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South Haven, MichiganWelcome to South Haven - It's a feeling! One that's hard to put into words, but once you visit you'll feel it too. It's an experience you'll never forget. It's what keeps you coming back for more. From the moment you arrive until the time you have to leave, you will know you are some place special. This one-of-a-kind Michigan Beachtown cannot be fully appreciated by reading about it in a brochure, cannot be touched even through the most technologically advanced website, and all the beautiful sunset photos in the world cannot do it justice. But don't take our word for it; come here and see for yourself or trust glowing reviews from publications like:  The New York Times, Midwest Living, Michigan Travel Ideas, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, Underwater Journal, SkyWest Magazine, Western Parent Magazine, Art Showcase Magazine, and many more!

Black River Harbor in the Evening

South Beach Pier & Lighthouse

Michigan Maritime Museum

Lake Michigan Beach Glass

Special Summertime Moments

South Haven Farm Market!

Crashing Waves

Tall Ship, Friends Good Will

Gorgeous views!


  Waterfront Film Festival Returning to South Haven in 2014!


Following an outpouring of community support and a successful inaugural year in South Haven, Waterfront Film Festival organizers are announcing the Festival will return in 2014 to the beachfront town for a 16th year of independent film on the waterfront.

Nearly 90 documentaries, dramas, comedies and film shorts showed on seven screens throughout the four days in South Haven. A record number of filmmakers were in town to talk about their films before and after the screenings, and many actors and filmmakers participated on Q&A panels.

“Through a partnership of financial donors, the City government, the South Haven Center for the Arts, CVB and Chamber, Waterfront Film Festival will expand to be bigger and better in 2014,” festival Co-founder Hopwood DePree said.

Waterfront Film Festival Co-founder Dori DePree commended the South Haven community for its enthusiastic response to the festival and continued support. “We are thrilled with the support of the residents, city officials and the mayor,” she said. “Mayor Bob Burr was instrumental in bringing the festival to South Haven, and his enthusiasm to inject more art into the community is inspiring.”

Visit www.waterfrontfilm.org for more information on film submission guidelines, the job posting, and how to become a sponsor or volunteer for 2014.


Official 2014 Visitors Guides are Here!

To request your South Haven Visitors Guide with a complete listing of our lodging members, contact us at 269.637.5252/800.SO.HAVEN.

Original cover photograph by Joshua Nowicki Photography.


Photo by Jamie Garvison.




Dreaming of Spring!


    Take a Spring Break - Celebrate new life and feel your spirits soar! Take time to get away.  Let the fresh spring breezes clear out the cob webs of winter. This year, start a whole new tradition: Spring Break in South Haven and Van Buren County! Bring the whole gang and save a bunch. Check out the many lodging packages and specials on southhaven.org for ideas.  A one-tank trip for most means a short, hassle-free drive. Not up for the drive, relax and take AMTRAK! From Chicago area, just a couple of hours by train to the Bangor Train Station. From there, call Van Buren Transit at 800.828.2015 or A1 Bumble Bee Cab at 269.637.8000 and they can provide front door service to any of the area lodging properties. However you decide to get here, just come! You'll be glad you did.


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