Detroit June 28, 2021
7 Places In Metro Detroit That Are Like A Caribbean Paradise In The Summer
While Detroit and its surrounding areas are a far cry from the tropical paradises many of us dream about vacationing in, they’ve still got plenty of spectacular scenery and pretty perks during the summer months. If you’re ready for a virtual getaway that won’t require a plane ride or a huge chunk of change, check out these seven unique destinations in and around the Motor City that conjure Caribbean vibes.
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1. The Beach at Campus Martius Park (800 Woodward Ave, Detroit)
800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If you’re hoping to stay right in the heart of the city, look no further than Campus Martius Park. This well-loved spot in downtown Detroit is a popular gathering place and event venue throughout the year, and its unique sandy section is perfect for tropical fun right here in town. There are 400,000 pounds of sand to play in and plenty of seating for guests to enjoy, whether you’re here to enjoy a drink from The Fountain or simply to build a sandcastle with the kids.
2. Atwater Beach (2670 Atwater St, Detroit)
670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Situated along the Detroit Riverfront, this fun space offers a little something for everyone: scenic views, plenty of fresh air, easy access to restaurants like Atwater Brewery and Smokey G’s Smokehouse, and a laid-back atmosphere that will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a vacation hotspot. Whether you’re strolling or sitting, you’ll fall in love with this waterfront gem.
3. Mutiny Bar (4654 Vernor Hwy, Detroit)
4654 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209, USA
Nothing beats a fun tiki bar, and Mutiny is one of the best around. This compact spot will make you forget that you’re in the Midwest by offering tropical vibes, beachy drink containers, nautical decor, and some of the tastiest cocktails in the area. With live music, special events, and friendly service, Mutiny is so much more than just an Instagram-worthy gem - it’s one of the Motor City’s best-kept secrets.
4. Mike’s On The Water (24600 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores)
24600 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080, USA
Ready to enjoy dinner with a waterfront view? Head to Mike’s On The Water in St. Clair Shores for an experience that will make you feel like you’ve just stepped out of the ocean to fill up on seafood. Known for its lobster rolls, Mike’s offers an awesome outdoor patio that’s always bustling during the summertime. Watch boats make their way in and out of Lake St. Clair as you wait for your food to arrive.
5. Lake St. Clair Metropark (31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Twp)
31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, USA
You won’t find any palm trees at Lake St. Clair Metropark, but that doesn’t stop this massive outdoor space from providing lots of fun in the sun. In addition to plenty of sandy space along the shores of Lake St. Clair, the park offers a splash zone, marinas, a kiteboarding launch, jet ski opportunities, a beach shop, and so much more. When the kids are out of school and temperatures are high, there’s no better place to unwind.
6. Lakeside Park (3670 Gratiot Ave, Port Huron)
3670 Gratiot Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060, USA
If you’re a fan of the Great Lakes, you won’t want to miss Lakeside Beach. This blue-water gem is so worth driving from Detroit to Port Huron, as it offers a classic waterfront experience that might just make you think you’ve been dropped into a Caribbean paradise. Enjoy a picnic lunch or settle in along the sand with a good book while your loved ones splash in the cool waters. Just don’t forget to bring along the sunscreen!
7. Aloha Tiki Tours (various locations)
Launching from Detroit, Wyandotte, and Lake St. Clair, this awesome company provides guests with the chance to make lasting memories on a floating tiki boat. Up to six passengers can ride in addition to the captain, who will guide your two-hour tour. Bring along your own beverages and snacks to make the adventure extra special. Whether you’re planning a special outing or simply looking for a unique adventure in Metro Detroit, Aloha certainly has you covered.
Are there any other attractions, beaches, or eateries in Metro Detroit that offer Caribbean vibes? Which of the items on our list have you checked out in person? Share your experiences with us by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another tropical-inspired locale by filling out our nomination form
Can’t get enough waterfront fun? Be sure to read about these
swimming spots in and around Detroit. Address: Mutiny Bar, 4654 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI 48209, USA Address: Campus Martius, Detroit, MI 48226, USA Address: Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metro Pkwy, Harrison Twp, MI 48045, USA Address: Mike's on the Water, 24600 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080, USA Address: 2670 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA Address: 3670 Gratiot Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060, USA