There are a few rules you should be aware of in regard to having your dog on the beach.
The City of Myrtle Beach
From May 1 through Labor Day, dogs are allowed on the beach only before 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. From the day after Labor Day to April 30 each year, dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of day. (Note: At all times, dogs must be on a leash seven feet or shorter, and you must pick up and properly dispose of droppings.)
Dogs are allowed on the Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Boardwalk and Promenade only between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. from May 1 through Labor Day. From the day after Labor Day through April 30 each year, dogs are allowed on the boardwalk at any time. (Note: At all times, dogs must be on a leash seven feet or shorter, and you must pick up and properly dispose of droppings.)
The City of North Myrtle Beach
In North Myrtle Beach from May 15 to September 15: No dogs allowed on the beach 9 am - 5 pm. Surf only in designated areas 9 am - 4 pm. The leash law is in effect at all times; the maximum leash length is 7 feet. Pet owners must pick up and properly dispose of pet waste.
The reason why pet owners should pay attention to these is that these rules prevalent at North Myrtle Beach function as state laws, which means that there may be certain repercussions that one may have to encounter if these are not followed.
It is important to note that there are certain parts of North Myrtle Beach that restrict entry for pets. Even though these are small stretches of the beach, trespassing onto them can result in disciplinary action being taken.
To make up for the restricted spaces, North Myrtle Beach does offer pet owners a good alternative. The North Myrtle Beach Park And Sports Complex have a special dog play area that has been specially designed for dogs. This is a good space to go to if you want your dog to have a good time. Learn more about the North Myrtle Beach dog rules here.
Pawleys Island and Georgetown County
On Pawleys Island and Georgetown County beaches, pets are allowed year-round, but they must be on a leash between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m., they can be off-leash if they are trained for voice command.
While in Myrtle Beach, the family-friendly atmosphere of the area is extended to our furry family members at our two local dog parks. Our free "Barc Parc" playgrounds are complete with drinking fountains and fenced-in areas for dogs to run, with separate areas for large and small dogs. They are the only areas in the city limits of Myrtle Beach where there is no leash law, and your dog can run free.
Barc Parc South - Located at 676 Mallard Lake Drive at the Market Common (former Air Force Base), where you'll find a beautiful pond on 14 acres of space just for dogs!
Barc Parc North - Located at 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive, off of 62nd Ave. just west of U.S. 17 Bypass, beside the new YMCA. Dogs can run and play on 3.3 acres and has Big Dog and Little Dog areas.