Looking for Sea Shells, shark teeth and sea glass in the Myrtle Beach area? If you love shelling and beachcombing here's help to find the best shells!

By Patricia Blackstock (Contact me!)

Do you want to collect the best sea glass, shark teeth and sea shells
in the Grand Strand?

If you are serious about shelling and beach combing, ...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 and shark teeth.

I'm Patricia Blackstock. My husband and I have lived in Myrtle Beach since 1998. We love living here, and one of our favorite fun pastimes is collecting shells, sea glass and shark teeth. Here are some of my best bets for finding shells, shark teeth and sea glass. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions not addressed on this page. 843-215-7338.

Free and fun for your entire family! Leave the crowded ares of Myrtle Beach! We often find sea glass, shark teeth and local shells at Garden City Beach, the S.C. State Park, Surfside Beach and especially the less-crowded beach at Pawleys Island

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Shelling and Beachcombing tips:

I can't stress this too much ...Begin your search early in the morning before any 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, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen and you're having fun looking for seashells and shark teeth. Check the schedule of high and low tides before you start your beachcombing day. I made this mistake once, and ended up with very cold wet shoes and feet - and my jeans were soaked up to my knees! It was a miserable long wet walk back to my car, with my teeth chattering all the way! It only takes once to learn this very valuable lesson.

Taking home a live sand dollar from a Soth Carolina beach is illegal, and you may be fined. So how can you tell if the sand dollar is still alive or dead? Learn about it here

The dredging renourishment project akes place every 10 years. If you see the machines dropping their load on the beach - any beach - be sure to make a visit. (Think dump diving!) :-) Here are my photos from 2007 (along with some information about the project.) *This link* contains a schedule and more information. And from thispage you will be able to view the schedule. Happy shelling!

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 adission fees. 843-238-5325. It is not as heavily populated asduring the week, although it gets crowded on Sat. and Sun. during tourist season. It's a beautiful State Park. If you need to purchase bait or fishing equipment, there will be an additional charge.

Huntington Beach State Park (in Murrells Inlet) is another good spot for shell hunting and beach combing. This park is also one of the top birding sites along the East Coast. Check website or call for updated admission fee.. Phone: 843-235-8755.

Pawleys Island is often not crowded. Photo HERE.) We have even 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 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 looking for free parking on your right.

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

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

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

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, 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 another beach. I recently received an e-mail from a family member who was concerned tht they could not find any shark teeth. We excanged some e-mail and he told me this: "Well this year we stayed in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we didn't find one tooyh! But this morning we went up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons in just one hour. So just a heads up."

So there you go, friends! Keep lookoing elsewhere. We have plenty of beaches 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 looking for. If you have questions or suggerstions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You might like our Myrtle Beach message board forum!

Whose Shell Is This? Before you head from Myrtle Beach, identify the shells you'll find on our area beaches. The .pdf is from Myrtle Beach State Park and it will help you identify some of the most common beachcombing treasures!

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 all the kids (and adults) dreamiong of funn 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. S. of Pirateland Campground (located on your right, heading South.) I have no affiiation with this business, buy IO kow they carry LOT of shells. 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. told me they were recently shell hunting in Pawleys Island and and found many broken shells, but nothing to take home. It was not a fun experience for them. Please remember it is important that you do not not pick up any live sea creatures! They have their lives to lead too!Bull Island,inside Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is located 70 miles south of Myrtle Beach. See the Coastal Expeditions Bulls Island Ferry schedule for dates and more information.

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, 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 another beach. I recently received an e-mail from a family member who was concerned tht they could not find any shark teeth. We excanged some e-mail and he told me this: "Well this year we stayed in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we didn't find one tooyh! But this morning we went up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons in just one hour. So just a heads up."

So there you go, friends! Keep lookoing elsewhere. We have plenty of beaches 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 looking for. If you have questions or suggerstions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You might like our Myrtle Beach message board forum!

Whose Shell Is This? Before you head from Myrtle Beach, identify the shells you'll find on our area beaches. The .pdf is from Myrtle Beach State Park and it will help you identify some of the most common beachcombing treasures!

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 all the kids (and adults) dreamiong of funn 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. S. of Pirateland Campground (located on your right, heading South.) I have no affiiation with this business, buy IO kow they carry 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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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