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Oval Beach, Saugatuck

4.5
#2 of 18 in Beaches in Michigan
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. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Saugatuck holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Oval Beach and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This large beach is one of the most beautiful we've experienced globally! It's located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in the sand dunes.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The beach is smaller than you might think. It's really pretty. We moved off the main beach and went to a side bar. It was less crowded and really enjoyable. The concession stand was a bonus. Our girls...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Beach was not as big as I imagined but also not too crowded. clean and in some places could be fairly private. highly recommended.  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    Worst experience my family and I have had at a Michigan beach. My family and I were out for the first time to oval Beach. Since they have 4.7 stars, we figured we would have a great time. We were very wrong and disappointed. We were told dogs were not allowed on the beach and yet when patrol staff saw several people walking with their dogs on the beach the patrol staff walked passed and did not say one word to them. The patrol staff made my family and I feel very uncomfortable throughout our stay. At one point a patrol staff had their binoculars out watching our family, we were fed up with the treatment we packed up and left. If you enjoy being spied and harassed I highly recommend oval beach.
  • June 18, 2017
    Such a great experience! Went out for the last few hours and it was beautiful, even with a light sprinkle of rain :) we had such a great time!
  • May 7, 2017
    Great place to go with friends and family. Beautiful views and a wonderful experience for everyone.
  • July 6, 2017
    Not a place you will feel welcomed
  • June 18, 2017
    10/10 bathrooms I tool a nice piss

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