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Visit...Garden City Beach

Updated on August 1, 2013

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.

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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

Me in 1987 at Garden City Beach
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!

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!)

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.

What is your favorite beach?

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: I hope you do! I'm going to be there memorial day weekend this year! :)

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I have never heard of Garden City before it sound like a place I should visit soon. You really make me want to visit the next time I go to South Carolina to visit relatives.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      We just returned home from our winter in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle. We considered staying in Garden City, but wound up a little north after all. Very pretty area though!

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      EliasZanetti LM 4 years ago

      Very nice place!

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      sobepaul 4 years ago

      I love Garden City! My parents used to do the same - rent a beach house there for a week each summer with cousins and friends. We are planning to go again this year, with our kids!

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      Danijela 4 years ago from Serbia

      My favourite beach is Gradac, by The Adriatic sea in Croatia, from my childhood.

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      GreenMind 4 years ago from USA

      Ah -- the tiny beach on the north end of Isla Colon in the Bocas del Toro province in Panama.

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      whitebob_king 4 years ago

      i would like to spend the whole day at this place.

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      aylsbillones1 4 years ago

      I love going out in the beach. I have many favorites.

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @carolinarobin: That's awesome! I hope my family can continue this tradition!

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      carolinarobin 4 years ago

      I vacation every year with all my girlfriends and their family at Garden City Beach. We use Dunes realty to rent a condo close to the Pier! Such fun!

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      Auriel 4 years ago

      wonderful place

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      makorip lm 4 years ago

      Wherever I've been. They are all special in their own way.

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      RuthMadison 4 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: What a beautiful place for a wedding!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The last time I was on a South Carolina beach was 3 years ago when my son got married on Pawley's Island -- not far from your Garden City Beach. I like smaller areas (and beaches) away from the crowds. :-). The last time I rented a 'beach house' was for a family reunion on Tybee Island, Georgia!