Cherry Grove Pier: Classic Myrtle Beach Fun

January 24, 2015

I’ll admit it. I’m a bit obsessed with Myrtle Beach piers. There’s something about the way they stretch out into the ocean, creating beautiful structures begging to be photographed.

Plus, when I walk along a pier, out into the ocean, I get the sense of walking on water. It’s a surreal sensation, but piers allow you to venture further into the water than you’d normally be able to and the unobstructed vistas they provide don’t hurt either.


One of the Myrtle Beach fishing piers that is a favorite of mine is Cherry Grove Pier. Originally built in the 1950s, the pier has a storied history etched into Myrtle Beach culture. Weathering several hurricanes and boasting world record catches, the Cherry Grove Pier is a local landmark worth not only preserving but sharing with vacationers.

The best place to stay to enjoy Cherry Grove Pier is Prince Resort. The art-deco inspired resort owns the pier and one of the benefits of staying at Prince Resort is having the pier at your doorstep. Not only does the pier offer fantastic scenic views of North Myrtle Beach, but with the only two story observation deck at any privately owned pier in the Myrtle Beach area and record catches, the Cherry Grove Pier is 985 feet of fishing fun for the entire family. You can also grab a bite to eat at the Boardwalk Beach Café. When the weather is warm you can sit outside and enjoy a nice ocean breeze with your lunch or dinner. I recommend trying the shrimp po’ boy. Fresh shrimp and a light breading made it an ideal menu option.
If you’re interested in fishing from the pier, here are a few need-to-know tidbits.

  • Don’t worry about requiring a saltwater fishing license. The pier pays all state and county permits and fees that allow visitors to fish from the pier with paid admission.
  • Fishing from the pier is inexpensive. If you have your own rod, a one day fishing pass is $2.00. If you a need to rent a rod the pass and fee total is $20 for a full day, $13 for a half day after 3pm.
  • Crab nets are $6.00 each for purchase.
  • King Mackerel passes are $16.00 per day with personal proper set up.
  • Walkers Pass is $2.00. All persons on the pier must have an arm band.
  • A full tackle shop provides a variety of bait including Mullet (cut and fingers), Shrimp, Squid, Live Bloodworms, Artificial Bloodworms and Chicken Necks (crab bait).
  • Fishing season is February 1 – December 1.
  • Operating hours for the Cherry Grove Pier are 6am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday 6am to 2am. Hours are subject to change with the seasons.

Visit Cherry Grove Pier and connect with a classic Myrtle Beach attraction.

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