Ostend is famous for its sea-side esplanade, including the Royal Galleries of Oostend, pier, and fine-sand broad beaches. Ostend is visited by many day-trippers from all over Belgium heading to the beaches, especially during July and August. It is also appreciated by sailors, finding here a charming place to drop anchor, visiting numerous bistro and restaurants.
The harbor is usually crowded in summer month, creating a picturesque setting next to the railway station.
In hot day, the broad beaches are crowded, and experienced visitors come early in the morning hours to get the best places.
Further from the town, more space with equally fine sand on broad beach.
Oostend nowadays is truly international hosting visitors from all continents and cultures.