Established | Garden City Beach is unincorporated. Most of the community is in Horry County, but the southern section of the peninsula known as Garden City Point is in Georgetown County.
Why it’s grand | Garden City Beach is one of the more laid-back spots on the Grand Strand with beaches offering ample space for sunbathers and swimmers. It’s popular with anglers and surfers, too.
Major events | The golf cart parade every July 4.
Best kept secret | The Pier at Garden City attracts people from all over the state. It includes a long rain shelter at the end and a bar with nightly music and dancing during the summer months. The Pier Cafe hosts breakfasts, lunch and dinner and even live karaoke. This summer, Marlin Quay Marina added a ferryboat over to Murrells Inlet’s restaurant row so people on the point can avoid the traffic. Call the marina for times and prices.
Property tax rate | As an unincorporated area, Garden City doesn’t have its own taxes. Horry County’s rate is 194.3 mills, Georgetown County’s is 201.2.
Numbers to know
Horry County Council District 5 | Tyler Servant, 213 S. Ocean Blvd., Surfside Beach, 29575; 843-421-7250.
Georgetown County Council District 1 | John Thomas, P.O. Box 373, Pawleys Island, 29585; 843-237-3718.
Garden City Beach Community Association, a nonprofit that coordinates some activities and helps tend to street lights and walkways: write to P.O. Box 1041, Garden City Beach, 29576; or email GCBCommunityAssociation@gmail.com; or visit on Facebook.