With more than 140 miles of soft sand, almost every beach is the right beach along Michigan’s southwest shore. But in the towns like St. Joseph, Holland, South Haven, Grand Haven and Ludington, travelers find distinct flavors catering to a variety of tastes. Check out our guide for what to do, where to eat and where to sleep along the Lake Michigan shore.

With more than 140 miles of soft sand, almost every beach is the right beach along Michigan’s southwest shore. But in the towns like St. Joseph, Holland, South Haven, Grand Haven and Ludington, travelers find distinct flavors catering to a variety of tastes. Check out our guide for what to do, where to eat and where to sleep along the Lake Michigan shore.

Pentwater - Ride bike on Boardwalk - Gull Landing restaurant - Ride dune buggy on Silver Lake Sand Dunes

19 Michigan Beach Towns, Ranked

Pentwater - Ride bike on Boardwalk - Gull Landing restaurant - Ride dune buggy on Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Michigan's Best Three Beach Towns | Exploring Empire | CoastalLiving.com

Michigan's Best Three Beach Towns

Michigan's Best Three Beach Towns | Exploring Empire | CoastalLiving.com

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The shore towns west of Grand Rapids—Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon—offer a mix of Dutch heritage, impressive gardens and pretty boardwalks. Plan a getaway: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/michigan/two-day-getaway-to-lake-michigan%E2%80%99s-beachtowns

Two-Day Itinerary for Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon

The shore towns west of Grand Rapids—Holland, Grand Haven and Muskegon—offer a mix of Dutch heritage, impressive gardens and pretty boardwalks. Plan a getaway: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/michigan/two-day-getaway-to-lake-michigan%E2%80%99s-beachtowns

Petoskey isn't the only stone on the beach, and the Lake Michigan shoreline from South Haven to St. Joseph offers wonderful stones for rock collectors. Here are the names of some of those commonly found on Southwest Michigan beaches. Thanks to Patti Oakland of Seaswept Designs in Kalamazoo for identifying the stones and sharing her collections.

Collectible rocks of Southwest Lake Michigan beaches

Petoskey isn't the only stone on the beach, and the Lake Michigan shoreline from South Haven to St. Joseph offers wonderful stones for rock collectors. Here are the names of some of those commonly found on Southwest Michigan beaches. Thanks to Patti Oakland of Seaswept Designs in Kalamazoo for identifying the stones and sharing her collections.

With more freshwater coastal dunes than anywhere else on the planet, Michigan—specifically the Lake Michigan shore—is the Midwest’s ultimate sandbox. The only challenge: sifting through all the ways to play.

Do the Dunes

With more freshwater coastal dunes than anywhere else on the planet, Michigan—specifically the Lake Michigan shore—is the Midwest’s ultimate sandbox. The only challenge: sifting through all the ways to play.

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