If you've never been to a West Michigan beach, you're missing out on one of America's finest treasures. Clean, soft, sugar-like sands that practically beg you to dig your toes in. Crystal-clear fresh water as far as the eye can see. Gorgeous sunsets that paint the sky orange and purple and pink. It’s like no other place on Earth!
But don’t take our word for it:
There are nearly 20 Lake Michigan beaches close and convenient to Grand Rapids. Some are almost always bustling with summer activity, others are more private and secluded. Many sit adjacent to soaring sand dunes and wooded forests ideal for exploration and sightseeing. A few are even dog friendly. Explore all the beaches below – and check out some of these personalized recommendations.
Shop and dine in the lakeshore communities of Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon and Saugatuck/Douglas – each has its own distinct personality, and they’re all ranked among Michigan’s Best Beach Towns by Thrillist.
The lakeshore experience is just 30-45 minutes from the big-city culture, dining and entertainment of Grand Rapids. So you can easily spend a day on the beach and a night on the town – or vice versa!
If you love the sand, sun and shore, West Michigan is the place for you. With 300 miles of gorgeous shoreline, lucky visitors and residents enjoy quick access to beaches that dot the Michigan…
I had a little more than one full day in Grand Rapids during my trip. In that short amount of time, I discovered that it may not be the biggest city in the state, but it is definitely one of the most interesting and one of America’s most underrated wheelchair friendly cities.