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The South Haven Sunset Your HEART Will Never Forget

Published: 7/29/2018 by Jonathan Davis

The sun begins to set over South Haven’s South Beach. The air starts to change. The horizon feels closer. Lake Michigan’s surface settles and glistens. Colors gracefully streak through the sky.


Why Is the Heart So Fond of Sunset?


We’ve been fascinated with the sun for as long as we’ve been walking the earth. Our lamp lighting our way through the day, it simply charms us with its majesty.


The setting sun attracts us because it is one of nature’s most beautiful and expressive displays. The transition from day to night has always inspired artists to capture what it moves within them. A South Haven sunset attracts both locals and visitors to pause and gaze across the water.


Photo: Chris McGuire


Connecting with the Self and the World


Reaching the waterfront, you slip off your shoes and stroll toward the shoreline with the soft, cool sand between your toes. A light breeze brushes toward you from the water. Time begins to slow. Quiet, calm, reflective, you listen to the sounds that become clearer beyond the bustle of day.


Perhaps you sit down and wrap your arms around your knees. Slowly, patiently, the sun descends further into the horizon. Its shadows and dimming rays make you aware of silhouettes of birds and boats and, to your left or your right, the pier and the lighthouse.


In its time, the sun disappears, welcoming the stars into the moonlit sky. The air continues to cool. Sometime after, you stand, brush yourself off and begin your walk back to the eclectic nightlife that always awaits those who gather in the Haven for fun.


Photo: Chris McGuire


Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you feel at rest and at home.


As you get closer to the street, you also realize your spirit is awake and alive.


From shopping and dining to boating and camping, South Haven offers a treasure of reasons to visit, stay and explore. Stirring the heart with emotions from awe to relaxation, a stroll along the beach at dusk is a crowning jewel of your time in town.


When Should You Watch for a South Haven Sunset?


To view the calendar of sunset times over South Haven’s beaches, visit our link at


About the Author

A creative writer for many years, Jon Davis ( paints pictures with his words and captivates readers with distinctive language. He now shares his love for South Haven with us, writing about the experiences you can have only in the Haven. Jon resides in Oswego, IL, with his wife, Kristie, and two daughters. They visit South Haven often to take in the scenic beauty and spend meaningful time as a family.

Photo: Denise Morgan

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