Jul 12 2011

Where to Set Up on Folly

A day at the beach isn’t always, well, a day at the beach. If you find yourself sitting in the wrong section of sand – say, next to rowdy guys tossing a frisbee that somehow keeps hitting you in the face – your whole day could be ruined. Luckily, you can avoid that problem at Folly. We’ve put together a cheat sheet that will help you find your perfect spot on the beach!

If you want to relax and read:
If you’re looking for a relaxing day with a little bit of reading, tanning and swimming thrown in, you’ll want to set up next to “the wall.” Turn right at the end of Center Street and drive about a half mile. You’ll see an entrance to the beach with a little staircase. Park on the side of the road for free. When you get onto the beach, you’ll see a little stone wall to your left. The wall acts as a border between the most crowded section of the beach and an area that’s slightly more relaxed. You won’t feel secluded there by any means, but the wall will block some of the noise and the breeze on a windy day.

If you want to play sports and drink beers:
If you’re at the beach to socialize, drink and play volleyball or frisbee, you’ll want to set up to the right of the pier, in front of Blu, the always crowded beach bar. There’s always plenty of twenty-somethings in this area, and plenty of hot beach bodies to stare at.

If you want to bring the kids:

There are definitely families sprinkled all over the beach, but the best place to play with your kids is on the the left side of the pier. The drinkers are mostly over in front of the bar so this is the perfect spot to stay clear of rowdy frat boys. Plus, the bathrooms are still close by.

If you want to catch a wave:

The Washout has been called the best place to surf in the state. To get there, turn left at the end of Center Street and drive until there are no more houses around. Parking is on the side of the road, but you still have to pay. It’s all surfers at this spot, so you’ll be in good company.

If you want to have some privacy:
If you don’t like crowds, stay away from the middle of the beach by Blu and the Tides Hotel. Instead, take a right at the end of Center Street and drive until just before you hit Folly Beach County Park. This end of the beach always has far fewer people on it and the surfers are down on the other end.

If you want to enjoy the view:

There is a lovely portion of the beach with a view of the Morris Island lighthouse. It’s a little secluded area that never seems to be too crowded, despite its quaint feel. Turn left at the end of Center Street and drive until you can’t go any farther. Park, get out of the car and walk up the path to the beach. The beautiful inlet has big rocks, a wooded area and, of course, an amazing view.

Do you have a favorite hangout spot on Folly? Maybe it’s so good you don’t want to share, but if you do, leave us a comment below!

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