Visiting Garden City Beach, South Carolina

  1. Year after year, many of the same families return to the small beach community of Garden City Beach for their beach vacation. With plenty of oceanfront condos and beach houses of all shapes and sizes, finding your perfect spot on the beach isn’t difficult. A variety of rental companies, along with a few hotel and condo properties make your search even easier. For a complete list of Garden City Beach accommodations options, click here.
  2. The Garden City Beach community offers a marina, restaurants, amusements, a fantastic fishing pier, and creek walk spanning the picturesque salt marsh, among many other things. While the beautiful shoreline is the area’s number one attraction, the 668-foot long fishing pier serves as the heart of the community. It's an angler's paradise during the day and offers live music during the summer evenings, along with a marina, amusements, restaurants and other businesses. The Garden City Pavilion Arcade is a hub of family-friendly fun, offering lots to do during hours not spent on the beach, including the chance to win one of many prizes. The arcade is free to enter and is also home to a yummy snack shop. But whether you’re listening to live music on the pier during a summer night, or taking advantage of the area’s arcade, there’s plenty to love about Garden City Beach.

    For a more complete listing of amusements and attractions, including ones in surrounding Myrtle Beach area communities, click here.
  3. In Garden City Beach, South Carolina, eating out has never tasted so good. The spectacular sunsets that accompany many of the seaside eateries are worth the trip alone. Fresh-caught, local seafood is certainly the area’s specialty but there are plenty of dining options to be found in Garden City. One of the most famous Garden City Beach restaurants is the original Sam’s Corner, a 24-hour restaurant known for its hot dogs and casual diner atmosphere. Another noteworthy restaurant is Sara J’s, a seafood restaurant overlooking a marsh that in the past has been ranked one of the best restaurants in Myrtle Beach by AOL Travel. Many other fabulous dining options exist in Garden City Beach and along the South Strand of the Myrtle Beach area. For a complete restaurant listing and search tool, click here.
  4. Garden City Beach, South Carolina is located close to a variety of shopping malls, outlet stores, and specialty boutiques. But the small beach community is also home to a number of specialty gift stores perfect for picking up souvenirs, along with other shops. One of the most well known Garden City Beach stores is the Village Surf Shoppe, which has been the home of Perfection Surfboards since 1968. Whatever you’re looking for, you can rest assured that if you can’t find it in Garden City Beach, you’ll find it nearby in one of the surrounding Myrtle Beach area malls or shopping districts. For a complete listing of those, click here.
  5. Everyone knows that the Myrtle Beach area is home to over 100 championship golf courses, making Garden City Beach’s proximity to this golfer’s mecca ideal. However, Garden City Beach actually is home to Indian Wells Golf Club, voted 2004-2005 Golf Course of the Year by the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association. Golfers playing Indian Wells continue to rave about the appearance and layout, which reminds many of a traditional U.S. Open-style course that places a premium on creative shot-making. After golfers have played Indian Wells, many go on to explore other courses within the Myrtle Beach area, including technically challenging and aesthetically beautiful greens created by world-famous architects like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, and Greg Norman. For a complete listing of Myrtle Beach area courses, click here.
  6. The inlet meets the ocean in Garden City Beach, and with access to both ocean and inlet, the area is a hot spot for fishing, crabbing, and other watersports. The marina further offers boaters a reason to make a stop in the small beach town. Whether you're looking for a little relaxation on the water, heart-pounding excitement or even a little of both, you're sure to find it in Garden City Beach, South Carolina. From Jet Ski or kayak rentals to parasailing to fishing charters, a variety of activities are available. For a listing of different area watersport activities, be sure to check in with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce South Strand Office or visit their website and listing of watersports options here.
  7. While Garden City Beach amusements, attractions, restaurants and watersports are sure to keep you busy, the small beach community also offers different events throughout the year that families are sure to enjoy. One of the most popular events is the annual Fourth of July golf cart parade, an over 30-year tradition that features patriotically decorated golf carts in celebration of the holiday. Visitors to Garden City Beach are also located close to several Myrtle Beach area communities, which ensures there is always plenty to do. For a complete listing of all Grand Strand area festivals and events, click here.