15 Best Beaches in Michigan to Cool off

With 11,000 inland lakes and 3,300 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes, there seems to be no end of beaches in Michigan. Skim through the article to select one that allows you to spend your summer vacation sunbathing, swimming, camping or fishing.

Beaches in Michigan

1. Grand Haven State Park Beach

Michigan Beaches Grand Haven State Park Beach

Michigan Beach Grand Haven State Park Beach Grand Beach Michigan

Located near the town of Grand Haven, this beach calls for some real summertime extravaganzas – there are vast stretches of sand, clear water and ravishing views of sunsets. Further charms include a quaint red lighthouse and an endearing boardwalk going all the way into the heart of the town.

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2. Empire Beach

Empire Michigan Beach


Empire Beach Michigan Beaches Michigan Empire

One of the most striking features of this beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore constitutes its easy navigation, thereby proving just perfect to those adventurous vacationers who are keen on low-key bike rides or self-guided road trips. The dog-friendly beach also presents some great sights of its dunes and bluffs, one may cherish while unwinding after a long day.

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3. Rogers City Beach

Clear Water Beach Michigan Rogers City

Beaches Michigan Rogers City Beach Michigan Rogers City

The Port of Calcite, the largest open pit limestone quarry of the world is the chief attraction of this beach beside others such as a lighted fishing platform and crystal clear water. Those keen about fishing may also rejoice in any of the 2 tournaments held annually.

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4. Oval Beach

Oval Beach Michigan

Beaches Michigan Oval Beach Michigan Oval

With clean sands, striking sand dunes and excellent restrooms, Oval Beach in Saugatuk garners a lot of attraction all year round. Beachgoers generally go bonkers sunbathing or simply taking a pleasant uninterrupted stroll along its serene shores.

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5. New Buffalo Public Beach

New Buffalo Michigan Beach

Buffalo Beach Michigan Michigan Beaches New Buffalo

Plan a short trip in summer to this well-maintained beach on Lake Michigan and revel the opportunity of having a voluminous portion of the shoreline for your recreation. Besides engaging in a host of activities like swimming or playing beach volleyball, you may go for short hikes or while away gazing at the beautiful sunset from atop a dune.

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6. Silver Beach Country Park

Silver Beach Michigan

Silver Beach St. Joseph Michigan Beaches Michigan Silver Beach

For indulging in an array of activities like beach volleyball and swimming, this Lake Michigan beach stationed at the mouth of the St. Joseph River must occupy the foremost place on your bucket list. The wide and clean area also features barrier-free walkways and playing zones.

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7. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Lake Michigan Beaches Indiana

Michigan City Beach Indiana Michigan City Indiana Beach

Along the 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan, there exists a string of beaches, mysterious marshlands, and trails through rugged dunes – the classical requirements of a beachgoer on a long summer day. Engage in scouting for rare birds, fly kites or cherish views of the Chicago skyline.

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8. Clinch Park Beach, Traverse City

Michigan Beaches Clinch Park

Traverse City Michigan Beach Clinch Park Michigan Beach Clinch Park

With pristine restrooms, a picnic pavilion, and ample opportunities for kayaking or boating, this beach nearby downtown Traverse City includes everything you might want while having a day out with your family. However, you need to avail the pedestrian underpass along Cass Street for parking, since it’s not allowed on the beach.

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9. South Beach, South Haven

South Haven Michigan Beach South Beach

South Haven Beach Michigan South Beach Beaches Michigan South Beach

Delightful picnic grounds, restrooms, a pier, and a skateboard park draw a hoard of beach lovers here all year round. Moreover, there’s also a big lighthouse, from where one may catch magnificent views.

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10. Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach Michigan

Beaches Michigan Bethany Beach Michigan Bethany

There are tons of activities in which you may indulge at this beach within the community of Sawyer. Go for hiking or visit the country vineyards if you are done with the numerous beach activities.

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11. Cherry Beach

Cherry Beach Michigan

Beaches Michigan Cherry Beach Michigan Cherry

Cherry Beach, with about 253 feet of shoreline is hailed as one of the best beaches of Harbert. Apart from loosening up in its relaxing atmosphere, you may take delight by watching the amazing sunsets from the deck on the bluff.

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12. Miners Beach

Beach Michigan Cherry

Beaches Michigan Miners Miners Beach Michigan

Stretching for a mile along Lake Superior, this beach is much favored for steelhead fishing in fall and spring. The only thing to be alarmed about is beach currents since they can be pretty dangerous.

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13. Cedar Point Beach, Lake Erie

Lake Erie Beaches Michigan Cedar Point

Beaches Michigan Lake Erie Beach Michigan Lake Erie

The white sandy beaches featuring decorous resort hotels and a volleyball court at Cedar Point stress how the far east side of the peninsula has much more to it than merely roller coasters of amusement parks. Seize a day to have a blast.

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14. Agate Beach

Beaches Michigan Agate

Agate Beach Michigan Beach Michigan Agate

The red pebbles found all along the shores of this beach can turn your idle ramblings an engrossing one. Take some agates as souvenirs and don’t miss capturing unforgettable pictures of the Keweenaw Peninsula, though visible only partly from here.

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15. Kruse Park Lake Michigan Beach, Muskegon

Beaches Michigan Kruse Park Lake

Dog Friendly Beaches in Michigan Kruse Park Lake Dog Beach Michigan Kruse Park Lake

From allowing your dog to get high on the beach, being completely off leash to exulting on the  silky sands, this beach allows you all. Further, if your wedding is around the corner, look no further than it’s enclosed and less populated areas for preserving some memorable moments.

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Besides these, you may also visit others such as Laketown Beach, Holland, Washington Park Beach, Weko Beach, Harbour Beach, Metro Beach etc. Featuring stretches of golden sands, most of these beaches constitute grand weekend gateways. Hence, grab your sunscreen and plunge headlong for a rejuvenating trip lest something crops up.

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