Surfside Beach and Parking Information

Beach Access & Regulations

Surfside Beach, Beach Access, Regulations & Parking Locations

Beach Access

  • Visitors may access the beach from any of the Town's 36 access points.
  • Wheelchair access is available at the 3rd Avenue North entrance, Surfside Pier, and Melody Lane accesses.
  • Special Beach wheelchairs are available through the Surfside Beach Public Safety Department.
  • Please visit the Department at 811 Pine Drive or call (843)913-6368 for more information.
  • Visit the town of Surfside Beach website for additional beach and boating information.
Click any map point to find driving directions.

Pay to Park via Phone

We will no longer be utilizing any pay stations for the 2023 season. We will only be offering Text2Park and Parkmobile. Each sign that is installed will have step by step directions on how to make your payment. 
There will also be a number to our office on each sign and someone can walk you through the process should you have any issues.

Parkmobile and Text2Park are features that lets you pay over the phone with your credit card and may be extended from anywhere. It's available at all paid parking locations. 
Look for a Park Mobile or Text2Park sign.

Dial 877-727-5714, listed on the sign.  Register your license plate.  Enter the four-digit zone number listed on the sticker.  Activate parking.
When you return to your vehicle, call the number listed on the sticker and it will deactivate your parking, or end the session in your app.

 Parking Decals

Town Registrations, Purple Heart, Disabled Veterans, and Handicapped placards or license plate tags may park at any public parking space free with the proper decal displayed.

Remember DO NOT park in the following areas...

Where official signs prohibit parking

On sidewalks

Within thirty feet of an intersection not otherwise designated for parking

Within ten feet of any beach access, driveway, and entrance or exit to any parking lot

On private property without the consent of the owner


Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant

Along the east side of Ocean Boulevard, or along the west side of Ocean Boulevard, without a town decal and where signs prohibit parking

Upon any public right-of-way with the vehicle parked in any manner other than parallel with the roadway and facing with proper flow of traffic unless within a legally marked and designated parking space

All wheels/tires must be off the black pavement

Violations and Fines

All municipal parking violations carry a fine of $25 unless otherwise mandated by town ordinance. On the 30th day after issuance of the citation for a parking violation and the fine remains unpaid, the fine shall increase to $75. In addition, the vehicle may be subject to impoundment or immobilization.

4th Avenue North / Ocean Boulevard Parking Lot

Pay to park - no local registrations allowed.

Surfside Pier Parking Lot 

Pay to Park- No local registrations allowed 

Rented or Commercial Golf Cart Parking:

In all pay to park areas, operators must pay applicable fees or have a Surfside Beach parking decal for the current year. These areas are located at the following beach accesses:

These areas are located at the following beach accesses:

1st Ave N., 2nd Ave N., 4th Ave N., 8th Ave N., 9th Ave N., 12th Ave N., 14th Ave N., 15th Ave N., 16th Ave N., 2nd Ave S., 7th Ave S., 8th Ave S., 9th Ave S., 10th Ave S., 11th Ave S., 12th Ave S.

Violations and Fines

All municipal parking violations carry a fine of $25 unless otherwise mandated by town ordinance. On the 30th day after issuance of the citation for a parking violation and the fine remains unpaid, the fine shall increase to $75. In addition, the vehicle may be subject to impoundment or immobilization.

4th Avenue North / Ocean Boulevard Parking Lot

Pay to park - no local registrations allowed.

Surfside Pier Parking Lot 

Pay to Park- No local registrations allowed 

Beach Rules

To both ensure the safety of our residents and visitors and preserve the unique quality of life that gives our Town its charm, the Town asks all beachgoers to abide by the following rules:

  • Vehicles: No motor vehicles, other than those used by lifeguards, police, or other Town personnel, are permitted to operate on the beach at any time.
  • Animals:  Dogs or other domestic pets are not permitted on the public beach between the hours of 10 am to 5 pm from May 1 through Labor Day. All other times leashed dogs are allowed on the beach.
  • Horses and other large animals are not allowed on the beach.

For complete beach regulations and safety information, please see the beaches page on the town of Surfside Beach web site.

Beach Shading Devices. 

Please click here for rules regarding beach shading devices. 

Swimming, Surfing and Safety

Lifeguards, deputies, and other Town officials supervise and regulate surf fishing, swimming, and other activities on the Town's beach.  For a complete listing of beach rules, please visit the swimming, surfing and safety rules page on the Surfside Beach website.

  • To report lost children please contact the Surfside Beach Police Department at 843-913-6368.
    Fireworks are not permitted on the public beach.
    No alcoholic beverages are permitted on the beach.
    Lifeguard instructions are to be obeyed at all times.
    Swimmers are to venture into the water no deeper than chest-deep and no further than 50 yards from the shoreline.
    Surfing is prohibited within 300 feet of the fishing pier.
    Summer Season Surfing - During the period between May 15 and September 15, surfing is permitted only in designated areas between 10 am and 5 pm.

    Starting at the swash two hundred seventy (270) feet south of 12th Ave. North and extending northward to 14th Ave North and between the area starting three hundred (300) feet north of 14th Ave. South extending southward to the southernmost boundary of the town and then anywhere along the beach before the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Off-Season Surfing - Between the periods of September 16 and May 14, surfing is allowed anywhere along the beach from sunup to sundown, except in areas within 300 hundred feet of the fishing pier.
    Surfers are required to wear surfing leashes at all times.
    Umbrellas, tents, etc. must be placed 10 feet to the rear of guard stands.

Lifeguard Stations can be found at the following locations:



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