I recently had a bad accident that left me handicapped for a few months. While it’s not the best time of year to be in a boot in sunny South Carolina, I’ve made the best of it in a lot of ways. For starters, it has given me the opportunity to get reacquainted with the handicapped-friendliness of our beach destination! For example, I had no idea that with a handicapped license tag, you may park for free in any public-operated parking meter. This includes much of the beach access parking you’ll find along the Grand Strand. For those of you who may be handicapped and visiting our shores sometime soon, here is some helpful information to know ahead of time:

The City of Myrtle Beach Offers Free Beach-Going Wheelchairs And Many Handicapped Beach Access Points

Beach Wheelchairs available in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside BeachThe City of Myrtle Beach has a number of beach-going wheelchairs available for use at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. The chairs are equipped with balloon tires and safety belts for people with disabilities. For the City of Myrtle Beach, request and schedule a beach wheelchair, if one is available, by contacting city staff at 843-918-1488 or emailing beachwheelchairs@cityofmyrtlebeach.com. Wheelchairs will be delivered to (and picked up from) your location by community service officers between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., weather permitting. Use of the chairs is free, but photo identification is required. Wheelchairs are not available after 5 p.m. Because these chairs are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, it’s recommended to make your request in advance of your stay in Myrtle Beach.

While the city of Myrtle Beach has 114 public beach access points, there are certain locations that are either fully accessible or have a beach access ramp. Below is a list of those locations. An asterisk (*) indicated beach access ramps only.

29th Avenue South (fully accessible)
27th Avenue South  *
24th Avenue South *
Hurl Rock Park at 20th Avenue South (fully accessible)
1809 South Ocean Boulevard *
1703 South Ocean Boulevard (fully accessible)
16th Avenue South *
15th Avenue South *
12th Avenue South *
10th Avenue South *
9th Avenue South *
3rd Avenue South (fully accessible)
1st Avenue North *
2nd Avenue North (fully accessible)
4th Avenue North *
7th Avenue North *
Plyler Park *
13th Avenue North *
16th Avenue North *
1802 North Ocean Boulevard *
Anderson Park *
25th Avenue North *
31st Avenue North *
38th Avenue North (fully accessible)
41st Avenue North (fully accessible)
44th Avenue North *
Gardens by the Sea, 5400 North Ocean Boulevard (fully accessible)
Seaside Place *
64th Avenue North (fully accessible)
69th Avenue North *
70th Avenue North *

The City of North Myrtle Beach Offers Free Beach-Going Wheelchairs and Handicapped Beach Access Points

In North Myrtle Beach, beach-going wheelchairs are also available for use free of charge. The chairs are sturdy and come equipped with large balloon tires for maneuvering through soft sand. Wheelchairs are available Monday through Friday at the Beach Services Warehouse. Call 843-663-8600 to reserve one. Beach access for persons with disabilities are at the following locations:

Main Street
Sea Mountain Highway
4th Ave. North
6th Ave. South
9th Ave. South
15th Ave. South
17th Ave. South
21st Ave. South
27th Ave. South
39th Ave. South
46th Ave. South

Surfside Beach Offers Free Beach-Going Wheelchairs and Handicapped Beach Access Points

In Surfside Beach, wheelchairs are available to visitors staying within the city limits by calling (843) 913-6368 or visiting the Surfside Beach Public Safety Department at 811 Pine Drive. Beach access points for people with disabilities are at the following locations:

3rd Ave. North
Surfside Drive (at Surfside Pier)
Melody Lane

Beach Wheelchair on the beachFor those staying in unincorporated Horry County (that includes Springmaid and Garden City Beach), you may request a wheelchair by calling (843) 381-8000 or by emailing beachwheelchair@horrycounty.org. Reservations must be made at least two days in advance.

The Myrtle Beach area is home to two outstanding state parks. At Myrtle Beach State Park, one wheelchair is available on a first-come, first-served basis at the pier gift shop. Contact the shop at (843) 238-5326. At Huntington Beach State Park, three wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the central office, next to the gift shop. Call (843) 237-4440 for more information.

Unincorporated Georgetown County (Litchfield Beach and Garden City Beach)  and Pawleys Island do not offer beach wheelchairs. Two wheelchair ramps are available at Litchfield Beach and in Pawleys Island, ramps are available at the 1st Street beach access and the public lot on the south point of the island. More information at (843) 237-1698.

City or county provided beach wheelchairs aren’t your only option.

In the event the city’s beach wheelchairs are unavailable, or if you want to have a beach wheelchair for overnight and multiple day usage, third party rental companies exist in the area. The rental fees and restrictions are set by the individual companies, and counties or municipalities aren’t responsible for any reimbursement costs.

Wheelchairs and Scooters of Myrtle Beach
(next to guest services at Broadway at the Beach)

1325 Celebrity Circle
Myrtle Beach SC 29577
843-446-8723

Mobility Center
7831 N. Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach SC 29577
843-692-8001