If you are serious about shelling and beachcombing, ...and if you are staying at one of the more popular (busy) resorts and hotels you may want to seek out other local beaches or beach areas where you can find the best shells and shark teeth.
I'm Patricia Blackstock. My husband and I have lived in Myrtle Beach since 1998. We love living here, ad one of our favorite pastimes is collecting seashells, shark teeth and seaglass. Below are some of my best bets for finding shells, seaglass and shark teeth. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions you may have that are not addressed on this web page.
Free and fun for your entire family. Leave the crowded areas of Myrtle Beach. We find seashells and shark teeth at all our local beaches, but especially the less crowded beaches such as Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and North Myrtle Beach.
by Patricia Blackstock (Contact me!)
I can't stress this enough ...start your search in the morning, as early as you can - before vehicles or people around. Also keep in mind that the best time to find shells and shark teeth is art low tide and after a big storm.
Before you start out, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen before you start your beachcombing day. Also, be aware of the tide schedule. It is linked at the end of this paragraph. I forgot to check the tide schedule once and ended up with wet shoes and feet...and my jeans were soaked up to my knees. It was a miserable long wet and cold hike back the the car, with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes once to learn this valuable lesson. Schedule of high and low tides
Myrtle Beach State Park is a good location for shelling, but there is an admission fee if you have not purchased a Park Pass. Check website or call for current admission fee. 843-238-5325. It is not as heavily populated as during the week, although it is less crowded the weekends during tourist season. It's a beautiful State Park. If you need to purchase bait and/or fishing equipment, there is an additional charge
Huntington Beach State Park (in Murrells Inlet) is another good spot for shell hunting and beachcombing. But there is also a fee. This state park is on of the top birding sites along the east coast. Check the website for all the information you need, Or call 843-235-8755.
Pawleys Island is hardly ever overcrowded. Photo HERE.) We have even seen sand dollars, shark teeth and some larger shells. One day we noticed a family of starfish as they were moving along the beach. It was amazing to see! To get to Pawleys Island, head south on Rt. 17. After you pass through the town of Pawleys Island, watch for the sing that says Causeway. Turn left at the Causeway sign which will take you to the island. Take a right off this residential road (or the next residential road) and start looking for free parking on your right.
6/17/17 A shell hunter from N.C. told me they were shelling recently in Pawleys Island and found many broken shells, but nothing to take home. It was not a fun experience for them.
Please remember: It is very important that you DO NOT pick up any sea creatures. They have their lives to live too!
Shark Teeth - Everybody wants to find shark teeth! Most of the shark teeth we find are on the small side, but they come in all sizes (view video of 7-year old boy who stumbled upon a giant prehistoric shark tooth at Myrtle Beach) Shark teeth are small, shiny, black and shaped like a triangle. Once you find your first shark tooth, you will know what you're looking for. Here are some YouTube videos to give you a head start.
Still can't find shark teeth? Visit another beach! I recently received an e-mail from a family member who was concerned that they could not find any shark teeth. We exchanged some e-mails and he told me this: "Well, this year we stayed in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we did not find one shark tooth. But this morning we drove up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons in under one hour." So, just a heads up!
So there you go, friends. The Grand Strand offers plenty of beach line (60 miles) to choose from!
I have no affiliation with any of the above mentioned businesses. The goal of FunBeaches.com is to help find what our tourists are looking for. If you have questions or suggestions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You might also like my message board forum!
Whose Shell Is This? Before you head for Myrtle Beach, identify the shells you'll find on our area beaches. Here's the Myrtle Beach State Park beach combing guide. It will help you identify some of our most common beachcombing treasures!
View our Southeast Atlantic Sea Shells! (Click photo to enlarge.)
How about some seashell jigsaw puzzles as you dream about your Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one for the kids (and adults) dreaming of a beautiful shell-filled vacation at the beach!
Sea Shell puzzle page 1.
Couldn't find the shells you were hoping to take home? Visit Shell World. It's about 1/4 mi. south of Pirateland Campgrounds (located on your right, heading South.) I have no affiliation with this business, but I know they carry a LOT of shells. Also check the "beach stores" such as Whales, Wings and Eagles. (There is one on this strip mall)
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