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Great small public beach with cardio

Be prepared for a lot of steps to and from the beach along with some climbing the sand dunes... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2018
Thomas G
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Best beach near Holland

We asked the locals where to find the best beach and were directed here. Beautiful beach, clean... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2018
katys0cha
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Berea, Ohio
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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Not quite the Himalayas hiding Shangrila, but the hundreds of steps you need to climb over the mountains of sand to reach a magical beach guarantees only a few other visitors will be at this spot.

My wife, daughter and I found this tiny sliver of public land north of Saugatuck quite by accident while sneaking peeks at private homes. I generally can't stand crowded beaches making this one perfect.

The beach capacity is limited to number of cars that can fit in the tiny lot. There are NO facilities save a porta potty.

Bring water, bring food, but do NOT over pack. This is a climb after all.

After the initial climb to a notch in the dunes, there are two ways to the beach, A run down a steep dune, or an epic climb up more stairs to the higher dune's false summit. The views from the stairs are worth the effort, and you get stairs down to the beach.

For the climb back up, the dune is the shorter route, but comically difficult.

4  Thank BigCoop73
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

This small park at the end of West 142nd Ave is like unwrapping your favorite candy you only get once in awhile and only comes in a small size but is a treasured treat. You park and think, is it worth the park and walk? Then you have a choice, the stairs of the sand path. If your first time or 100th go for the dune walk. It is amazing as you step over the peak and get your first glimpse of the "Big Lake" it smiles at you. Sand, grasses, the sky and that beautiful blue lake! Feel the warmth of the sand as you step downward toward the water and say, YES Michigan! The public area while small it is a joy to enjoy. Take it in!

1  Thank LarryT T
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Only in Holland for one night, but we heard there are fabulous sunsets from this beach. We used Waze to get there, and it seemed like we were going to the middle of nowhere! Finally came upon this little parking lot, walked up wooden steps, then up more steps, then it was just a huge sand dune! I think the sand had gone over the rest of the walkway. Anyway, it is a sight to behold! HUGE sand dune and lovely sunset.

2  Thank DonnainSpringfield
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

this is a small out of the way park that is not real busy .i enjoy walking from there to saugituck on the beach .and the beach deck at the top fo the dunes is great for just
relaxing and enjoying the veiw

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Reviewed 28 October 2016

The Laketown Beach is along the shores of Lake Michigan, but is on the other side of a huge sand dune. There are stairs and boardwalks, but the high winds through the year fill the steps and boardwalks. It is a lot of stairs up and a lot of stairs down (sorry I lost track of how many). The sand on the steps adds a higher degree of difficulty both going up and down. Parking is limited to about 10 or 12 vehicles. The restroom facility is a port-o-let.

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