Destination guide

Grand Haven—life on the lake

Stunning views of Lake Michigan are just one of the delights awaiting families who book Grand Haven vacation rentals. This historic community on the mouth of the Grand River rose to prominence as a center of trade and shipbuilding, while the coming of the railway encouraged commercial diversification and its development as a vacation hot spot. Today’s visitors are lured by the city’s beautiful beaches, diverse water sports, acclaimed fishing, and vibrant cultural attractions. Its famous waterfront boardwalk is a perennial hive of activity and its iconic pier provides the backdrop for unforgettable sunsets over Lake Michigan.


Alternative views of Grand Haven

The scenic waterfront is an atmospheric spot to begin your Grand Haven tour. The boardwalk runs along the harbor, past the fishing boats and cruise charters in the buzzing marina, along the river to the lake, eventually winding up at the pier. Discover the sights of downtown on board a traditional trolley, or take a guided walking tour around the heritage landmarks. Bikes are available for hire if you’re eager to fit everything in. Boat trips offer an alternative angle on the city skyline, as well as the chance to absorb the natural beauty of Lake Michigan.


Grand Haven seasons made simple

The humid continental climate of the Great Lakes region typically produces cold, snowy winters and warm, humid summers. From the highest peak in July to the lowest in January, temperatures range between the high 80s and minus 10s. The light rainfall of spring and fall turns to snow in winter, although it seldom lays for long near the lake. Grand Haven vacation rentals with a hot tub come into their own during cold snaps, while lakeside properties with sun decks are at a premium during the steamy midsummer heat.

Natural features

Grand Haven—a different angle on nature

Grand Haven vacation rentals provide a convenient base for enjoying the natural beauty, architectural heritage, and recreational amenities of Grand Haven State Park. This protected environment of sandy beach, lakeshore, and riverbank is a haven for waterbirds and marine life. Lake Michigan is home to an abundant variety of native fish species, including walleye, whitefish, and trout, and provides a hospitable habitat for migrating birds. One of the park’s most famous man-made attractions is the musical fountain, one of the largest in the world, which performs each evening at sunset during the summer season.


Transportation to and around Grand Haven

The nearest airport is in Muskegon, MI (MKG-Muskegon County), located 6.9 mi (11.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Grand Rapids, MI (GRR-Gerald R. Ford Intl.), which is 37.5 mi (60.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Grand Haven?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 301 vacation rentals near Grand Haven. From 138 Houses to 59 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Grand Haven for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Grand 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 Grand Haven:

  • Lakeside: 18 vacation rentals
  • Ottawa Beach: 105 vacation rentals
  • Beachwood-Bluffton: 26 vacation rentals
  • Waukazoo Woods: 57 vacation rentals
  • Bluffton: 26 vacation rentals

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

Can I rent Houses in Grand Haven?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 138 Houses in Grand Haven. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Grand Haven include:

  • Cottages: 59 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 92 rentals available
  • Cabins: 59 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 Grand Haven?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 27 vacation rentals with pool available in Grand Haven. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.