The 13 Best Lake Michigan Beaches in Southwest Michigan: Looking Ahead to an Unforgettable Summer Getaway

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Scroll down for the best Lake Michigan beaches in Southwest Michigan, so that you can start planning your next great getaway! Featuring gorgeous beaches in Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville, and South Haven.


Embracing the Sun & Sand: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding the Perfect Southwest Michigan Beaches for Your Vacation

Embark on a sun-soaked journey as we present to you our handpicked selection of Lake Michigan Beaches in Southwest Michigan. To enhance your coastal getaway, we’ve also included valuable links to each beach’s website and recommendations for nearby rental homes that you might find charming.

Where to Find Pretty Beaches in South West Michigan: Overview

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Where to Find the Best Beaches Near the Saugatuck Douglas Area
Lake Michigan Beaches in Fennville
South Haven’s Top Beaches for Your Next Summer Vacation
Where to Stay: Discover the Best Short Term Rentals Nearby

Lake Michigan Beaches in Saugatuck & Douglas

The West Michigan Pike byway brings you to many of the most beautiful beaches and exciting locations on Lake Michigan’s shore. Saugatuck/ Douglas lays midway along the West Michigan Pike, making it the perfect place to rest as you make your trip.

Saugatuck Dunes State Park

Stretching along 2.5 miles of Lake Michigan’s sandy shores, Saugatuck Dunes State Park is one of the best beaches in Saugatuck because it presents a a unique blend of dunes, a diverse forest ecosystem and extensive trails. It also incorporates the 300-acre Patty Birkholz Natural Area, an ecologically significant site. Furthermore, with the combination of sandy paths, woodsy trails, and dunes, this is one of the most pretty beaches in Michigan.

The park offers four distinctive hiking trails running over diverse terrain, ultimately leading to the picturesque Lake Michigan. In a hurry? Make sure to choose the shortest path, just .75 miles through wooded paths.

Beach goers dot the sandy shoreline, with trees in the background and lake on right side
Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan is perhaps the most popular beach in Southwest Michigan.

Located near the edge of the park are the Felt Estate and the Shore Acres Township Park, hosting an array of additional recreational activities. Amenities at these facilities include a 2-mile mountain bike course, a disc golf course and an assortment of other outdoor opportunities, creating a more rounded experience for visitors to the area.

Oval Beach

Oval Beach is a must-visit destination. In fact, it was rated among the 25 best shorelines in the world at This popular beach is known for its clear waters and beautiful sandy shores. Access is a bit unique. First you’ll want to take the hand-pulled chain ferry across the Kalamazoo River from Saugatuck, climb 282 steps to Mount Baldhead, and descend onto the grassy coastal sands – adventure awaits at Oval Beach!

Douglas Beach

In contrast to bustling Oval Beach, Douglas Beach offers just 10 parking spots. There is a convenient bathroom and picnic table area atop the hill. Many locals visit the beach at night to watch the sunsets. You can find directions here.

Laketown Beach in Holland

While the Saugatuck Douglas area is well-known for its beaches and dunes, Laketown Beach is another spot that’s worth a visit! With its clear waters and sandy shores, it offers a tranquil setting to unwind and soak up the sun on a warm summer day. Just be ready to climb several flights of stairs! This popular summer destination is located on the far south side of Holland, so it’s very close to Saugatuck.

Lake Michigan Beaches in Fennville, Michigan

Fennville, Michigan is a tranquil township stretching across miles of lush, verdant countryside, a stone’s throw from the vibrant communities of Douglas and Saugatuck. It’s perfect for a quick getaway if you’re traveling from Chicago. Home to the enchanting Fenn Valley Vineyards, Crane’s U-Pick, and delightful corn maze, Fennville also boasts scrumptious eateries and our cozy vacation rentals. Escape the everyday bustle with a short drive to this peaceful haven, and enjoy one of the two beaches described below!

Pier Cove Park Beach

Another lovely beach option is Pier Cove Park Beach in Fennville. If you’re hopping for a quiet, less crowded experience, then Pier Cove Park is a great option. Since it’s less crowded, it’s great for families with children.

The sparse nature of the park truly brings imagination alive. Discover a warm creek perfect for tiny toes. Unearth smooth skipping stones. Find the natural logs ideal for excavation adventures. Why not bring a picnic? You’ll want to savor an entire day here!

West Side County Park

In contrast to Pier Cove Park, West Side County Park offers more amenities for large groups. For example, there are restrooms and even playgrounds for the kids. Additionally, furnished picnic areas and pavilions offer some protection against the elements. Notably, this beach does feature an ADA-accessible ramp.

Interior view of furnished rental cottage's living room and dining area featuring a well-designed couch and living room area
Firefly Retreat: This adorable rental cottage is walkable to 380-acre Hutchins Lake in Fennville. It’s a short drive away from Lake Michigan Beaches and the charming coastal towns of Saugatuck and Douglas. View the full listing for more details!

Beaches in South Haven, Michigan

South Haven’s coastal charm includes seven public beaches, and each one differs from the other. Some are overflowing with tourists, while the others are able to maintain an equilibrium of quiet.

South Beach

Located just south of the pier and lighthouse, is South Haven’s  South Beach. Notably, each of the remaining South Haven beaches are situated  on the opposite site of the pier.  A big, bright, iconic lighthouse marks the South Beach as its own unique state park.

North Beach

In contrast, the North Beach‘s distinctive feature is its beach volleyball courts.  Both North and South Beaches support wheelchair access and are ADA compliant.

Packard Park

South Pier Lighthouse

Another beach in South Haven, Packard Park,  offers additional advantages for beachgoers. These include grills, a deck overlooking Lake Michigan, and picnic tables. Lush green trees offer shade over a large grassy area.  It’s important to note that Packard Park charges a $10 fee per trip to the beach. (But if you’re lucky enough to find a spot on North Shore drive and can parallel park, you can avoid the fee.)

Woodman Beach

Another option is Woodman Beach, which is located at 97 North Shore Drive in South Haven, nestled between North Beach and Dyckman Beach. According the web page, there is a %7 parking fee – cash only.

Dyckman Beach

Open to the public, Dyckman Beach is yet another Lake Michigan access point. Visitors are welcome to carry in their own boats, as long as they don’t mind a 50 yard trek. An exciting feature here is the boardwalk, which directs Lake Michigan enthusiasts to 300 feet of sandy beach area.

Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach is another busy South Haven beach because it’s close to many hotels and lodging options on the north side of the pier.

Newcome Beach

Last but not least, Newcome Beach, a peaceful strip of sandy public beach enveloped by private property, is a great choice. Due to its tiny size and general reputation, it’s a fabulous option for beach-goers wishing to spend time engrossed in a book, meditating, or watching the sunrise. There are no special amenities or even restroom facilities at this tiny gem of a sugar sand strip. But because of this, it offers a unique, quiet experience.



Where to Stay in Southwest Michigan:
Locally Managed Vacation Rentals Near the Best Beaches

Whether you are seeking adventure or serenity, these captivating Southwest Michigan beach towns guarantees an ideal beach experience for everyone. Your perfect beach escape is just a hop, skip, and a step away.

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View the interior of this cozy cabin rental, Kingfisher Cove Cabin 27, here.

BVW Unsalted Vacations is proud to offer a wide selection of vacation rentals near Michigan’s best beaches. In fact, you’ll find multiple options when you visit our vacation rental search page. Check out a few of our highlighted selections below.

-If you’re looking for a place to stay in Saugatuck, then consider our brand new listing, Kingfisher Cove Cabin 27. Nestled in wooded Kingfisher Cove near the picturesque town of Saugatuck, this charming log cabin offers a perfect blend of rustic elegance and modern comfort. With three bedrooms and two baths, this cozy retreat invites you to experience the tranquility of nature without compromising on convenience. You can make a reservation here.

-Another option for small groups is Firefly Retreat in Fennville.  This cozy two-bedroom rental cottage is within walking distance of Hutchins Lake, a spring-fed lake mere minutes from Lake Michigan. Hutchins Lake is an inland, peaceful lake, and it’s perfect for swimming, fishing and boating. This 650 square ft. cottage has everything you need for a relaxing and serene retreat on one main floor. Additionally, it offers a sunny screened porch and outdoor fire pit. Book your stay here.

Skipping Stones Cottage is located in another beautiful southwest Michigan town – Douglas. Since it’s mere minutes from Oval Beach, it’s the perfect home base for a family beach vacation. This three-bedroom rental house sits on a private wooded lot. After a day at the beach, relax around the fire pit and relax on the roomy deck. This home features three bedrooms, and it sleeps up to eight guests. Book your stay here.


Let Us Help You Plan an Escape Near the Best Beaches in Southwest Michigan

Now that we’ve explored the best beaches in Southwest Michigan, the vacation planning can commence! Due to our wide-ranging selection of Southwest Michigan vacation homes, BVW Unsalted Vacations is your trusted partner in finding the best vacation rental in Michigan for you. Additionally, years of experience ensure that you have the support you need to ensure that your visit in and around Lake Michigan is truly unforgettable. Browse our listings now to begin orchestrating your unforgettable family summer gathering. If you have any questions, please feel free to chat with an agent via the chat box in the corner of the screen.

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