Folly Beach, South Carolina, bills itself "The Edge of America," and this sea island between the Folly River and the Atlantic Ocean puts you on the very brink of the continent. Hotels in Folly Beach, SC invite you to join the swashbuckling seafarers of yesteryear and the wave-worshiping surfers of today who've long navigated the island's tangled tidal estuaries and admired the dynamic beauty of its waters. Many a shipwreck has landed accidental visitors on Folly Island, and a few nights at Folly Beach, SC hotels might have you believing such a fate would be quite the fortunate thing. Why not get deliberately stranded there yourself?
Visiting Folly Beach
Folly Beach is proud of its impressive wooden pier, the second-longest on the East Coast. Its scaffold-like beams are a photographer's dream, a vision of symmetry that makes a mesmerizing seafront silhouette. The landmark also marks one of several popular surf spots on the island, where you can sit in the sun and watch the masters of the waves but on their daily show. Their rolling, riding dance with the rhythms of the surf—and even their joyously inelegant wipe-outs—will inspire you to grab a board and join them... or at least grab a cold beer and join the laid-back beach bar scene while the sun sets over the dwindling surf. When it's time to make your way off the island, make Folly Beach rental cars your galleon of choice. Steer your way to one of many fine Charleston hotels and get ready to explore this new port of call.
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