Travel Tips | It’s all About the Beach

When visiting the Grand Strand, you’re sure to spend lots of time at the beach. Here are the ins and outs that will ensure you and your family have a safe, fun time, while minimally impacting the natural environment around you.

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Fun for Everyone

There are 42 beach access points where beach-going wheelchairs with balloon tires and safety belts are available for use at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. To acquire the use of one these wheelchairs, contact the police department communications desk at (843) 918-1488. Wheelchairs will be delivered to (and picked up from) your location by a community service officer between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting.

Beach Regulations

Sea Oats – It is illegal to cut, break, or otherwise destroy sea oat plants, beach grass, and sand fencing.

Animals – Check each locality for animal restrictions as dogs and horses are not allowed on some beaches.

Glass Containers – All glass containers are prohibited.

Fireworks – It is illegal for any person to use, fire, shoot, discharge, sell or offer for sale, store, exchange, give away or possess any fireworks within the city. This prohibition includes the beach. Fireworks displays by pyrotechnic professionals may be approved if properly permitted and supervised.

Swimming – Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 yards from the beach or in water over shoulder height.

Piers – Jumping or diving from piers is prohibited. Aquatic activities, such as swimming and surfing are prohibited within 75 yards of piers. Fishing attracts aquatic animals that should be avoided.

If You Get up Close and Personal with a Jellyfish

Most visitors won’t even see a jellyfish, but encounters happen. If you get stung, follow these instructions:

Immediately scoop-up some sand and rub it on the sting underwater to wash away any remaining nettles. Apply plain meat tenderizer, vinegar, or alcohol to neutralize most of the toxins, and, finally, wash the area with soap and fresh water. If the sting is severe, consult a physician or hospital emergency department. If there is an allergic reaction, call 911 immediately.

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as Creative Resources Manager for RTX, based in Asheville, NC. You can find him hiking the mountains of Asheville, gardening, traveling, and hanging with his growing family. His favorite RTX exchange destinations are Rangeley, Maine, Lake Tahoe, Banff, Canada, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, Cape Cod, and Orange Beach, Alabama. .

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