Facts About Garden City Beach, South Carolina

Quick Facts
  • Garden City Beach is located directly south of Surfside Beach and covers about 5.5 square miles, extending south to a peninsula in Murrells Inlet.

  • While Garden City Beach is often considered to be a city, it is not incorporated and does not yet have a city council or mayor.

  • Garden City Beach has a population of around 10,000 people.

  • The small resort town of Garden City Beach is one of twelve distinct communities, including Surfside Beach and Myrtle Beach, that make up an area locals refer to as ‘The Grand Strand.’

  • Garden City Beach was struck by Hurricane Hazel in October 1954, and left only two homes habitable. The community was struck again by Hurricane Hugo is 1989, where nearly half of the beachfront structures were destroyed, including what was then known as ‘The Kingfisher Pier.’ Since then, no major disasters have affected the area.

  • Some of the most popular accommodations in Garden City Beach are beach house and condo rentals, which make family travel easier for many.

  • Garden City Beach is located approximately ten miles south of busy downtown Myrtle Beach, a quick drive for a day trip or night on the town.

  • Garden City Beach provides access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the inlet, making the views from many of the rental properties truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Surfing is a favorite pastime with many Garden City Beach natives, and local store the Village Surf Shoppe has been the home of Perfection Surfboards since 1968.

  • The Pier at Garden City lies at the heart of the beach community and serves as a hub of activities for visitors and locals alike. Also, there is no charge to walk on the pier, making a stop even more worthwhile.

  • While Garden City Beach is popular for many reasons, the main attraction is the pristine South Carolina shoreline and Atlantic Ocean, so don’t forget to pack your sunscreen.