Guides

Folly Beach Welcome Guide

In this guide we will provide you with information to help you get familiar with what makes Folly so special and so you can make the most of your visit here and Charleston, SC.

Top Six Reasons to go to a Charleston Riverdogs Game

If you like baseball and even if you’re not an avid fan, a trip to “The Joe” (Riley Stadium) to catch a RiverDogs game is a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening in Charleston, and here are the reasons why:

1. The Stadium. Built in 1997 on the banks of the Ashley River (yes, there’s an amazing view of the marsh), the 6000-seat Riley Park is easily accessible and strives to provide the best fan experience possible in minor-league baseball. You’ll understand why once you move through the turnstiles. Fun surprises abound at every game, whether it’s Boiled Peanuts Night, Monday Dog Days (featuring dollar beers and hot dogs), firework displays, or helicopter ball drops.

Sunset over “The Joe” (Riley Stadium) in Charleston
Sunset over “The Joe” (Riley Stadium) in Charleston


2. The Themes. The 2019 season will kick off its 70 home games on April 11 with its theme to “Make Fun” all season long. Some notable theme nights include C-Night on May 14 (because baseball is a game of averages), so fans are invited to an “average” night with “C” food specials, and kids who bring a “C” on their report card get in for free. Or come on June 15 for Balloons Night in honor of 10 years of the movie “Up.”

3. The Food. Thankfully you won’t find the usual mediocre hamburgers, pizza, and fries here. But you will find creative cuisine, and that’s part of the fun. Fried green tomato and pimento grilled cheese; a chicken and waffle bowl drizzled with hot honey; Mediterranean Healthy Nachos (hummus, guacamole, pico de gallo, olives and feta cheese); or French fries topped with mac and cheese, jalapeno bacon crumbles, fried onion straws, and barbecue sauce are some of the offerings. Pair them with local craft beers, such as the BellyItcher Ale or the famous beer shakes - an all new one for this season is a Strawberry Lemonade.

4. The Team. The RiverDogs are a minor league team that plays in the Class Single-A South Atlanta League and are an affiliate of the New York Yankees. For 2019 the Yankees’ once again highlight the roster - three hard-throwing right-handers are among four of the Yankees’ top-30 prospects currently slated to open the season here. The team has finished top-2 in the South Atlantic League in ERA the past three seasons.

5. The Co-owner and Director of Fun. Bill Murray. Yes, that Bill Murray of Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day fame. His love of baseball means you might see him in the stands or throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. Or selling the RiverDogs to fans: (insert his short video from March 2019 promoting RiverDogs).

Bill Murray on RiverDogs Tarp
Touch 'em all Bill! Charleston RiverDogs Director of Fun entertains the fans during a rain delay at Riley Park recently. The Charleston RiverDogs are the Class-A affilicate of the New York Yankees.


6. The Prices. You can get season tickets, half-season tickets, or individual tickets for reasonable prices ($10 and up). And food is not expensive either. Enough said for a great time at the ballpark!


Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge With Stunning River Views! Walk Everywhere!

Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed beach atmosphere of Folly and the charm and culture of Charleston.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

Top 10 Things to do with Kids in Folly Beach

No matter what the season, Folly Beach offers lots of outdoor adventures to keep kids busy. So, have them ditch the electronics, at least for a while, and spend some time reveling in the salt air and sunshine. Our town home at Water’s Edge is family friendly and in a perfect location to enjoy the 10 favorite activities that our three boys enjoy (and still enjoy) when we’re visiting.



Collecting sharks teeth is among our favorite things to do.
Collecting sharks teeth is among our favorite things to do.


Look for shark teeth:
Best time to find them is after high tide or early in the morning. Teach your kids to look for shiny black sharp triangles, which are the most common shark teeth. Many shells fit this description, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll develop an eye for shark teeth.

Go crabbing: Purchase some chicken necks and a round net with string from Walmart, Bert’s, or Crosby’s. Tie the chicken neck to the bottom of the net and lower it into the water. Best places to crab are on our dock or the dock at the public park, which is on the left as you cross the bridge on to Folly. It requires a bit of patience - wait at least 10 minutes - and then pull up the net. Hopefully one or two crabs have crawled in. Be careful! Don’t let your kids try to pick them up - those claws are razor sharp! Just remember that you cannot cook them if they are less than five inches from spike tip to spike tip across their back.

Visit one of 3 playgrounds: Two nautical-themed ones, Wave Watch and Pirate’s Cove, are ½ mile to a mile away; Water’s Edge has a playground on site behind the church. See post: Playgrounds on Folly Beach.

Surf lessons: Folly Beach is all about surfing, and your kids might want to learn how to ride the waves. They can sign up for individual lessons or do a surfing camp during the summer. Isla Surf School offers camps for ages 5 and up. With a 3 student to 1 instructor ratio, the four-hour morning lessons provide lots of one-on-one instruction. You might need to sign up early for these as there is room for only 12 students each week. See post: Folly Beach Surfing Guide.

Walk to see Morris Island Lighthouse on the east end.
Walk to see Morris Island Lighthouse on the east end.


Take a walk at either end of the island:
The west end is Folly Beach State Park. You can park for $10-$15, depending on the season, or ride a bike or walk in for free. The beach has showers and bathrooms. Lifeguards, snacks, chair and umbrella rental are seasonal. Lots of beach to roam around, including the tip of the island that faces Kiawah. If you or your kids have lots of energy, take them to the east end. You can park at the gate and then walk the ¼ mile road to the beach where you’ll get a great view of the Morris Island Lighthouse. The walkway is full of colorful chalk “artwork.”

Take a dolphin tour: The Charleston area has about 350 resident dolphins that frolic in its waters, and it’s pretty likely you’ll see at least one if you take a tour. Plus, it’s always nice to be out on the water! See Flipper Finders boat and sea kayak tours on Folly Beach.

Go for a bike ride: Folly is six miles long and flat. Explore the hidden and quiet streets with your kids. We have six bikes, including a couple smaller ones (good for ages 8 and above). There are bike rental places on the island if you need a baby trailer or baby seats for young kids. See Cool Breeze Bikes rentals on Folly Beach.

Go fishing: If you have the money, splurging on a four-hour fishing trip is well worthwhile. Local captains will take you to their favorite fishing areas. They’ll clean the fish you and the kids catch so you can take them home for dinner! You can also rent fishing rods, bait, and get a license to fish at the shop on the pier. See Reel Time Charters. Tell Captain Ben the Spaid's sent you.

Walkway to beach is lined with courtesy beach toys for kids.
Walkway to beach is lined with courtesy beach toys for kids.


Play in the Sand:
We provide plenty of sand toys, but if you hauled everything to the beach and forgot to bring them, you can borrow some on the walkway just west of the Charleston Oceanfront Condos near Third Street. You’ll see the colorful toys hanging on hooks along the beach walkway - it’s kind of a sand toy lending program. When you’re done, just hang them back up on the hooks.

Walk the pier: It’s a fun place to people watch. Many people fish from the pier, and there’s a good chance your kids might see someone haul in a small shark. If they want a treat, head to the gift shop at the front of the pier for ice cream or candy.

Festivals: Folly has several festivals (Follygras, Follypalooza, Sea and Sand, Easter, Christmas Parade, Flip Flop Drop) during the year, and if you’re here for one of them, they usually always offer fun activities just for kids. See post: Folly Festivals and Events.


Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, but just a few short blocks to the beach and fun town of Folly.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

Meet Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals

We wanted to find a special way to connect you to what drives us as owners and property managers, and what makes the locations where we have vacation property so special. Enjoy!


Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals Overview
Video overview about Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals hosted by Tim & Elizabeth Spaid. We have homes in Folly Beach, SC, Navarre, FL and Panama City Beach, FL. We focus on creating a vacation experience for our renters. Rent direct and avoid costly guest fees. Visit us at http://www.coastawhilevacations.com



Visit our Houfy property listings in Navarre, FL | Panama City Beach, FL | Folly Beach, SC:

The Seahorse Retreat - Mary Esther
Vacation Home in Mary Esther. The Seahorse Retreat is a lovely villa in a tropical setting that is perfect for family reunions or get-togethers with friends. The signature landscape features a palm court, infin...


Palm Breeze Beach House - Navarre
Vacation Home in Navarre. This gorgeous home - the Palm Breeze Beach House - on the Santa Rosa Sound boasts amazing views from numerous porches, balconies, bedrooms, and living area. Watch blue herons trek ...


Emerald Oasis Beachfront Condo! - Panama City Beach
Condo in Panama City Beach. Enjoy the emerald water directly on the beach on the quieter west end of Panama City Beach. We have an outstanding 4.9 out of 5.0 rating from 67 reviews!We upgraded a bit in Octob...


Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

Folly Beach Surfing Guide


Surfer at the Washout on Folly Beach.  
Surfer at the Washout on Folly Beach.  


Folly Beach is the No. 1 place for surfing in South Carolina. It is among one of the top surfing destinations along the entire East Coast, in fact.

Why is Folly Beach an epic place for surfing on the East Coast?  First, Folly has nice long stretches of beach.  But it also has an inherent surfer vibe and culture, as well as enough other island attractions to entertain the surfer dude and dude-ette crowd.

Along Center Street are some neat grunge bars (one even called the Surf Bar) that play folksy alternative rock, provide an ultra-friendly environment (it's the South y'all), and offer good food to fill the tank after a rad day on the waves. There are more dudes sporting dreadlocks this side of California!

Depending on the weather, waves can range from small and gentle (good for beginners) to 10-foot swells if a storm is brewing.

Where to Surf: The best places to catch some nice swells are the Washout and near the Folly Fishing Pier. 

Surfing Hazards: Minor potential hazards include sharks and jellyfish (especially in August), but the more likely hazards are simply ensuring you know about rip currents, not surfing too close to the pier, and changes in the weather.  Know your capabilities when you're cramping, injured, or tired.  And it is best to surf with a friend.

When To Surf: Many don wet suits and surf all year. Spring water temperatures range from around 60-70, so a wet suit or jacket is often needed. In the summer the water is quite warm - like bathwater.  In the fall, temperatures can be quite comfortable in September and October, but it starts getting a little chilly come late fall. 

Hurricane Florence Surfing - Folly Beach, South Carolina
Thursday Sept. 13, 2018 - Folly Beach, SC - Although not as much swell as expected, Folly locals were treated to a morning of fun surf as hurricane Florence made it's way towards the east coast of NC.


Surf Shops: 
Two surf shops offer board rentals, demos and repair, and can provide pointers such as surf reports and local recommendations.  Both McKelvin's Surf Shop and Ocean Surf Shop are located on Center Street in the heart of Folly Beach.   

Surf Lessons: If you're a beginner, you can take advantage of several surfing schools that  provide boards and lessons.  Even if you're not a beginner and want to pick up some new tips and improve some skills, these outfits are a good option: Isla Surf School, Folly Eva Surf School, Folly Beach Surf Lessons.

Surf Boards: For most people, a long board that is at least 8' 6" is recommended for typical waves on Folly Beach. But if you're more of an expert and you're coming to hit the bigger waves, you'll want to bring a short board.

Surf Cam & Surf Report:  You can watch live cams as well as get water temperature, wave height and wind speed, air temperature, and the short and long-term weather forecast by clicking on the links here:  The WashoutFolly Beach Pier

Originally published at www.coastawhilevacations.com


Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed beach atmosphere of Folly and the charm and culture of Charleston.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

Folly Beach Weather & Average Temperatures

What’s the weather like in April? Is it cold in January? What kind of temperatures can we expect in February? 

As owners of our vacation town home at Water's Edge, we get questions like that a lot. Here’s what you can expect at different times of the year on Folly Beach or in nearby Charleston.


Our Favorite Time: Our favorite time to visit is in the spring and fall. April and May are beautiful months - not too hot and humid, but pleasant and warm. October is gorgeous, too. But no matter when you visit, you’ll find advantages to the weather all during the year (see also Folly Beach in the Off Season).

Here’s what you can expect month-by-month:

JANUARY: Well, yes. This is the coldest month. Normally temps are in the 50s and 60s, but they can drop to the 30s and 40s for a few days.  But, the air is clear, and if you’re coming from Michigan or Minnesota or anywhere up north, the temperature is downright balmy! 

This past January our son, Justin, spent time over a long weekend crabbing from our community dock.  While September - November are typically the best months for crabbing, he brought in quite a haul of crabs.  Although he ultimately caught more than enough for a feast, he put the catch back in the water. 

FEBRUARY: Temps are ticking upward. There will be some chilly days in the 50s but mostly 60s and sometimes 70s. Night is a good time to relax and look skyward where you'll have a great view of the stars.  During a walk at the front of Water's Edge, we looked skyward and was treated to a moon halo. 

These halos are caused when moonlight passes through thin clouds of ice crystals high in Earth's atmosphere.  The shape of the ice crystals causes the moonlight to be focused into a ring.

MARCH: Yes, you can usually start donning a bathing suit and be comfortable. Normally 60s… but it can dip into the 50s, so just be aware.  The marsh provides a tranquil setting and backdrop to some stunning sunsets.

APRIL & MAY: You can start wearing a swimsuit and be comfortable. This month is usually ideal! While most people love to visit in the summer, it can be very hot! But during April you can still be outside, enjoy the warmth, and not sweat too much. Plus, the grass is greening, the flowers are blooming, and it’s still not high tourist season.

JUNE, JULY, and AUGUST: Bring on the sunscreen. Actually, you need sunscreen all months of the year here, so make sure to use it. If you love heat, you’ll love these months. High 80s and 90s are the norm. You may need to escape into the air conditioning a lot, though, but hey, there’s the pool or the beach for bathing. And it is the lazy days of summer….

SEPTEMBER: Heat and humidity are tempering off slightly but it can still be stifling, depending on the forecast. Normally 80s... This is a terrific time to hire a boat captain to go shelling or fishing.  "Follypalooza" is a street festival that takes place on Folly in September.

OCTOBER: Highly recommend. 70s-80s.  The Folly Jazz Festival takes place in October.

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER: Early November is normally still quite nice, though water temperatures have dipped. There have been days we’ve visited in late November and with some chattering teeth, our teens managed to wade into the Atlantic water.

This is also a terrific time to check on Folly festivals and events (see related post), since a number of them happen around this time and into January; Folly Christmas Parade, New Year's Eve Flip-Flop Drop, and Bill Murray look-alike Polar Bear Plunge all take place at the end of December.

Originally published at www.coastawhilevacations.com
Originally published at www.coastawhilevacations.com

Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, but just a few short blocks to the beach and fun town of Folly.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

Folly Beach Festivals & Events 2019


Folly is funky, is fun, and it has no shortage of reasons for a festival.  For real. Where else do they have a Bill Murray look-a-like competition and then race wildly into the freezing Atlantic ocean - in January?  Exactly!

And since the locals enjoy many of these festivals during the "off season," you should consider making your vacation plans accordingly (see Visit Folly in the Off Season).  Our townhome is just one block from all Center Street festivities.

Enjoy this calendar of events along with videos from past festivals:

Folly Gras 2018 Highlight Video
Uploaded by Visit Folly on 2018-02-20.

FOLLY GRAS
February 23, 2019

A week long, beach-wide Mardi Gras style celebration complete with live music, food and craft vendors, and a Folly Gras parade and an all day street party.


SEA & SAND FESTIVAL
September 21, 2019

The longest running annual event on Folly Beach, Sea & Sand is a weekend affair with something for everyone including Miss Sea & Sand Pageant, a street festival, and a competition in the sand.


Follypalooza!!
Founded in 2007 by DJ Rich, a Folly Beach resident and business owner, Follypalooza has successfully raised over $50,000 for over 35 Folly locals with cancer and other medial ailments. To raise money, Follypalooza hosts an annual cancer benefit via a street festival on Folly Beach, SC.

FOLLYPALOOZA
October 12, 2019

A cancer benefit that raises money for Folly Beach residents who are receiving cancer treatments, this street festival features live music, an art competition, an auction & carnival atmosphere.


Folly Jazz Festival Official Sponsor Video 2016
Nov. 5 & 6th, 2016 SAVE THE DATE 3rd "Folly Jazz Festival" Sunday evenings of Jazz on The Edge evolved into the first ever Folly Jazz Festival ..

THE FOLLY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Fall 2019

Celebrate the music that has been a part of Folly Beach since the Big Bands played on The Pier in the 40’s. Visit where Gershwin wrote Porgy & Bess and enjoy lots of free musical events.


CHRISTMAS PARADE
December 2020

Santa parades through the streets of his favorite beach town. During the parade, knock-out some of your holiday shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show at the Community Center.


Folly's Flip Flop Drop
A comprehensive look at local, statewide and national news events is provided by the News 2 Morning Team, along with updates on sports and the weather forecast.

NEW YEAR’S EVE FLIP-FLOP DROP
December 31, 2020

Drop a ball on New Year’s Eve? Not on Folly. Gather on Center Street to watch the giant pair of glittery flip-flops descend to mark the stroke of midnight. 


2016 Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge
2016 Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge Folly Beach, South Carolina

BILL MURRAY POLAR PLUNGE
January 1, 2020

Attendees start the New Year with a plunge into the (not so) cold Atlantic while dressed as their favorite Bill character. We are told that Bill Murray enjoys Charleston and Folly Beach and there is always a chance of a sighting.


Taste Of Folly 2016
Our Annual Taste of Folly Festival is a delicious way to spend a day. Taste of Folly 2016 video provided by Sea Island Media!

TASTE OF FOLLY
January 2020

A two day celebration of Folly food including local restaurants selling food and drinks on the street, local vendors, live music, kids’ area and silent auction.


Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

This is Folly Beach


Folly Beach - THIS IS FOLLY BEACH
You'll never believe what we can fit into 12 square miles. An overview of what makes Folly Beach so special.



Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...
Write a comment

Ten of Our Favorite Things to Do on Folly Beach

Folly Beach holds a special place in our family's heart.  So in honor of Valentine's Day, we thought we would share our 10 most favorite things to do on Folly. 

  1. The Beach:  Duh!  Folly has six miles of public beach.
  2. A visit to Bert’s:  This friendly, local market is open 24 hours and you’ll find everything here, from free coffee and organic produce to fishing tackle.  If you don’t need it, you probably won’t find it.  But you should visit Bert’s just to get a local flavor of Folly.
  3. Paddle boarding:  Take a lesson and tour, which includes heading down the Folly River. Dolphin sightings not guaranteed – but highly likely.  And anyone with a little balance can do it!
  4. Crabbing:  Depends on the season, but it’s cheap enough to purchase a crab net and a few chicken necks and drop it into the water. Kids love this.
  5. Breakfast at the Lost Dog:  No guests of ours should miss going to this Folly breakfast institution at least once during their stay.  It’s an easy walk!
  6. Watch the sun set:  If it’s nice weather, you’re guaranteed a beautiful sunset from the dock at Water’s Edge. Folly is called the Edge of America for a reason.
  7. Take a stroll on the Folly pier:  People watching on the pier is entertaining. 
  8. Visit a food truck: Eating a chocolate/whipped cream/banana crepe at Tokyo Crepes.
  9. Biking:  We provide several beach bikes, so explore! You can’t get lost and Folly is flat!
  10. Shark tooth hunting: Hunting for shark teeth on the beach.  Beach replenishment has tossed up fossilized shark teeth on the beach.  Maybe you'll find a Megalodon tooth!
Write a comment

Playgrounds on Folly Beach


Playgrounds on Folly Beach | Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals | Book Direct by Owner | Florida
If you have young kids, you'll want to know where on Folly Beach you can bring them so they can release some of that pent-up energy. There are two awesome play



Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, and an easy walk to the beach and all the fun restaurants and shops.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...


Write a comment

Folly Beach, SC in the Off Season

Visit Folly Beach - Off Season! | Coast Awhile Vacation Rentals | Book Direct by Owner | Florida
Most people flock to Folly when it's warm and sultry. Understandably, the beach is the big draw, and it's fun to frolic in the ocean and lounge like a lizard on the sand. But, it can be really hot. And sticky. And crowded. Locals and those in the know have a favorite season - the off-season.



Our townhome is at Waters Edge, a charming development of colorful Charleston-style homes on Folly Beach. We are located in a quiet, tucked-away area on the river, but just a few short blocks to the beach and fun town of Folly.

Gorgeous 3 Bdrm at Water's Edge! - Folly Beach
Townhome in Folly Beach. Escape on a getaway to historic Charleston! Stay at our comfortable, well-appointed, and beautifully decorated town home on Folly and enjoy the best of both worlds - the relaxed be...
Write a comment
© 2019 | Water's Edge. All rights reserved | Owner Login