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St. Joseph, MI

Indulge your senses from your head down to your toes in beautiful St. Joseph, Michigan.

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Beaches in
St. Joseph, Michigan

With seven exquisite beaches, each with comfortable and convenient amenities, St. Joseph, Michigan is a beach-lover’s dream. Whether you’re planning a beach weekend getaway with your family or you’re seeking a day in the sun, you can find your perfect piece of paradise at one of St. Joseph’s beautiful beaches. St. Joseph’s Michigan beaches include literally thousands of sprawling acres of State Parkland, with modern and rustic campsites, bathrooms and showers, hiking trails, sand dunes, playgrounds, picnic areas and much more., Hot water showers, a covered pavilion, bike racks, playground equipment, volleyball nets and miles of sandy shore, St. Joseph beaches are easy to get to and enjoy.

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Silver Beach at St. Joseph is one of the best-known and most-loved beaches in the area. Nearby Warren Dunes State Park gives visitors access to beautiful acres of dunes and lakefront camping. Settled amongst the dunes, you can stake out your campsite, disconnect, unwind and bask in the peace and tranquility of the surrounding wildlife. With hot and cold showers, bathrooms, and electric hookups, you can make your retreat as rustic or as modern as you like. Relax on the beach and swim in Lake Michigan during the day, explore the woods or have a picnic in the afternoon, cozy up by the fire in the evening, and enjoy an unforgettable vacation in St. Joseph.

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Outdoor
Adventures

St. Joseph beaches are the perfect place to sunbathe and relax, but they’re also the perfect place to launch your next adventure. Set off across the waves and harness the wind on your sailboard. Take the plunge off the dunes and soar across Lake Michigan in a hang-glider. Plot your hiking, birding or photography adventure as you explore hundreds of acres of lakeside forest, rolling sand dunes, deep woods, hemlock swamp, cranberry bogs and more. Take your kayak out across the coast or take a journey down the river. Head out to catch your prize fish or enjoy a sunny boat trip on Lake Michigan. Whatever adventure you’re looking for, you can find it at St. Joseph, Michigan.

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St. Joseph hotel

Stay

Our Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, and Stevensville hotels offer many amenities to meet your needs. From quaint and cozy B&Bs to luxurious spa hotels to modern and rustic campsites, it’s easy to find exactly the accommodations you’re looking for. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa day starting with breakfast in bed, an afternoon massage and facial, and an evening soak in your own jacuzzi tub. If you’d prefer to disconnect from your busy schedule by getting back to nature, pick out a rustic campsite nestled in the sand dunes and feel rejuvenated as you fall asleep to the sound of the waves. Whether you’re looking for comfort and luxury or peace and quiet, you’ll find it on St. Joseph’s shores.  

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Shop

Southwest Michigan’s boutiques, galleries and shops are filled with must-have ideas. Find the perfect souvenir of your visit as you explore the colorful St. Joseph downtown, or find the perfect new addition to your home art collection. St. Joseph is home to a host of talented artists, including original watercolorists, oil painters, sculptors and multimedia artists. The scenic beaches, romantic horizons and dramatic sand dunes of St. Joseph continue to inspire artists of all types across the city. Find an elegant sculpture or picture frame for your desk at work, a stunning painting to set off any room of your home, one-of-a-kind jewelry from an original artist and much more.

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Dine

Southwest Michigan grows a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. These homegrown favorites find their way to dozens of award-winning restaurants throughout St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and Stevensville. Take your family, friends, or your sweetheart out for dinner on the lakeside to feast your eyes on the picture-perfect sunset while you feast on a delicious meal. With tempting wines, spirits, craft beers and ciders brewed right in town, you can complement your meal with a Southwest Michigan original cocktail. Whatever your tastes, you’re sure to find a palate-pleaser at one of the many elegant dinner spots, cozy brunch nooks, or friendly lunchtime hang-outs.

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Things to Do

Some places naturally inspire us. Southwest Michigan is one of them. There’s no shortage of fun and exciting activities in St. Joseph, Michigan to help you rediscover your thirst for adventure. If you’re looking for adventures on the water, take a charter fishing trip across the lake to reel in a freshwater salmon. Rent or bring your own sailboard or kayaks to test your skills against Lake Michigan’s waves and winds. Birders and outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring the hundreds of acres of trails, dunes and woodlands throughout the area. Bring the whole family out for a picnic and a fun-filled afternoon at the playground, swimming in the lake, playing sand volleyball, climbing to the top of the lighthouse, and more.

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St. Joseph, Michigan
West Michigan Pike

For some visitors, St. Joseph is the destination for a relaxing retreat. For others, it’s just the beginning of an exciting road trip. St. Joseph sits at the southern end of the West Michigan Pike trail, a historic byway connecting Michigan’s most picturesque beach towns. Originally stretching from New Buffalo to Mackinaw City, the West Michigan Pike was—and still is—the go-to road trip in the Midwest. For those looking for sun and sand, panoramic shoreline views, adventure as well as relaxation, the West Michigan Pike tour will take you there. Set off from St. Joseph and head north along the West Michigan Pike to take in the rich landscape, unique attractions, and fun activities.

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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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Carousels are magical. And the Silver Beach Carousel in St. Joseph is a must-visit attraction with a fascinating history! Take a stroll on the boardwalk, then explore the free Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum. This wonder-filled place meant something special to its millions of visitors from 1891-1971. Come and experience its past through interactive exhibits and memorabilia.📷 The top of The Silver Beach Carousel during sunset. Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council #mibeachtowns #swmichigan #visitstjoseph ... See MoreSee Less
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