The Beachside Boutique Inn on Folly Beach

Exploring Folly Beach & Where to Stay

I capped a recent trip to Charleston with a single-night stay on the beach – not nearly long enough, but better than nothing. Early on in my trip-planning process, I decided I couldn’t be this close to the ocean and not get my feet wet.

But which beach?

Charleston is located about halfway between South Carolina’s best known stretches of sand – Myrtle Beach to the north and Hilton Head Island to the south, each about a two-hour drive. But you don’t have to travel that far from the city for a terrific oceanfront overnight.

After a bit of research, I selected Folly Beach, a 6-mile-long barrier island about 15 miles south of Charleston.

Less developed than Myrtle and less polished than Hilton Head, Folly has a casual, funky vibe all its own. It’s popular with locals and an easy day trip from Charleston, but with enough amenities and overnight options to attract some longer-term guests, as well.

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