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Myrtle Beach Area Features

Boating, Surfing & Beach Rules

Boating & Surfing Rules

North Myrtle Beach

  • From May 15 to Sept. 15, 9am-5pm, launching unauthorized motorized watercraft from the beach is prohibited.
  • All watercraft must be operated 100 yards from shore & 50 yards away from swimmers.
  • Surfing and skimboarding are permitted ONLY at specific locations and 300 ft. from any pier.  May 15 to Sept. 15, between 9am-4pm:  36th Ave. N.; 13th Ave. S.; 27th Ave. S.; 38th Ave. S.; 6th Ave. N. Surfers must wear surfboard leashes at all times.

Myrtle Beach

  • All sailboats left on public beaches must be registered with Police Beach Patrol.
  • No boating within 400 yards of the high tide mark.
  • Jet skis are not permitted within 100 yards of the shore between mid-April and mid-Sept.
  • Surfing and kayaking are permitted ONLY at specific locations from May 1-Labor Day, 10am-5pm:  from south of Damon’s Restaurant to north of Spring Maid Pier; 37th Ave. N. to 47th Ave. N.; 62nd Ave. N. to 68th Ave. N.; and 82nd Ave. N. to the north end of the city limits.

Surfside Beach

  • Jet skis must remain at least 400 ft. from shore and 400 ft. from the pier.
  • Surfing is permitted from May 15-Sept. 15, 10am-5pm ONLY in the area between 270 ft. south of 12th Ave. N. north to 14th Ave. N.; as well as from 300 ft. north of 13th Ave. S. to the south town limits. Also, anywhere from sunrise-10am and 5pm to sunset except within 300 ft. of pier.

Beach Rules & Regulations

  • Swimming must be within 50 yards of shore and no more than chest deep.
  • It is forbidden to jump, dive or shark fish from piers.
  • Vehicles are not permitted on beach.
  • No alcohol or glass permitted on beaches.
  • Thong bathing suits are unlawful and wearers are subject to fines.
  • No littering or soliciting on the beach.
  • Fireworks are against the law within all city limits.
  • Damage or destruction of sea oats, beach grass and sand fencing is strictly forbidden.
  • Check with the lifeguard at handicap ramps for additional availability of beach wheelchairs.
  • No animals on beaches between 9am-5pm May 15 - September 15; in Myrtle Beach 10am-5pm; and NMB May 1-Labor Day.­ Animals must be on a leash at all times and owners must clean up after their pets.
  • No sleeping on public beaches between 9pm and sunrise.
  • All equipment and shading devices not permitted on North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach beaches 7pm-8am.
  • Rescue lanes 10 feet from dunes line must be maintained with no impediments to emergency vehicles.
  • SURFSIDE BEACHES ONLY: No smoking on beach or any beach access.
  • NMB ONLY: See all lifeguard and beach patrol personnel for a child safety wristband.
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