Throughout the Grand Strand, you will see signs for beach access parking along Ocean Blvd. at each street end. Watch for the "Public Beach Access" signs. Some locations are sandy paths (watch out for burrs) while others offer paved or unpaved parking spots. Some are free to park while others have meters or pay stations. The law specifically designates how many feet apart public parking can be cased on development and density. In recent years, parking meters have been added to most of these parking areas. In the city of Myrtle Beach, the meters are removed on October 30. They are re-installed March 1.

Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach Access Parking

Signs are on Ocean Blvd. at each street end. Some locations are just pathways. Others offer parking. Myrtle Beach city meters cost from $1. to $1.59 per hour. See City of Myrtle Beach for more information. The downtown Boardwalk also offers public parking for a fee. North Myrtle Beach links for more parking meter information.

Surfside Beach | In Surfside Beach the meters will cost more money. Parking lot meters and pay stations now charge $1.75 instead of $1.50. They have raised their fee to $2.00 to park at Surfside Pier. parking rules will be strictly enforced from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. More Surfside Beach parking meter information.

North End of Horry County |Beach accesses include both north and south of  Ocean Annie's, at Maison Drive, Apache Campground and the Wyndham Myrtle Beach Resort

South End of Horry County| Locations are Cypress Strteet at Springmaid Pier, and near the Garden City Pier at Hawes, Woodland, Calhoun, Rainbow, Sea Breeze, Oak, Oine, Magnolia, Yaupon, Azalea and Holly Streets.

In Georgetown County ther are 74 public accesses (See cities listed just below.)

Pawleys Island Parking locations include a 100-car parking lot at the South End of the island and seven locations with limited parking. There is a location 0.8 miles north of the south-end parking area.  Additional locations are off Atlantic Avenue at Hazard, First, Pearce, and Second and Third Streets at Shell Road.

North Litchfield Beach You can get to the beach off Parker Drive, just north of Windover Street, at the end of Windover Street, at the end of Fairfield Street, between Fairfield and Exeter streets, at Seaview Loop, between Belvedere and Mariner streets, at the end of Mulberry Street, at the end of Eutaw Street, at Shorebird Loop, at the end of Songbird Street at the end of Media Street, at the end of Summertime Street and the end of Loggerhead Street.

Litchfield Beach | Locations off Norris Drive: between Sundial Drive and Albert Lane, at the end of Albert Lane, at the end of Mason Lane, at the end of Cheesterfield Lane between Chesterfield and Layman Lanes.

Garden City Beach at the Horry - Georgetown County line. There are numerous public beach access locationss off South Waccamaw Drive.

Huntington Beach State Park on U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet . Park has general access to three miles of remote beach. Admission : $5/adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3/youth age 6-15;  Free for children 5 and younger.

Myrtle Beach State Park | This park is 4 miles south of Myrtle Beach, on U.S. 17. Park Admission : $5 adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3/youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger.

Sunset Beach NC | Parking is permitted on Main Streetas long as vehicles don't block driveways.

Oak Island, NC| Most street-ends at the ocean have public beach access with parking facilities.

*Information above - Thanks to our local newspaper, The Sun News

Parking in the City of Myrtle Beach:

Parking changes are coming Friday, July 1, 2016 for he residential areas of Ocean Boulevard, from 31st Avenue North to 82nd Avenue North, east of Kings Highway.  Guest placards for properties in the Avenues will be available at Lanier Parking on the first floor of the Pavilion Parking Garage.  Present proof of property ownership or tenancy to obtain four guest placards per home.  The placards may be used only on the street for which they are issued.  A non-resident parking decal will be available for $100 a year.  The non-resident decal will allow vehicles to park in two areas in the Entertainment District, but not in the residential areas of North Ocean Boulevard.  For more about the parking changes, visit www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/boulevardparking.html.  That page also has information about obtaining parking decals for in-city golf carts, which must be registered with the South Carolina DMV and property tax must be paid on an in-city automobile.  Non-resident golf carts in the area described above may obtain a decal if properly registered with the DMV. 

Parking meters in the City of Myrtle Beach are in effect from March 1 through October 31 and are enforced from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., seven days a week. The meters accept charge/debit cards.

NEW! Information in the paragraph below applies ONLY to the city of Myrtle Beach (not North Myrtle Beach, Garden City, Surfside, etc.

As approved this week by City Council, parking meter rates will increase 25 cents to 50 cents an hour, effective Friday, May 1. Under the new rate structure, metered parking at  street ends will be $2.00 per hour. Metered parking at other high-demand locations, including areas with a three-hour time limit, will be $1.75 per hour. All other metered parking spaces will be $1.50 per hour. In addition, all-day parking rates, where allowed, will increase from $6.00 to $10.00 on the street ends and from $6.00 to $8.00 in other metered locations. (All-day parking is not an option in areas with a three-hour time limit.) The higher rates are expected to generate an additional $330,000 per year. The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation will use the money to make principle and interest payments when borrowing from a $10 million line of credit. The line of credit will be used tp repair or demolition expenses for dilapidated properties in the DRC district, as well as the costs of acquiring land in the district for public use.  

Pavilion Parking Garage 9th Ave. N. Kings Hwy. Rates change and are seasonal at the Pavilion Parking Garage, so these figures are approximate. $5.-6 all day, $4. - $5. all night. (May be more when special events take place downtown.) Pay stations are located inside the garage and include fees for weekends and nightly parking. Also, you can call Lanier Parking at (843) 626-7275 for updated rates and general information.

Parking Meters and Pay Stations (Information from the City of Myrtle Beach)

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