Beach Rules

The Town of Pawleys Island welcomes visitors to its beaches year-round. The Town has adopted the following rules and ordinances to ensure the safety and awareness of all visitors and residents alike. Failure to comply could result in receiving a citation or a fine. Please view this link for all ordinances regarding the Beaches.

  1. All residents and visitors enter the ocean at their own risk. No lifeguards are on duty at any time. However, life rings are available at several public beach accesses. For updates about beach conditions and surf report check out the links at the bottom of this page.
  2. All dogs must be on a leash from May 1st to Sept 30th (8 am – 8 pm). To see the associated Town ordinance please follow this link. Dog Leash Laws
    • Please also remember you must pick up after your pets. Animal feces can spread illness and can be harmful to the surrounding ecosystem.
  3. No personal property should be left overnight on the beach. Pawleys Island is a popular destination for Sea Turtles during nesting season. Anything left overnight on the beaches can pose a serious threat to Turtles.
    • Please also remember to fill any manmade holes left out on the beaches. These also pose a serious threat to Turtles and pedestrians alike. 
  4. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the beach including golf carts & electric bikes.
    • This does not include emergency vehicles or those that are approved by the Chief of Police and Town Administrator.
  5. Camping or overnight sleeping are prohibited. If you wish to camp in the general area please contact Huntington State Park for their rules and regulations.
  6. No Fireworks. Fireworks are prohibited across the Island. To see associated Town ordinances follow this link. Fireworks
  7.  No soliciting or vending. These activities are prohibited Island wide. To see associated ordinances follow this link. Vending 
  8. Please help us by keeping our beaches clean. Littering is strictly enforced.
  9. For rules and regulations about beach parking please follow this link. Beach Access Parking
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