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Popular amenities for St. Joseph vacation rentals

Stay near St. Joseph's top sights

Silver Beach140 locals recommend
Silver Beach Pizza135 locals recommend
The Mason Jar Cafe92 locals recommend
Silver Beach Carousel77 locals recommend
Silver Harbor Brewing Company62 locals recommend
Curious Kids' Museum55 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in St. Joseph

  • Total rentals

    100 properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $60 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    1.6K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    70 properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    10 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

Your guide to St. Joseph


Saint Joseph may be the best place on the so-called Michigan Riviera for a vacation, especially for families. Silver Beach and Lions Park Beach both promise soft sands and lifeguard-monitored swimming areas. Children will love riding the Silver Beach Carousel and running through the Whirlpool Compass Fountain. With its twin city across the river, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph is the largest town on the southwest coast of Lake Michigan. Adults can break away from the beach to tour local wineries and peruse the downtown boutiques. More active vacationers will find plenty of state parks and hiking trails nearby. If you’re spending the week, you may want to devote an afternoon to exploring the other resort towns along Red Arrow Highway, such as New Buffalo and Lakeside.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in St. Joseph

During summer, peak season at the Lake Michigan coast, the temperature will range between the 70s through the low 90s Fahrenheit from June through August. In late summer the humidity spikes and it rains frequently, so pack rain gear as well as sunblock and mosquito repellent. You’ll want to dress for cooler weather — think layers — in the spring (April-May) and fall (September-November). Western Michigan’s long winter starts in early December and lasts until March. Freezing temperatures are the norm, and the lake contributes extra-cold wind and snow to southern Michigan and northern Indiana.

Top things to do in St. Joseph

Silver Beach Amusement Park

Located just across a park from Silver Beach, this one-block area is a children’s wonderland: They can ride the hand-carved wooden horses on the Silver Beach Carousel, or spend hours running around the play spaces and interactive exhibits at the Curious Kids’ Museum and Discovery Zone.

Warren Dunes State Park

If you haven’t had enough beach time — or you’d like to wander along a bigger expanse of it — Warren Dunes offers three miles of shoreline, as well as hiking trails that snake through the wetlands. If you hear excited screaming, look up to see kids who have climbed to the top of a 250-foot sand dune flying down. Some even hang-glide from the top.


St. Joseph is located on the mouth of the St. Joseph River, and watercraft rentals are plenty and varied: Steer a kayak up the river, picnic on a pontoon, or take a speed boat for a spin out in the lake. You can also find jet skis, paddleboards, and even a paddleboat designed for big groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in St. Joseph?

    St. Joseph experiences a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm with temperatures often reaching 85°F (29°C), while winters can be chilly, sometimes dropping to 20°F (-6°C). Autumn and spring bring mild and often pleasant weather. If you're visiting in winter, it's common to see snowfall.

  • What are some of the best things to do in St. Joseph?

    Visitors to St. Joseph can explore the Silver Beach County Park, spend a day at Curious Kids’ Museum, or stroll around the beautiful Tiscornia Park. The St. Joseph Lighthouse is also a remarkable sight, especially during winter when it's often surrounded by ice formations.

  • What is the best time of year to visit St. Joseph?

    Summer is a frequently suggested time to visit St. Joseph, from June to August, when the weather is warmest. During this period, the city hosts the Krasl Art Fair, one of the top-rated art fairs in the country, and the Chalk the Block event, a fascinating street art competition.

  • What are the best places to stay in St. Joseph?

    Visitors often choose to stay in downtown St. Joseph for its close proximity to shops, restaurants, and attractions like the Silver Beach County Park. Niles Avenue is also a popular area due to its range of accommodations and nearby parks.

  • What are the best places to visit in St. Joseph?

    Highly visited places in St. Joseph include the St. Joseph Lighthouse, a historic beacon that offers panoramic views, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain, a fantastic water show for kids, and the Krasl Art Center, which showcases a diverse range of contemporary art.

  • What are some hiking trails in St. Joseph?

    St. Joseph is home to several hiking trails for nature lovers. The John and Dede Howard Family Trail is a paved route great for walking and biking, while the Hickory Creek Trail offers scenic views of the local flora and fauna.

  • What are some family activities to do in St. Joseph?

    Families in St. Joseph can enjoy a day at the Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone, a hands-on museum for children, or explore the outdoors at the Silver Beach Carousel. The Box Factory for the Arts also hosts various art workshops suitable for all ages.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in St. Joseph?

    Day trips from St. Joseph can include a visit to the nearby city of South Haven, a 30-minute drive away, to appreciate its quaint downtown and maritime history. Alternatively, a trip to Benton Harbor offers a glimpse of the beautifully restored lighthouse and public art displays.

  • Are there vacation rentals near St. Joseph's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near St. Joseph's top attractions. We offer over 490 vacation rentals near Silver Beach, over 500 vacation rentals near Silver Beach Carousel, and over 500 vacation rentals near Silver Beach Pizza, and so much more! Experience the best of St. Joseph right on your doorstep.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in St. Joseph?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 60 vacation rentals in St. Joseph featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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