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 local beaches or beach areas where you can find the best 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 seashells, shark teeth and seaglass. Below are some of my best bets for finding shells, shark teeth and seaglass. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions not answered on this page.
Free and fun for your entire family! Leave the crowded areas of Myrtle Beach. We often find shark teeth, seaglass and local shells at Garden City Beach, and especially the less-crowded beaches, such as Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island and North Myrtle Beach
If you love collecting shells and beachcombing, you've found the right place!
by Patricia Blackstock (Contact me!)
Beach Renourishment continues in the Grand Strand. The large machinery you see from the beach often churns up some great shells and deposits them on the shore.
Beach renourishment 2018 going on now in the Grand Strand - through December
Reach 3 - Garden City and Surfside: August 1 – September 15 (finished)
Reach 2 - Myrtle Beach: August 30 – November 11
Reach 1 – North Myrtle Beach: November 1 – December 15
I can't stress this enough ...start your search in the morning, as early as you can - before vehicles or people are 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! 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 and wet shoes and feet..and my jeans were soaked up to my knees! It was a miserable long wet hike with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes once to learn this valuable lesson.
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 gets crowded on Sat. and Sun. 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 beach combing. This state park is on of the top birding sites along the East Coast. Check the website for all the information your need. Or call 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 yo see! To get to Pawleys Island, head south on Rt. 17. After you pass through the town of Pawleys Island, watch for the sign that says Causeway. Turn left at 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 were recently shelling in Pawleys Island and 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 live 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 size, but they come in all sizes (view video of 7-year old boy who stumbled upon a giant prehistoric shark tooth at Myrtle Beach Sharkteeth are usually small, 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 YouTubes 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-mail, and he told me this: "Well, this year we stayed in in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we did not find one shark tooth. But this morning we drive 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 beachline (60 miles) to choose from!
I have no affiliation with any of the above 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 to visit 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 beachcombing guide. 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 you Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one of 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 Campground (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's one in this strip mall.)
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