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 ourt other local beaches or beach areas where you will find the best seashells 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 things to as we walk the beach is collecting seashells, shark teeth and sea glass. Below are some of my best bets for finding shark teeth, shells and sea glass. Please contact me anytime with questions not addressed on this page. Or feel free to call me: 843-215-7338.
Free and fun for the entire family! Leave the crowded areas of Myrtle Beach.We often find shark teeth, local shells and seaglass at Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach, the two oceanfront State Parks, and especially the less-crowded beaches such as Pawleys Isand and North Myrtle Beach.
By Patricia Blackstock (Contact me!)
Shelling and Beachcombing:
I can't stress this enough ...Start your search 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 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 hike with my teeth chattering all the way back to my car. It only ttaakes once to learn this valuable lesson.
Myrtle Beach State Park a good location for shellling, but there is an admission fee if you have not purchased a park pass. Check website or call for 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 want to purchase bait 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 park is one of the best birding locations along the East Coast. Check website for information. 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 on the Causeway which will take you to the island. Take a right off this residential road (or even 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 found 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 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 side, but shark teeth come in all sizes. They are small, shiney, black and shaped like a triangle. Once you find your first shart tooth, you will know exactly what you're lookinf 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 that they could NOT find any shark teeth. We excanged some e-mail, and he told me this: "Well, this year we stayed in in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we didn't fine one shark tooth! But this morning we went up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons in just under one hour." So just a heads up."
Or you might consider a shelling and lighthouse tour on The Carolina Rover, a United States Coast Guard inspected vessel certified to carry 41 passengers (adults and children).
So there you go, friends! Keep looking. We have plenty (60 miles) of beaches to choose from!
I have no affiliation with any of the abover locations. The goal of FunBeaches.com is to help our visitors find what they're looking for. If you have questions or suggestyions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You might like to visit our our message board forum!
Whose Shell Is This? Before you head from 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 SeaSaw jigsaw puzzles as you dream about Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one for the kids and adults dreaming of beautiful seashells on the beach!
Sea Shell puzzle.
Couldn't find the shells you were wanting to take home? Visit Shell World. It's about 1/4 mi. S. of Pirateland Campgrounds (located on your right, heading South.) I have no affiliation with this store, but I do know they carry a LOT of shells. Also check the popular "beach stores" such as Whales, Wings and Eagles. (There is one in the same strip mall as the shell store linked just above. )
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