According to a lot of internet research I did before our trip, DeHaan is the most beautiful coastal town in Belgium. There are still a lot of old historic buildings and only a few modern hotels. Downtown has a few supermarkets, bakeries and other little shops that were even open on Sundays and holidays. During the holiday season they also have a tiny Christmas market and an ice-skating ring.
The North Sea in December was wild and stormy and crazy in a wonderful way. On Christmas Eve we even saw a seal resting on a sandbank. Of course, that was the one and only time I had left my camera at the house.
Around DeHaan are miles and miles of hiking trails one can take to explore the coast which is something I would like to do during another visit.