Handicapped Beach Access in Myrtle Beach: Free Beach-Going Wheelchairs and More

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Myrtle Beach prides itself on being a great destination for every member of the family—and that includes a commitment to accessibility for locals and visitors alike. To that end, the city makes beach-going wheelchairs available for use to anyone on a first come-first serve basis.

Between April 15 and Sept. 15, people who are interested in using one of the beach wheelchairs can either contact a lifeguard stand or call Myrtle Beach police dispatch at 843-918-1382. You’ll be directed to one of ten beach accesses between 77th Avenue North and 20th Avenue South, and either a lifeguard or a beach patrol officer retrieve the wheelchair from storage.

The chairs are free and first-come, first-serve, and can be checked out for an hour at a time. Users simply need to bring a photo ID that will be held while the wheelchair is in use. When the initial hour is up, the wheelchair user is to check back in to see if anyone is waiting for the chair, and if no one’s waiting, they can continue to use it. When the user is done, they simply inform the lifeguard or dispatcher, and someone will meet them to sign the chair back in.

During the off-season, between Sept. 15 and April 15, chairs can be checked out for up to a week. To check out a chair, you simply have to call the dispatch number and the chair will be brought to the hotel lobby where you’re staying. To see a full list of accessible and partially-accessible beach access points in Myrtle Beach, visit the City of Myrtle Beach website.

In addition to the beach access, the state of South Carolina allows any vehicle to park free in municipal lots so long as they display any of the following license tags or valid hang tags: Handicapped, Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans or Medal of Honor.

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