Visit these 4 Famous West Michigan Beach Towns this Summer

An aerial view of Muskegon, a premiere West Michigan beach town.

As one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, Lake Michigan is as iconic as anywhere else on the map. Wave-tattered piers, stoic lighthouses, and beautiful boardwalks all play an integral role in creating the ideal vacation environment for friends and family alike. And it doesn’t take long to realize that many West Michigan beach towns offer a certain charm that’s difficult to replicate—places where down-home midwestern sensibilities fuse with the laid-back coastal atmosphere are familiar on this side of the Great Lakes State. So as the region’s premier vacation rental provider, Unsalted Vacation Rentals would like to share three places to consider for your next Lake Michigan getaway.

The Best Lake Michigan Beach Towns for Summer

While there are certainly plenty of things to do year-round, summer in West Michigan presents a clear opportunity to explore the lakeside. And it’s not just the beaches! These “North Coast” communities are teeming with activities and attractions ranging from quaint shops to picturesque parks.

Grand Haven

Grand Haven, MI, also known as “Coast Guard City,” boasts two spectacular beaches near enough to walk to and from downtown. The boardwalk and trolley offer excellent ways to get around while visiting stores, restaurants, and the Grand Haven Musical Fountain—a must-see attraction. The Grand Haven Lighthouse provides a fantastic photo opportunity, and there are two piers on the north and south sides of the Grand River, perfect for a stroll or fishing.


Home to one of the state’s—and arguably the nation’s—most beautiful beaches, Saugatuck, MI, is a gorgeous community drawing visitors from all over the Midwest and beyond. In addition to seemingly endless outdoor recreation options, this West Michigan beach town is a robust cultural hub thanks to the Ox-Bow School of Art. And with such stunning scenery at every turn, it’s no surprise that many artists from Chicago have spent time in Saugatuck to find inspiration amid Lake Michigan’s shores. The Saugatuck Center of the Arts is an ideal place to enjoy a play or unique exhibit.


Ideally situated between Grand Haven and Saugatuck, Holland is another Lake Michigan community known for its love for tulips—and of course, its beaches. Watch the sunset over the shoreline or stroll the charming downtown. Holland State Park offers picturesque views of the Holland Harbor, where you’ll find another historic lighthouse, and the Mt. Pisgah Dune Boardwalk provides patrons with panoramic city vistas. The Tulip Time Festival is a must for anyone who loves city celebrations.


Muskegon is undoubtedly among the best West Michigan beach towns, boasting two large beaches on the lake, the Michigan Adventure theme park, and an impressive art museum. Part of what makes Muskegon an excellent place to visit is the variety of attractions. From museums, theatres, and festivals to golf clubs, fishing charters, and bowling alleys, there’s something for everyone in Muskegon. They even have a planetarium!

Not Your Typical Lake Michigan Beach Town Vacation Rentals

These extraordinary West Michigan beach towns are just a few awe-inspiring and iconic communities you can visit while staying with Unsalted Vacation Rentals. And there’s no better time to begin thinking about your Lake Michigan vacation than now! Please contact us online and browse our collection to find out more!