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Myrtle Beach's "umbrellas only" rule in effect through Labor Day

JUNE 5, 2023

“Umbrellas only,” please, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. During the peak summer period, only circular umbrellas up to seven-and-a-half feet in diameter are allowed in Myrtle Beach. Other shading devices are not permitted, except for infant tents no larger than four feet wide by three feet deep and three feet high. The rule was created back in 2014 when large tents and canopies became so plentiful at peak times and locations that they blocked access to the beach and visibility to the water. Yes, you can bring your own umbrella, to go in line with the established umbrella line or behind it. During the other nine months of the year, we do allow tents, canopies and other shading devices up to 12-feet-square. Note that rules vary by jurisdiction, so be sure to check your location. Horry County says “umbrellas only” year-round, while North Myrtle Beach says “umbrellas only from May 15 to September 15.