Exploring West Michigan Beach Towns

West Michigan Beach Towns and Everything We Love About Them!

Let’s explore some of the West Michigan beach towns around Greater Grand Rapids from South Haven up to Muskegon! 

South Haven

Starting from the bottom up with South Haven which is a picture perfect spot. The pier there is a great place to walk and watch the sunset! You can also enjoy a beach day on the public beach, walk around the shops, get coffee or food at one of the local restaurants or cafes, take a stroll along The Harbor Walk, and more!

Here are some places you should check out in South Haven: 



Let’s move up the coast to the town of Saugatuck! 

Saugatuck is loved by many West Michiganders and visitors from all over. Find plenty of restaurants with outdoor dining along the channel of the Kalamazoo river, visit one of the beautiful beaches, wander through the local shops, hike one of the many trails, and the list goes on! 

Check out these fab spots in Saugatuck:


Moving along to Holland, which is an IHeartGR FAV when it comes to beach towns! The downtown area and beach are about a 12 minute drive from one another, but we can assure you that it is beyond worth it to visit both when spending your day there! 

Downtown Holland is nothing short of charming and 8th Street is the perfect place for all things shopping, eating, and enjoying the tulips during the famous Tulip Time every spring! 

Here are some local businesses we love in Holland:

And we’re not kidding when we say that the list can go on and on….and on!! But we’ll spare you the reading and just let you enjoy some of our favs for now and let you explore more fantastic places when you visit yourself! 

Grand Haven

Next up on the beach town list: Grand Haven! 

Welcome to the PERFECT place to enjoy the beach, channel, and downtown all in one spot! We absolutely love walking along the beach, pier, channel, and boardwalk and then going into town and visiting the local shops and sitting by the outdoor amphitheater to people watch or watch whatever is going on there! 

Not to mention there are a few parks with walking trails nearby that are filled with dunes and Lake MI views! Check out Rosy Mound and Ottawa Sands Country Park

And before we list off some of the local businesses we love, we can’t neglect mentioning that you HAVE to sit and enjoy the Musical Fountain in Grand Haven when you visit! 

Ok definitely check out these GH businesses: 

  • Marushka (original designs printed in store! Find everything from apparel to prints to home decor and more!)
  • Side Bar Artisan Coffee (unique latte flavors and the cutest interior!)
  • Kirby Grill (sit down restaurant with outdoor seating and live music!) 
  • Pronto Pups (famous corn dogs, yup you heard that right, this is a Grand Haven MUST) 
  • Pump House (everyone loves froyo!) 
  • Pink Lemonade (a fun boutique!) 
  • Aldea Coffee (another fav GH coffee shop!) 


And last but certainly not least, let’s visit Muskegon! 

Muskegon is home to some pretty unique spots to visit! Not only is it one of the top places in Michigan for surfing, but it also is home to one of the few drive-in movie theaters in Michigan! 

Here are some cool places you should definitely check out in Muskegon!

In conclusion, get out there and enjoy the West Michigan beach towns surrounding Greater Grand Rapids! Share your adventures with us on Instagram and Facebook and be sure to tag us @iheartgr!!

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