Folly Beach

Insider Guide to Folly Beach, SCWhere James Island ends as Folly Road crosses Folly River, the “Edge of America” begins. Folly Beach is home to families, artists, surfers, beach bums, and vacation-goers alike.

Landmarks such as the painted “Folly Boat” abandoned on the causeway after Hurricane Hugo and Bowen’s Island Restaurant, famed for fresh you-shuck oysters, and the Morris Island Lighthouse, add to the island’s colorful character. In the summer, the Tides hotel offers free movies on the beach. Folly retains much of its weathered old island charm. Dogs are allowed on the beach at certain times.

Things to Do

Did we mention that Folly Beach is a beach town?  The primary attraction to Folly Beach may be the wonderful beaches but that isn’t all you can do while visiting The Edge of America.  Our local Insiders have outlined a few of their favorite things to do:

There are many publicly accessible beach areas on the island but the Public Beach offers chair and umbrella rentals along with parking. (Insider tip: Folly Beach has specific parking rules that are enforced.  Please review them before you head out to the beach.)


The second longest pier on the east coast is a center of activity for Folly Beach.  Fishing tournaments, rod rentals and daily fishing by locals and vistors are the most popular activities on the pier.  The Flip Flop Drop is also held on New Years Eve, Mid-night Mixers and other year round events and activities take place at Folly Beach Pier.

  • Kayaking and Paddle boarding

Water sports is a common activity at the beach and Folly offers a wide varity of options.  The inter-coastal waterways provide tranquil waters to kayak and paddle board.  There are a number of outdoor equipment rental companies in the heart of town.

  • Bike around the Island

The island offers breathtaking views, interesting architecture and numerous public access beaches.  Renting a bike and riding around the island is a great way to see all the Folly Beach has to offer.

A great way to get fresh air, connect with nature and exercise all at the same time.

Folly Beach maybe a beach town and the water is definitely the primary attraction but the beauty of it all will keep you entertained.  Of course if you want more to do there are many activities near by in the James Island and Charleston.

Dining on Folly Beach

Folly Beach is a small community but there a few great spots to eat. Our Insiders recommend you try all of the following local spots:

(Insider tip: there are many spots to eat on Folly Beach that we might not have listed. has a complete list of places to dine on Folly.)


Folly Beach is served by the Charleston County School District.  We have partnered with to provide a full list of the schools around the Folly Beach area.