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THE BEACH!  Be safe. Have fun!

***RULES & REGULATIONS***

SWIMMING / SUN BATHING
Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 yards from the beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by the lifeguard. Jumping or diving from piers is prohibited. Swimming within 50 yards of a pier is prohibited. Only canvas/fabric rafts may be used in the ocean. Rafts must be equipped with safety ropes. Swimwear is subject to city ordinances in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, and Surfside Beach. It is illegal for anyone to wear a thong bathing suit.

TENTS / UMBRELLAS
• Horry County
Tents, tarps, cabanas and pavilions are banned on the beach year-round. Round umbrellas with a shade no greater than 7 feet, 6 inches are permitted.
• Myrtle Beach
Tents are banned on the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Round umbrellas with a diameter of 7 feet, 6 inches or less are permitted.

BOATING / SURFING
• Horry County
It is illegal to use any equipment in a manner that would endanger bathers, swimmers, surfers, or others in the water. Sailboats, motorboats, and Jet skis (or other personal watercraft) must remain at least 400 feet from the shoreline and 500 feet from any fishing pier, with the exception of entering or exiting the ocean. Sailboats, motorboats, and Jet skis may not be launched or retrieved within 50 yards of a lifeguard stand, unless otherwise designated.
• Myrtle Beach
Boats and Jet skis (or other personal watercraft) may not be operated within 100 yards of shore April 15-Sept. 15; however, Jet skis may be launched and returned to the beach on a course perpendicular to the beach. Boats and Jet skis may not be launched from the beach or returned to the beach April 15-Sept. 15 in the area from 29th Ave. S. to 31st Ave. N., and from 69th Ave. N. to 77th Ave. N.

Surfing and kayaking are restricted to certain areas April 30 -Sept. 15. During those dates, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., surfing and kayaking are allowed only in these areas: from the terminus of the TA-80 Zone to the south city limits, from 39th Ave. N. to 47th Ave. N., from 62nd Ave. N. to 68th Ave. N., and from 82nd Ave. N. to the northern city limits. The area from the south side of 8th Ave. N. to the north end of the public boardwalk may be used for surfing or kayaking Oct. 1-April 15. Surfing and kayaking are not permitted within 400 feet of any fishing pier. Kayaks launched and returned to the beach on a course perpendicular to the beach for use out of the surf zone are not subject to the previously mentioned time and area restrictions.

FIREWORKS
Possessing or discharging of fireworks is illegal within the city limits of municipalities along the Grand Strand. All establishments that sell fireworks within Horry County are required to post in a conspicuous location rules and regulations regarding fireworks.

DRIVING ON THE BEACH
It is unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle on the beach or within public marsh areas.

LITTERING
Littering is illegal. Offenders may be required by law to assist officials in cleaning up the litter. All glass containers are prohibited on the beach.

CAMPFIRES
It is illegal to build a fire or use a propane-fired grill or other cooker on the beach.

SEA OATS
It is illegal to cut, break, or otherwise destroy sea oat plants, beach grass, or sand fencing.

CRUISING
Myrtle Beach
Cruising is regulated by the Myrtle Beach Police Department between 3rd Ave. S. and 21st Ave. N. on Ocean Boulevard from 2 a.m.-6 a.m. March 1-Oct. 1.

STATE LAWS
Seat belts must be worn at all times in a moving vehicle.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. Penalties include a fine of more than $200 and loss of driving license both in South Carolina and the driver's home state.

It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to buy, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages.
Open containers of beer, wine, or liquor are prohibited in vehicles or any public place including streets, sidewalks, and beach areas.

Store purchases of alcoholic beverages are prohibited from midnight Saturday through midnight Sunday.

Vehicle headlights must be on if operating windshield wipers due to rain or poor road conditions.

Motorcyclists are required to use headlights at all times.

All children ages 17 and younger in a moving vehicle must be restrained at all times by means appropriate for the child's age and seating location, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Right turns may be made on a red light throughout the state, except where a sign denotes "No Right on Red." Remember, stop before turning and give way to traffic already in the intersection.

ANIMAL LAWS
• Horry County
It is unlawful to ride a horse or other animal on the public beach or within public marsh areas within the county limits March 1-Oct. 31.

• Myrtle Beach
Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. No animals are allowed on the beach or Ocean Boulevard from 21st Ave. N. to 13th Ave. S. in Myrtle Beach during any time of the year. Dogs are permitted on the beach anytime from Labor Day through April 30. No dogs are allowed on the beach 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1- Labor Day.

Horses and riders are allowed on the beach within the city of Myrtle Beach from the third Saturday in November until the end of February, in groups of six or fewer. No "staging" is allowed within the city limits (access to the beach is through Myrtle Beach State Park), and riders must clean up droppings west of the high tide line.

Sleeping on the beach or at a beach access is not allowed between 9 p.m. and sunrise.

ALCOHOL
Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the beach.   Glass containers/bottles are not allowed on the beach.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal. Penalties include a fine of more than $200 and loss of driver's license both in South Carolina and the driver’s home state.

It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to buy, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages.

Open containers of beer, wine, or liquor are prohibited in vehicles or any public place including streets, sidewalks, and beach areas.

In Horry and Georgetown counties, restaurants and bars may sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday. Beer and wine are sold in stores, as well.

Liquor stores can sell alcoholic beverages from 9 a.m. and to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Only liquor stores can sell alcoholic beverages other than beer or wine.

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