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Oval Beach, Saugatuck

#2 of 38 in Beaches in Michigan
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
Nestled among rivers and sand dunes along Lake Michigan, Oval Beach ranks as one of the top beaches in the United States, according to National Geographic Traveler magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and MTV. Mentioned by Conde Nast Traveler among the world's best 25 beaches, the area is also one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. You can reserve a guided tour of the site at certain times, and the entire area is open for visitors throughout the year. Swim, hike, and play in the waves, or have a picnic with a barbecue. Showers, restrooms, a playground, and a concession stand make spending the day here easy. Make Oval Beach a centerpiece of your Saugatuck vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Saugatuck holiday planner.
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  • Visited this on a chilly November day so could not experience the beach but had to see the views! Beyond beautiful and amazing views. Would love to return during a warmer time, just so peaceful...  more »
  • Close by parking. We walked to the water quite a hill down. It's gorgeous. Lots of parking. By dunes. It's a very clean beach.  more »
  • much to like.... $10 for daily pass...Ample parking, short walk down the beach from your vehicle... Slightly elevated steps..instead of regular steps that have a big step gap from one to the other...these made it so much go up to restrooms or head back to vehicle... or down to the beach..and not that many steps either. beach area so nice...was very clean, hardly any seagulls..... The water and temperature was glorious, and clean...windy day which made an abundance of nice size waves...perfect for jumping, gliding over them or letting them wash over you....we had a blast today.. The restrooms and changing room are are clean and easily accessible.. Also have a concession stand to buy snacks or beverages... Picnic tables...and couple of swings for kids.. Several benches to just sit and take in the scenery, or take a break.. Very very nice and enjoyable beach.. I will return...😊👍
  • Oval Beach is always lovely. There are miles of unblemished beautiful powdery sand. Very clean and well-kept facility including bathhouse changing area, outdoor showers for washing sand away, a concession stand and gift shop. Plenty of parking and it only a $10 admission make Oval Beach in Saugatuck one of the best stops on South West Michigan's coast. I love this beach. Its one of the finest around.

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