Destination guide

Get your jollies at Folly Beach, South Carolina

Ready for some southern fun? This lively beach town sits on Folly Island, a long strip of sandy land off the South Carolina coast, just minutes from Charleston. This small area's got big beaches, tasty seafood, and some interesting historical sites like the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve. And with Folly Beach vacation rentals, y'all will find a side of southern charm and hospitality at every restaurant, surf shop, and souvenir store you visit. Folly Beach boardwalk and pier are the happening spots for sun and fun. It's also rich in biodiversity, with coastal marshes begging to be explored.

Things to do

Historical forts, busy boardwalks and a picture-perfect pier

Take a long walk on the 1,000-foot Folly Beach Pier, smack dab in the middle of the bustling boardwalk. Charming Charleston with its cobblestone streets and pastel antebellum houses is just 10 miles away from many Folly Beach vacation rentals. Or set off for Sullivan's Island where you can visit the historical military site of Fort Moultrie or see where the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter National Monument. And the kids can cool off at Splash Zone Waterpark or Blackbeard's Cove Family Fun Park.


A small town with a big ol' range of activities

Center Street's the main road here, so mosey on down there for some shopping and eating. Food lovers will find all kinds of southern flair at Folly Beach's many restaurants, so get a side of grits with those fried oysters. And what better place to enjoy these eats than on the waterfront? The boardwalk's a few steps from the uber-wide beach and it has something for everyone. Wanna laze on the shore with a cold beer? You have a ton of beach bars beckoning you. If you'd rather dive in the water, there's surfing, kayaking, and more.


Cool breezes and occasional rain help you beat the heat

The warm vibes match the weather when you book Folly Beach vacation rentals. Busy season and hot weather starts in May and lasts through September, with highs in the mid 80s. This is also the rainy season, with July and August being the wettest months. Keep in mind this exposed coast may get an occasional storm during hurricane season, which is July to November. The mild winters, which have temps in the 40s, are a great time to whale watch. And it's the south, so yeah, it's humid, but Folly Beach has the benefit of cool sea breezes to take the edge off.

Natural features

A barrier island with lots of openings for wildlife

If you wander on the westward side of this barrier island, you'll be amazed at the maze of inlets, bays, and waterways. On the Atlantic side you'll find out why this straight strip of coast may be why Charleston Locals refer to it as the "Edge of America." The edgy coast is a great place to watch migrating whales, and take a seashell for a souvenir: South Carolina has 700 species of them. The island's rich ecosystem is also home to sea turtles, coastal birds, and loads of plant life.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Folly Beach

The nearest airport is in Charleston, SC (CHS-Charleston Intl.), located 16.8 mi (27 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Folly Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,799 vacation rentals near Folly Beach. From 1,445 Houses to 649 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Folly Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Folly Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Folly Beach:

  • Waters Edge: 473 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Point: 462 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Charleston: 610 vacation rentals
  • Historic Old City: 597 vacation rentals
  • West Beach: 721 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Folly Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Folly Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Folly Beach Fishing Pier: 4,284 vacation rentals
  • Morris Island Lighthouse: 4,286 vacation rentals
  • Folly Beach County Park: 4,276 vacation rentals
  • Front Beach: 3,073 vacation rentals
  • Wild Dunes Resort Golf Course: 2,992 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Folly Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Folly Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,445 Houses in Folly Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Folly Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 649 rentals available
  • Cottages: 106 rentals available
  • Villas: 411 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Folly Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 867 vacation rentals with pool available in Folly Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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