The 2nd Avenue Pier on Myrtle Beach‘s famous Ocean Boulevard is the longest pier in the celebrated Grand Strand city. Built in 1936 by Julian Scarborough and St. Julian Springs, the 906-foot-long pier takes visitors out into the Atlantic’s depths for unbeatable fishing and expansive ocean views.
The same family has owned this pier since the 1960s, though it has been rebuilt twice in its history – first after Hurricane Hazel in 1954 and again after Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Despite these setbacks, the pier is a popular spot for locals and out-of-towners who want to glimpse the majestic creatures that call the ocean home or leave with a good fish story or two.
A bait shop and fishing tackle rentals are conveniently located at the 2nd Avenue Pier, and no permit is necessary. The license fees are covered in the price of a fishing day pass for the pier. For those wishing simply to stroll along the boardwalk, a restaurant, bar, and gift shop are also available to escape the summer sun.
The pier is open most of the year, closing during January and part of February. There is a fee of one dollar to enter the boardwalk. This fee goes towards maintenance. (Note that in 2019, the “2nd Ave Pier Restaurant and Bar” was replaced with a Wicked Tuna franchise. Contributor Gene Fireworks of Conway notes “Wicked Tuna took over the upper deck, enclosing the outdoor portion of the deck for its restaurant’s needs. It did incorporate large windows that open up for a fresh salt air atmosphere. Great food, great times, and fireworks on the 4th of July make for great get-togethers with family and friends!”)
Reflections on the 2nd Avenue Pier
Contributor Dawne Dunton describes her experience taking the photo below: “Here’s a photo I just took on December 5th when we had all that fog. It was featured on WPDE News both at 6 and 11. It’s only a portion of it because of the fog, but it is the pier!”
She shares a more personal story about her sunrise photo: “Every October 28th, I go to the beach in memory of my fiancee who passed away. I try to get a beautiful sunrise to help me through the day. This day I captured a beautiful sunrise under the 2nd Ave Pier. The colors were amazing.”