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South Haven Essential Info


South Haven is a city in West Michigan.

South Haven is unique among Lake Michigan Beachtowns in that the downtown is right next to the beaches and the harbor. It is OK to walk straight from the beach in swimwear to the downtown, although you may want to cover up a bit. More than any other Lake Michigan community, South Haven is the quintessential Lake Michigan beach town.

There are about a thousand boat docks in the city as well, most of which are in walking distance to the downtown, so there are plenty of boaters to liven things up.

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Fun Facts

  1. In the early 1900s, South Haven became a resort town, sometimes referred to as "The Catskills of the Midwest"
  2. Because of its position on Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Black River, South Haven has always been a port city.
  3. Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife, was born in South Haven.
  4. A staple restaurant in the heart of South Haven is Clementine's. The building was originally a bank but has since been renovated into a restaurant.
  5. The South Pier Lighthouse, built in 1903 to replace the light established in 1872, is still operational and is accessible from a public beach.

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