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Oval Beach, Saugatuck

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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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  • This is a very nice beach. It was our first time to Saugatuck area. The shops are nice and food is good. It is a bit pricey in this area to stay. The beach was very nice as far as sand and space.  more »
  • The beach was super clean and well taken care of. They offered a nice and clean bathroom with showers and concessions. They had tons of parking. I would drive the 2 hours just to have a nice beach wit...  more »
  • A trip to this lovely beach is a must-do when in Saugatuck. You will pay to park, however your pass is good all day and worth it for access to such nice clean facilities and miles of white sand and sp...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Great place to go with friends and family. Beautiful views and a wonderful experience for everyone.
  • Not a place you will feel welcomed
  • 10/10 bathrooms I tool a nice piss