The archetypal vision of Belgium's rural North Sea coast is of paardevissers: shrimp fishermen riding their stocky Brabant horses into the sea, dragging triangular nets through the low-tide shallows. These days shrimp catches are minimal, but the age-old tradition can be witnessed at Oostduinkerke's Astridplein beach in a tourist-geared spectacle that's held about 30 times a year. For the low-down, see

Outside these times, the town is a quiet alternative to the larger resorts, with one or two attractions to pique your interest; consider visiting as a day trip.