- Seat belts must be worn at all times in a moving
- 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 your
- 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.
- Vehicle headlights must be on if you are operating
your windshield wipers due to rain or poor road
- Motorcyclists are required to use headlights at all
- All children in a moving vehicle under the age of six
years old must be restrained at all times by means
appropriate for the child’s age and seating location
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety
- Right turns may be made on a red light throughout the
state, except where a sign denotes "No Right on Red."
Remember, you must stop before turning and give way to
traffic already in the intersection.
- It is unlawful for any person to drive or operate any motor vehicle on the beach or within public marsh areas.
- Blatantly excessive revving and acceleration is a violation of the county's noise ordinance.
- It is illegal to build a fire or use a propane-fired grill or other cooker on the beach.
- Fireworks 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.
- Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 yards from the
beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by
- Jumping or diving from piers is prohibited.
- Private property owners may tow vehicles from their property at the vehicle owner's expense.
- DOT-Approved Helmets are required by law for riders
and passengers under age 21.
- State Funded Rider Education is not available, but
private courses are.
- Eye Protection is required by law for riders and
passengers under age 21 unless equipped with windscreen.
- Daytime and nighttime use of Headlight required by
law. Modulating headlights are permitted.
- Passenger Seat and Footrests are required if carrying
- Passenger Age Restrictions: None
- Helmet Speakers Restrictions: None
- Mirrors are required by law on both the left and right
- Radar Detectors: No restriction
Cruising Myrtle Beach
Cruising is regulated by the Myrtle Beach Police Department
between 3rd Ave. S. and 21st Ave. N. on Ocean Boulevard
between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from March 1 to October
Animal Laws North Myrtle Beach
Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. No dogs are
allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 15
through September 15.
Dogs in public must be on a leash at all times. No animals
are allowed on the beach or Ocean Boulevard between 21st Ave.
N. to 13th Ave. S. of Myrtle Beach during any time of the
year. No dogs are allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m. from May 15 through September 15.
Horses are not allowed on the beach within city limits.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach at any time from May 15
through September 15. Riding horses on the beach is
Littering is illegal. Offenders may be required by law to assist officials in cleaning up the litter. The driver will be held responsible for the improper disposal of the litter, regardless of who throws the litter. All glass containers are prohibited on the beach.
It is illegal to cut, break or otherwise destroy sea
oat plants, beach grass, and sand fencing.
Motorized watercraft may not be launched from the beach
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. from May 15 through September 15.
Jet skis, catamarans, sailboats or other watercraft may not
operate within 100 yards of the shoreline or within 50 yards
of any swimmer. Surfing is not allowed between the hours of 9
a.m. and 4 p.m. from May 15 to September 15, except in these
designated areas: Cherry Grove Pier, 13th Ave. S., 28th Ave.
S. 38th Ave. S. and 6th Ave. N.
Boats may not be piloted inside the area 50 yards eastward
from the high tide mark along the public beach. Jet skis may
not be operated within 100 yards of the shore from April 15
through September 15.
Surfing is restricted to certain areas from April 16
through September 15. During those dates between the hours of
9 a.m. and 5 p.m., surfing is allowed only in these areas:
39th Ave. N. to 47th Ave. N.; 82nd Ave. N. to the north city
limits; 62nd Ave. N. to 68th Ave. N.; and south side of 8th
Ave. N. to the north end of the public boardwalk (but this
particular area may be used only from October 1 through April
Access to the beach with a boat is limited to the
designated ramp at 3rd Ave. S. Jet skis may be launched at 4th
Ave. S. and must remain 400 feet from the shore and 300 feet
from the pier. No watercraft may be transported to the water
Surfing is not allowed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
in Surfside Beach except in an area beginning 270 feet south
of 12th Ave. N. and extending northward to 14th Ave. N.
Surfing is allowed during summer between 6th Ave. S. & 9 th
Swimming 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.
Only canvas 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. Violators will be fined.