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A Very Folly Vacation: Escape to Folly Beach SC

The best part of vacationing to Charleston SC is that not only can you be captivated by the history and charm of downtown, but you can completely relax on the sandy beaches and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of our favorite beach getaways around Charleston is Folly Beach SC. The eclectic surf town has recently become a top tourist destination for so many reasons. From Civil War-era history, to world-class surfers, and top-notch eateries a Folly Beach vacation is everything in one.

Folly Beach sits just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston and is a town steeped in its own history beyond the Holy City. Its lack of consistent policing made it a favorite among pirates in the early 1700s. Fast-forward to the Civil War, Folly Beach was used as a stronghold for Union soldiers due to its close proximity to Fort Sumter. The city has even uncovered cannonballs from this era on Folly Beach!

The latter half of the 20th century bought a new crowd to Folly Beach - surfers - which made Folly Beach what it is today. The beach town saw its first surfboard in the 1960s, but it has not been without difficulties that the city has grown to become the surfer town that it is today. A locally known spot is "the washout," which despite offering one of the best breaks for surfers, it is also a beautiful, tranquil spot to walk to. We recommend watching the sunset behind the old lighthouse to envisage a period past of sailors and shipwrecks.

Today, Folly Beach is a top vacation destination, with its surf vibe, eclectic community and laid-back food and drink spots to compliment a beach getaway. Head to "The Wich Doctor" to pick up a gourmet sandwich before picking your spot on the beach, or grab some snacks and free coffee from Bert’s, the funky, local supermarket. Here you'll find a variety of products from sushi and $1 hot dogs, to fresh produce, incense sticks and handmade soap. After the beach refuel with a mouth-watering burger from Rita’s Seaside Grill, or a cold beer at Loggerheads. Neither will disappoint.

A Folly vacation can be whatever you make it - a quiet escape, a sand-filled family weekend, or an oasis close to downtown. We're happy to announce the latest addition to our portfolio of Folly Beach vacation rentals - The Folly Peach. A beautiful and spacious 4-bedroom house just a short walk from the beach and Center Street. Its soaring ceilings, upscale appliances, private balcony and backyard make it an ideal spot for both families and groups of friends seeking a relaxing break away.

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