Folly Beach Public Beach

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Kendall M
Columbiana, OH105 contributions
Couples
My husband and I stayed in Charleston for a few days so we visited the beach a couple times. It is kinda like myrtle beach but on a mini scale, there’s some restaurants and beach shops along the main strip so lots to see. We were very disappointed the pier was closed because it was being rebuilt, however the part they had completed so far was very nice and once it’s finished I think it’s going to be beautiful. My biggest complaint is parking there is AWFUL if you get there after about 9am. One day we went super early and we’re able to park in the pier parking lot ($10 for the day). That’s the cheapest parking we saw in the entire area. There isn’t a big public parking lot or parking garage. And everything is first come first serve. The day we left one of the private lots was charging $40 to park for the day! I personally would never have paid that. So, biggest thing: get there early for the best and cheapest parking as the $10 lot fills up early and it’s very small. The beach was very clean and we found lots of small seashells. The water in July was very warm.
Written July 25, 2021
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Shamuuu
Tyler, TX143 contributions
Family
We went all times of day (Sunday thru Friday) and this beach was never over crowded. Mostly a family hangout and dogs are allowed at certain times of day. Parking along Arctic is free after 6 PM. Local shops have reasonable prices if you want to rent beach chairs, umbrellas and beach toys for the week.
Written August 10, 2020
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Inspire26118
112 contributions
Friends
Low key vibes and low tides were all around at Folly Beach. It’s a short ride from the city of Charleston by car. Plenty of places to grab a bite at on the way. It is free to enter once you park. The shore is short for setting up a spot to chill with family or friends and parking will cost you from $2/hr up to $10-15/day if you use the nearby meters. The shoreline is long for the public beach so even though it is short it stretches far. Bring your own chairs and whatever else you need. There aren’t many places to rent amenities or even wash off the sand if you don’t pick the right pier for entry. Be strategic and prepared and your beach day will go smooth.
Written March 23, 2022
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Mike C
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Beautiful area, but was different this year. Parking up to $50 to park to go to dinner and shop around Center Street. Next, family was on beach our first day and brother in law, quietly sitting on beach with all 13 of us (ages 2 to 77) and life guard came up behind him and said, "I am going to have to ticket you for the exposed part of your beer can. The can was approx. 2 to 3" above the top of the cozy. We asked for a warning due to not know that no part of the can can be above the top of the cozy. He said no warnings. He proceeded to write a ticket for $65 and said since you are being corporative I won't write if for $140. For the rest of our week we were watched like a hawk, driving by us 10 to 15 times a day to check on us to ensure we didn't have an exposed can top. Next my golf cart was parked legally and paid for for the entire day, but I was given a $25 ticket. I had to go to the court house to protest and was told the ticket would be voided. I sort of got the feeling this happens a lot and most people just pay it out of convenience vs going to fight it. Bottom line here, I go on vacation to relax. I do not enjoy the the price gouging on parking, the over aggressive life guards constantly harassing us by driving by us checking out our camp. Not the cites fault, but first night we decided to go to Taco Boy for dinner, as this was always our favorite place to eat in Folly and we cannot wait to eat there. Upon arriving at 5:30 to put our names in we told 2 hours, which we expected due to our large party of 12. After 2 hours checked in and they said an additional half hour. Upon checking again 30 minutes later they said another hour. It is now 9pm and they are seating us for dinner after checking in at 5;30. When we came in there was hardly anyone else there eating and they were closing in one hour. We were rushed our entire meal and felt the waitresses wanted us gone. We no longer will visit this restaurant and very unlikely that we will come back to Folly. This was our 6th trip there and we spend on average over $10,000 each trip. I do not recommend Folly for a fun vacation. Seems the locals just want to find a way to get as much cash from us as they can. I don't mind paying for fun and convenience but this was neither. Shame on you, Folly Beach for being so greedy.
Written July 25, 2021
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Sonja H
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Family
If you come to stay aweek at the beach you better being some money of 15 dollars to park with gulf cart or car .. there resturants food is out of a box frozen fish. Everything is fried. No greens just sald. The only play on the island if woodys puzza that is good.
Written August 14, 2021
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Mary Jones
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Solo
It’s a great beach but do yourself a favor and park a few blocks out of town where parking on the street is free. Keep your tires off the pavement when parking which is easy to do and you’ll be fine. I usually don’t mind paying for parking when traveling as it helps keep the city nice but I was treated so horribly I refused to give another penny of my money to the city. City employees are stupid not to realize this. They lost money on me parking on the street by their behavior and I hope others park on the street to minimize what funding the city gets.
Written November 17, 2020
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AustintoBoston
Boston, MA233 contributions
Be warned: if you have more than a very limited amount of time in Charleston, DO NOT COME HERE! We were looking for a quick beach afternoon to get out of the city and boy were we disappointed. We later learned there are a couple other nearby beaches that are much nicer (Sullivan's Island, Isle of Palms). The only reason we came was because Folly was convenient from Charleston and we did not rent a car. Instead, we ubered, and what was supposed to be a 25 min car ride took nearly an hour due to the traffic we encountered on the county road close to the beach. We were told this is a regular occurrence. It was probably 3:00, not a time I'd expect inbound beach traffic.

The beach itself is dirty and very honky tonk. The white chairs are free to sit on, but the blue ones must be rented. We mistakenly sat on a blue one and the lifeguard told us we had to move. The only redeeming quality was the Blu beach bar we went to for a few (delicious) drinks and a bite to eat.

Another thing, if you are not renting a car beware that it is difficult to get an uber or lyft back to Charleston. We were unable to do so and instead had to hop in a taxi at the hotel right along the beach. The cost was slightly less than double what an Uber would have been, but when you're stranded there aren't many options.
Written August 14, 2021
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Fred P
Burnside, KY3 contributions
Friends
Holiday weekend. Folly Beach set up barricades in all street parking areas. Parking lots charging 40-50$ were at capacity. Parked several blocks from the beach avoiding private property. Came back to a 150.00 parking ticket for an emergency Covid parking ban? Not sure how parking and Covid Emergency could possibly be related. We live in a resort area and this type of rip off by the city would shut down the tourist trade. Folly Beach will not have to worry about any of our group returning....
Written September 8, 2020
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Kim B
Newnan, GA1,021 contributions
It was windy and rather nippy so there were not many people on the beach at the county park. Park costs $5/car, and it was on the honor system when we were there. We parked and then got our for beach stroll. Did I say REALLY windy. It was kind of hard to enjoy with sand blowing all over the place.
I can see how this would be a VERY popular spot on any nice day.There was some construction going on, so I was not able to tell how many parking spots there really are. It did not seem like that many considering how long the beach is. I suspect I will be back - on a much calmer day.
There is handicap parking. A changing room or two, as well as showers(outside) to rinse off. The only bathrooms I saw were two port-a -lets near the entrance and I am not sure they are there all the time or for the workers on the construction crew.
Written February 10, 2020
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Tenneroter
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Couples
We stayed in a house on the beach at 14th and we’re amazed at how many surfers were in the water at all times of the day. I would recommend getting away from the center of town and driving out this way. Much quieter, wide sandy beach. You do need to make sure you pay for parking at the kiosk because it is monitored and ticketed.
Written November 7, 2020
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