Free Places to Park in North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach is known for providing guests staying in its seaside communities with plenty of shopping, fresh seafood, free beach parking and public beach access points.

You came here to enjoy the beach, and we want it to be as easy as possible for you to do so. If you aren’t already staying oceanfront in one of our many hotels, condos or beach homes, you can use the map below to bypass the meters and take advantage of North Myrtle Beach’s free parking lots and public beach access points. 

Note: A vehicle displaying a State of South Carolina issued handicapped placard or license plate may park free in paid public parking lots.

Cherry Grove

Located between the inlet and Intracoastal Waterway, Cherry Grove beach offers some of the most scenic views and expansive stretches of beach in North Myrtle Beach. Here, you’ll find the iconic Cherry Grove Fishing Pier and access to Waites Island, where you can enjoy horseback riding on the beach.

You’ll find free beach parking lots located within a block of the fishing pier (3500 N. Ocean Blvd). Free parking is also available at:

  • Sea Mountain Highway
  • 27th Ave. N.
  • Prince Resort (Adjacent Surface Lot and Upper Level Parking Garage)
  • 50th Ave. N. (2nd Row Parking)
  • 55th Ave. N.

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is North Myrtle Beach’s main hub and plays host to the city’s countless festivals, concerts and events. This energetic stretch of North Myrtle Beach is the birthplace of the Carolina Shag and is an entertainment hotspot filled with shag clubs, golf courses and amusement parks. The renowned North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex is just a short drive away.

Main Street along Ocean Drive offers ample free parking, though due to its popularity an open spot can be difficult to find. We recommend trying these locations if Main Street is full:

  • 1st Ave. S.
  • 1st Ave N.
  • 3rd through 10th Ave. N.
  • 12th through 15th Ave. N.
  • 17th and 18th Ave. N.
  • Shorehaven Drive
  • Corner of 21st Ave. N. and Spring St. (3rd Row Parking)
  • 22nd Ave. N.

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach, located south of Ocean Drive, is known for its quieter and more secluded beaches. Tucked between Ocean Drive and Windy Hill, this multi-generational destination is one of South Carolina’s top vacation destinations for families looking for a little rest and relaxation.

You’ll find plenty of free street parking and beach access points in Crescent Beach located along:

  • 27th Ave. S.
  • 25th Ave. S.
  • 23rd Ave. S.
  • 21st Ave. S.
  • 20th Ave. S. (2nd Row Parking)
  • 17th and 16th Ave. S.
  • Perrin Drive (2nd Row Parking between 15th and 16th Ave. S.)
  • 9th Ave. S.
  • 7th and 6th Ave. S.
  • 3rd and 2nd Ave S.

Windy Hill

The southernmost beach in North Myrtle Beach, Windy Hill is conveniently located to Barefoot Landing, a boardwalk and shopping destination that is home to restaurants and popular attractions like the House of Blues, Alabama Theatre, Alligator Adventure and the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station. Although home to many popular attractions, Windy Hill has a very laid-back atmosphere, making it the perfect place to both stay and play.

There are two free beach parking lots in Windy Hill:

  • 46th Ave. S.
  • 39th Ave. S.
  • 37th Ave. S. (3rd Row Parking)