Oyster Season is Here!

You may have noticed that we constantly rave about how fall is our favorite time of year around here and we’re going to give you yet another reason why: OYSTERS!

Doesn’t this look tempting?!

October 1st marks the official return of oyster season in the Lowcountry and there is no shortage of options on offer to sample this local delight. Our coastline has even been referred to as the ‘Napa Valley of oysters’ due to the ideal habitat of the region; the result of an abundance of flat, tidal areas, bountiful oyster reefs, and ideal temperatures for a lengthy spawning season.  

For the adventurous, DIY types, you can get your South Carolina Saltwater Fishing License and head out into the surrounding recreational shellfish grounds during a low tide. Don’t forget a good pair of boots for the pluff mud, as well as gloves, a hammer, and a bucket. Just be sure you’re up to scratch on local DNR regulations and shell recycling locations! Keen to cook your own oysters, but forgo the harvesting part? Pick up a bushel or two to prepare at home from locally-owned Crosby’s Seafood Co. conveniently situated at the entrance onto Folly Beach.

More Than Just a Restuarant; a Local Institution
Outdoor dining at Bowen’s Island

Vacationing on Folly, you are especially fortunate to have one of the most renowned oyster institutions almost at your doorstep. Just a short two-mile drive (or bike ride) away, you’ll find the longstanding Bowen’s Island Restaurant; famous for both its delicious shellfish and jaw-dropping sunsets since its inception in 1946. Revered by everyone from humble natives to the New York Times, this no-frills, unpretentious classic is a must-try. Just be sure you bring some warm layers when the temperature drops as the dining area at Bowen’s Island is something akin to your back deck.

Have You Ever Been to an Oyster Roast?

Another great spot to check out is Bohemian Bull. Located just a few miles down Folly Road on neighboring James Island, this popular locale will be hosting all-you-can-eat oyster roasts for only $15 every Thursday evening at their backyard fire pit from 6-9pm! To top it off, they have great beer, bourbon, and whiskey specials as well as live local music to add to the experience. The first oyster roast of the season kicks of on November 7th.

For Those Who Prefer More Traditional Dining…

If you’re searching for a more upscale (or just heat and tablecloths) oyster experience, head into downtown Charleston. There is a wide array of oyster restaurants and raw bars that cater to every taste and budget, but here are some of our favorites to get you started:

  • Leon’s Oyster Shop; the trendy-yet-welcoming hotspot in a funky renovated garage on Lower King Street.
  • 167 Raw; a popular raw bar located in the heart of downtown and sourcing a huge variety of fresh East Coast oysters.
  • Hank’s Seafood; not only a restaurant, but a turn-of-the-century historic landmark that has been named Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 18 consecutive years.

Happy shucking everyone!

It’s a Great Time to Visit Folly Beach!

Can you believe it’s already September? While summer may officially be winding down, the fall months are an ideal time to visit Folly Beach.

We survived hurricane Dorian!

First thing’s first; we know you’ve all heard about Hurricane Dorian on the news. We are very pleased to report that we had only relatively minor damage on the island, and everything was back to business as usual just one day after the storm. Nearly all of our properties fared fantastically, and are ready for you to come and enjoy! All local restaurants, shops, bars, and services are also open and back in full swing too.

Fall is still beach season on Folly

So now, let’s get back to planning your autumn escape. Here in the Lowcountry, we are lucky to enjoy warm temperatures through September, October, and oftentimes into November too. Not only can you soak up the rays and work on your tan, you can still comfortably take a dip or catch a wave in the ocean too as water temps do not begin to drastically drop until winter. Fall conditions are also ideal for activities on top of the water, such as kayaking, sailing, fishing, and paddleboarding.

Now we’ll talk about the crowds, or rather, the lack thereof. With school back in session, the island returns to a mellower version of its summer self. Take advantage of laid-back vibes, lots of space to set up and sprawl out on the beach, great deals via off-season discounts, less cars and more bicycles (the preferred method of transportation for Folly locals), and no waiting in line at your favorite dinner spot.

While the fall temperatures remain high, the humidity takes a hike. This makes for the perfect time to explore historic downtown Charleston, just a quick 15-minute drive away from Folly Beach. It’s also an ideal time to venture out to the area plantations and stroll through their stunning gardens. While the summer heat can be oppressive once you’re away from the sea breeze, the autumn months are a delightful time to walk around the streets of the peninsula and other area attractions that are off of the beach.

Sneak away for a quick getaway

Finally, the start of the off-season means the end of our standard minimum-stay requirements. You can now book short-stays of only 2 nights or more for any days of the week and at any our properties.*

What are you waiting for? Get in touch with us here at Folly’s Best Rentals and we’ll help you find the perfect vacation rental for your autumn getaway.

*Excludes holiday weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s (4-night minimum stay in effect).

48 Hours in Folly Beach

Did you know that Folly’s Best offers 2 and 3 night stays?* You can sneak away for a short stay with us here in Folly Beach this summer and still have plenty of time to enjoy the fun that Folly has to offer. Check out our ’48 hours in Folly’ itinerary below for some great ideas for your next getaway.

Day 1: Grab some wheels! The best way to get around the island is to trade your car for some wheels of another kind. You can rent bikes, mopeds, or golf carts and zip around with ease by dodging traffic jams and snagging prime parking. Added bonus, it’s much more fun than driving a car!

Naturally, the next stop will be the beach. Folly has plentiful public beach access at each block so no matter which one of our rentals you choose you won’t have any trouble getting onto the sand. If you’d like to just kick back and work on your tan, you can set your beach chairs and umbrellas up for the day or have one of the rental companies do it for you. For those looking for a bit more action, hitting the waves for a surf lesson is a must. Private, semi-private, and group options are available for all ages and ability levels. You can also rent surfboards by the hour or by the day at Ocean Surf Shop.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of sand and sun, there is no doubt you’ll have worked up an appetite and Folly has a ton of restaurants to suit every taste. Here at the Folly’s Best office, a few of our go-to favorites include Woody’s for the best pizza on the island and ice cold beer on the open-air patio, Snapper Jacks for their happy hour specials, live music, and stellar views from the rooftop bar, and Taco Boy for delicious tacos, tortillas, and tequila in a fun and funky setting in the heart of Center Street.

Day 2: Early bird gets the worm! If our dining recommendations didn’t lead you late into the night, wake up early and walk the Folly Pier to watch the sun rise over the ocean. Even if you sleep through the alarm, make sure your next move is over to the Lost Dog Café. This is a renowned all-day breakfast institution around here so the crowds can get heavy, but the reward is worth the wait. Black Magic Café is another great option for breakfast/lunch with quality brews on offer and an expansive menu of fresh and healthy fare (and vegan-friendly items as well).

Of course you came to Folly primarily for some beach time, so head back out to the sand and get your fill. It gets hot down here in the lowcountry though so be sure to stay hydrated – drop by locally owned and operated Bert’s Market to fill up your cooler on your way. Bert’s is a favorite among locals with their variety of goods and around the clock hours; as their slogan boasts, they may doze but they never close! If the tide is low, look for shark teeth while you’re at the beach; they are plentiful all along the Folly shoreline and make for a unique memento to bring home.

If your stay happens to fall over a Tuesday, you absolutely must attend a Paint with a Buzz class out on the patio at Chico Feo with local artist Briahna Wenke. Even if you think you have no artistic ability, you will be amazed at the masterpiece you produce and it’s so much fun. Not a Tuesday? Check the calendar for other classes around Folly; Bri often hosts sessions at other locales. Painting or not, you should still check out Chico Feo for super laid-back vibes that will make you feel like you’re hanging out in your friend’s backyard (if your friend had an extensive array of beers on offer).

A great way to wrap up the last night of your trip is with a sunset paddleboarding tour. The guys at Isla will provide you with all equipment and guide you through the spectacular marshlands that surround our island. Sunset is also when the dolphins are the most social!

Staying one more day? Why not head into downtown Charleston; it’s just a quick 20 minute drive from the heart of Folly. As a world-famous city and tourist destination, your options are quite literally endless. Take a carriage ride around the historic district, visit the City Market and pick up an authentic sweetgrass basket made by native Gullah weavers, or visit the South Carolina Aquarium and get up close and personal with marine life. Last but not least, eat. Charleston is a hot culinary destination and you can’t go wrong at any downtown restaurant you choose to dine at for any meal of the day.

So, are you ready for your trip? Get in touch with the girls at Folly’s Best today and we’ll help you find the perfect place to stay!

*Short stays are available to book 20 days prior to dates of travel, or if there is a gap in our reservations.

Lights Out Folly Beach

Did you know that Folly’s beach is a protected sea turtle nesting area? Starting in May each year, loggerhead sea turtles begin to crawl onto the beach and lay their nests near the sand dunes. Nesting season lasts through October. During this time, it is very important to remember to adhere the following:

  • Beachfront lights must be out from dusk to dawn. Please be sure to turn off any lights that illuminate the beach, and close curtains and blinds.
  • If using a flashlight on the beach at night, use one that has a red filter.
  • Fill in any holes in the sand and knock down any mounds. While digging in the sand and building sandcastles are lots of fun, sea turtles can get trapped or pushed off course when trying to make their way onto or off the beach.
  • Do not leave beach gear or trash behind.
  • No flash photography if you happen upon a sea turtle.
  • Do not disturb or threaten the sea turtles or the nests. This is a federal offense.
  • If you see a turtle, keep a safe distance and no flash photography.

This little sea turtle is headed out to the sea!
Video courtesy of Around Charleston.

Follow the Folly Beach Turtle Watch Program on Facebook for the latest Folly Beach sea turtle information.

Check out the Sea Turtle Care Center™ at the South Carolina Aquarium in downtown Charleston to learn more about the beautiful creatures with interactive experiences and a chance to see them up close.

View sea turtle nesting on Folly Beach in real time on the SC DNR sea turtle nest monitoring page.

Where To Rent Golf Carts in Folly Beach

More and more, many residents and vacationers alike are opting to get around by way of a golf cart instead of driving or walking. Whether it’s gas or electric it’s still going to be cheaper to operate than your car. If you want to try out a golf cart before purchase or you’re here vacationing and need one temporarily, there are local businesses that would be happy to rent you a golf cart for however long you need it.

Folly Beach Restrictions for Golf Carts
Do not drive on Center Street.
Do not drive after sunset.
Obey all traffic laws.
Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Do not drive on sand dunes or beach.
For your safety-cross over Center St only at the light on Ashley.
Be a careful and safe driver: Use hand signals when turning. Do not make erratic turns and stops.
Keep arms and legs inside cart at all times!
Do not drive through large puddles of water.
For your safety Stay off East Ashley as much as possible.
Keep charger dry and charge nightly.

Following are the places you can rent golf carts in Folly Beach SC.

Folly Beach Golf Carts
 
Folly Beach Golf Cart Rentals
Address: 112 E Hudson Ave, Folly Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 442-5056
Website: https://www.follybeachgolfcarts.com/
Locally owned and operated. Offering 4-8 person golf carts, 4 person low speed vehicles, beach chairs, coolers, beach wheelchairs, beach umbrellas and more. Call to reserve your next golf cart!

Folly Beach Adventures
Address: 112 E Indian Ave, Folly Beach, SC and 109 East Ashley, Folly Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 696-2217
Website: http://www.follybeachadventures.com/
Folly Beach Rentals, Golf Carts (4, ,6, 8-seat), Bikes, Kayaks, Sup, Surf Boards. Folly Beach Adventures specializes in outdoor equipment rentals, guided tours and teen summer camps on Folly Beach, SC and the beaches around Charleston, SC.

Charleston Golf Cart Rental
Address: 117 E Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC
Phone: (843) 225-7433
Website: https://www.charlestongolfcartrental.com/
Golf Cart (4 and 6 passenger) rentals, sales and repairs. Rent a golf cart and get a free surfboard rental for a limited time.
 
 

Food For the Vacation Lovers Soul

Charleston. Folly Beach. Folly's Best. Local Food On Vacation is Bliss.

The history of sweet tea on the sun porch in summer, shrimp and grits that are to die for, and some fried green tomatoes that will make you question why you never allowed yourself the pleasure of trying them before.   The south is known for its special culinary prowess and delightful soul food that is bound to get you into a vacation state of mind.

The one thing that isn’t lacking is restaurants to tickle your taste buds and allow you to regale in the old southern traditions of slow cooking and long leisurely days spent with those you love. A comprehensive listing can be found here on our interactive map .  For some mouthwatering photos and dishes from local restaurants, check out Charleston Eater or their instagram.

Brave enough to attempt to tame the wild beast that is the vacation kitchen?

Click on the images below for some southern specialty recipes that will knock your flip flops off.

Ready, Set… DIG IN!

First and foremost SEAFOOD is a lowcountry staple.  Shrimp and Grits, lowcountry boil, she crab soup, oysters… there is enough flavor for everyone!

(click the photos below for a full recipe)

Shrimp and GritsLowcountry BoilShe Crab SoupOysters

The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread and fried chicken.

-Maya Angelou

  No matter if you’re looking for some delicious seafood or the popcorn of the south, we have some great food to get you going!

Collard GreensCornbread Soul FoodFried ChickenFried OkraBiscuits and Gravy

Most of all you’ll need to pick out which kitchen you are ready to tame into southern submission. Grab your ingredients and bring the family.  Plan your next adventure today!  No better time than now! We have kitchens of all shapes and sizes.  Therefore cabinets are stocked with pots, pans, cups an silverware based on the property.  Grab the chef, and come test our kitchens!

Family Tides Kitchen

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Folly Beach Follypalooza 2017

You may be asking yourself what in the world is “Follypalooza?”

Well, for the past ten years a wonderful group of people have come together planning a cancer benefit fundraiser here on Folly Beach. Folly is known for its many different festivals…

Many assume that this event is just another festival.

Follypalooza poster Follypalooza poster

However, they could not be more incorrect!

Directly, Follypalooza supports our Folly Beach neighbors who, due to medical ailments, are in dire need of financial support.  Primarily, Follypalooza  raises money for cancer patients, but also helps those with other critical illnesses and medical issues on a case-by-case basis.

 To date, Follypalooza has successfully raised over $60,000 for local cancer patients thanks to the generous support of the Greater Charleston community. Since Follypalooza was established, they have helped four locals in their journey to being cancer free!! Additionally the group has provided financial support to over 35 others who were struggling to make ends meet. In conjunction with the Folly Angels and the Folly Beach Exchange Club,  Follypalooza is able to identify beneficiaries following a thorough screening process.

So now you may be asking, what can I expect at this year’s Follypalooza?

When:  October 21st from 10 am to 5 pm.

How Much:   $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

 Kids under 12 & FB Residents (photo ID required) are always free.

Pups and Drinks: Sorry, no dogs or coolers this year.

The event will include live music by Plane Jane, The Dupplates, Dave Landeo, Dallas Baker and Friends and more. A Kid Zone with FREE kid activities, games, inflatables, face painting and entertainment. Arts, crafts, fashion and food vendors galore. A shuttle available,thanks to Graffiti Limo, for transportation to outlying restaurants and parked cars. This is a family friendly event that is not to be missed! Come out and see Folly and its wonderful locals for a great cause!

Local of Folly and our staff member at Folly’s Best Rentals, Megan McCartney , would love to see you at this event! Initially, Megan was diagnosed in November of 2016 with stage 3 triple negative breast cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy and an invasive chest wall surgery, she then found out that she instead had a very rare form of cancer called Epitheliod Sarcoma, a soft tissue cancer that hardly has any research. Currently, Megan is  undergoing proton radiation therapy in Jacksonville, Florida. Finishing just days before the event, Megan plans on stopping by the festival here on Folly Beach!

View Megan’s Follypalooza promo video by clicking here!

Tickets, vendor spots or sponsorships can be purchased at the following site.

https://whollyticket.com/event/follypalooza2017

To volunteer check our Facebook page

 Coming for the weekend?  Click here to find the best spot on Folly Beach!