I have had a visit to the Keukenhof gardens on my bucket list for years and the flower festival too.
So I decided to look at booking for next year and have provisionally booked a hotel in both Noordwijk Beach and in Haarlem. I know it will be incredibly busy that weekend but it will I hope be worth the crowds to see the flowers and floats.
I haven't booked my flights yet will do that soon and can fly direct. It will be my friend and I so I want to book somewhere that I can easily access by bus from Schipol airport and hopefully then take a bus from wherever we stay direct to the gardens too.
I think from my research so far it would be better for us to maybe stay in Haarlem as we would probably arrive on the Friday afternoon and from what I have read the floats finish off there and you can view them the following day. We could then visit the gardens on the Sunday rather than the day the parade is on hopefully will be slightly quieter.
I can add I hope an extra day on to visit Amsterdam itself on the Monday OR go there on the Saturday as I am trying to keep costs down a bit.
I think if we stayed in or near Noordwijk Beach its closer to the gardens but really not sure which is easier/more to do overall. My friend and I both love flowers so really more interested in that than anything else like not bothered about historical sights but I think Haarlem looks like a miniature Amsterdam which would work for me.
Any advice would be welcome..apart from don't go during the flower festival lol I already kind of figured out is possibly not the better time to visit on some levels but we wouldn't see the floats if we don't come then.