Beaches of Hammock Coast

Beaches of Hammock Coast

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast has miles of beautiful beaches accessible in Garden City, Murrells Inlet (Huntington Beach State Park), Litchfield and Pawleys Island. These wide stretches of sand and beautiful landscapes have welcomed visitors for generations. Whether your idea of beach fun is sunning, playing games, fishing, walking, gathering shells, surfing, or body surfing the waves, Hammock Coast beaches are the place for you. They offer clean water, clean sand and plenty of room to spread out. With most of our accommodations being beach homes, even during the busiest summer week, you won’t feel crowded on the Hammock Coast.

Georgetown County beach rules and regulations (includes Garden City and Litchfield beaches):

No littering (depositing refuse on beach or in water is unlawful)
No alcoholic liquors
No glass containers
No vehicles on beaches or dunes
No obstruction of free access
No tents, cabanas or other items may be left overnight. Items left overnight will be considered abandoned and may be removed
No loitering on beach accesses
No personal property allowed within 25 feet of any emergency beach access
Dogs must be leashed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dogs that are not leashed during other hours must be under voice control and owners must be able to demonstrate voice control to a law enforcement officer, if asked
No horses on the beach from March 1 to October 31
No nudity
No sleeping on the beach from midnight to sunrise
Fishing that creates unsafe conditions is unlawful
Fires on the beach are allowed in unincorporated areas. However, some communities restrict open burning and you should contact those communities before you decide to burn. In the unincorporated areas of Georgetown County, visitors are asked to follow these guidelines for fires on the beach:
• Call the SC Forestry Commission burn notification number at 1-800-986-5256 and follow the instructions
• Call the Georgetown County Dispatch number at 843-527-6763 and inform them of the location of the burn and provide them with a contact number
• Use 5-gallon bucket(s) to carry your wood to the beach
• Bring a shovel/rake to create a shallow pit large enough to control the fire
• Fill the 5-gallon bucket(s) with water as a means of controlling and extinguishing the fire
• Do not leave the fire unattended at any time
• Watch your embers to ensure they are not going into dry grass
• Extinguish your fire, place the remaining wood coals in your 5-gallon bucket(s), and rake out your area

Following these simple instructions will ensure that you, your family, and your friends have an uneventful and enjoyable time on the beach
Many areas of Georgetown County’s beaches are included in “fireworks-free zones.” If in doubt, contact the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office at 843-546-5102 to check your area. Also note that debris produced from fireworks is considered litter. Those shooting fireworks are responsible for cleanup and removal from public beaches

Pawleys Island beach rules:

No lifeguards. Swim at your own risk.
All dogs must be on a leash from May 1 – Sept. 30 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Pick up after your pets
No tents or umbrellas can be left overnight
No motorized vehicles allowed
No camping or overnight sleeping
No man-made holes can be left unfilled
No fireworks
No soliciting or vending
Please keep the beach clean
Open fires are prohibited, but you may obtain a permit at town hall for a fire pit on the beach under following circumstances: No free-standing barbecues are allowed on the beach, charcoal fires only in a hole dug in the sand, and absolutely no open flames

Huntington Beach State Park beach rules:

The three miles of pristine beach are reserved for swimming, running, fishing or just relaxing
No acting in a disorderly manner or creating any noise which would result in annoyance to others
Alcohol is prohibited in state parks
Dogs are allowed only on the south end of the beach. Dogs are prohibited in buildings, including Atalaya and on the north end of the beach. The north end extends from the beach access at the north parking lot to the jetty
Dogs must always be on a leash, no longer than six feet
Please clean up after your pet
Park admission: $8/adult; $5/ S.C. Senior; $4/youth age 6-15; free for children 5 and younger
Park hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily (extended to 10 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)

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