April 2019 update: Surfside Beach was hit by Hurricane Matthew and the pier was heavily damaged. The pier is currently closed to fishing, however, there is a short amount of pier that you can stroll down. Surf Diner, Pier Outfitters and Licks Ice Cream are open for business The Town of Surfside Beach plans to change the structure's material from wood to concrete and has received the construction permit for a new pier.
The beautiful, charming 830-foot long Surfside Pier was built in 1953 by a group of wealthy businessmen. The Tillman family later purchased the structure. During the 1970s and 80s, the Holliday family owned and operated the pier.
Destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the pier was rebuilt and sold to the Scalise family. In 2008, the City bought the pier and now leases it to the Kremers.
The Surfside Pier has been rebuilt three times.
The pier is home to Pier Outfitters, a full-service bait and tackle shop with gifts and souvenirs, an ice cream parlor, and a newly-renovated fantastic seafood restaurant and outdoor bar, The Surf Diner. Surf Diner, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, has a specialized menu of chef-inspired low country seafood dishes, as well as steaks, burgers and giant fish sandwiches. There are also several great restaurants nearby like Bubba's Fish Shack and River City Café, as well as a resort hotel.
Known as The Family Beach, Surfside Beach has been recently declared the first Autism Friendly Travel Destination. Surfside Beach for many years was locally referred to as a "Mayberry on the Coast", but since the early 2000s has become a more cosmopolitan township due to recent growth. Surfside Beach still retains much of its old charm yet has become very popular as a tourist destination. Surfside Beach has many great attractions, shops, a variety of restaurants and many other amenities you would expect in larger towns.
Be sure to visit Wild Water and Wheels waterpark and Hudson Flea Market, both near the Surfside Pier.
Bring your family and friends to the Surfside Pier and experience the centerpiece of our "Family Beach"!
To get to the pier use Hwy. 17 south (business) to Surfside Drive and follow it to the amazing Atlantic Ocean!
Surfside Pier, Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach. Hours are from 6 am to 11 pm. $9.00 to fish. 843-238-0121.