitors center which explains among other things how our tapwater is filtered and what animals live in the reserve. The National Park Zuid Kennermerland (the dunes/forest close to Haarlem) have lots of dear.