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Visit...Garden City Beach
Heard of Myrtle Beach? Meet its little cousin.
Myrtle is a beautiful place, but it can get crowded. Garden City Beach is not far away, so it has all the advantages of the wonderful South Carolina ambiance and weather while being tucked away from too many other tourists.
Garden City Beach might be my favorite place in the world. Every summer when I was a kid (and every summer when my dad was a kid) our family would rent a beach house there and spend a week enjoying the ocean, the little town, and the nearby attractions.
(Image from http://myrtlebeachhotels.sc/garden-city/)
What's the best part? The warm water! South Carolina in the summer is the perfect temperature. The air is warm and humid, the water is refreshing and comfortable. Unlike the west coast (where the water comes down from the frozen north), on the east coast the water is coming up from the south.
Me in 1987 at Garden City Beach
Find a House to Rent
We don't stay at a hotel, we rent a whole house!
Every year we fit about 14 people into one house.
The grownups each get a room and then there's a room for all the girl cousins and a room for all the boy cousins. It's like a sleep over party every night of vacation for us kids! I loved staying up late chatting with my cousins.
Here are the places where you can find a place to stay for your vacation!
Tip: While it's pretty amazing to rent a house that's right on the beach, if you go back a row or two the price goes way down and it's not hard to walk across the street to the sand!
Don't forget a good beach read!
Things to See While You're There
There is so much to do all around you in South Carolina!
My favorite activity is the water park!
- Wild Water and Wheels
It's great to hit the beach every day, but you might want to switch it up with a water park. Our family always takes one day here and it's the funnest experience of the year! Water slides, wave pool, and go-karts!
- Carolina Coast Activities
Have you ever wanted to try deep sea fishing? You can get a trip out with a guide here.
- Black River Outdoors Kayak Tours
There are fresh water adventures to be had too! Rent some kayaks and check out the swamps and rivers.
Don't Forget! - You'll need these things for your beach vacation...
(Of course you can pick up almost anything at the shops in town and you'll need souvenirs!)
Rafts are so much fun in the ocean waves!
Right in town...
There a pier, an arcade, and an ice cream shop. Be sure to look for hermit crabs in all the beach shops!
We kids used to always love taking a trip down to town for ice cream in the evenings. We'd sit in The Yum Yum Shop with our superman or bubble gum ice cream and giggle at the Jesus Saves clock on the wall.