The longest wooden pier on the East Coast, Apache Pier is a perfect spot for a relaxing walk, watching sunrises and sunsets, or for dropping a line. In the adjacent beach area, you can also swim and sunbathe. Apache Pier is a nice spot for family visits.
There is a covered stage where you can listen to live bands nightly during the summer season. The on-site restaurant and bar Croakers offers delicious meals and drinks as well as beautiful oceanfront views. Moreover, Apache Pier hosts corporate gatherings, birthday parties, and weddings.
Location, Parking, and Entrance
Located at 9700 Kings Road, Myrtle Beach, Apache Pier is a part of the Apache Family Campground. You can access through the Apache Campground entrance at the intersection of Kings Road and Lake Arrowhead Road. Since the pier is located on the popular north end of the city, it is only minutes away from attractions such as Pirates Voyage Dinner Show, Barefoot Landing, and Tanger Outlets.
As for the entrance fee, you can visit the beach for free, but if you want to walk down the pier, you’ll have to pay $1 or – when live music is playing – $3. Children 12 and under can enter free of charge. Additionally, you will need to pay $5 for parking if you travel by car. Finding a parking spot can be difficult, so it is better to arrive early.
The pier is open all year round, you can check the schedule on their Facebook page.
Restrooms are available on and off the pier. There are beach chairs and umbrellas on site. Croakers is open during the summer season and may seem a bit pricey but the meals are good and fresh. At other times, you can use vending machines on-site when you want a snack or a drink.
Sand and Water
The sand is great for collecting seashells – there are many perfectly intact samples. The sandy area is spacious enough for many people to spread out their towels. Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on a hot summer day is very enjoyable!
Since the pier is extremely popular with anglers, there is a full-service bait-and-tackle shop where you can buy cut mullet, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. You can also buy some souvenirs and sunscreen there. The daily bottom fishing fee is $10.50 for two rods. Kids are discounted. If you don’t have your own fishing rod, you can rent it.
- 1 hour 25 minutes from Wilmington, NC
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Charleston, SC
- 3 hours 20 minutes from Charlotte, NC
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Apache Pier Beach which you can visit: