Know what you are looking for when you comb the beach for shells!

Everyone wants to find a unique and special shell and of course the large ones are what we hope to see, but even the tiniest shells can also be amazingly beautiful.  The best times to look for shells and fossils are on an outgoing tide, during a new or full moon, and after a storm.  We’ll go over some of the most popular shell’s that you are likely to find along the Grand Strand!


The Lettered Olive Shell is the Official State Shell of SC.

The largest Cockle on the Atlantic Coast is common on SC beaches.

Angel Wings, growing up to five inches in length, are very fragile and are rarely found unbroken on the beach. They are usually white in color, although some are yellow or other darker colors due to being buried in sediment for a long period of time.

 

Atlantic Coquina are very easy to find along our beaches.

Knobbed whelks grow to eight inches in shallow water along the coast from MA to northern FL.

 

 

If you are ready to search for shells the time is now, the beaches are empty and the shells haven’t been picked over!  Don’t wait until summer, take advantage of a weekend stay with us now.  Currently we have a January Nightly Special (Promo Code JBS) that will allow you to stay 2 nights in a 1 Bedroom/Oceanfront condo for as little as $145, taxes and fees included!  Don’t miss out on these great off season deals!  Call us at 1-800-525-0225 to  book your stay today!

avatar About Hilary

Hilary is from Conway, SC and has been a lifelong visitor to North Myrtle Beach. She has lived in North Myrtle Beach permanently since 2009. A graduate of CCU’s History program, Hilary enjoys the local history and legend of the low-country as well as the modern growth of the tourism industry in Myrtle Beach. She works as a Marketing and Guest Services Assistant for Elliott Beach Rentals where she has been given the freedom to express her love and enthusiasm for the Grand Strand.

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