If you are serious about shelling and beach combing, ...and if you are staying at one of the more popular (busy) resorts or hotels, you may want to seek out other 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 sea shells, shark teeth and sea glass. Here are some of my best bets for finding shells, shark teeth and sea glass. Feel free to conrtact me anytime
Free (and fun for the entire family) Leave the crowded aeas of Myrtle Beach! We often find shark teeth, sea glass, and other local seashells at Garden City Beach, the S.C. State Parks, Surfside Beach and especially the less-crowded beach at Pawleys Island.
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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 the best time to find shells and sharknteeth is at low tide and after a big storm.
Before you start out, be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen, and don't forget to wear a hat!
Don't lose track of time! That's an easy thing to do when you start 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 and long wet hike back to the car with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes once to learn this very valuable lesson.
Myrtle Beach State Park is a good location for shelling. Admission : $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 child age 6-15; Frree for children 5 and younger. Phone: 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 fee.
Huntington Beach State Park (in Murrells Inlet) is another good spot for shell hunting and beach combing. This park is also one of the top birding sites along the East Coast. Admission: $5. adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3. youth, ages 6-15; free for children 5 and younger. Phone: 843-235-8755.
Pawleys Island is often not crowede. 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 awesome to see! (Important Please: Do not pick up any live sea creatures! . They have their lives to live!) To get 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 which will take you to the island. Take any right off this residential road (or the next residential road) and start looking for free parking on your right. The earlier you get started, the more good shellls (and parking spaces) you will find.
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 shark tooth, you will know esxactly 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)
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 suggerstions, please feel free to Contact Me by e-mail (Patricia Blackstock) or call me at 843-215-7338. You might also visit or join our message board forum! We're often asked about shelling
Whose Shell Is This? Before you head to Myrtle Beach, identify the shells you'll find on our area beaches. The .pdf is from Myrtle Beach State Park, and it will help you identify some of the most common beachcombing treasures!
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How about some SeaShell jigsaw puzzles as you dream about Myrtle Beach seashells?
Here is one for all the kids (and adults) dreaming of the beach!
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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 affiliation with this business, but I know they carry a lot of shells. Also check the popular "beach stores" such as Whales, Wings and Eagles (there's on in the same same strip mall. )
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