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Beach Rules

The following is a summary of local, state, and federal regulations subject to fines and penalties related to beaches within the City Limits of the Village of Surfside Beach. This list is not all inclusive but contains some of the more common regulations. Check the city, state, and federal regulations for a complete list of regulations.

  1. Vehicular traffic is permitted on beach east of 332 (drive-on beach).  Golf carts are permitted on the drive-on beach.  The pedestrian beach west of Starfish is closed to vehicular traffic (including golf carts) at all times. Free parking on the beach is located between 332 and Starfish.

  2. All vehicles driving on the beach (including golf carts) must purchase an annual beach pass and display a beach pass on the front left of the windshield.

  3. Speed limit on the beach is 15 miles per hour.

  4. The drive-on beach allows two-way traffic and parking at the water’s edge and at the dunes. On major holidays and weekends or during very high tide the Chief of Police may determine that one-way traffic and/or temporary beach closure is necessary.

  5. All-terrain vehicles are not allowed on the beach. Any vehicle that is not street licensed is not legal. Licensed and insured golf carts are permitted on the drive-on beach.

  6. City, state, and federal laws protect the dunes. They are strictly off-limits to both pedestrians and vehicles.

  7. Horses are not allowed on the beach from May 15 through Sept. 15. They are allowed on the weekdays from April 1 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through Oct. 31. They are then allowed every day on the beach from Nov. 1 through March 31.

  8. Camping is NOT permitted on the beach within the Village of Surfside Beach city limits. 

  9. Campfires are permitted, as long as they are under control and no bigger than 3’ x 3’. Christmas trees and sand fence are for erosion control and cannot be burned.

  10. No fireworks of any kind are allowed on the beach or in the city limits.


  12. Keep sound systems at a volume that doesn’t bother your neighbors.

  13. State of Texas alcoholic beverage law prohibits public consumption of alcoholic beverages from 2:00 am Sunday morning until 12 noon Sunday.

  14. Keep the dogs you bring to our beach on a leash.


  16. No generators are permitted on the beach.

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