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Where to put your beach umbrellas: The Myrtle Beach Rules

Our local beaches are protected by lifeguards all through the summer, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from April through October. If you don’t want to bring your own beach umbrella to the beach, you can rent one from the lifeguards—it’s easy to do and only costs you $30 for the day for an umbrella and two chairs. But if you bring your own umbrella or tent, you’ll need to keep some rules in mind when you set up.

•    Your umbrella (or other shading device—while there has been some discussion of changing the rules on tents, at this time they are still legal on Myrtle Beach) must be set up in a way that it won’t obstruct the line of sight of the lifeguards. This means you can set up in line with the umbrellas the lifeguards have set up or landward of the lifeguard’s established line.
•    According to Myrtle Beach city ordinances, you must place your umbrella above the high tide line.
•    You must keep 10 feet between your umbrella and adjacent umbrellas. This helps assure that lifeguards or any first responders can travel along the beach.
•    Shading devices such as tents may not be more than 12 feet by 12 feet wide, and may not be taller than 9 feet. Sorry, no circus tents on the beach!

While your umbrella must be behind the lifeguard’s umbrella line, keep in mind that you are allowed to move your chairs. Plenty of folks move chairs up toward the water and then back to their umbrella shade when they need a break.

And feel free to ask the lifeguards if you have any questions, they’re there to help!