South Haven, MI
Combining unspoiled beach beauty with old fashioned charm, South Haven offers an idyllic lakeside escape.
Beaches in South Haven,
South Haven’s resort expertise has guaranteed quality lodging opportunities to visitors for over a century. From picturesque horizons to the west to the green forests to the east, South Haven frames idyllic beaches in the perfect natural landscape. With a dozen beautiful beaches to choose from, you can enjoy the gentle waves, cool breeze and sunshine from almost anywhere along the South Haven shoreline. Take a relaxing walk along the sandy beach, under the shady trees of the Casco Township Nature Preserve, or hike the nearby sand dunes for a more challenging pace. South Haven hosts both remote retreats and peaceful natural areas as well as convenient lakeside cafes, coffee shops and B&Bs. Take a stroll on the beach, spend the afternoon sunbathing, climb the sand dunes with your kids, grab a coffee and snack at a nearby bakery and let your troubles fade away.
South Haven makes it easy to enjoy the natural beauty and magic of West Michigan. A visit to Casco Township Nature Preserve not only brings you the Lake Michigan shore, but also acres of woodlands and extraordinary views. Walk along the paths through the forest and climb to viewing spots along the way to take in the full, breathtaking horizon. This is a moderate to challenging hike that is ideal for energetic families or seasoned outdoor enthusiasts. For a slower pace that is just as majestic, visit the rocky bluff at small and secluded Newcome Beach, or the grassy meadows at Pilgrim Haven Natural Area.
Walk out your door and right onto the beach when you stay at one of South Haven’s lakeside bed & breakfasts or hotels. These beaches are not only easily accessible, but also conveniently located near town, so you can grab a snack, sit down at a lakefront brunch spot, or visit the concessions stand at any time during your visit beach. Visit North Beach to walk up to the concessions stands, walk along well-maintained decking, or bring the kids to the playground. Bring the whole family, including your dog, to Deerlick Creek Beach to play in the gentler current of the creek. Whatever relaxing beach location you choose, you’ll enjoy hours of undisturbed sunshine, soft waves and spectacular views.
South Haven, MI
South Haven’s resort expertise has guaranteed quality lodging opportunities to visitors for over a century. As a long-standing resort destination, South Haven supplies a long list of luxurious comforts in welcoming and elegant lakeside settings. Book a cozy cottage, resort room or B&B between Lake Michigan and the Black River to enjoy waterside views on all sides. With a lakeside room, you can step out onto the beach in the morning and watch the sunset from your room in the evening. You’ll find picturesque cottages full of character, luxurious resorts to relax and unwind, cozy and historic boutique B&Bs, and many more accommodations along the South Haven shoreline.
Shopping in South Haven provides its own type of escape – one filled with unique finds and unexpected experiences. With so many specialty shops located near the Lake Michigan shore, it’s easy to take a stroll through South Haven and find one-of-a-kind antiques, artwork, crafts, souvenirs and more. With a flourishing art community and many talented crafters, South Haven artists and business owners bring an original and authentic touch to the downtown area. Take a look at art galleries and clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, speciality crafts and much more all through the South Haven downtown area. Find a gift for a special friend or family member, or bring home a unique piece just for yourself.
South Haven’s original menus, combined with beautiful views along the waterfront, make any lunch or dinner an event. If you’re planning for a special occasion, like a romantic, candlelit dinner, a long-awaited reunion with friends, or another special celebration, a delicious dinner spot with an epic lakeside backdrop is the perfect way to make a lasting memory. The restaurants situated along the edge of the river and lake, including SuCasa, Taste, and our three waterfront bars, give you a wide range of delicious cuisine options, all with unbeatable ambiance. Whether you’re looking for a casual brewpub with original beers, an upscale hotspot for an elegant evening out, drinks and appetizers, or delectable homestyle favorites, it’s easy to find the perfect meeting of great food and atmosphere.
Things to Do
From beaches to trails, to boating, fishing, or exploring South Haven’s cultural and agricultural hotspots, you’ll be sure to find fun activities for all ages and interests. From historic collections and buildings to scenic outdoor hiking and biking paths to a dozen beautiful beaches, there’s plenty of activities all year round in South Haven, Michigan. History buffs will love the replicas and showpieces at the Michigan Maritime Museum, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum and Historical Association of South Haven, while creative spirits will flourish at the South Haven Center for the Arts or Michigan Theatre. The Kal-Haven trail gives you a clear path to reconnect with nature and rediscover Michigan’s natural scenery while the many beaches provide a long list of fun water activities.
West Michigan Pike
The West Michigan Pike byway is the best way to explore West Michigan Beach Towns. Located between St. Joseph and Saugatuck along the historic route, South Haven is a perfect place for a planned or impromptu stop on your trip. Whether you spend a week or a weekend along the West Michigan Pike, you’ll take in exquisite scenery, discover new attractions, discover hidden gems and experience the real West Michigan. There’s no right or wrong way—or right or wrong time—to make your getaway along the West Michigan shoreline. Whether you start at the top, the bottom, or somewhere in between, you’ll be glad you stopped in South Haven along the way.
Latest South Haven
March 16, 2020
As you travel through the Lake Michigan Beachtowns, don’t miss stopping at the many spots along our Craft Beverage Trail! We have breweries, vineyards, tasting rooms, distilleries, and cider mills. Discover some new favorites and bring them home as souvenirs and gifts! Holland New Holland Brewing was founded in 1997 and today is recognized as… Continue reading
March 2, 2020
Here at the Visitors Bureau we receive calls, emails, and visits asking about South Haven’s opportunities for weddings and receptions. This being the case, I’m happy to put together this wedding guide for those who are interested in marrying, having a reception, or simply having engagement photos taken in the South Haven area. Photo credit: Katlyn… Continue reading
February 5, 2020
If you are looking to plan a romantic getaway look no farther than the quaint and friendly towns along the Lake Michigan Beachtowns! We offer traditional wine & dine experiences along with some adventure, quiet time for just the two of you, and the most stunning sunsets you will ever see in your lifetime. Go… Continue reading
January 15, 2020
While we are the Michigan Beachtowns and we are most famous for our summers, there is still plenty to do and discover in the winter months along Lake Michigan! Silver Lake Sand Dunes + Hart This area is best known for their towering sand dunes that keep watch over Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. The… Continue reading
January 7, 2020
Everyone loves a good vacation: the break from routine that lets us escape into what we long for, whether it be rest and relaxation, adventure, special moments with family and friends or expanding our view of the world. With quiet charm, festive nightlife, stunning scenery and maritime culture, South Haven offers it all. What you… Continue reading
November 6, 2019
Plan your winter vacation in Western Michigan along Lake Michigan’s coast to enjoy beautiful scenery and exhilarating activities. Lake Michigan Beachtowns are full of wonder in winter. Marvel at natural ice sculptures as they form before your eyes along the shoreline, or cozy up inside a charming winery, restaurant, or boutique. Tour colorful Christmas lights… Continue reading
October 9, 2019
Hot cider, pumpkin patches, apple picking and hayrides are the hot buttons that make us all think of the Fall harvest. The leaves are turning and creating a colorful backdrop, temperatures are cooler giving us the excuse to start bonfires, and whether or not you believe the spirits are among us, we are evoking earlier… Continue reading
September 13, 2019
Fall in West Michigan is one of the most beautiful times of the year. The West Michigan Lakeshore offers a wide range of fall activities, including extraordinary fall color tours through the natural landscape, apple picking, cider tours, hayrides and more. The robust red, orange, and yellow canopy over the fall trails and the historic… Continue reading
September 4, 2019
Take a stroll along the Black River in downtown South Haven and you’re likely to encounter the serious fishing boats. If you’re already a fisherman (or fisherwoman), you may know what fishing on the big lake is all about. But if you’re like me, lake fishing invites curiosity and a certain mystique. I’m not a… Continue reading
August 29, 2019
The ropes are untied and the boat embarks. You slowly steer through the Black River channel and into the blue sprawl of Lake Michigan, which reflects the diamond chips cast by the sun. Once you’re on the lake, the strengthening air begins to cool: You pull on a sweatshirt. Crew members dressed as 1800s merchant… Continue reading
South Haven, Michigan
Few places in America offer the gorgeous scenery, farm-fresh deliciousness and hours upon hours of affordable, family fun you’ll find in Southwest Michigan. From the moment you arrive, you’ll make wonderful memories that will bring you back again and again all four seasons.
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