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 seashells
in the Grand Strand?

*HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Hours after Hurricane Dorian's fury passed by the Grand Strand, madness descended onto the beach. Hundreds of shell-collecting enthusiasts, commonly known as "shellers," made a rush to secure the best catches that normally are kept far out of their reach. Were you part of this group? If so, please send me some photos of the shells you found. I'll add them here!

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 ofther 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 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 areas 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 as 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 wet jeans and cold shoes and feet. My jeans were soaked up to my knees. It was a miserable long walk back to me car, with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes once to learn this very valuable lesson.

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

The dredging renourishment project takes 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. From this page you will be able to view the schedule. Happy shelling!

Myrtle Beach State Park is a goog location for shelling, but be aware there is an admission fee. Check website or call for additional fees. 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 or fishing equipment, there will be an additional charge. If you go there specifically to find shells, you need to get there as early as you can!

Huntington Beach State Park (in Murrells Inlet) is another good spot for shell hunting and beachcombing. 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 larger shells. One day we noticed a family of starfish as they moved along the beach It was amazing to see! (Remember...watch, but DO NOT pick up.) 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 ghe 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 shell hunting 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 important that you do not not pick up any live sea creatures! They have their own lives to live 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 wxchanged some e-mail and he told me this: "This year we stayed in Kingston Plantation. In 4 days we didn't find one tooth! But in the morning we went up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons in just one hour.

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 suggestions, 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 home to Myrtle Beach, identify the shells you'll find on our area beaches. This .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 of the kids and adults dreaming of fun 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. I have no affiiation with this business, but I know they carry LOT of shells as well as sea glass. Also check the popular "Beach Sgtores"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 pick up any live sea creatures. they have their own lived 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, black and shiney. Once you find your first hark's tooth, you will know exactly what you're looking for. Here are some YouTube videos to help 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 Kensington Plantation. In 4 days we did not find one tooth! But this morning we went up to North Myrtle Beach and found tons in just over one hous! So just a heads up."

So there you go, friends! keep looking elsewhere WEehave 60 miles of beaches to choose from!

I have no affiliation with any of the above The goal of FunBeaches.com is to help our visitors find what they're 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 like our message board forum!

Whose Shell Is This? Before you head to Myrtle Beach, try to identify the shells you may find on our area beaches. The .pdf is from Myrtle Beach State Park, and it will help you identify some of the most common beach 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) dreaming of fun on 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, but I 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