Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is the perfect place to pick up a shelling hobby. With over 60-miles of uninterrupted shoreline, you can walk for miles and explore a variety of beaches in search of the perfect seashell. While even shelling enthusiasts admit that luck and chance have a large role in determining what shells one finds on the beach, there are a few things that can certainly increase your chances. Laura Rusinko, president of the Grand Strand Shell Club, shared these tips with us last week:

Have the Right Equipment

While all you really need is a bucket or bag to place your seashells in, two other helpful items are a sieve (especially if you’re hunting for sharks teeth) and a scoop (if bending over again and again is going to be a challenge). And bonus points if you take an extra grocery bag and collect any litter you may find along your way.

Go at the Right Time

The best time to look for shells is when the tide is either low or going out. Shelling can also prove to be more successful after a full moon or a big storm, as the tides are stronger and bring in more shells. Lastly, many shellers find going early in the morning is helpful because the best shells haven’t been picked over by other beach goers.

Pick a Good Spot

Serious shellers often have secret spots they believe yield better finds. However, Rusinko told us that all 60 miles of the Grand Strand coast are ideal for beachcombing. Some of the most popular beaches with shell collectors include those at both state parks (Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park) and some of the less crowded beaches either in Pawleys Island, Litchfield or Cherry Grove.