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Pet Friendly


South Haven has become an extremely popular destination for visitors with pets. Here is a sampling of businesses in town which cater to pet owners: 

Beach & Activities

A favored pet friendly spot on Lake Michigan is Deer Lick Creek Park & Beach. Aside from roaming the beach and swimming, there are many other fun activities for dogs and their owners to take part in! In November, the South Haven Bark Park group has started the Santa Paws Parade (part of our annual Festival of Trees parade). The Bark Park group has built the new dog park in South Haven, as well! In June, the Al-Van Humane Society hosts Paws on the Pier, a pet friendly event that attracts hundreds of pet owners with its obstacle courses, free product samples, and education tent.

Animal's Best Friend provides funds to help offset the costs of spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs. In this way, they work to reduce the pet overpopulation problem in Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties. Since ABF was founded in 1981, we have helped spay/neuter over 42,849 cats and dogs, saving thousands of unwanted kittens and puppies from being born.


Decadent Dogs is an upscale dog boutique located downtown. Offering a wide range of products for dogs and their owners and pet friendly accommodations, the store has become a destination for dog lovers. The store now offers products for all budgets that still feel decadent. The selection of “made in Michigan” goods is also expanding; more work from local artists fill the shelves and dog treats from local bakeries entice not just the dogs but their owners too! Decadent Dogs also receives regular visits from puppies looking for homes. The Al-Van Humane Society often drops them off to visit with shoppers for the day. Many puppies have left the store with happy new owners! The humane society is also now distributing "Pets Welcome" window decals for all businesses downtown that are pet-friendly!



There are many open air restaurants which welcome pets in their outdoor seating area during the summer months.

Maria’s Taste of Italy
Julia’s at the Pavilion
Brix Corner Oven
Golden Brown Bakery & Cafeteria
Phoenix Street Café
Su Casa Restaurante



Visitors to South Haven often choose to stay in one of our beachside cottage rentals and many of Shores Vacation Rentals & Lakeshore Lodging’s properties are dog friendly. There are also three pet-friendly hotels including The Comfort Suites, Sun ‘n Sand Resort, and  Great Lakes Inn & Suites.
Lakeshore Lodging
Shores Vacation Rentals
The Comfort Suites
Sun n’ Sand Resort
Great Lakes Inn & Suites

Beachwalk Properties



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