If you are serious about shelling and beachcombing, and if you are staying in one of Myrtle Beach's popular resorts or hotels, you may want to seek out other beaches where you can find good shells.
For free! Leave the busy, crowded areas of Myrtle Beach. We often find shells (including starfish, sand dollars and shark teeth at Garden City Beach, the State Parks, Surfside Beach, and especially at the less-crowded Pawleys Island.
Shelling and Beachcombing tips!
I can't stress this enough.....Begin your search early in the morning before any vehicles or people are around. Also, keep in mind that one of the best times to look for shells is after a big storm.
Apply plenty of sunscreen, and don't forget to wear a hat!
Don‘t lose track of time! That's easy to do when you are looking for seashells. Check the schedule of high and low tides before you start out. I made this mistake once, and ended up with very wet, very cold shoes and jeans - and a long hike back to the car with chattering teeth! It only takes once to learn this valuable lesson. Be sure you are prepared!
Myrtle Beach State Park is a good place for your shelling search! Admission : $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 child age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. Phone: 843-238-5325. It’s not heavily populated during the week, although it gets crowded on Sat. and Sun.in season, and it’s a beautiful State Park with or without the shells. Walking the pier is included with admission.
Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is another good place for beachcombing and sea shell hunting. It is also widely recognized as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast. Admission: $5/adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3. youth age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. Phone: 843-235-8755.
Pawleys Island is often not crowded. (See the photo at the top of this [page.) We have 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 awesome to see! (Important: Don't pick up live sea creatures. They have lives to live!) To get from Myrtle Beach to Pawleys Island: Head south on Rt. 17. After you pass the Town of Pawleys Island, watch for a sign that says Causeway. Turn left on the Causeway to go from the mainland to the Island. Take any right off this residential road to another residential road and start looking for free parking on your right. The earlier you get there, the more shells (and parking spots) you will find.
An email I received from a friend who speant a week in Myrtle Beach told me what she discovered about shelling:
"The other thing that topped off our vacation was we went to Georgetown and did the Carolina Rover Shelling & LightHouse Tour – it was out of this world!!! BEAUTIFUL – I seriously would have done it again if we had more time….well worth the money. "
I have no affiliation with any of the locations above. The goal of FunBeaches.com is to help our visitors find what they're looking for. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or phone 843-215-7338. Or join our message board forum! We're often asked about shelling!
Whose Shell Is This? Identify the shells you find on our area beaches. Thanks to the Myrtle Beach State Park for posting this information!
This Beachcombing Guide (clicking will download .pdf) is from Myrtle Beach State Park, and it will help you identify some common beachcombing treasures!
How about a couple SeaShell jigsaw puzzles as you dream about Myrtle Beach seashells? Can you solve them? Hint 1. You can set your own difficulty level near the top of the screen, on the right. Hint 2. And to make it even easier, be sure "Piece Rotation" is NOT clicked.)
Couldn't fin 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 affiliation with this business, and I can't find a website for them. But I know they carry a lot of shells. Also check the popular beach stores such as Eagles (there's one in the same strip mall.)
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