Soak in the fun and sun!
In August 2013, CNN Travel named Grand Haven as its #14 "Must See U.S. Beach" alongside Siesta Key in Florida, South Padre Island in Texas, and Papakolea Beach in Hawaii.
In March of 2012, Grand Haven was named as one of Travel + Leisure Magazine's Best Secret Beaches on Earth along side exotic destinations like Turkey, Australia, France, and Thailand.
To see what all the talk is about, visit our acclaimed, soft sand beaches, clear freshwater and towering dunes. From the expansive Grand Haven State Park, along the beaches of Lake Michigan, to quiet inland waters along the shores of Spring Lake and onto the adventures found in the bayous and coves of the Grand River, you’ll find picturesque settings for swimming, sunbathing, sunset strolls or a leisurely picnic. Poet Carl Sandburg called this breathtaking coastal system a “signature of time,” ranking it among the greatest natural wonders in the United States. Beach lovers return year after year to recreate along our shores.
Some of the most popular beach days run from Memorial Day to Labor Day when Lake Michigan water temperatures average 60-65 degrees. During the hottest days of July & August, water temperatures reach the 70s. Swimming in Lake Michigan is a popular activity. Be sure to follow the flag system at the Grand Haven State Park to see if it's safe to swim, rip currents can make swimming in the Great Lakes dangerous if the rules aren't followed.
Beach vacations may also be enjoyed in April-May and September-October. The average daytime temperature in May & September can be 60-70 degrees and April-October can provide day time temperatures that average 55-65 degrees. Some of the most amazing sunsets happen during this time of year; so roll up your pant legs, take your shoes off, and grab a sweater! Strolling along the beach has many wonderful things to offer all year long.