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Folly BeachUnited States of America

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.

Top hotels in Folly Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tides Folly Beach Hotel
Tides Folly Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
1 Center Street Highway 171, Folly Beach, SC

Located in Folly Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Folly Beach Fishing Pier, and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Folly ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,034 reviews)

"We would stay here again. The room was clean and had an excellent view. The food in the restaurant was excellent. The coffee shop was a nice touch. The pool was heated just enough to get in and splash around."…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Tides Folly Beach Hotel
Beachside Boutique Inn
Beachside Boutique Inn
110 East Cooper Ave, Folly Beach, SC

Situated near the beach, this inn is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Folly Beach Fishing Pier and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Folly Beach County Park. College of Charleston and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (47 reviews)

"It's decor was so cozy and romantic. The staff was super helpful and fun. The location is perfect, just 2 blocks from the ocean and a block from all the food and shopping locations. We will be going here again!"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar 2020

Beachside Boutique Inn
Riverside Inn and Cottages
Riverside Inn and Cottages
116 East Indian Avenue, Folly Beach, SC

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Folly Beach Fishing Pier and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Folly Beach County Park. Morris Island Lighthouse ...

4/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"I loved this place! The location wonderful, the amenities great (2 full bathrooms, comfy beds, wonderful views, a full kitchen, ice, cable), walking distance to the beach to shark tooth hunt, easy to find! The furniture was neat, the artwork funky, the staff kind and helpful...I can’t wait to go ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

Riverside Inn and Cottages

Popular things to do in Folly Beach

Folly Beach Fishing Pier
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Folly Beach Fishing Pier

5/5(1 review)

You can find out about the history of Folly Beach with a trip to Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Wander through the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Folly Beach County Park
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Folly Beach County Park

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Folly Beach County Park during your travels in Folly Beach? Stroll along the area's seaside or simply savour its lively bars.

Folly Island Beaches
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Folly Island Beaches

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Folly Island Beaches during your trip to Folly Beach? Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its lively bars.

Morris Island Lighthouse
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Morris Island Lighthouse

You can learn about the history of Folly Beach with a visit to Morris Island Lighthouse. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal
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Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal

4/5(3 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Charleston with a trip to Port of Charleston Cruise Terminal. Amble around the area's beautiful beaches or seek out the local tours.

Charleston City Market
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Charleston City Market

4/5(21 reviews)

Purchase food, jewelry and handicrafts in the market and learn about local tradition, the Civil War and slavery at its museum.

Top activities in Folly Beach

Charleston SUP Eco Tour
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Charleston SUP Eco Tour

£38
Per adult
Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston
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Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

96% of travellers recommend
£23
Per adult
Historic City Walking Tour
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Historic City Walking Tour

96% of travellers recommend
£14
Per adult
Historic City Tour & Southern Mansion Tour
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Historic City Tour & Southern Mansion Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£27
Per adult
Historic City Landmarks Tour & Harbor Cruise
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Historic City Landmarks Tour & Harbor Cruise

88% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult
Savor the Flavor Walking Tour
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Savor the Flavor Walking Tour

90% of travellers recommend
£50
Per adult

Reviews of Folly Beach

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7 Nov 2019

A great place to stay with sea views to wake up to each morning a bonus

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