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Just south of the city of Charleston lies Folly Beach with wide sandy shores that are popular with local families, as well as those coming from further afield. The sea is calm enough for swimming, yet certain areas have moderate waves that also make for ideal surfing conditions, and you’ll see plenty of shops in town with colorful surfboards propped up outside. When the sun goes down, Folly Beach has some excellent nightlife, with parties on the sands and in laidback local bars.

Things to see

Folly Beach has long stretches of flat sandy beach, with gentle waves perfect for paddling. Early in the morning you’ll see surfers heading out on their boards in areas such as the Washout, the gentle waves make it perfect for a wide range of water sports. There are fishing piers reaching out to sea, with anglers throwing out their lines into the abundant ocean. If you want to see what’s out in the ocean, try the Island Hopper Boat Charters which take you out to Morris Island, for a private fishing trip, or to spot dolphins frolicking in the sea. Folly Beach Community Park has benches in the shade, a pond, and plenty of space to take a stroll or for the kids to get some exercise. Just north of Folly Island you’ll also find the Secessionville Historic District, a rural settlement that became an outpost during the civil war. The area has many memorials and important landmarks, as well as buildings in various states of preservation, and you can stroll around the town to learn more about its history.

Hotels in Folly Beach

There aren’t many hotels in Folly Beach itself, meaning the place doesn’t get overrun with tourist crowds. Most of the hotels are close to the seafront and feature extras such as swimming pools, balconies or patios, a choice of restaurants, room service, and fitness centers. Guestrooms also have plenty of amenities to keep you comfortable such as bathrooms with granite countertops, luxurious toiletries, iPod docks, mini fridges, and bathrobes. If you’re looking for cheaper accommodation, consider staying in nearby Charleston which is just a short drive away. You’ll find plenty of budget motels and inns with complimentary breakfasts, free WiFi, and in-room microwaves.

Where to stay

Folly Beach has a charming downtown area which suits its reputation as a laidback, surfer’s paradise. Colorful clapboard buildings host bars, casual restaurants, and surf shops, with palm trees lining the streets. Morris Island to the east is uninhabited and accessible only by boat, but if you take a tour you can enjoy its secluded atmosphere. During peak seasons you’ll see tourists enjoying parties and bonfires on the beach. The island was an important site during the Civil War, although nothing really remains on the island except for a historic lighthouse which is in disrepair.

How to get to Folly Beach

Charleston International Airport is just 20 miles north of Folly Beach, and most people choose to rent a car or take a private shuttle to their destination. Charleston is also the site of an Amtrak station on the Palmetto and Silver Meteor lines with trains going as far as Savannah, Miami, and New York City, as well as a Greyhound station in the downtown area. Although there is no public transport to Folly Beach, there are several companies who run beach shuttle services either for day trips, or to take people door to door.

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