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Garden City is a small beach community located near the popular vacation destination of Myrtle Beach. Garden City has many rental options but the most common is the beach house. There are small houses for smaller groups and many bedroom houses for those bringing the whole family. Many of the homes have ocean views, pools and outdoor decks with amazing views of the marsh.
When visiting Garden City, the pier is a must-see. The pier offers panoramic views of the Atlantic and you can often see schools of fish, jellyfish or dolphins hanging around the end of the pier. Occasionally a large shark can be seen swimming near the pier. Those who enjoy fishing will find a fun place to cast their lines and there are actually a wide variety of fish that can be caught from the pier. There is no charge to walk on the pier and it also features a small shop and arcade. In the high season the pier also often has live entertainment for the entire family.
There are many fishing charter options in the Garden City area. One of the most popular local charters is Ocean Ranger Fishing Charters. At Ocean Ranger, they offer an experienced captain who knows the best fishing places in the area. This is great for those who have no experience with fishing and those who consider themselves great anglers already. Using a fishing charter with an experienced captain is also a great way to get kids interested in fishing. There are many types of fish that can be caught and the occasional shark as well. The charter can help with equipment selection and tell you what bait works best for each type of fish you may catch.
When vacationing near the ocean, you simply must try the fresh seafood. It's always best to go with what's seasonal and available the particular time of year you're visiting. In Garden City there are several local seafood options that offer locally caught seafood. One of the most popular local dishes is seasonally caught oysters which can be eaten raw, fried or many other ways. Grouper is also a very popular fish that many people enjoy, even those who profess to not like seafood. If you want to try a few different things, there are many seafood buffets in the area that have everything from deviled crab to shrimp and most also include a variety of non-seafood options for those who prefer other types of food. The Gulfstream Cafe in Garden City offers a fresh menu with seasonally caught local favorites and even has a wonderful Sunday brunch option.
You can't rent a vacation home near Garden City without spending time on the beach. The calm waters of the Atlantic offer a great chance for even the youngest children to spend time in the water. The area has wide beaches which gives plenty of room for you to spread out your towels and umbrellas to spend the entire day. Don't forget the cooler for a beach picnic. The beaches in Garden City are clean and tend to be not as crowded as some other are beaches due to the lack of high rises in the area.
The area weather is usually calm and mild. Summer is the high season and most popular time to visit. Fall and winter are slower times but fall can be stormy and weather may be unpredictable. Spring is also a great time to visit for weather but the water may not yet be warm enough for swimming.
Driving to the area in a personal or rental car is one of the most popular ways to get here. There is also a nearby airport and a bus terminal in Myrtle Beach.