What are you looking for? Cruising? Seeing Lake Michigan? Nightlife? Holland is a beautiful place to visit. It has the busiest State Park in Michigan. Excellent beaches, sand dunes, Lake Macatawa, etc., it just doesn't have much in the way of restaurants or bars that you can get to by boat. It is a great starting point, though. Saugatuck is about 7 miles to the south. About 20 miles north is Grand Haven. Both of those ports offer parks and beaches as well as many more ameneties for the traveling boater. In both towns you can tie up and be right in the middle of everything. One of the best things for a boater in this area is the miles and miles of sandy, rock free beach. In most places along the shoreline you can bring your boat within wading distance of the shore without needing to be concerned about rocks. If you have never been there before you will be amazed at what a boaters paradise the west coast of Michigan is.