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Beach Vacation in Michigan: Top Destinations

Beaches, Water and More on your Michigan Vacation

With an extensive freshwater shoreline featuring immaculate beaches, Michigan is the perfect destination for a family-friendly vacation. From impressive sand dunes to spectacular sunsets, there’s something for everyone. Escape to this Midwestern state and experience its diverse beauty.

Beach Vacation in Michigan: Top Accommodations

Apartment Chicago Loop
Apartment ∙ 3 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Chicago Loop, Chicago, Illinois, United States
from $121
e-domizil
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House Lakeside
House ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Lakeside, Chikaming Township, Michigan, United States
from $468
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
4.7
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Cabin Carp Lake
Cabin ∙ 5 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Carp Lake, Carp Lake Township, Michigan, United States
from $135
RedAwning
5.0
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House Union Pier
House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Union Pier, New Buffalo Township, Michigan, United States
from $166
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
4.4
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House Union Pier
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Union Pier, New Buffalo Township, Michigan, United States
from $261
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
4.8
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House Michiana
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Michiana, New Buffalo Township, Michigan, United States
from $352
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
5.0
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House Three Oaks
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, Michigan, United States
from $425
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
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House Union Pier
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
Union Pier, New Buffalo Township, Michigan, United States
from $375
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
5.0
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House New Buffalo
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms
New Buffalo, Berrien County, Michigan, United States
from $365
Bluefish Vacation Rentals
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The Best Beaches in Michigan

Whether you want a traditional experience on the sands, a playground for the entire family, or outdoor adventure, Michigan has a beach for every taste. The following beach areas are sure to give you an unforgettable experience.

  • 1. Cheboygan State Park Beach

    Situated in eastern Michigan, Cheboygan State Park offers more than just sand, water, and sun. It’s a great choice for a family picnic, or just to stretch out and relax. Enjoy the terrific views of a historic lighthouse, or hike on the numerous trails that surround this beach.

  • 2. Boardwalk Beach

    Both locals and visitors flock to the Upper Peninsula town of Manistique for the stunning views of Lake Michigan. From the comfort of your beach chair, gaze at views of the calming waters and the iconic Manistique Lighthouse. Turning inland, browse the souvenir shops in town, stroll around the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse, or wander along the boardwalk.

  • 3. Warren Dunes State Park

    Over one million travelers visit Warren Dunes State Park annually to experience its giant rolling dunes. If you love landscape photography, then the dunes here make the perfect subject. Climbing up the slopes and sandboarding your way back down is another popular activity here. Make sure to climb Tower Hill for some fantastic views of Lake Michigan and the areas beyond.

  • 4. Empire Beach

    Situated next to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, dog-friendly Empire Beach is a favorite destination of both locals and visitors. Besides a variety of aquatic activities, you can also enjoy some hiking or birdwatching. For added adventure, take the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive through the surrounding forest and sand dunes for some spectacular views of the region.

  • 5. Tiscornia Park

    Open throughout the year, this park in St. Joseph makes a convenient location for family time on the beach. In addition to spectacular views and sand dunes, this beach on Lake Michigan offers activity options including picnicking, accessing the North Pier, and swimming. Features like public restrooms, the bathing area, and a pavilion make this a great option for summer fun.

Best Places to Stay for Beach Vacation in Michigan

House Frankfort
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Frankfort, Benzie County, Michigan, United States
from $106
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House Beulah
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Beulah, Benzonia Township, Michigan, United States
from $108
Vacasa
4.5
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Condo South Haven
Condo ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan, United States
from $253
Expedia
4.3
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Things to Do During Your Beach Vacation in Michigan

Seeking some outdoor adventure? No matter where you choose, Michigan beach vacations provide an array of exciting activities to keep you busy. Here's some of our top choices, in and out of the water.

  • 1. Fishing

    The expansive shoreline along Michigan's many lakes, featuring a mix of dunes, forests, marshes, savannas, and tallgrass prairie, provide ideal habitats for a vast diversity of aquatic life. Long Lake, Lake St Clair, and Saginaw Bay are some excellent spots for fishing. Yellow perch, walleye, bass, and pike are some of the varieties you'll find in local waters.

  • 2. Sunset Viewing

    Watching the sun go down over the horizon is a must for summer in Michigan. No matter where you see it, the experience is breathtaking. Head to Sunset Park in Petoskey or Caseville County Park for stellar views at sundown. Climb the Sleeping Bear Dunes to capture this amazing spectacle from an elevated perspective.

  • 3. Beachcombing

    Grab some buckets and shovels for some family treasure hunting on the shoreline. Relax and move along at your own pace; there's no itinerary to follow here. Wade through the water before you as you try your luck at finding some charms on the beach. You might encounter artisans and jewelry makers searching for Petoskey stones, beach glass, horn coral, and Leland blue stone.

  • 4. Boat Tours

    Your Michigan beach vacation isn't complete without some time on a boat. No matter where you're visiting, Michigan's many lakeside communities offer excursions of all types. Explore the magnificent shorelines, with diverse flora and fauna, gorgeous waters, and breathtaking geological features. Or take a tour covering the history of the Great Lakes, with opportunities to see lighthouses, canals, and even shipwrecks.

  • 5. Birdwatching

    Boasting two peninsulas surrounded by large freshwater lakes, Michigan is a birdwatcher's paradise. The numerous waterways, combined with the most extensive forest system in the U.S., provide a diverse habitat with more than 420 species of birds. Some of the most popular birding spots include the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, the Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area and the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory.

Recommended Accommodations for Beach Vacation in Michigan

Cabin Buchanan
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Buchanan, Berrien County, Michigan, United States
from $134
Expedia
3.6
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Cottage Saugatuck
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Saugatuck, Allegan County, Michigan, United States
from $111
Expedia
4.9
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Cottage Honor
Cottage ∙ 7 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Honor, Homestead Township, Michigan, United States
from $139
Vacasa
5.0
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The Weather in Michigan

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Michigan Beach Vacations Inspiration

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