Piers, jetties and other pier-like structures have been built in a number of countries outside the United Kingdom. The most significant of these structures will be listed on this page with links either to the pier’s own website or an alternative reference website, if this is not available.
|CLUB DE PESCADORES, RIO DE LA PLATA, BUENOS AIRES
The pier was built in 1930 to replace an earlier pier which had been destroyed in a storm in 1905. The iconic building on the pier was designed by José N. Quartino and officially opened on 16 January, 1937 and was declared a national historic monument in 2001.
|BUSSELTON JETTY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
At 1841 metres, Busselton Jetty is the longest wooden jetty (pier) in the southern hemisphere. Construction began in 1853 with continual extensions up to the 1960s. It was closed to shipping in 1972, and maintenance was discontinued for a time, but it has since been restored, and is now the site of an underwater observatory and an interpretive centre.
|MANLY PIER, NORTHERN SYDNEY
Built in 1933 as a dressing room and tea rooms for bathers, the heritage listed Manly Pavilion underwent a meticulous renovation to open in 2010, restored to its original grandeur boasting soaring ceilings, a marble terrazzo balcony, and unrivalled views of greater Sydney Harbour. Despite a series of awards for the quality of its food it closed in May 2012 with substantial debts. Now operated as Manly Pavilion by the Miramare Group.
|MANLY WHARF, NORTHERN SYDNEY
The first Manly Wharf was a fifty foot pier built on the present site. The new Manly Wharf is Sydney Harbour’s premiere waterfront restaurant, shopping and entertainment precinct. Every year over 6 million commuters travel across Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf on the scenic ferry or jet cat.
|PRINCES PIER, MELBOURNE
Completed in 1915, the 580m long Princes Pier was originally known as the New Railway Pier – it was renamed after the Prince of Wales visit in 1920. It later became disused and deteriorated badly, finally being closed to the public in the early 1990s. Further deterioration followed until a major restoration commenced in 2006.
|SANDGATE PIER, SHORNCLIIFE, QUEENSLAND
Completed in 1872, the pier is a very popular attraction for residents and visitors to the area. It was extensively refurbished and repainted in late 2000 and was further enhanced by major renovation of the adjacent boardwalk in 2008. In 2011 the pier was used as the location for a UK TV commercial for Homebase DIY.
|SMOKY BAY JETTY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Over the last few years the Friends of the Smoky Bay Jetty have raised funds and restored the last 60 plus meters of the jetty which had remained dilapidated and unused since 1969. The development includes three double fishing shelters and new lighting and handrails.
|ST KILDA PIER, MELBOURNE
St Kilda has had a pier since 1853, although the first wooden structure was washed away in a storm soon after it was completed. Various new piers and extensions were constructed through the 1800s with the pier reaching its present size after a concrete section was added in the 1970s. The historic 1904 St Kilda Pier Kiosk was completely restored following a devastating fire in 2003.
|VICTOR HARBOR CAUSEWAY & HORSEDRAWN TRAM, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
The mainland at Victor Harbor is connected via a tram/pedestrian causeway to the popular visitor site of Granite Island. The tram service is provided by the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram, one of the very few horse-drawn tram routes remaining in public transit service. Granite island is home to a large colony of Little Penguins.
Built originally in 1933 and subsequently greatly restored, this 350m long pier is often referred to just as the Belgium Pier. It is a listed structure and the only one on the Belgium coast built as a pleasure pier. The total floor area of 5,000 square meters is divided over four floors, including an auditorium and 3-D cinema built 4m below sea level.
|BLAKE PIER, STANLEY, HONG KONG
Built in 1900 as a reception point for visiting dignitaries and colonial governors, the Blake Pier was demolished in 1965. Its ornate Edwardian pavilion which had been added in 1909 was dismantled and rebuilt in Morse Park. In 2006, the structure was once again transferred to Stanley, and the pier was recommissioned on 31 July 2007.
|ZHAN QIAO, QINGDAO, CHINA
Built in 1891, this 440 meter long pier and its iconic octagonal pavilion are recognized all over the world on bottles of Tsingtao beer. Huilan Ge Pavilion (loosely translated as the Billowing Back and Forth Tower) stands at the end of the pier and was constructed in 1930.
|PALAIS DE LA JETÉE (Lost)
The incredible Palais de la Jetée was a beautiful crystal palace at Nice in the South of France but now exists only in paintings, postcards and a few old photographs. The pier and casino opened in 1891, 18 years after the idea was first raised and was a huge success with visitors. Tragically it was destroyed during World War II.
The historic Ahlbeck pier features a beautiful clock in Art Nouveau style. The pier itself was completed in 1899 and is the only one along the entire Baltic Sea coast whose original structure has been preserved.
|SEEBRÜCKE SELLIN, RÜGEN
Construction of the current pier at Sellin on the Baltic Isle of Rϋgen began in 1992 based on models of earlier piers from 1906 to 1925. The 348m long pier was formally opened fully on 2 April 1998. The imposing pavilion houses the Palm Garden, Emperor Pavilion, and Balticsaal restaurants. The pier is now a popular venue for wedding receptions.
|IL PIRGO, CIVITAVECCHIA
Now just a shadow of its former glory, Il Pirgo sits on the promenade, a pleasant walk along the seafront from the town centre. The remaining structure is little more than an ornamental jetty linking the shore to a small ‘island’ but was once part of an elaborate bathing complex comprising bars, restaurants, a ballroom, and various therapeutic baths. Storms in 1902 and in 1941 destroyed most of the complex.
|ROTONDA A MARE, SENIGALLIA
Reopened in 2006 after extensive renovation and restoration work, the Rotonda is both a local monument and an iconic tourist destination for visitors to the area. It now provides a venue for entertainment functions, and events promoting tourism in the whole region, and also acts a cultural centre and a focus for the visual and peforming arts.
|TERRAZZA A MARE, LIGNANO SABBIADORO
Opened in 1972, the Terrazza a Mare has a modern design by the architect Aldo Bernardis. It replaced an older building designed by the architect Valle. It boasts a large open terrace surrounding a restaurant and can host small events, conferences, meetings, theme nights or private parties, gala dinners and presentations.
|TOTTO PARK KOSHIMA (FISHING PIER), OSAKA
The Totto Park pier is situated on the south east corner of Osaka Bay, Japan. Primarily a fishing pier, with the capacity for upto 200 people fishing from specially designed platforms, the pier also boasts an observation deck with a brightly coloured pavilion containing a restaurant, shop and rest rooms.
Built originally in 1884 as a landing stage for ships carrying holidaymakers, goods and food from Liepaja, it became unusable due to storms covering it with sand and eventually time, sea waves, and wind ruined the pier. In 1998 a new pier of 470 metres length was built and today it is a favourite vistor attraction.
|SCHEVENINGEN PIER, THE HAGUE
The second pier at Scheveningen, the current Van der Valk Pier was built in 1959 and opened by Prince Bernhard in 1961. It is a concrete structure 382metres long and provides promenading and shopping over two levels plus a restaurant, casino, amusement hall and a 60 metre viewing tower.
Unfortunately, the pier was declared bankrupt at the beginning of 2013. The pier was put up for sale in March 2012 but parts of it were closed to the public in November because it was no longer considered safe.
August 2016 – Scheveningen Pier gets mainland Europe’s first ferris wheel over the waves!
|NEW BRIGHTON PIER, CHRISTCHURCH
The original pier, built in 1894, was demolished in 1964 following unsuccessful attempts to save it by the Pier and Foreshore Society (PAFS). More than 30 years later, on 1 November 1997, a new pier was opened, the culmination of more than 30 years work by PAFS which raised almost $2 million from the community, matched by a further $2 million from Christchurch City Council.
|LA ROSA NAUTICA, MIRAFLORES, LIMA
Strictly speaking La Rosa Nautica is actually the pier restaurant on Pier 4 of the Lima Beach Circuit rather than the pier itself which is partly of solid breakwater construction. However, the elegant Victorian style structure has many similarities to traditional UK pier construction and is a major tourist attraction for the Miraflores area.
|SOPOT PIER, EASTERN POMERANIA
At 511.5m, Sopot Pier is the longest wooden pier in Europe. The pier actually consists of 2 parts: the famous wooden walking jetty and the Spa Square on land, where concerts and festivities are organised, which stretches out into the Bay of Gdansk. The first pier was built in 1827, then rebuilt to the length of 150 metres, then to 315 m, and finally extended to its current length in 1928, along with the walking passage of the spa.
|UMHLANGA PIER, KWAZULU-NATAL
The highly stylised design of the Umhlanga Pier has drawn many accolades and won several major design awards.The pier has a ‘whale-bone’ theme and is located on a popular promenade at this seaside resort situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the vibrant Port City of Durban, facing the the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. But the pier’s main purpose is actually to collect storm water runoff and deliver it approximately 85 metres into the ocean into a deep-water channel.
|ATLANTIC CITY BOARDWALK, NEW JERSEY
Although not exactly a pier, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is a huge pier-like wooden deck running parallel to the beach and made of thousands of lengths of Brazilian hardwood and Long Leaf Yellow Southern Pine. Originally constructed in 1870 to prevent sand blowing into the adjacent hotels, the street side of the boardwalk is now home to a bewildering array of tourist attractions including hotels, restaurants, casinos, shops and, on the ocean side, there are several real piers. See the links below.
|ATLANTIC CITY CENTRAL PIER, NEW JERSEY
The Central Pier was built in the mid 1880’s, making it one of the oldest buildings on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The Art Deco pavilion was added in the late 1920’s. It is currently home to an amusement arcade, shops, and go-kart rides. The current owners have plans for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the pier.
|ATLANTIC CITY STEEL PIER, NEW JERSEY
First opened in June 1898, the Steel Pier is a 1,000 foot long (300 m) amusement pier located opposite the Atlantic City Boardwalk. The current concrete structure dates from 1993, the original wooden pier with steel underpinnings having been destroyed by fire in 1982. The pier will reportedly be redeveloped into retail and entertainment attractions along with luxury condominiums
|ATLANTIC CITY GARDEN PIER, NEW JERSEY
Opened in 1913, the Garden Pier occupied an uptown location apart from the other piers in Atlantic City, although ultimately its uptown location made it less commercially successful. In 1953 it became the home of the Atlantic City Art Center. and in 1985 the Art Center invited the Atlantic City Historical Museum to share space on the pier. The pier was closed in late 2010 following severe storm damage and demolished in 2011.
|BALBOA PIER, NEWPORT BEACH, ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
Balboa Pier was constructed in 1906 as a sister project of the Balboa Pavilion, both structures being built to mark the opening of the southern terminus of the Pacific Electric Railway Red Car line from Long Beach. In the 1980s, Ruby’s Diner, a 1940s nostalgia-themed restaurant, opened on the pier and has since become a famous Orange County landmark.
|BELMONT VETERANS MEMORIAL PIER, LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
The current 1620 feet long concrete pier was built in 1966/67 to replace the original wooden pier which opened on Christmas Eve 1917. Its unique setting, protected by the Long Beach Wall allows for a particularly wide range of boating and fishing activities and the pier has a restaurant with patio and enclosed upper deck.
|DAYTONA BEACH MAIN STREET PIER, FLORIDA
At 1000 feet long, the historic Main Street Pier is the longest pier on the east coast of the United States. The pier has been rebuilt several times since first constructed in 1919 and features restaurants, shops and a sky-lift observation tower. However, there have been serious problems with maintenance and with the lease of the pier which at the time of writing (Jan 2011) were still ongoing.
|DAYTONA BEACH SUNGLOW PIER, FLORIDA
A large, well lighted fishing pier that features fish cleaning areas, a bait shack, bench seats, a full service restaurant, and pole rentals, situated in Daytona Beach Shores. Crabby Joe’s is a small seafood restaurant on the pier that offers traditional seafood while you can sit and take in the beautiful view of Daytona.
|HERMOSA BEACH, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
The first pier at Hermosa Beach was built in In 1904. It was 500 feet long and constructed entirely of wood, including the pilings. However, this pier was partly washed away in 1913 and later demolished to make way for the existing pier which is 1000 feet long and of concrete construction. A pavilion was added in 1914.
|HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA
Huntington Beach is Surf City USA and the Huntington Beach Pier is the iconic heart of the city. There have been piers at Huntington since the early 1900s. The current pier measures 1,853 feet and is built in the historic architectural style of its 1914 predecessor.
|GALVESTON ISLAND HISTORIC PLEASURE PIER, TEXAS
Opened in 2012, the current pier features rides, arcade games, food venues and retail shops and was built where the original Pleasure Pier stood from 1943 until destroyed by a hurricane in 1961. This was replaced in 1965 by the Flagship Hotel, built over the water but demolished after damage by Hurricane Ike in 2008.
|JACKSONVILLE FISHING PIER, FLORIDA
The current 1,320 feet long pier was built in 2004 to replace the earlier pier, built in 1959, which was severely damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and subsequently demolished. The new pier was designed to withstand the worst that the Atlantic Ocean can dish out but was built some distance from the original pier’s site.
|JENNETTE’S PIER, NORTH CAROLINA
Primarily a fishing pier, Jennette’s Pier was was 754 feet long, 16 feet wide, with a 28-foot-wide “T” on the end, when first completed in 1939. Numerous storms battered the structure over the years but now, with its 1,000-foot long fishing platform, 16,000-square foot pier house and numerous educational opportunities, this state-owned and operated facility celebrates Fishing, Families and Fun!
|MALIBU PIER, CALIFORNIA
A Southern California icon in an area once called the Riviera of America, this historic landmark is located in the heart of California’s surf culture. With its festive seaside atmosphere of good food and fun, Malibu Pier is popular with the surfers from around the world come to the adjacent Surfrider Beach.
|MOREY’S PIERS, WILDWOOD, NEW JERSEY
First opened by the Morey brothers in 1969 as a single pier, Morey’s Piers has now grown into a seaside amusement park featuring a group of three large piers – Surfside Pier, Adventure Pier, and Mariner’s Landing Pier – famous for their spectacular roller-coaster rides.
|NAVY PIER, CHICAGO
Located on Lake Michigan, just East of Chicago’s Downtown, Navy Pier has been a Chicago landmark since it first opened in 1916. The pier now showcases a unique collection of restaurants and shops in addition to unequalled recreational and exhibition facilities – in a setting like no other.
|OCEAN BEACH PIER, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
A pier has existed here since 1888 but in several different locations to the current one which was erected in 1966. This is one of the longest piers on the West Coast at 1971 feet, just under 1/3 mile long and has restrooms, a bait and tackle shop, snack shop, fish cleaning stations, benches and lights.
|OCEANSIDE PIER, CALIFORNIA
Oceanside has had six piers altogether, the first one dating from 1888. The concrete approach to the current pier was built in 1925; the wooden portion in 1988. At 1,954 feet, this pier is the longest wooden pier on the west coast.
|PIER 39, SAN FRANCISCO
Opened in 1978 and incorporating authentic 1910 wood from Piers 34 and 3, Pier 39 is located in Fisherman’s Wharf on San Francisco Bay and provides a festival marketplace featuring 110 specialty shops and 14 full-service restaurants serving great seafood, and California cuisine accompanied by beautiful Bay views.
|REDONDO BEACH PIER, CALIFORNIA
Built originally in 1889, today the Redondo Beach Pier and International Boardwalk are a family destination featuring over 50 dining, entertainment and shopping choices and within walking distance to beautiful seaside accommodations. Check out the pier on YouTube
|SANTA CRUZ WHARF, CALIFORNIA
The Santa Cruz Wharf is a popular location for fishing, boat tours, viewing sea lions, dining, and gift shops. The current wharf was built in 1914, the last of six built on the site, and is operated by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Office.
|SANTA MONICA PIER, CALIFORNIA
First opened to the public in September 1909, the beautiful Santa Monica Pier now offers a variety of entertainment, dining and shopping experiences, including the thrill rides of Pacific Park; a historic 1922 Carousel, and an interactive aquarium.
|ST PETERSBURG PIER, FLORIDA
The inverted pyramid pier that stands today has become a landmark in itself. Owned by the City of St. Petersburg, The Pier opened its doors in January 1973. Today it continues its legacy as a centerpiece of St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront with five stories of shopping, dining and adventure.
Whilst every effort is made to keep this page up to date, if you find any have changed their web address or if you know of any other international piers not listed, please let us know!