Folly BeachThe Family-Friendly Beach with a Laid-Back Attitude

The closest beach to downtown Charleston, Folly is a mecca for surfers, fishermen and all lovers of the laid-back beach lifestyle.

Enjoy the funky and the fun all year long

Visitors flock to Folly Beach for the same things its residents enjoy. You’ll find excellent pier and surf fishing, an enticing variety of restaurants and bars, live music, and some of the best surfing on the east coast.


  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Photography
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Paddleboarding
Folly Beach

Surf the Washout. Drink in the Morris Island Lighthouse's history. Explore a maritime forest. Build the biggest sand castle your kids have ever seen. Ride bikes. Eat outside. Catch sunset. Fish off the pier. Parasail. Do it all - that's what Folly Beach is for.

Stay on Folly Beach

The Tides Folly Beach

Oceanfront and adjacent to the Folly Beach Fishing Pier, The Tides offers modern accommodations, breathtaking views, and a laid back vibe.

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Folly Beach House Rentals

Folly offers a wide selection of beach houses to fit every style and budget, and to accommodate families and groups of all sizes.

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Folly Beach embraces the low-key surfing lifestyle that welcomes everyone to “come as you are”. Enjoy fishing, paddleboarding, surfing or simply relaxing on the sun-kissed beach.

Folly’s business district features a variety of eateries, watering holes and shops to designed to please beachgoers! You won’t be surprised to know that Center Street features not one, but two surf shops!

Surfing onFolly Beach

Grab your surfboard and head for the pier or The Washout, Folly’s two most popular surf spots. The Pier tends to primarily attract those riding longboards (surfboards over 9 ft. in length), while The Washout is a mecca for the more maneuver-oriented shortboard riders. Forgot your surfboard? No problem - rentals and lessons are available.

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