We walked toward the South Haven lighthouse, admiring the views of white boats zipping out of the harbor and into the wide blue expanse of Lake Michigan beyond. As we neared the pier we spotted colorful beach umbrellas dotting the sand like confetti, people splashing in the Lake Michigan waves and children constructing magnificent structures out of sand. We’d found South Beach.
South Haven visitors have several beaches to choose from, but South Beach is a crowd pleaser. Adjacent to South Haven’s jaunty red lighthouse and close to downtown, South Beach offers a concession stand for hungry sun worshippers, a playground, skateboard park and fishing. Then there’s that lovely Lake Michigan water.
South Beach is a short walk from the downtown shopping district, along Phoenix Street, which cuts through downtown before turning into Water Street and ending at the beach. There is a small beach parking lot that charges around 5 bucks a car, plus meter parking just outside the lot. A beach bus can take you to North Beach for just 50 cents. South Beach is open year round from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
South Haven, MI 49090