Are you ready for the island? From Cuxhaven, ships travel to the Islands of Helgoland, Sylt and Neuwerk. But you don't have to travel that far to experience the beach feeling. From the Kugelbake landmark to Döse and Duhnen, to Sahlenburg, there is a sandy beach with beach baskets for you to relax and sunbathe in. Depending on the tide, you can take a hike into the Wadden Sea (maybe even all the way out to Neuwerk?), or take a guided Wadden Sea tour, or plunge directly into the North Sea surf right here. For those that don't like sand, there is also a green (lawn) beach, about two kilometers long, at Grimmerhörn Bay, with beach baskets and, yes: there is a swimming area. Whether beach volleyball, handball, basketball, or soccer: In the summer months, regular matches - and even championships - take place in the stadium by the sea.
For athletes, Cuxhaven is a real paradise. Here you can practice water sports in all variations: From kite and windsurfing, to water skiing, to stand-up paddle boarding and sailing. Horseback riding in the coastal heath or on the beach is also very popular. And, in the climbing park in the Wernerwald forest, you can scale to new heights. If you want to go even higher, you can take a glide on a sailplane. In case you’re afraid of altitude, however, there are also good athletic options on the ground: Golf, mini golf and bowling (even at major league level!) are possible. Last, but not least, there are numerous fitness and yoga studios and the large network of bike paths offers many opportunities for exercise in fresh air.
The Cuxhaveners are known to celebrate festivals properly: Be it at the Deichbrand Festival, the Duhner Wadden Race, Summer's Eve by the Sea, Otterndorf's Old Town Festival, Op no Dös, or the Kurpark Fest at the Spa Gardens – there is always something going on here.
Cuxhaven has a municipal theater and the Speeldeel (Plattdeutsch Theater performed in the local dialect). There is even a small, but nice, castle (Ritzenbüttel), and a cabaret. And various museums, such as Windstärke 10 (Gale Force 10), Emigration to America, Wadden Sea Visitor Center, Natureum (Nature Center), Bog and Swamp Information Center, as well as the Ringelnatz Museum (German author and painter), round off the cultural offerings in and around Cuxhaven.
Additional information can be found on the tourism page of the city of Cuxhaven.