As a barrier island, the Town of Seabrook Island boasts more than 3.5 miles of pristine, sandy beaches. Popular with residents and visitors alike, our beaches are of critical importance to local wildlife. Portions of the beach have been designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a critical habitat for the federally threatened piping plover and loggerhead sea turtle.
In order to protect public safety and preserve the beach's natural beauty, the Town Council has adopted a comprehensive list of beach rules. These rules are summarized below.
Your continued observance of the town's beach rules will ensure that the beaches of Seabrook Island remain safe, secure and pristine for all residents, visitors, pets and wildlife to enjoy!
Beach Rules & Restrictions
The town’s Beachfront Management Ordinance prohibits the following activities on all beaches within the town:
Leash Requirements for Pets
Seabrook Island’s beaches are pet friendly! Pet owners are asked to follow the town's leash requirements to ensure that all users can have a safe and pleasant beach experience.
When a pet is required to be “on lead” or “on a lead,” it must be restrained using a physical restraint made of cord, rope, strap, chain or other material effective for restraining the type and size of animal to which it is attached. In addition, the physical restraint must be no more than sixteen feet in length, secured to the animal’s collar or harness, and continuously held by a person physically capable of restraining the animal. Animals under voice control, or under control of remotely operated devices (such as electronic collars), are considered to be “off lead.”
Pets are prohibited at all times between the designated off-lead area and Captain Sams Inlet, regardless of whether on or off lead.
During the peak season, the beaches of Seabrook Island are actively patrolled by code enforcement officers with the Seabrook Island Beach Patrol. Individuals who are found guilty of violating any ordinance of the town may be subject to fines up to $500 per offense.