Each town has its own vibe and unique attractions, but all boast pristine miles of sugar-sand beaches and spectacular sunsets along Lake Michigan.

Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. From St. Joseph in the south of Michigan to Silver Lake to the north, every beachtown on Lake Michigan will bring you idyllic views and days of sun-soaked fun. The towering sand dunes bordering the lakeshore make West Michigan beaches truly unique, giving many beaches extraordinary lookout points and exceptional photo spots. If you are looking for an idyllic location to lay down your towel and umbrella, and enjoy a sunny day at the beach, you can find a serene spot at any Lake Michigan beachtown. If you’re looking for a combination of relaxation and excitement, you can find charter fishing, hiking, biking, windsurfing, and many more fun activities all along the shoreline. From the soft, sugar sand beaches rolling along the edge of Lake Michigan to the emerald-green, forested parklands, to the majestic sand dunes, West Michigan beachtowns are picture-perfect and truly one-of-a-kind. 

Silver Beach

St. Joseph

The first stop on the West Michigan Pike byway starting from the south, St. Joseph has been a beach resort getaway for the metropolitan Midwest for decades. Visitors from all over Michigan, as well as Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and more, visit Silver Beach to find rest and relaxation on the sandy beaches. With a boardwalk, picnic areas, hiking trails, sailboarding, concessions stands and much more, St. Joseph beaches have everything you need for the best beach vacation.
Oval Beach

Saugatuck / Douglas

Saugatuck / Douglas is home to the famous Oval Beach, recognized by travel magazines and media as one of the most beautiful beaches in Michigan, in America, and in the world. The whitesand beaches, clear vistas and rolling dunes make this a beach getaway unlike any other in the world. In addition to this world-famous beach, you’ll also find many other hidden gems across the lakeshore, each with its own piece of paradise.
South Beach

South Haven

With a dozen gorgeous beaches to choose from, including beaches a short walk from the downtown area and others far from the beaten trail, South Haven is one of West Michigan’s best beach vacation spots. If you enjoy nature trails, hiking, and climbing the sand dunes, South Haven nature preserve parks and beaches have hundreds of acres of natural beauty to enjoy. If you’re looking for nearby restaurants, boat rentals, concession stands and other amenities to make your beach trip easy, fun and convenient, you’ll find long stretches of sandy beach right outside the city center. Whichever beach you visit in South Haven, there’s no wrong answer.
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Grand Haven

Home to Michigan’s #1 State Park and AAA’s preferred Michigan beach, it’s easy to plan your beach getaway in Grand Haven. Choose from seven beautiful beaches, including remote hideaways bordered by sand dunes and natural forests, and local hotspots only a few steps from your hotel or B&B. Plan your beachfront camping trip at PJ Hoffmaster park or Grand Haven State Park to combine peaceful seclusion with serene sunbathing. The Grand Haven pier and lighthouse, along with the towering sand dunes and flourishing green trees make the perfect backdrop for your Michigan beach vacation. From remote camping spots to sunny beach parties and everything in between, it’s easy to plan any type of beach vacation in Grand Haven.
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Watch sailboats drift across the lake, take a picture at the pier, and enjoy a sunny walk along the Black River Boardwalk. Holland is home to pristine, sandy beaches as well as a scenic harbor, making it the perfect photo opportunity as well as beach vacation destination. Pack up your tent or RV and find a spot at Holland State Park to enjoy the lakeshore right outside your front door. Or, stay at one of Holland’s many luxurious hotels and B&Bs to enjoy a spa day as well as a relaxing beach vacation. Climb the sand dunes, launch your boat, swim in the lake, get some sun—whatever you’re looking for in your Lake Michigan beach vacation, you can find it in Holland.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes Beach

Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart

At the top of the West Michigan Pike byway are the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and Hart, beautiful towns nestled between forests, sand dunes and beautiful Lake Michigan. The natural landscape makes this area beautiful year-round, from the lush, green summer and the colorful fall, to the budding spring and quiet winter. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are also great for those seeking adventure; bring your own off-road vehicle or rent one nearby and you can race across the towering dunes. Find quiet spot and you can watch the sunset over Lake Michigan from the top of the dunes.
Duck Lake


If you’re looking for adventure as well as relaxation on your Lake Michigan beach vacation, Muskegon is the place to find it. With over a dozen beaches, parks, and campgrounds of all sizes, there are all types of convenient amenities and fun activities on the Muskegon lakeshore. There are dozens of picnic areas on the beach, with nearby playgrounds, softball fields, disc golf courses, and nature trails creating the perfect place to get outdoors with your family. With numerous state parks, you can also find a modern or rustic campsite to enjoy the rustic relaxation of Michigan’s natural landscape.
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