Garden City Beach, S.C.
This small, laid-back beach community rests in the southeastern corner of Horry County on the border of Murrells Inlet and Georgetown County.
Consisting of only 5.4 square miles, Garden City Beach contains a small but scenic stretch of coastline. Known to locals and fishermen as "The Point," a strip of exposed sandbars that lead to the mouth of Murrells Inlet, visitors and residents near the southern tip get a rare waterfront view on both sides, plus one of the few places on the Grand Strand where you can watch sunrise and sunset over open waters.
Stilted beach homes and multi-family complexes serve as both permanent and rental property on Waccamaw Drive, but an established neighborhood resides between Highway 17 and the causeway.
Single-family homes make up the bulk of the real-estate west of the causeway, as well as the small stretch between Highway 17 Business and Highway 17 Bypass. Commercial development along both highways is healthy, featuring restaurants, beachwear stores and other businesses in strip malls.
Naturally, fishing and surfing are popular pastimes. Garden City Beach Pier, The Point, and the tidal creeks that run under the causeway are not-so-secret fishing holes, and The Point is a gathering spot for local surfers.
Golfers are also in luck, with highly acclaimed Lowcountry courses on the Waccamaw Trail, plus more traditional layouts like the TPC of Myrtle Beach, just short drives away.
Contrary to popular belief, Garden City Beach is not an incorporated city, so all public services are provided by Horry County Police and Fire & Rescue.
About the area
- Population: 11,014
- Government info: Horry County Government, 1301 2nd Ave., Conway, SC, 29528
- Contact: (843) 915-5020 or www.horrycounty.org
- Schools: Seaside Elementary (Excellent), St. James Elementary (Excellent), St. James Middle (Excellent), St. James High
Taking a closer look at one of the most popular communities in the Myrtle Beach area:
The road known as Ocean Boulevard along most of the Strand is called Waccamaw Drive in the area surrounding Garden City.
This road hugs the coast all the way to the Point, with rows of stilted beach homes on both sides of the street. You'll find lots of brightly colored exteriors, interesting properties and vacation homes with names as unique their designs.
Although many of the homes are on rental programs, there are plenty of permanent residents — particularly those with boats — wouldn't want to live anywhere else.