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West Michigan Beach Towns

Michigan's West Coast BWOne glance at a map will show you that Grand Rapids isn't really a "coastal city." So why does National Geographic Adventure magazine call us one of America's Best Waterfront Towns? Because we're literally just minutes away from Lake Michigan!

It's virtually impossible to describe the beauty and majesty of Lake Michigan to a newcomer. You have to see it to believe it - as the editors of Condé Nast Traveler magazine did when they called it one of the world's top 25 shorelines. (Not the U.S., not North America, THE WORLD!)

Along with pristine white-sand beaches, towering sand dunes and glorious sunsets, the Lake Michigan coast is home to some pretty spectacular beach towns - all just a short drive from downtown Grand Rapids. Each offers its own unique character and charm.

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Expansive beaches, an award-winning downtown and numerous attractions celebrating the city's Dutch heritage. 30 miles/35 minutes southwest of downtown GR.

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Grand Haven

Travel+Leisure magazine calls it one of the best secret beaches on earth - click the link to find out why. 38 miles/40 minutes northwest of downtown GR.

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It's #5 on Midwest Living magazine's list of top 100 vacation destinations - click the link for a virtual visit. 40 miles/42 minutes southwest of downtown GR.

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Numerous public beaches, a top-ranked amusement park and fascinating glimpses into maritime history. 41 miles/41 minutes northwest of downtown GR.