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Shell Collecting Around Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is known for most of all, their beaches!  No matter what time of year, the beach can be a relaxing and refreshing place to visit.  Crown Reef Beach Resort and Waterpark is located oceanfront with plenty of beach access walkways, making your first stop on the sea shell search easy to reach. 

Common Sea Shell Types

·         South Carolina’s state shell, the lettered olive, is a tube shaped shell light olive green in color

·         Turkey-wing shell, several earthy tones in a 2 inch-long wing shape

·         Knob and channel whelks

·         Giant Heart Cockles

·         Tulips

·         Augers

·         Shark-eye moon snails

Rare Treasures

·         Sand Dollars

·         Sea Urchins

·         Shark Teeth

·         Sea Horses

·         Starfish

Pro-tip: You may want to invest in a sea shell identification guide.

Crown Reef Resort

The beachfront walkways are a great place to start your shell search especially if you begin early when the tide is low, and you will have even better luck right after a storm. This will give you the best chance in finding shells that are nice enough to use as decoration or with arts and crafts.

Myrtle Beach State Park 

Located right down the road from Crown Reef Resort. Besides summer months and weekends, this park is typically less crowded than other beaches in the area, which gives ample space and a peaceful exploration.  At the park there is also a pier, so if you would like to search for fish and for shells then bring a fishing pole.  Admission is $5 for adults; $3.25 for SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 for children ages 6-15; and free for children 5 and younger.

Huntington Beach State Park 

Known for being a popular place for bird-watching the state park is also a grand place to look for shells.  Huntington charges a small admission but their beaches are well reserved which makes for a spectacular shell search. Admission costs are the same as those at Myrtle Beach State Park. Even though this park is a little bit of a drive south to Murrells Inlet, it is well worth the drive!

Pawleys Island 

About a thirty minute drive away, Pawleys Island beaches will not disappoint. There is much to find including shells, sand dollars, shark’s teeth and even starfish if you are lucky.  

Pro-tip: Because of its distance from the mecca of Myrtle Beach, the beaches are less crowded and less picked over so you are sure to find some spectacular specimens.

Eagles Beachwear

Take the work out of finding perfect shells and spend your time doing everything else Myrtle Beach has to offer. Eagles Beachwear has 19 locations around Myrtle Beach.  With your VMB discounts card, enjoy 10% off entire store OR FREE Sand Dollar or Starfish with any purchase.

It’s time to book your next Myrtle Beach vacation so you can start your sea shell hunting quest ASAP!

Do you have tips for sea-shell hunting in the Myrtle Beach area? Share them below!



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