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If you spend any time on beaches in the summer, you probably know Shibumi Shades.  However, I didn’t know the Shibumi company was the creation of three UNC graduates.  And, now the CEO of this North Carolina company hopes to get Horry County to allow them on Myrtle Beach.  According to CBS 17, the only umbrellas currently allowed are circular and up to 7 and a half feet in diameter.

Although, some say those traditional umbrellas just aren’t enough.  A bigger shaded area provides a more enjoyable experience for families, especially with children.  But, officials argue devices like the Shibumi Shades cause difficulties for lifeguards protecting the area.  And, they worry about potential for overcrowding with these larger tent-like shades.

The Shibumi Shades CEO attends council meetings to make a case and educate area leaders on advantages of the shades.  And, I know from comments on a local Myrtle Beach Facebook page I’m on, the local beachgoers weigh in often on the situation.  Many would love to see them allowed.  However, others who have experience with them visiting other beaches, complain about the noise created from flapping in the wind.

Shibumi Shades website points out that because the canopy is without rigid structure, it doesn’t fly away with a strong wind gust.  And, there’s no danger of tumbling down the beach.  Plus, they indicate the shades are allowed at most beaches in the country with the exception of the Grand Strand and one in Delaware.

We took a trip to Kiawah last year, and we saw plenty of them.  Of course, that beach is far less populated than Myrtle Beach.  And, they made some noise.  But, I see why people enjoy the shade they provide.  So, I guess time will tell what becomes of the case to be made for Shibumi Shades on Myrtle Beach.

12 of the Best Beaches to Visit in South Carolina Before Summer Ends

As the summertime comes to an end, everyone is thinking about that last beach trip. Before the warm weather goes away and the kids get back into school, why not take one final weekend to enjoy some beach fun? North Carolina has some great beaches, we know that for sure. But, don’t forget about a South Carolina road trip too. From Myrtle Beach to the multiple beaches in the Lowcountry area, you have tons of options to choose from.

U.S. News and World Report want to help you decide on the best places to visit. They gathered a list of 12 of the best beaches to visit in South Carolina and it’s time to get to planning. Between the rest of August and even Labor Day weekend coming up, a beach trip is in your future. Grab that sunscreen and those beach umbrellas and get ready for a beaching good time. To where you might ask? Just pick between any of these beaches in South Carolina!

  • 12. Myrtle Beach

    Easily one of the most popular beaches in South Carolina. From the water, the boardwalk, the shopping, and the food there is so much for the entire family to enjoy in Myrtle Beach.

  • 11. Cherry Grove

    A small town near Myrtle Beach offers visitors a relaxing, lowkey destination to enjoy in the Carolinas.

  • 10. Surfside Beach

    This is one of the states most family friendly and affordable beach towns. Enjoy 2 miles of coastline in this quaint area just outside of Myrtle Beach.

  • 9. Litchfield Beach

    This quiet stretch of sand allows visitors to enjoy smaller crowds compared to larger beaches. There are golf courses, beach points, and more for those to enjoy. Walk, run, or bike across the beach and listen to the waves.

  • 8. Isle of Palms

    Down in the Lowcountry, enjoy a trip to the Isle of Palms. Long stretch of beach to enjoy with friends or family, great food options along the strip, and you’re close to the beautiful city of Charleston.

  • 7. Edisto Beach

    With minimal development, this family friendly beach allows travelers to enjoy a more residential beach area. Fewer crowds visit this area and you can enjoy hiking and biking at the park nearby.

  • 6. Folly Beach

    Right in Charleston, SC, Folly Beach is one of Charleston’s most popular beach destinations. Watch the sunrise or set at Folly Beach and enjoy miles and miles of beachfront, great restaurants along the strip and mingle with the locals in the area.

  • 5. Huntington Beach State Park

    If you are into wildlife then this is the beach destination for you. Enjoy the beach and all of the animals and nature that comes along with a Huntington Beach visit.

  • 4. Pawleys Island

    Head to one of the oldest resort areas in the state. Enjoy beach clubs, food, and the quiet sides of the beaches either solo or with some friends and family!

  • 3. Sullivan's Island

    Located in Charleston, many visit Sullivan’s Island for a beach weekend. The white sandy beaches and calmer water allows locals and visitors to take dip into tranquility while relaxing on the beach.

  • 2. Hilton Head

    Head to Hilton Head if you want to enjoy the beach during the day and have fun at night. Enjoy the beautiful beachfront resorts, golfing, and a short drive to downtown Savannah and your beach weekend will turn into a party instantly!

  • 1. Kiawah Island

    Kiawah Island is just a piece of paradise in South Carolina. This private island is the home to multiple famous people vacation homes, beautiful resorts, sand dunes, wildlife, and so much more. Your beach weekend will come with the guaranteed peaceful reboot that you may need when visiting Kiawah Island.

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