The Best Beaches to Spend Memorial Day in West Michigan

Memorial Day is a great time to head to the beaches of West Michigan before the summer crowds start to arrive. The afternoons are not likely to get much warmer than 70 degrees and the nights are still chilly, so for Memorial Day, look for beaches with more than just swimming to offer. Check out Lakeshore Lodging when you start planning your Memorial Day getaway for the best beach house rentals in the area.

This state park beach offers a huge stretch of sand and grassland wilderness for a full day of leisurely strolls and pristine views. Follow the trails to the lighthouse or find your own path. Bring a picnic dinner to watch the sunset.

Pentwater is as close as you can get to a New England coastal village while staying in Michigan. The white sand beach here is public, clean, and within walking distance of adorable bed and breakfasts or affordable camp sites. Rent a dune buggy for a memorable afternoon excursion.

If your idea of a patriotic holiday is to stroll the streets of a quaint American Main Street full of historic buildings, Manistee is the beach for you. The soft beach sand will set the relaxed tone for the day, and you can watch the sunset from any number of viewing areas on the local bridges or marina docks.

Holland State Park boasts not one but TWO beaches on the shores of both Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. Spacious campgrounds make this a budget-friendly overnight trip for families. If your Memorial Day traditions include drinking some cold craft brews, pick up some local New Holland beer to enjoy outside the park.

Pere Marquette Beach is so clean it’s actually certified in the top three Great Lakes beaches for public safety and environmental health. The expansive acres of sand will allow for almost three miles of shoreline walks, or a perfect backdrop for your Memorial Day family reunion photos. If you want Fido to be in those photos too, nearby Kruse Park is also going to be one of your few options with a dedicated dog-friendly beach area. If you’re hoping to skip the grill and enjoy some finer dining options after your beach-filled day, the Muskegon area offers the most upscale food choices.

Now you’re ready to explore some of America’s most beautiful beaches in West Michigan on your Memorial Day vacation.

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