Looking for shark teeth, shells and seaglass in the Myrtle Beach area? If you love shelling and beachcombing, here are some of my best tips for finding shells.

By Patricia Blackstock (Patricia Blackstock )

Do you want to collect the best sea glass, shark teeth and Sea Glass in Myrtle Beach? Beachcombing is Family Fun!

If you are serious about finding new shells and beachcombing... ...and if you are staying at one of the popular (busy) resorts or hotels, you may want to check out some of our other local beaches that are not so crowded

I'm Patricia Blackstock. My husband and I have lived in Myrtle Beach since 1998. We love living here, and one of your favorite pastimes is collecting shells, sea glass and shark teeth. Here's how to find shart teeth, shells and sea glass. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions that are not addressed on this page: 843-215-7338.

Free and fun for your entire family. Leave the crowded ares of Myrtle Beach behind! We often find shells and a lot of shark teeth at the State Parks: Myrtle Beach State Park, Huntington Beach Steate Park, and especially the less-crowded areas such as Pawleys Island

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Shelling and Beachcombing Tips

I can't stress this too much - * Begin your search as early in the morning as you can - before vehicles or people are around. Also, keep in mind that the best time to find shells and shark teeth is at low tide and after a big storm

Before you start out, apply plenty of scnscreen. It's an easy thing to forget, but sunburns can be bad in South Carolina - even on cloudy or rainy days! Check the schedule of high and low tides before you start your beachcombing day. I made this mistake once and ended up with wet jeans, cold shoes and freezing feet. My jeans were soaked up to my knees. It was a long and miserable walk back to my car with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes once to learn this valuable lesson!

Taking home a living sand dollar from South Carolina is illegal, and you may be fined. So how can you tell if a sand dollar is alive or dead? Learn more about it here.

Myrtle Beach State Park is a good location for shelling, but be aware there is an admission charge. Check website or call for additional fees. 843-238-5325. It is not as heavily populated as during the week, although it gets crowded on Sat. and and Sunday during tourist season. It is a beautiful State Park. If you need to purchase bait or fishing equipment, there will be an additional charge. If you are going there specifically to find the best shells, you really need to get started as early as you can, especially during tourist season.

Huntington Beach State Park (if Murrells Inlet) is another good spot for shell hunting and beachcombing. This park is also one of the top birding sites along the East Coast. Check the website or call if you have specific questions about this State Park. Call them at 843-235-8755.

Pawleys Island is not usually overcrowded. We have seen live sand dollars, shark teeth and larger shells. One day we noticed a family of starfish as they moved 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 a sign that says"Causeway". Turn left onto the Causeway which will take you to the island. Take a right off this residential road (or the next residential road) and start to look for free parking on your right, PARKING LOT (photo and information)

Please remember It is important that you do not pick up any live sea creatures! They have their lives to live.

Bull Island, inside Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is located 70 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Google it! See the Coastal Expeditions Bulls Island Ferry schedule for dates and information,

Shark Teeth - Everyone wants to find shark teeth to take home. Most of the teeth we find are on the small side, but shark teeth come in all sizes.  They are small, shiny, black, and shaped like a triangle. Once you find your first shark's tooth, 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 Sharks teeth (3) Help finding sharks teeth (4)

Still can't find shark teeth? Visit a different beach. The Grand Strand has 60+ miles of beachline. I recently received an e-mail from a family member who was concerned because they could not find many shark teeth.

We exchanged some e-mail and he told me this: "This year we stayed stayed in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we didn't find one tooth! But in the morning we went drove up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons of shells in just one hour."

View our Southeast Atlantic Sea Shells! (click photo to enlarge)

I have no affiliaton 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 free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You may also like our Myrtle Beach message board forum!

Whose Shell Is This? Before you head to Myrtle Beach, identify the shells you may find on many of our local beaches. This .pdf is from Myrtle Beach State Park and it will help you identify some of the more common beachcombing treasures!

How about a SeaShell jigsaw puzzles as you dream about Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one for kids and adults dreaming of their facorite 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. S. of Pirateland Campground. I have no affiiation with this business, but I know they carry a LOT of shells as well as sea glass. Also check the popular "Beach Stores) such as Whales, Wings and Eagles. (There's one in the same strip mall. )

6/17/17 A shell hunter from N.C.ttold me they were recently shell hunting in Pawleys Island and and found many broken shells and nothing to take home. (It was not a fun experience for them.)

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 small, blacxk and shiney. Once you find your first hark's tooth, you will know exactly what you are looking for. Here are some YouTube videos to help get started:
Help finding sharks teeth (1) Help finding sharks teeth (2) Help Finding Sharks teeth (3) Help finding sharks teeth (4)

Still can't find shark teeth? Visit another beach! I received an e-mail from a family member who was concerned because they they could not find any shark teeth. We exchanged e-mail and he told me this: "Well this year we stayed in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we did not find one tooth. But this morning we went up to North Myrtle Beach and found "tons" in just over an hour. So...just heads up!"

So there you go, friends! Keep looking, even if you have to drive a little. We have 60+ miles of sandy beaches in the Grand Strand to choose from.

I have no affiliation with any of the above locations. The goal of FunBeaches.com is to help our visitors find what they're loojking for. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You might enjoy our message board forum!

Whose Shell Is This? Before heading to Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out this link to discover what shells you may find on our area beaches. The .pdf is from Myrtle Beach Stste Park and it will help you identify come of the most common Myrtle Beach shells!

View our Southeast Atlantic Sea Shells! (click photo to enlarge)

How about some SeaShell Jigsaw puzzles as you dream about Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one for the kids(and adults) looking forward to fun inb Myrtle Beach/
Sea Shell puzzle page 1.

Couldn't find the shells or local seaglass tou were looking for? Check the popular "beach stores" such as Whales, Wings and Eagles (there's one in the same strip mall )

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Wally May, 2014 collecting shells
Looking for shells - Pawleys Island -low tide - summer of 2013
our table with sea shalls we have found over the years
Wally May, 2014 sifting sand forshark teeth