Beach Towns

Michigan beach towns along the west Michigan lakeshore, offer a relaxing, carefree getaway with miles of sandy Lake Michigan beaches, exciting attractions, fun events and fantastic sunsets.

Where the edge of Lake Michigan meets the Great Lakes State, seven West Michigan beach towns create the most beautiful vacation destinations in the Midwest. You don’t have to go far to find your idyllic beach vacation, though many visitors come from across the nation to enjoy the best Lake Michigan beach towns. Seven Lake Michigan cities along the West Michigan Pike route, from St. Joseph at the bottom to the Silver Lake Sand Dunes at the top, create a wealth of scenic retreats to appeal to all tastes. Watching colorful sunsets over the waves, exploring historic lighthouses, sipping award-winning wines, and taking exciting trips across sapphire water or through emerald forests, Michigan beach towns offers a hundred different ways to find your escape.

Little sable light house beach

Silver Lakes Sand Dunes / Hart

From the peaceful to the adventurous and everything in between, we have something for everyone. The Silver Lake Sand Dunes are one of the most iconic West Michigan beach towns features. Exploring the extraordinary landscape of the sand dunes will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a completely new place. Spend the day at the beach and stand on top of the dunes to watch the sun disappear under the lake in the evening.

South Haven

Find your escape in South Haven, where relaxation and reconnecting to your true self begin. South Haven is among the best Lake Michigan beach towns to reconnect with nature and explore the natural beauty of Michigan. Visit the Casco nature preserve to take in the lakeshore horizon, watch the sunset, and see an abundance of Michigan wildlife in its natural setting. Relax on the beach to watch the sun set in the evening, or return to your rustic campsite or cozy B&B.
Jean Klock

St. Joseph

Indulge your senses from your head down to your toes in beautiful Southwestern Michigan. Whether you are looking for a spot to relax, explore, reconnect with nature, or have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, St. Joseph is the perfect Michigan beach town destination. Stake out your campsite on Silver Beach and try sailboarding, or even hang-gliding. If you want to reconnect with nature, visit Grand Mere State Park, one of the best Lake Michigan beaches for bird watching and hiking. Join your friends and family for beach volleyball at Jean Knock park, or let your kids play on the playground and take a walk up to the pier at Lions Park.
Sail Big Red


Situated on the sun-soaked shores of Lakes Michigan and Macatawa, Holland is a Pure Michigan delight! Hosting many of the most beautiful and popular beaches, Holland is one of the best beach cities in Michigan. Visitors can take a charter fishing trip with friends and family, or simply watch the boats come in against a colorful sunset backdrop. With playgrounds, campsites, acres of sandy beaches, volleyball courts, sand dunes, boat launches, a lively downtown area, fun and exciting festivals, and much more Holland is great for family, friends, couples, or a solo getaway.
Grand Haven Trolly

Grand Haven

Experience award-winning beaches and the quaint, small-town charm of the Grand Haven Area. If you’re looking for an idyllic spot to sunbathe, swim, relax, take a lazy walk along the whitesand shore or enjoy a delicious dinner while you watch the sunset, Grand Haven is your West Michigan beach town vacation destination. With gentle trails, panoramic views from the top of tall sand dunes, and acres of gorgeous whitesand beaches, you can find your piece of paradise in Grand Haven.
Duck Lake


From the tops of wind-blown dunes to the sugar-sand shoreline, you’ll find Muskegon the perfect playground. Muskegon is among the best lake Michigan beach towns for active outdoor adventures, including kayaking, hiking, boating, swimming, water-skiing, camping and much more. You can lay on one of a dozen gorgeous beaches, get your ticket to the thrilling Michigan’s Adventure roller coaster and water park, or do both!
Oval Beach

Saugatuck / Douglas

From outdoor adventures to romantic getaways, Saugatuck/Douglas holds a special place in many hearts. With Oval Beach voted one of the top 25 beaches in the world and top 5 beaches in the USA, it’s no exaggeration to say that Saugatuck/Douglas is truly one of the best beach towns in the nation. The background of rolling dunes, convenient concession stands, gentle waves, and long stretches of impeccable beaches puts Saugatuck/Douglas at the top of the list of the best Michigan beach towns for a relaxing and restorative beach vacation.
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