Beach image

Michigan is known for having some of the best beaches in the U.S., thanks to the Great Lakes and all of our incredible inland lakes. As it turns out, one Michigan beach has also been ranked one of the best beaches in the entire world.

I know that seems like a stretch, even for Michigan, but if you think about it, Michigan truly has some of the best freshwater beaches in the world. The state is a rich source of freshwater for the world, so it makes sense that one of the state’s beaches would make the cut.

That beach is Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan. According to Saugatuck.com, Oval Beach is “recognized as one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 25 Beaches in the World, National Geographic Traveler’s Top Freshwater Beaches in the USA, and MTV’s Top 5 Beaches in the USA.” That’s a lot of great recognition for just one beach. City-Data.com goes on to discuss some of the beach’s highlights, stating, “Oval beach can best be reached via North America’s only hand-pulled chain ferry boat, which crosses the Kalamazoo River from nearby Saugatuck. A climb of 282 steps then takes visitors to Mount Baldhead, where they are rewarded with a splendid view of the harbor and Lake Michigan. From there, visitors descend onto the grassy coastal sands and the stunning shoreline. Along with the customary beach activities of swimming and sunbathing, visitors can also take a freewheeling ride on the “dune schooner” – a converted pickup truck that traverses some of the towering nearby sand hills.”

The site adds, “The area is vintage, small-town Americas at its best – a combination of scenic, beautiful beaches, 19th-century architecture, and 21st-century shops and activities.” The latest pricing data for Oval Beach says parking is $10/day and $50/season. To ride the chain ferry or Interurban bus, it will cost you $1. Admission is free from Labor Day to Memorial Day.

Read on for a list of the top 50 Michigan areas to buy a house!

These Are the Top 50 Michigan Areas to Buy a House

  • 50. Oneida

    Living in Oneida

    See what it's like to live in Oneida, MI. Explore reviews and statistics on crime, real estate, and cost of living.

  • 48. Williamston

    Williamston, City > Home

    Our goal is to provide information about our community for residents and visitors to learn about who we are and what we can provide. This will be an ongoing project with updates and additions as we go along, so check back often!

  • 47. Blendon Township

    Blendon Township

    The official government site of Blendon Township, Ottawa County Michigan

  • 46. Tecumseh Township

    Tecumseh Township

    Tecumseh Township is located in southeastern Michigan in the county of Lenawee. The township covers an area of 13.407 square miles with a population of 1972. Notice of Public Hearing Tecumseh Township A Public Hearing will be held on Monday January 10, 2022, at 6:00 P.M.

  • 45. Sheridan Charter Township

    Living in Sheridan Charter Township

    Sheridan Charter Township is located in Michigan with a population of 2,767. Sheridan Charter Township is in Newaygo County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Sheridan Charter Township offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes.

  • 44. Jamestown Charter Township

    http://twp.jamestown.mi.us/

  • 43. Ferrysburg

    City of Ferrysburg | A Tri-Cities Community

    Ferrysburg's roots are woven deeply into the fabric of the Tri-Cities area. Since incorporation as a city in 1963, work has progressed steadily to develop the community with imagination and an eye to the future. Adequate transportation, open land, industrial diversification, recreational resources and substantial residential development all serve to help underwrite and insure the Ferrysburg of tomorrow.

  • 42. Lima

    Home

    Historic Residence in Lima Township Addresses Mailing AddressP.O. Box 59Chelsea, MI 48118Mail All:Tax PaymentsAbsentee BallotsBallot ApplicationsVoter RegistrationsAll CorrespondenceTownship Office12172 Jackson Rd.Dexter, MIM-W-Thu 9-12 noonNo Mail Delivery toThis Address.TaxesPermitsAssessingRegister to VoteAbsentee Ballots 24/7 Drop BoxTownship Hall11452 Jackson Rd.Dexter, MI(meetings & voting)MeetingsPrecinct #1 and [...]

  • 41. Frankenmuth

    Frankenmuth Michigan | Frankenmuth

    2022 Visitor Guides Are Here Our 2022 Visitor Guide is tailored to help you thoroughly enjoy Frankenmuth from good eats, and shopping downtown streets to events, festivities, and Bavarian scenes!

  • 40. Courtland Township

    Courtland Township, MI |

    ISO someone that can build two sets of horseshoe pits (similar to the ones pictured) at the Courtland Township park....

  • 39. Bloomfield Charter Township

  • 38. Ingersoll

    Living in Ingersoll Township

    Ingersoll Township is a suburb of with a population of 2,681. Ingersoll Township is in Midland County. Living in Ingersoll Township offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Ingersoll Township there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Ingersoll Township and residents tend to be conservative.

  • 37. Grand Haven Charter Township

    We look forward to seeing you there on this exciting milestone in our new Township Park!

    Posted by Grand Haven Charter Township on Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  • 36. Baldwin Township

  • 35. Haslett

    Living in Haslett

    Haslett is a suburb of Lansing with a population of 19,565. Haslett is in Ingham County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Haslett offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Haslett there are a lot of restaurants and parks.

  • 34. Jenison

    Living in Jenison

    Jenison is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 17,431. Jenison is in Ottawa County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Jenison offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Jenison there are a lot of parks.

  • 33. DeWitt

    Living in DeWitt

    DeWitt is a suburb of Lansing with a population of 4,691. DeWitt is in Clinton County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in DeWitt offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in DeWitt and residents tend to lean conservative.

  • 32. Quinnesec

    Living in Quinnesec

    Quinnesec is a town in Michigan with a population of 1,177. Quinnesec is in Dickinson County. Living in Quinnesec offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Quinnesec there are a lot of bars. Many retirees live in Quinnesec and residents tend to be conservative.

  • 31. Freeland

    Freeland

    Freeland is located about 15 miles northwest of Saginaw in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Freshwater adventures and natural wonders are beckoning you to Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay.

  • 30. Resort Township

    Resort Township Michigan News

    Curbside Spring Clean-up 2022 Curbside spring clean-up is scheduled to begin Monday, May 16, 2022. You can put up to 2 cubic yards of miscellaneous material out at the edge of the road. This would be a pile approximately 4'x4'x4' high. It should be at the street by Monday, May 16th at 7:00am.

  • 29. Midland

    Midland, MI - Official Website | Official Website

    Midland county residents and non-profits can gain access to the equipment, knowledge, and studio to produce audio and video projects. Read on...

  • 28. Grosse Point Woods

    Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan Home Page

    2021 Water Quality Report This report provides a snapshot of the drinking water quality for Grosse Pointe Woods for the calendar year 2020

  • 27. Oakland Charter Township

    Living in Oakland Charter Township

    Oakland Charter Township is a suburb of Detroit with a population of 19,115. Oakland Charter Township is in Oakland County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Oakland Charter Township offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes.

  • 26. Webster Township

    Living in Webster Township

    See what it's like to live in Webster Township, MI. Explore reviews and statistics on crime, real estate, and cost of living.

  • 25. Troy

    Welcome to City of Troy, Michigan

    How often are City Council meetings held and where?

  • 24. Fulton Heights

    Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association

    Fulton Heights Neighborhood Association A Nonprofit Organization of Neighborhood Residents Our mission is to sustain a welcoming neighborhood that fosters interaction and communication among residents. We advocate for the neighborhood and keep residents informed.

  • 23. Brighton Township

    Brighton Township, MI | Official Website

    Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.

  • 22. Texas Charter Township

    Texas Charter Township, MI | Official Website

    Create an Account - Increase your productivity, customize your experience, and engage in information you care about.

  • 21. Portage Charter Township

    Charter Township of Portage

    Portage Township | Michigan

  • 20. Crockery Township

    Crockery Township

    Search for Crockery Township under the look-up for municipalities. From there you will fill in the appropriate information to obtain your desired information. If you are not the property owner, charges may apply.

  • 19. Norway Township

    Norway Township Michigan |

    Norway Township is located in the south central portion of Dickinson County and consists of approximately 89 square miles. According to the 2010 census there are 1,489 people living in the township with the majority living in the southern portion which consists of rolling hills and farmland.

  • 18. Zeeland Charter Township

    Zeeland Charter Township | Zeeland, MI

    Zeeland Township is a beautiful Township which shows pride in its historic background and its strong religious heritage. The Township, named after the Province of Zeeland in the Netherlands, was settled in 1847 by a group of 457 courageous settlers who were seeking religious and political freedom.

  • 17. Northville

    Home

    No Description

  • 16. Cannon Township

    Living in Cannon Township

    Cannon Township is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 14,792. Cannon Township is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Cannon Township offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes.

  • 15. Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills Real Estate - Beverly Hills MI Homes For Sale | Zillow

    Zillow has 16 homes for sale in Beverly Hills MI. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place.

  • 14. Forest Hills

    Living in Forest Hills

    Forest Hills is a suburb of Grand Rapids with a population of 27,830. Forest Hills is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Forest Hills offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes.

  • 13. West Ishpeming

    Living in West Ishpeming

    West Ishpeming is a town in Michigan with a population of 2,739. West Ishpeming is in Marquette County. Living in West Ishpeming offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in West Ishpeming and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in West Ishpeming are highly rated.

  • 12. Tilden Township

    Living in Tilden Township

    Tilden Township is located in Michigan with a population of 1,047. Tilden Township is in Marquette County. Living in Tilden Township offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. In Tilden Township there are a lot of bars. Many families live in Tilden Township and residents tend to be conservative.

  • 11. Huntington Woods

    Welcome to Huntington Woods, MI

    NEW Voter Information Cards will be hitting mailboxes this week! The new card will be updating you on the new US Congressional, State Senate, State Rep and County Commission districts for the City of Huntington Woods. This is for informational purposes only and no response on the voter's part is necessary.

  • 10. Hudsonville

    Welcome to Hudsonville, Michiganhome

    Welcome to the official website of Hudsonville, Michigan

  • 9. Ottawa Hills

    HOME | Ottawahillsgr

    Welcome to Ottawa Hills! Established in 1922, Ottawa Hills is a historic neighborhood in southeast Grand Rapids, MI bordered by Hall, Giddings, Franklin, and Cadillac streets. This shows all the homes in OHNA. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic we know how important it is to stay safe.

  • 8. Grosse Pointe Farms

    City of Grosse Pointe Farms

    Welcome to City of Grosse Pointe Farms

  • 7. Okemos

    Okemos

    Enjoy the convenience of this beautiful community and quiet location near Michigan State University. Hand-crafted and award-winning restaurants offer amazing flavor. Shop our stores and find great deals at the [...]

  • 6. Lodi Township

    Lodi Township

    2022-2023 Approved Budget can he found HERE Lodi Township Fall Newsletter 2021 can be found HERE With the approval of Proposal 18-3. ANYONE can request an Absentee Ballot. Save yourself some time on Election Day and sign up TODAY for the Permanent AV list and receive an APPLICATION for every election.

  • 5. Royalton Township

    ROYALTON TOWNSHIP

    We're Growing with Good People

     

  • 3. Berkley

    Berkley

    Situated to enjoy small town benefits with an active downtown district and home to the annual Dream Cruise Parade.Catching Fireflies, voted best gift shop, is downtown. Experience authentic German cuisine at The Berkley [...]

  • 2. Eastgate

    Living in Eastgate

    Eastgate is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a population of 9,421. Eastgate is in Kent County and is one of the best places to live in Michigan. Living in Eastgate offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes.

  • 1. Larkin Charter Township

    Welcome to Larkin Charter Township

    2022 Fire Department Board Presentation 2022 Best Places to Live in Michigan: Larkin Charter Township made #26 on list by Niche! See full article. MIDLAND COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL will be conducting aerial treatment for mosquito larvae throughout the County.

  • Best cities, exclusively, to buy a house in Michigan

    This study looked at cities, townships, suburbs and towns, but what about just the best city in Michigan to buy a house?

  • The No. 1 best city to buy a house in Michigan is...

    When it comes to cities, Lansing is actually No. 1 on the list, followed by Grand Rapids. Ann Arbor is next, followed by Warren and Detroit.

  • Lansing stats

    For Lansing, which was ranked the No. 1 city to buy a house in Michigan, Niche says, “Lansing is a city in Michigan with a population of 117,159. Lansing is in Ingham County. Living in Lansing offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lansing there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lansing and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Lansing are above average.”

  • 50 Best Places to Buy a House in Michigan

    This list is via Niche.com.

Things we love about Michigan in the summer:

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!