Myrtle Beach is an exciting place to visit anytime of year – but especially draws a crowd during the hot summer months! Many vacationers come from all over to soak up the sun and splash around in the surf. There is an influx of people and in order to make sure everyone stays safe, there are certain rules and regulations set in place by the City of Myrtle Beach that must be abided. If you’re making plans to head to Myrtle Beach this summer for vacation, here are some helpful summer beach rules to be aware of so you and your family can enjoy a safe and fun-filled day at the beach!
Lifeguards are the law when you’re on the beach and you must abide by their rules at all times. If you have any questions regarding beach safety, they are your best resource. The flags they have flying while on duty may be a different color depending on the condition of the ocean. Here is a list of the colors and what they mean:
Purple or blue – Marine wildlife, such as jellyfish, algae, stingrays are present – use caution while swimming
Green – low hazard, calm conditions, take normal cautions while swimming
Yellow – medium hazard, higher waves, take more caution while swimming
Red – high hazard, strong current, and waves, high surf advisory, the risk of rip currents high, no swimming
Swimming is not allowed beyond 50 yards from the beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by the lifeguard. Swimming is prohibited within 50 yards of a pier. Canvas and fabric rafts may be used in the ocean and must be equipped with safety ropes. Always listen to lifeguards in regards to surf conditions and precautions to take when swimming.
Large canopies are not allowed on the beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Umbrellas 7 ½ feet in diameter are allowed and must be placed in line with or behind the established umbrella line. There are no other shading devices permitted. Tents are not allowed during the summer months. Tents up to 12 feet by 12 feet square and less than 9 feet tall may be used after Labor Day and up until Memorial Day, but must be placed behind the umbrella line and 10 feet apart. If you dig a hole for your beach umbrella, make sure to fill it before you leave. It’s for the safety of others as well as sea turtles nesting.
If you’re bringing your furry friend on vacation, be mindful of the times when it’s ok to take your dog for a walk on the beach. Dogs must always be on a leash 7 feet long or less and you must pick up after your pets. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from 10 am to 5 pm from May 1st through Labor Day.
Fireworks are prohibited all year long. If you’re in search of a spectacular firework display while you’re on vacation, click here or click here if you’re searching for where to watch fireworks for July 4th.
It’s enjoyable to go for a nice bike ride while listening to the sound of the crashing waves. Bicycles are allowed on the beach before 10 am and after 5 pm from May 1st through Labor Day. During the peak summer months due to the high amount of pedestrian traffic, bicycles are only allowed on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk between 5 am to 10 am from May 1st through Labor Day.
Planning on reeling in some fun while on vacation? If you’re fishing from a pier or deep sea fishing on a chartered boat, you do not need a fishing license. However, if you’re surf fishing (fishing from the beach), individuals 16 and older must obtain a South Carolina Saltwater Fishing License. To purchase a license, click here.
There is no alcohol allowed on the beach. Glass is also prohibited. If you’re staying with Brittain Resorts & Hotels and are searching for a place to find refreshing cocktails, all of the oceanfront resorts have a tiki bar on site where you can order a beer, frozen daiquiri, fruity cocktails and more! If not venture over to Strong Waters Craft Cocktails & Kitchen for a treat after a day on the beach.
Safety and fun are the top two priorities while vacationing in Myrtle Beach! Make sure to take precaution and follow these beach rules – and you’re sure to have a wonderful and safe vacation!