If you are serious about shelling and beachcombing, and if you are staying at one of the more popular (busy) resorts or hotels, you may want to seek out other beaches where you can find the best shells.
Free (and fun for the entire family)! Leave the crowded areas of Myrtle Beach! We often find shells (including sand dollars, shark teeth, star fish and many other local shells) at Garden City Beach, the State Parks, Surfside Beach, and especially the less crowded beach at Pawleys Island.
Shelling and Beachcombing tips!
I can't stress this enough....Begin your search early in the morning before any vehicles or people are around. Also, keep in mind the best times to find good shells: low tide and after a big storm.
Before you start out, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and don't forget to wear a hat!
Don‘t lose track of time! That's an easy thing to do when you start looking for seashells. Check the schedule of high and low tides before you start your beachcombing day. I made this mistake once and ended up with very wet, very cold shoes and jeans soaked up to my knees. It was a miserable long wet hike back to the car with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes one time to learn this valuable lesson! Be sure you are prepared!
Myrtle Beach State Park is a good place for your sea shell search. Admission : $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. Phone: 843-238-5325. It's not as heavily populated during the week, although it gets crowded on Sat. and Sun. in season. It's a beautiful oceanfront State Park! (If you buy bait or need to rent fishing equipment, there will be a fee.)
Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is another good place for beachcombing and sea shell hunting. It is recognized as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast. Admission: $5. adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3. youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. Phone: 843-235-8755.
Pawleys Island is often not crowded. (Photo HERE.) We have seen sand dollars, shark teeth and some larger shells. One day we noticed a family of starfish as they moved along the beach. It was awesome to see! (Important Please: Don't pick up any live sea creatures. They have lives to live!) To get from Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island: Head south on Rt. 17. After you pass the Town of Pawleys Island, watch for a sign that says Causeway. Turn left on the Causeway to go from the mainland to the Island. Take any right off this residential road and (or the next residential road) start looking for free parking on your right. The earlier you get there, the more shells (and parking spots) you will find.
Shark Teeth - Everybody wants to find shark teeth. Most of the shark teeth we find are on the small side, but shark teeth come in all sizes. They are black, shiny and are shaped like a triangle. Once you find one, you will know exactly what you're looking for. Here are some YouTube videos to help you get started.
Help finding sharks teeth (1) Help finding sharks teeth (2) Help Finding fSharks teeth (3) Help finding sharks teeth (4)
I have no affiliation with any of the above locations. The goal of FunBeaches.com is to help our visitors find what they're looking for. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or phone 843-215-7338. Or join our message board forum! We're often asked about shelling.
Whose Shell Is This? Identify the shells you find on our area beaches, Thanks to the Myrtle Beach State Park for posting this informative information.
This Beachcombing Guide (clicking will download the .pdf) is from Myrtle Beach State Park, andit will help you identify some of the common beachcombing treasures!
How about a coupe SeaShell jigsaw puzzles as you dream about Myrtle Beach seashells? Can you solve them? Hint 1. You can set your own difficulty level near the top of the screen, on the right. Hint 2. And to make it even easier, be sure "Piece Rotation" is NOT clicked.)
Couldn't find the shells you were hoping to take home? Visit Shell World. It's about 1/4 mi. S. of Pirateland Campgrounds (located on your right, heading South.) I have no affiliation with this business,an I can't find a website for them. But I know they carry a lot of shells. Also check the popular beach stores such as Whales, Wings and Eagles (there's one in the same strip mall. )
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1. Wally looking for shark teeth 5/2/2014. 2. People love beachcombing for sea shells. This is Pawleys Island, just before dusk 3. Our glass-top table, looking down from the top. We have been shelling since 1997. The seashells are from Myrtle Beach as well as other beaches we have walked and loved 4. Wally sifting sand for sharks teeth, May, 2014