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“isle of palms”(40 reviews)
“warm water”(23 reviews)
“laid back”(70 reviews)
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Arctic Ave., Folly Beach, SC 29439
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All reviews isle of palms warm water laid back downtown charleston off season an umbrella within walking distance life guards public beach free parking soft sand county park south carolina low tide fish morris island lighthouse shells
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here for a day at the beach. First, parking is a nightmare. Lots are expensive and metered parking only accepts credit cards. Once you walk onto the beach, it is not very clean. More importantly, there are no sitting lifeguards. After twenty minutes...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The water is very warm, beach is clean but is very, very crowded on the weekend. Parts of the beach have a lifeguard. The parking is very difficult. We rented a beach house which is perfect. It can be very hot in the middle of...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Patty W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I arrived at my hotel early and could not check in so I asked where the nearest beach was. I was told that Folly Beach was a nice beach to visit. It took about 45 mins. to get there due to traffic. There was barely...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nothing special here. The beach seemed a bit crowded for a Wed afternoon. There’s a nice pier, a local bar and small gift shop mainly for ice cream and beach supplies

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank calex1956
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful, clean, lots of families. People surfed a bit. The water was choppy, but the perfect temperature.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank vferris
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I took a trip to Charleston so she could go shelling. Her main priority was Folly Beach, as she read on several websites that this was the place to go for shells. It was not. She found a few shells, but not...More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank surfercharlie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even on a holiday weekend it was great. Traffic going in was a little slow, but the beach was clean and people were nice. Awesome family beach.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank kingpin2031
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met a lot of friendly people, there were dead jellyfish on beach. People warned us before we came upon them. Had a great time on beach

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Camarogirl1967
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Parking here is a total mess. Your best bet is parking for free on the side of the road and walking to a public beach access. Otherwise parking at the public access is ONLY done by cash or using a smartphone app. That needs to...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank GREG L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were tons of people and more geared toward the young crowd but a nice beach with food and shops near by

Date of experience: May 2019
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Jennie W
June 3, 2019|
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Response from Mary R | Reviewed this property |
Yes! We actually left our chairs, umbrella and towels while we did a 30 minute walk down the beach and they were fine! Of course we made sure we were sitting near a couple friendly families!
January 27, 2019|
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Response from alocalSummervilleSC | Reviewed this property |
The tides and winds have a lot of influence on finding shells. If you go to the far ends of the beach you'll have a better chance. It can be chilly in March, so dress accordingly. You might call the Edisto State Park... More
January 27, 2019|
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Response from DebbieBuchanan24 | Reviewed this property |
Hello! There are small shells, sharks teeth, and drift wood scattered along the shore. Driving out to the Morris Island Lighthouse end of Folly hold the most as far as shells. Just head into Folly Beach and turn left at... More