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.
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.