Michigan is overflowing with gorgeous waterfront areas to explore. From South Haven to Marquette, our lakefront towns are nothing short of stunning. While there are plenty of well-known beaches scattered throughout the Great Lakes State, nothing beats a lesser-known area on a hot, sunny day — so we’ve compiled a list of eight of the best beaches in Michigan that might just become your new favorite summer hangouts. This is one road trip you’ll never forget.

For the sake of driving time, we’ve only included beaches in the Lower Peninsula in this article. But stay tuned for further information about some of the Upper Peninsula’s most wonderful spots to explore! In the meantime, buckle up your seatbelt, slather on the sunscreen, and get ready for an amazing adventure to these spectacular Michigan beaches.

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Our state is truly home to some of the best beaches in the country. You can spend many summers exploring the best sandy beaches in Michigan that also have clear water, beautiful scenery, and the perfect atmopshere for relaxation. Did any of your favorite Michigan beaches make the list? Are you willing to share any of your “secret” spots in Michigan with us? Let us know in the comments below, and happy road-tripping!

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Best Beaches in Michigan

What are the prettiest beaches in Michigan?

As you can tell from the photos above, there are many places in our state that are in the running for prettiest beach in Michigan. With mile upon mile of coastline, there's no shortage of natural beauty on the beaches of Michigan. Many of our state parks are home to the best beaches, such as Grand Haven State Park and Hoeft State Park, and some of the others that are downright gorgeous are Sleeping Bear Point Beach, Belle Isle Beach, Empire Beach, and Twelvemile Beach.

What are the best beach towns in Michigan?

Michigan is a great place in our country for charming beach towns! We happen to think we have some of the best you'll find anywhere, as these small towns offer Michigan beaches, shops, restaurants, and plenty of old fashioned fun. This list could get quite long, but some of the best beach towns in Michigan are South Haven, Ludington, St. Joseph, and Port Austin. For even more of the best, check out our previous article here.

What beaches have the clearest water in Michigan?

There are many beaches in Michigan that boast clear, blue water that rivals the Caribbean. Walking along these shores will transport you out of our state and into a tropical paradise. For the clearest and most spectacular water in Michigan, head to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The variety of landscape and incredible views make this a must-see area in the state and the water is a perfect crystal clear blue. See photos of this beautiful beach and water here.


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