Folly Beach is actually a natural barrier island that serves to protect the larger James Island from Atlantic storms and forms the outermost western tip of Charleston Harbor.
Folly Beach is a beach town in every sense of the word. Think Hermosa Beach near Los Angles, Pacific Beach near San Diego or Singer Island just north of Palm Beach. That’s Folly Beach. Folly Beach has undergone numerous positive changes in the last several years and yet has maintained its laid-back charm and fierce independence.
Known as The Edge of America, a title the local citizens are quite proud of, this island has more public park acreage than any other residential oceanfront island in South Carolina.
The County Parks and Recreation Commission recently took possession of the entire Coast Guard property on the northeastern end of the island, and the Parks and Recreation Commission refurbished the public boat ramp and the landing on the Folly River, just off Center Street.
This old beach town is fast becoming a comfortable, cosmopolitan, yet quaint, village of culture and recreation.
Laid back. That may best describe Folly Beach.
Life on Folly Beach is part seaside adventure, part surfing lesson, part Hemingway and part Pat Conroy. During the winter, it is a small town at the end of the highway. In the summer, it is a vacation destination. Locals proclaim, “We have the best waves, the best nightlife and the best beach atmosphere along the Charleston Coast. But don’t tell anybody.”
The Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier is 25 ft. wide and extends more than 1,045 ft. into the Atlantic with a covered area and access to nearby restrooms, gift shops, restaurants and a tackle shop.
Folly Beach County Park fronts 4,000 ft. of ocean and 2,000 ft. of river. It offers parking, dressing rooms, outdoor showers, restrooms, a picnic area, a vending area and chair, raft and umbrella rentals. The park is located at the west end of Folly Beach.
Condos, Townhomes, Villas
Charleston Oceanfront Villas
Seaside Villas II
Pier Point Villas
Turn of the River
Folly Creek Place
Palmetto Pointe Villas
Pelican Pointe Villas
Sable on the Marsh
Six miles of white sand beach for swimming and sunbathing.
Restaurants and nightclubs.
Biking and rollerblading are also popular and safe forms of exercise.
A full-service marina.
The finest surfing beach in Charleston.
Fishing, crabbing and shrimping. You can’t escape these popular Low Country activities.
Charleston Municipal Golf Course: 843.795.6517
Oak Point Golf Course: 843.768.7030
Shadowmoss Plantation Golf Course and Country Club: 1.800.338.4971
East Erie Tennis Courts between 4th and 5th block.