Ready for a safe and fun summer vacation, just make sure to follow the beach rules.

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SWIMMING:  Be aware of where you are when you’re swimming in the ocean. Currents can carry you away from the lifeguards or out of your depth if you are not paying attention, especially if you are floating along on a raft with your feet off the ground. Stay within easy sight of the lifeguards, and don’t go out past shoulder depth in the water. And if you are using a raft, the raft must be made of canvas or fabric to reduce the risk of injury to other swimmers around you.

TENTS:  Beach umbrellas are permitted so long as they are less than 9 feet in diameter and no more than 7.5 feet tall, however tents are not permitted on the beach at any time. Sleeping on the beach during the day is fine, but sleeping on the beach at night is not allowed!

SURFING:  Surfing is permitted in designated areas at Cherry Grove Pier, 13th Ave. S., 27th Ave. S., 38th Ave. S., and 6th Ave. N, and surfers are required to wear a surfing leash at all times.

PIERS:  There is no diving or jumping perrmitted from any of the many piers around the North Myrtle Beach area. The water may not be as deep as it appears! There is also no swimming within 50 yards of any pier. The piers are fishing areas, and you don’t want to tangle with the fishing hooks!

WATERCRAFTS:  Motorized vehicles may not be operated on the beach at any time, and motorized watercraft may not be launched from the beach during daytime hours. Further, no watercraft of any kind, including jet skis, catamarans, and sailboats, should come within 100 yards of the shoreline or within 50 yards of any swimmer.

DOGS:  Fido is not welcome on the beach during the day, but you are welcome to bring him down for a run before 9 a.m. or after 5 p.m. so long as he is on a leash at all times and the laws regarding disposal of pet waste are scrupulously observed.

There are only a few absolute prohibitions for the beach: no alcohol, no campfires or propane grills, no fireworks, no littering, and no destroying or tampering with the sea oats and other beach vegetation or the sand fences protecting them.

Let’s all work together to keep the beaches around The Cottages at North Beach Plantation a beautiful and safe place for everyone!