Though sometimes referred to as a city by locals, Garden City is actually an unincorporated area of Horry County that runs from the southern border of Surfside Beach to the end of the peninsula where Murrells Inlet enters the land.
It is centered on a stretch of restaurants, bars and attractions — including an arcade and small amusement park — that lead down Atlantic Avenue to The Pier at Garden City. The pier itself is a popular spot for fishing and has a bar known for its karaoke nights, as well as its own arcade.
The northern part of the area is very similar to Surfside Beach, with flat beaches that are moderately populated with visitors from some smaller hotels and beach houses.
The southern part is much more secluded with only residential homes and vacation rentals along the beach for the roughly 3 miles that dead end into the Inlet Harbor subdivision.
There are numerous beach access spots in Garden City including near the pier at Hawes Street and off of Waccamaw Drive at Woodland, Calhoun, Rainbow, Sea Breeze, Oak, Pine, Magnolia, Yaupon, Azalea and Holly streets.