When visiting the Myrtle Beach area, why not do a little beachcombing and bring back some treasures to remind you of your trip? Here is a guide for collecting South Carolina seashells, including some tips to follow on your hunt.

According to the official South Carolina Parks website, the best time to go beachcombing is around low tide and after storms. The best places to look are at the water’s edges and the wrack line or high tide line. Remember to always use the boardwalk or designated path to reach the beach, and stay off of the sand dunes.

Never take live animals home — most of these sea creatures can’t survive long periods out of the ocean. If you find any marine life, return it safely back to the water right away.

During your excursion, you will notice two main types of seashells. Bivalves have two shells sections that are connected by a hinge. Univalves (also known as Gastropods, which means “stomach foot”) have a single shell that grows in a spiral.

Bivalves include:

  • Atlantic Jackknife/Razor Clam
  • Atlantic Wing Oyster
  • Calico Scallop
  • Cockle Shells
  • Common Jingle Shells
  • Coquina Clams
  • Cross-Barred Venus Clam
  • Eastern Oysters
  • Muscles
  • Northern Quahog
  • Ponderous Arc
  • Sawtooth Penshell
  • Stiff Penshell

Univalves/Gastropods Include:

  • Atlantic Auger
  • Atlantic Moon Snail
  • Atlantic Slipper Snail
  • Baby’s Ear
  • Banded Tulip
  • Cayenne Keyhole Limpet
  • Channeled Whelk
  • Florida Horse Conch
  • Knobbed Whelk
  • Lettered Olive
  • Lightening Whelk

Of course, don’t forget to bring a sand pail to hold all the shells you collect during your visit to the Myrtle Beach area. Contact Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach to start planning your beachcombing adventure today!

Property Spotlight:

Mar Vista Grande 1002: This luxurious 3BR/3BA property on the ocean is located in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. The Master Bedroom has King bed with balcony access. The Master Bathroom is spacious with Jacuzzi tub and tiled shower. All bathrooms have hair dryers. The other 2 bedrooms have 2 Queen beds in each. There are flat Screen TVs in all the bedrooms and in the living room. The kitchen is fully stocked, and has granite countertops and all stainless steel appliances. Take the walkway to the beach, or enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, a lazy river and hot tub. Pool access is through the building only with door code.

Sea What Happens: Come stay in this 4 Bedroom/3 Bath house located in the Windy Hill section of North Myrtle Beach. Relax on the new living room furniture and watch a movie on the new 42-inch Flat Screen HDTV with DVD player. The Master bedroom has a King bed and a daybed, the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms each have a Queen size bed, and the 4th bedroom has a pyramid bunk bed and regular bunk bed. There is plenty of room for your family in this comfortable home.

Sit on the back porch and watch the kids swim in the private, fenced-in pool. There is seating for 15 in the dining room and sunroom for your meals, or sit on the new picnic table on the deck. Cook some steaks on the grill in the backyard then take a walk to the beach. The beach access next to the house takes you right there. There is even a basketball hoop in the driveway to use. This house has everything you need to enjoy your family vacation. Windy Hill is located near Barefoot Landing with lots of restaurants and shops to enjoy.

The sea, the sun, and the Grand Strand! Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, LLC, is a premier, full-service, licensed property management company in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Whether you are booking a reservation for your vacation or entrusting us with the management of your property, our professionally trained staff will ensure that all the details of renting the property are handled in a pleasant, stress-free manner. Call us today at 888-488-8588!

Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort, a division of Vacation Rentals of North Myrtle Beach, is just a hop skip and jump away from the beach and beautiful Barefoot Landing, and was built with golf in mind with four of the most amazing golf courses in the area. When planning your vacation getaway, Myrtle Beach Barefoot Resort will help you make the most of your visit to the Grand Strand. Call us today at 800-548-9904!


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