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 beaches where you can find the best shells.
Free (and fun for the netire family) Leave the crowded areas of Myrtle Beach! We often find shells (including sand dollars, shark teeth, star fish and many local shells) at Garden City Beach, the State Parks, Surfside Beach and expecially the less crowded beach at 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 the best time to find good shells is at low tide and after a big storm.
Before you start out, be sure to apply pkenty 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. 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 my jeans were soaked up to my knees. It was a miserable long hike back to the car with my teeth chattering all the way. It only takes one time to learn this valuable lesson. Be sure you are prepared!
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; Free for children 5 and younger. Phone: 843-238-5325. It's not as heavily populated as during the week, although it gets crowded on Sat. and Sun. in season. It's a beautiful ocean front State Park! If you need to buy bait or rent fishing equipment there will be an additional fee.)
Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is another good spot for shell hunting and and beach combing. This park is also recognized as one of the best birding sites along the East Coast. Admission: $5. adult; $3.25/ S.C. Senior; $3. youth ages 6-15; free for children age 5 and younger. Phone: 843-235-8755.
Pawleys Island is often not crowded. Photo HERE.) 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 Please: Don't pick up any live sea creatures. They have their 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 get to the island. Take any right off this residential road and (or the nest residential road) start looking for free parking on your right. The earlier you get there, the more shells (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 one, 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 fSharks 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 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'll find on our area beaches, thanks to the Myrtle Beach State Park!
This Beachcombing Guide (clicking will download the .pdf) is from Myrtle Beach State Park, and it willl help you identify some of the most common beachcombing treasures!
View our Southeast Atlantic Sea Shells! Click the photo to enlarge. Photos and description.
How about a coupe 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 find the shells you were hoping 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 the 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 Whales, Wings and Eagles (there's one in the same strip mall. )
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1. Wally looking for shark teeth 5/2/2014. 2. People love beachcombing for sea shells. This is Pawleys Island, just before dusk 3. Our glass-top table, looking down from the top. We have been shelling since 1997. The seashells are from Myrtle Beach as well as other beaches we have walked and loved 4. Wally sifting sand for sharks teeth, May, 2014