Destination guide

Blueberries and wineries in South Haven

Looking out onto the vast stretches of Lake Michigan, South Haven is a lively beach town famous for its waterfront and beautiful lighthouse. South Haven vacation rentals provide a cozy home away from home while you enjoy wine-tastings at local wineries, shop for unique treasures at area boutiques, or dance the night away at lively nightclubs. South Haven abounds with natural beauty, from the shores of the lake to the Black River that meanders through town. Throughout the year, a myriad of festivals can be found, featuring local wines, fresh, plump blueberries and smooth jazz to get the toes tapping.

Things to do

Wineries and fireworks in South Haven

Food lovers will find a bevy of delights at Bonamego Farms, where you can take foraging and cooking classes on over 300 acres of farmland, forests and wetlands. In summer, you can take an evening walking tour of the stunning gardens at The Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum, or attend the Annual Fish Boil Dinner at the Michigan Maritime Museum. South Haven vacation rentals are close to the harbor, where you can watch fireworks over Lake Michigan on the 4th of July. Take the Lake Michigan Shore Wine Trail to experience the best wines, ciders and craft beers of the region.


Harvests and Halloween in South Haven

With winter snows, fall colors and summer sunshine, South Haven offers natural beauty and outdoor fun throughout the year. Experience the luscious colors of fall from the water by canoeing or kayaking along the lakeshore, or cycle through piles of crunchy leaves as you peddle over quaint covered bridges. South Haven vacation rentals are welcoming places to warm up after a day sailing or fishing on the water, and ideal spots to store your haul after foraging for fresh produce at the local farm markets. When Halloween arrives, you can go for hayrides or creep your way through haunted houses.


Snowy winters and humid summers in South Haven

Resting on the shores of vast Lake Michigan, the city of South Haven has cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. Although warmer in winter than some other parts of Michigan, South Haven is still chilly, with temperatures as low as 19 degrees. With an annual snowfall of nearly 90 inches, be sure to bring winter boots with you for a winter holiday. South Haven gets a reasonable amount of rain, about 35 inches a year. Summer weather is quite warm, with temperatures in the mid to high 70s, when high humidity makes it feel even warmer, so hydration is vital.

Natural features

Snapping turtles and ducks in South Haven

Lake Michigan is home to the waterfront city of South Haven. Across the lake is Chicago to the southwest and Milwaukee northwest. Detroit sits almost due east, and the cities of Grand Rapids and Lansing are short drives away. Lake Michigan is home to an abundance of marine life, including lake trout, Chinook salmon, smallmouth bass and rainbow trout. The Black River flows through South Haven, and savvy observers may spot snapping turtles along its banks and agile trout swimming below the surface. The Black River is also home to many hungry ducks, and visitors are welcome to feed them.

How to get there

Traveling to and around South Haven

The nearest airport is in Kalamazoo, MI (AZO-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Intl.), located 35.9 mi (57.8 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into South Bend, IN (SBN-South Bend Intl.), which is 49.5 mi (79.7 km) away.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to South Haven?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Haven:

  • West Wing Estates: 69 vacation rentals
  • Mount Pleasant: 26 vacation rentals
  • Bluffs of South Haven: 29 vacation rentals
  • Miami Park: 29 vacation rentals
  • Ottawa Beach: 108 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to South Haven?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in South Haven. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • South Haven Lighthouse: 1,071 vacation rentals
  • Warner Vineyards: 1,086 vacation rentals
  • Michigan Maritime Museum: 1,087 vacation rentals
  • Silver Beach: 311 vacation rentals
  • St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Station: 403 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Haven listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in South Haven?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 547 Houses in South Haven. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in South Haven include:

  • Cabins: 181 rentals available
  • Cottages: 181 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 131 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in South Haven?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 143 vacation rentals with pool available in South Haven. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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