Folly Beach, SC

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Folly Beach featuring a sandy beach, a bridge and a sunset
This small oceanfront town a short drive from Charleston is loved for its pristine beaches and laid-back atmosphere.

Folly Beach is renowned as one of South Carolina’s oceanfront gems. The small beach town is located on the east face of Folly Island, a barrier island that borders the Atlantic Ocean.

In the 1700s, Folly Beach was known as “Coffin Island” because it was a repository for victims who had contracted the plague en route from England. It was also used by the Union army as a resting place for troops during the Civil War. In 1934, legendary composer George Gerswhin spent the summer at Folly Beach, where he worked on the music for the opera Porgy and Bess. Visit Folly Beach today to discover its history and enjoy outdoor activities in a beautiful setting.

Make the most of the ocean’s mild temperature with swimming and other watersports. Folly Beach is one of the most popular surfing sites on the East Coast. Explore the marine environment by kayak or paddleboard, which are available for rent throughout the town, or join a boat charter. Folly Beach County Park, on the west end of the island, offers pristine oceanfront access. Its sandy beaches are packed during the summer with families grilling, picnicking and sunbathing.

Nicknamed the “Edge of America,” the Folly Beach Pier reaches 1,000 feet (305 meters) out into the Atlantic Ocean. The historic structure is a favorite haunt for fishermen. Stroll out to the end of the pier for dolphin watching and photo opportunities, including Morris Island Lighthouse that stands nearly 1,000 feet (300 meters) out to sea.

Folly Beach’s downtown area has souvenir stores, bars, restaurants and surf shops. Live music and theater performances can be seen daily during the summer. Enjoy a lively nightlife venue after dinner at one of the many seafood joints scattered throughout the town.

Take a daytrip and drive 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the historic city of Charleston. Enjoy cobblestone streets, preserved mansions, small shops and a highly regarded food scene.

Folly Beach is a 20-minute drive from Charleston, where you’ll find the nearest airport. Walk the beach town on foot and rent a car to explore communities nearby.

Where to stay in Folly Beach

Riverside Inn and Cottages
Riverside Inn and Cottages
3 out of 5
116 East Indian Avenue, Folly Beach, SC, 29439
The price is $231 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Folly Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and barbecue grills. Popular attractions Folly Beach Fishing Pier and Folly Beach ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (117 reviews)
"Stayed here with a friend visiting from DK. We loved the location, convenience, and accessibility to the kitchen. Great little back porch. Would recommend."

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Riverside Inn and Cottages
Tides Folly Beach Hotel
Tides Folly Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Center Street Highway 171, Folly Beach, SC, 29439-0068
The price is $369 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Folly Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (983 reviews)
"love the location, walking was very convenient to shops and restaurants! Wish we had a microwave in room and seating on balconies, not that big of a deal though...still one of my favorite places to stay!"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

Tides Folly Beach Hotel
Water's Edge Inn - Adults Only
Water's Edge Inn - Adults Only
3.5 out of 5
79 W 2nd St, Folly Beach, SC, 29439
The price is $389 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3.5-star B&B in Folly Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (244 reviews)
"Excellent stay on Folly Island at Waters Edge. Short walk to beach and restaurants. They also can give you rides in their golf cart if needed. Easy drive to downtown Charleston. Friendly staff and great accommodations. Breakfast and happy hour are good — not gourmet like some B&B since it’s island ..."

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

Water's Edge Inn - Adults Only
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Dreamchaser - Poseidon
Dreamchaser - Poseidon
3.5 out of 5
Folly Beach, SC
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Folly Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private spa tubs. Popular attractions Folly Beach Fishing Pier and Folly ...
Dreamchaser - Poseidon
Folly Beach Suites 3A ~ Oceanfront Corner Unit w/ Boardwalk Access
Folly Beach Suites 3A ~ Oceanfront Corner Unit w/ Boardwalk Access
Folly Beach, SC
Stay at this condo in Folly Beach. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Folly Beach Fishing Pier and Folly Beach County Park are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Still a great place after all these years.
"My wife and I started staying at FBS3A not long after it was built. It has been a number of years since we visited FB and we were delighted to find this place as good as ever and much improved in some areas. The remodeled kitchen is very nice and the new (to us) shower is fantastic! My wife especially ..."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Folly Beach Suites 3A ~ Oceanfront Corner Unit w/ Boardwalk Access
Birdseye View of Folly
Birdseye View of Folly
Folly Beach, SC
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Folly Beach. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family amenities in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (209 reviews)
Amazing Property!
"We loved our stay at this property! Everything was so clean, and we loved that there were beach chairs that we could use on our trip to the beach. Eating breakfast on the balcony overlooking the marsh was the perfect way to start the day."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Birdseye View of Folly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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