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FAQ Roundup

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We get a lot of questions about the beach, and it’s understandable! Those unfamiliar with the area might not know the ins and outs of what’s what at Myrtle Beach. Well, Beach Cove Resort is here to help! Here is a roundup of our most asked questions:

What’s the weather like in Myrtle Beach?

Just like anywhere else, the weather in Myrtle Beach varies greatly throughout the year. Typically, “beach weather” rolls around towards the end of April, with temperatures averaging the 70’s, though the water will still be a bit chilly. May and June typically see highs in the 80’s while July and August will see temperatures in the 90’s with the potential for a much higher heat index. Things at the beach start to cool off in September with “beach weather” sticking around until mid-October. The winter temps usually stick around the upper 30’s – 40’s. July and August tend to be the rainiest months, though much of the rain is from pop up summer storms that pass through quickly, giving you plenty of sunshine.

Are dogs allowed on the beach?

The short version – yes – but rules and restrictions do apply and vary by what area of the beach you are visiting.

North Myrtle Beach: Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dogs are only permitted on the beach throughout the year excluding the hours on 9am – 5pm between May 15th – September 15th.
Myrtle Beach: Dogs must be on a leash at all times. No dogs are permitted on the beach or Ocean Boulevard from 21st Avenue North to 13th Avenue South during ANY time of the year. Excluding those areas, dogs are permitted on the beach between Labor Day and April 30th at any time of the day. Between May 1st – Labor Day, dogs are only permitted on the beach outside of the hours of 10am – 5pm.
Horry County: Dogs must remain on a leash at all times. Animals are not allowed on the beach between the hours of 9am – 4pm between the dates of June 1st – September 1st. Aside from those dates, dogs are allowed on the beach at any time throughout the day.

What’s up with this “tent ban”?

The “tent ban” has been a hot topic this summer. Though many areas of the beach are not allowing large tents, beach umbrellas are still fair game and provide plenty of shade and protection from the sun. Like other laws, the restrictions vary by what part of the beach you are staying at:

North Myrtle Beach: No tents are allowed on the beach between May 15th – September 15th. Round beach umbrellas are permitted and must not exceed 7 feet, 6 inches in height and 9 feet in diameter. Tents are allowed on the beach outside of these dates.
Myrtle Beach: Tents are not permitted on the beach between Memorial Day – Labor Day. Round beach umbrellas with a diameter not exceeding 7 feet, 6 inches are permitted. Beach tents are allowed on the beach outside of these dates.
Horry County: Any form of tent, tarp, cabana, or pavilion is banned from the beach throughout the year. Round beach umbrellas with a diameter no greater than 7 feet, six inches are permitted.

Can I shoot fireworks from the beach?
Nope. Possessing or discharging fireworks within city limits along the Grand Strand is strictly forbidden.

How about a nice evening bonfire, can I make this dream a reality?
Sorry Charlie, it is illegal to build a fire on the beach or use any form of propane grill or any other cooking device.

Is alcohol allowed on the beach?
Surprisingly to many, no. Possession or consumption of any form of alcohol is forbidden on the beach. No glass container or bottle is allowed on the beach either.

Well, where can I enjoy my tasty adult beverages then?
Restaurants and bars in Georgetown and Horry counties are permitted to sell alcohol any day of the week, including Sundays. Beer and wine may be purchased in stores every day of the week as well. Liquor stores are permitted to operate between the hours of 9am – 7pm Monday – Saturday. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to buy, possess, or consume alcohol in any form.

Do you have any other questions? Let us know and we will update our post. Also, you can always ask the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Beach Cove Resort about any inquiries you might have about the rules and regulations.

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