Surfside Beach (3rd Avenue S)

Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Managed by The Swim Guide

Photo by David Thompson

The beach at 3rd Avenue South lies within the small community of Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach has 2 miles of beach to offer its visitors in a family-friendly environment. In addition to the beach, the community has many restaurants and entertainment options. Paid parking is available at parking lots along the beach including at 3rd Avenue South. For your convenience there are restrooms and showers at various access points along the beach. Wheelchair accessibility can be found at 3rd Avenue North, Surfside Pier, and Melody Lane. Lifeguards are on duty along the beach. If you plan on surfing, please note that it is only allowed at designated areas. Pets are not permitted between May and September.

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 2nd, 2018. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
14°C
Clear
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Surfside Beach (3rd Avenue S) is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors water quality at beaches on the coast from mid-May to mid-October. Water samples are collected weekly at the most popular beaches and every two weeks at other beaches. Results are posted to the DHEC website.

Disclaimer: There is often a noticeable gap between the time that samples are collected and the time that water quality results are posted online. If you live in South Carolina, local media may have the most up-to-date information about serious swimming advisories.

Swim Guide checks the DHEC beach advisory website at daily during the monitoring season to ensure the information we show you matches information reported by the state.

A beach is marked Green when there are fewer than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water for 2 samples of water collected within 24 hours.

A beach is marked Red when there are more than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water for 2 samples of water collected within 24 hours or when a single sample exceeds 500 units / 100 ml

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Please note that there is a permanent advisory near some swimming areas cautioning beach goers to avoid the water after heavy rainfall when bacteria levels may be higher than normal. According to the SDHEC: Swimming is not advised within 200 feet on either side of the sign when water is flowing, and especially after rain. Wading, fishing, and shell collecting are not a risk unless you have open sores or lesions.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Surfside Beach (3rd Avenue S)

Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • Passed water quality tests 60-95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 2nd, 2018. The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
14°C
Clear

Photo by David Thompson

The beach at 3rd Avenue South lies within the small community of Surfside Beach. Surfside Beach has 2 miles of beach to offer its visitors in a family-friendly environment. In addition to the beach, the community has many restaurants and entertainment options. Paid parking is available at parking lots along the beach including at 3rd Avenue South. For your convenience there are restrooms and showers at various access points along the beach. Wheelchair accessibility can be found at 3rd Avenue North, Surfside Pier, and Melody Lane. Lifeguards are on duty along the beach. If you plan on surfing, please note that it is only allowed at designated areas. Pets are not permitted between May and September.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Surfside Beach (3rd Avenue S) is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 1st

SOURCE INFORMATION

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) monitors water quality at beaches on the coast from mid-May to mid-October. Water samples are collected weekly at the most popular beaches and every two weeks at other beaches. Results are posted to the DHEC website.

Disclaimer: There is often a noticeable gap between the time that samples are collected and the time that water quality results are posted online. If you live in South Carolina, local media may have the most up-to-date information about serious swimming advisories.

Swim Guide checks the DHEC beach advisory website at daily during the monitoring season to ensure the information we show you matches information reported by the state.

A beach is marked Green when there are fewer than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water for 2 samples of water collected within 24 hours.

A beach is marked Red when there are more than 104 units of Enterococci per 100 ml of water for 2 samples of water collected within 24 hours or when a single sample exceeds 500 units / 100 ml

A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable monitoring information available.

Please note that there is a permanent advisory near some swimming areas cautioning beach goers to avoid the water after heavy rainfall when bacteria levels may be higher than normal. According to the SDHEC: Swimming is not advised within 200 feet on either side of the sign when water is flowing, and especially after rain. Wading, fishing, and shell collecting are not a risk unless you have open sores or lesions.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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