Looking for shade on the sand?
Laws on area beaches changed in 2014 to address shade structures on the beach, where officials said the tents can get in the way of safety personnel and that there isn’t enough beach along some part of the Grand Strand to accommodate numerous large tents.
The new ordinances mean beachgoers in Horry County, North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach can no longer use tents. Surfside Beach still allows the canopy-style shading, as long as the tents do not block beach accesses or the view for lifeguards.
The ban is year-round in Horry County, from May 15 to Sept. 15 in North Myrtle Beach and Atlantic Beach and from Memorial Day to Labor Day in Myrtle Beach.