Shelling! How to find the best sea shells on the beach in 2023! Fun for your entire family!

Find shells on Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Pawleys Island and more

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Do you want to collect the best seashells, sea glass and shark teeth in Myrtle Beach and the east coast in 2023? Are you looking for free family fun? Just check our 60+ miles of coastline, and start your shell hunting hunting adventure!

If you are serious about finding the best shells and beach combing...

If you are staying at one of the more popular (busy) hotels or resorts you might want to check out other beaches which may be less crowded. You will find suggestions below regarding where to look for and find sea shells in 2023.

Start your day as early as you cam, before vehicles or people start tromping around. Also, begin your day early! The best time to find shells and shark teeth is at low tide and after a big storm!

Do not touch or pick up a sand dollar. It is againsat the law in Myrtle Beach (or any South Carolina beach.) Remember before you pick up a sand dollar, because if your are caught, you may have to pay a fine!

So how can you tell if the sand dollar is alive or dead? Find out more Here.

2023 Shelling and Beach tips

Be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen even on cloudy and rainy days. Also check the schedule of high and low tides before you start your beach combing day! I made this mistake once and walked back to my car with wet jeans, cold shoes, and freezing hands and feet. My jeans were soaked and it was a long and miserable walk back to the State Park with my teeth chattering all the way! It only takes one time to learn this valuable lesson!

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Remember...Myrtle Beach is not Florida! Due to the curve of the ocean and land, you will not find as many shells as you will further south. Myrtle Beach is not Florida! But that said, we have found plenty of shells to take home.

Myrtle Beach State Park is a good location, but you need to know in advance that there is an admission fee. Check the website or call 843-238-5325 for more information. It is not heavily populated during the week, although it does get crowded on the weekends and during tourist season. It is a beautiful State Park. If you need to purchase bait or other fishing equipment, there will be an additional charge. If you want to find the best shells, you need to get an early start, especially during tourist season.

Huntington Beach State Park (in Murrells Inlet) is another good spot for shelling and beach combing. This park is also on the top birding sights along the East Coast. Call them for updated information. Check the website or call if you have any specific questions. Admission fee is charged.

Call 843-235-8755.

Pawleys Island is not usually overcrowded, and increases your chances of finding shells that have not been disturbed (broken or cracked.) We find many shark teeth and different shells. One day we noticed a family of starfish as they moved along the beach. It was amazing to see this, and of course my iPhone was locked up in my car!

To get to Pqwlwys Isalnd and head south Rt. 17. After you pass the tpwn of of Pawleys Island, watch for the sign that says "Causeway" Turn left on the causeway which will take you to the island. Take a right off this road, and the next (residential road) and start looking for the "free parking" sign. PARKING LOT (photo information)

Please remember It is very important that you DO NOT pick up any live sea creature! They have their lives to live.

Bull Island, inside Cape Romain National Refuge is located about 7- 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 from their Myrtle Beach vacation! Most of the teeth we find are on the small side, but shark teeth come in all sizes. They are shiny, black and shaped like a triangle. Once you find your first shark tooth, you will know exactly what you're looking for. Here are some YouTube videos help you get started

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Still can't fins shark teeth? Visit another beach! The Grand Strand offers 60+ miles of beach-line. I recently received an e-mail from a family member was concerned because they could not find any shark teeth.

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

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Didn't find the shells you were looking forward to taking home? Visit Shell World. It's about 1/4 mi. S. of Pirate Land Campground. I have no affiliation with this business, but I know they offer a LOT of shells for sale. You will see many stores of this sort of beach store, located in every stand-alone big building .

Shark Teeth - Everybody wants to find shark teeth. Mostpf the shark teeth we findare small to medium size, but shark teeth come in all sizes. They are black and shiney. Once you find your first shark's tooth, you will kbow exactly what you're looking for. Here are some YouTube cideos to get you started.:
Help finding sharks teeth (1) Help finding sharks teeth (2) Help Finding Sharks teeth (3) Help finding sharks teeth (4)

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

I have no affiliation with any business mentioned on this page. is designed to help our visitors find what they're looking for. Are you on Facebook? Find me there! Or contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. Please check out my Facebook message board forum!

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

View our Southeast Atlantic Sea Shells! (click photo to enlarge) about Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one for the kids (and adults) looking forward to fun in Myrtle Beach!
Sea Shell puzzles.

Couldn't find the shells ro sea glass you're lookig for? Check the popular "beach stores" such as Whales, (there are 2 in the same strip mall.) These huge stores may be closed during a holiday or off-season)

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