Myrtle Beach Area Traveler's Tips
Law of the Strand
Discharging fireworks is illegal within city limits of municipalities along the Grand Strand.
Driving on the Beach
It is unlawful for any person to drive or operate a motor vehicle on the beach or within public marsh areas.
Seat Belts must be worn at all times in a moving vehicle.
Motorcyclists are required to use headlights at all times.
Right turns mat be made on red signals throughout South Carolina, except where "No Right on Red" signs are posted. Vehicle must come to a complete stop before turning and give right of way to traffic already in a intersection.
Vehicles must use headlights if operating windshield wipes due to rain or poor driving conditions.
Open containers of alcohol, such as beer, wine, or liquor are prohibited in vehicles.
Glass containers are prohibited on the Beach.
Swimming is prohibited beyond 50 yards from the beach or over shoulder depth unless otherwise stated by a lifeguard. Jumping or diving from piers is no permitted. Only canvas rafts may be used in the ocean and must be equipped with safety ropes. Swimwear is subject to city ordinances in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach. Thong bathing suits are strictly prohibited.
Cruising is regulated by the Myrtle Beach Police Department between 3rd Avenue South and 21st Avenue North on Ocean Boulevard from 2 a.m. - 6 a.m. between March 1st and October 1st.
Horry County - Any animal on the beach must be on a hand held lease not to exceed six feet in length and under control of the person who has custody of the animal. Animals are not permitted on the beach from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. from June 1st to September 1st.
Georgetown County - Dogs are allowed on public beaches if accompanied by the owner or keeper and under physical control by means of a leash or similar restraining devise.
It is unlawful for any person under 21 years of age to buy, posses, or consume alcoholic beverages. Open containers or beer, or liquor are prohibited in any public place including streets, sidewalks, and in beach areas.
It is illegal to cut, break, or otherwise destroy sea oat plants, beach grass, or sand fencing.
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