Folly Beach

Folly Beach

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Welcome to Folly Beach

A quaint, carefree barrier island beach town with a funky and eclectic vibe.
Folly Beach is a quaint and carefree beach town located on a barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Folly River. The city is conveniently located just 11 miles from downtown Charleston and only minutes from beautiful James Island. Upon entering Folly Beach on Route 171, visitors are greeted by the Folly Beach Grafitti Boat, a local icon that serves as an ever-changing billboard. Locals are continually repainting the boat with new images and community messages. As you cross the Folly River on the island's west side, you’ll see many fabulous riverfront estates. Center Street will lead you through the heart of town, brimming with Bohemian stylings and funky beach vibes. The neighborhoods on Folly Beach feature an eclectic mix of old and new coastal homes. Along the beach, there are beautiful beachfront estate homes. One of the most treasured benefits of living on Folly Beach is the fabulous sunrises over the Atlantic and sunsets over the Folly River. 
This laid-back, casual beach community is also family-friendly. The town offers an ideal beachfront lifestyle and is only a short drive from the excellent schools on James Island. The short drive to downtown Charleston also makes it a fantastic commuter location. Residents have access to six miles of gorgeous beaches, Folly Beach County Park, Folly Beach Pier, and many locally-owned and curated shops and restaurants along Center Street. The town is golf cart friendly, so most residents choose to leave their car at home unless they are traveling to James Island or beyond. Thanks to the “washout” caused by hurricane Hugo in 1989, Folly Beach is also one of the finest surfing locations on the East Coast and home to several surfing events and competitions. 

What to Love

  • Funky Bohemian beach town vibes
  • Six miles of beachfront
  • Gorgeous sunrises and sunsets
  • Family-friendly

Local Lifestyle

Folly Beach is a laid-back beach town on the South Carolina coast, only 11 miles from Charleston. Residents of Folly Beach enjoy an idyllic beachfront lifestyle. Swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, boating, fishing, surfing, and watersports are just steps from home. After a long walk or a morning jog on the beach, residents can pop into their favorite coffee shop on Center Street for a latte and good conversation with friends and neighbors. After work and on weekends, the beach is the perfect place to relax and read a good book. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Folly Beach is also a foodie haven with many fun and funky locally-owned restaurants. 
Jack of Cups is a popular haunt featuring internationally-inspired comfort food, homemade sangria, beer, and cocktails in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Chico Feo is a festive outdoor cafe that features live music and an eclectic Mexican-inspired menu. 
Center Street is where you’ll find many locally-curated shops and boutiques. Bert’s Market is the local one-stop shop for groceries, gifts, beer, and wine, and they even sell supplies for musicians, like pics, drum sticks, and strings!

Things to Do

In addition to all of the fun-in-the-sun recreation on Folly Beach, including the beautiful Folly Beach County Park, the town has much more to offer. On the island's northern end are the Lighthouse Inlet and The Folly Lighthouse. While the lighthouse is only accessible by boat and not open to the public, it makes a stunning backdrop for photos and a conversation piece for history buffs. 
Folly Beach residents know how to have fun, so they look forward to the many exciting annual events hosted by the town, such as the Folly Sea and Sand Festival. Every New Year’s Eve, the residents come together for the New Year’s Eve Flip Flop Drop. This family-friendly event features food, music, and festivities as locals gather to watch the sparkling flip-flops descend to mark the start of the new year. The annual Folly Christmas Parade is another highly-anticipated event with bands, dance troupes, antique autos, floats, and local dignitaries. Parade participants pass out candy to onlookers as the parade makes its way through town.


Folly Beach residents are served by the excellent schools on nearby James Island. 

Overview for Folly Beach, SC

1,035 people live in Folly Beach, where the median age is 62 and the average individual income is $55,766. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Folly Beach, SC

There's plenty to do around Folly Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Cosmic Charlie's Grateful Grill, Root Note Food Truck, and Serenity Tree Yoga.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 0.97 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.79 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.28 miles 88 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.7 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.02 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.58 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Folly Beach, SC

Folly Beach has 627 households, with an average household size of 1.65. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Folly Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,035 people call Folly Beach home. The population density is 82.75 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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50.53 / 49.47%

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