Folly Beach - Fabulous Homes & Fabulous Fun!

Kim & Keith PruittFolly Beach Fishing Pier Bambi Magraw

The city of Folly Beach is a residential community devoted to casual living. It is a barrier island situated south of James Island and is the closest beach to downtown Charleston. It is separated from James Island by the Folly River and its southeast side fronts the Atlantic Ocean. Folly Beach is reached from SC 171, known as Folly Road, which runs through James Island. The James Island Connector connects SC 171 with downtown Charleston, making Folly Beach convenient to the downtown area.

Waterfront homes can be found along the Folly River, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as oceanfront homes situated next to the wide sandy beach at Folly. Interior lots and homes are less expensive and most are within a convenient walk of the beach. Condominium developments have been built in recent years, some on the island, and some on the mainland on Folly Road, nearby. 

Many local artists call Folly Beach home. The sunrises and sunsets are inspiring; the wildlife incredible and the happy people here help artists to see the good side of life. 

Folly Beach Recreation

Folly Beach offers a variety of activities for residents and visitors including boating & chartered boating, camping, fishing, golf, hiking, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and swimming. Residents enjoy bike riding and walking along the palm-lined streets, lit in the evening with old-fashioned lamp posts. The Folly Beach Fishing Pier, which offers opportunities for bird watching, fishing, and walking stretches more than 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean. A large covered shelter is located at the pier's end. 

There are various rental places throughout Folly Beach to fulfill your recreational needs. In additional, there are several experienced boaters that offer Folly Beach ocean charters through the waters and marshes around Folly and nearby islands. Whether it's family fishing, watching dolphins, touring the Morris Island Lighthous, crabbing and fishing, or simply enjoying a sunset cruise, there is an age appropriate charter for your family.

Hiking is a much sought after experience on Folly Beach because it's a small barrier island with flat, sandy ground. A favorite hiking destination is the northeast tip of the island where you can see the Morris Island Lighthouse. A paved path leads to an opening of sand and beach.

Folly Beach County Park, located on the west end of Folly Beach offers 4,000 feet of oceanfront beach, lifeguard-monitored swimming (which is seasonal), and picnicking.

Folly Beach Fishing Pier

Folly Beach Pelican Watch

Annual events enjoyed in Folly Beach

Salsa Under the Stars Put on your dancing shoes, because DJ Luigi of Latin Groove will spice up the night with the best in Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Reggaeton music. The Folly Beach Fishing Pier, host of the popular Moonlight Mixers “Shaggin’ on the Pier”, brings Latin music to Folly Beach again this summer with the premier salsa event, Salsa Under the Stars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at Locklear’s Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift and Tackle Shop.

The Folly Beach Surf Kayak Competition - Come participate in the Folly Beach Surf Kayak Competition for men’s, women’s, novice, & junior divisions. This popular & exciting traditional surf kayak event begins at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Even if you don’t paddle, come out to watch the fun as competitors shred, thrash, and slash in the surf!

Moonlight Mixers - Put on your dancing shoes and shag the night away at the Folly Beach Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier, where DJ Rob Duren will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music.

Folly Beach Resources
City of Folly Beach
Folly Beach Boards & Commissions
Folly Beach Departments & Phone Numbers
Folly Beach Employment Opportunities

Folly Beach
843- 588-2001
55 Center Street
Hours: Mon.& Fri. 2-6; Wed 9-12; Thurs. 4-8

Post Offices
Folly Beach
107 E. Indian Ave
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5; Sat. 9-12

The city of Folly Beach is served by the Charleston County School District which oversees many academically inclined schools in the Charleston area.

Watch the Dolphins Play!

Why we love it: The waters around Folly Beach are populated with dolphins. As the sun sets over the atlantic, hike out to the end of Folly past Folly Beach County Park, and round the end of the island alongside the river...with luck, you're in for a treat! This is where the dolphins enter the Folly River for the night. Bring your camera along for some great up-close pictures and watch the dolphins play (the little ones are frisky) before they go to sleep.









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