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A Weekender’s Guide to Folly Beach

Folly Beach is where Charleston locals and tourists alike flock to for a slice of paradise with a side of fun. More so than any other beach in the area, Folly, though small as it may be, is packed with stuff to do for the whole family.



One of our favorite things to do while on Folly is to hang a left at the end of Center Street, following Ashley Avenue all the way to the end, park, and walk the 15 or so-minute stroll to the Morris Island Light House. Once there, behold the most secluded part of Folly Beach, a shore covered with beautiful driftwood, and the Morris Island Light House. You’ll love the desolate feeling out there, the staggering beauty all around. Bring a camera, because photo opps abound. To actually get in the water and explore, we recommend a kayak adventure through the meandering creeks we love so dearly in the Lowcountry. Folly Beach Adventures is one of many companies that will facilitate the rental of everything from kayaks and golf carts to stand-up paddle boards and surf boards. They also do guided boat tours.


Taco Boy Folly Beach

Deliciousness at Taco Boy courtesy of Instagram @tacoboychs

There is definitely no shortage of great food on Folly. We love the Asian-infused food and craft beers at Jack of Cups, the shark tacos at Chico Feo’s outdoor oasis, more Asian-infused goodness at The ‘Wich Doctor, Tex-Mex at Taco Boy, and pizza from Woody’s. Oh, and you can’t miss the tuna watermelon nachos at Rita’s — trust us!

For all-things seafood, the Crab Shack has got you covered, but if you get in the car and drive up Folly Road for less than five minutes, you’ll find another local favorite, at Bowen’s Island (your GPS will get you there just fine!) The restaurant is likely to have a line because it’s that good, but you’ll also find some of the best views in Charleston and a place with a down-home, down-to-earth, casual feel.


Surf Bar via IG user @surf_bar

Rainbow Behind Surf Bar on Folly Beach via Instagram @surf_bar

For a killer view of the sea to go with your cocktail, go to the rooftop of Snapper Jack’s, a bright, blue-colored building on Center Street that’s unmissable. For fun sake cocktails and delicious beers, make your way to Jack of Cups. Don’t miss the frozen screwdrivers at Taco Boy, beachfront pina coladas at BLU‘s beachfront bar, or pineapple jalapeno margaritas at Rita’s. If you’re one of those people who gravitates to the Irish pub in every city, St James Gate is where you need to be.


dunes properties Folly Office

Ocean Surf Shop above the dunes properties office on Center Street

Sure, you can find plenty of your run-of-the-mill beach stores on Folly in case you need anything from sunglasses and bathing suits to tacky magnets and tees, but shop with the local surfers at Ocean Surf Shop for all your surf wear needs (located right above our Folly Beach office). For anything from gourmet to-go sammies, boiled peanuts, cool hats, beer, groceries, coffee, and hotdogs, go to the beloved Folly institution of Bert’s Market. It’s actually a must, so put this at the top of your list and thank us later.


Dubplates at Loggerheads

Reggae with Dubplates at Loggerheads via Instagram @loggerheadsbeachgrill

Nothing says, “This is the good life” better than live music and an ocean breeze. Luckily, Folly is full of great local talent, and you’ll undoubtedly be able to catch some live tunes one of these spots: Loggerhead’s, Planet Follywood, Chico Feo, Surf Bar, or Drop In Deli.


507 East Arctic Avenue. Pink Flamingo,

507 East Arctic Avenue “Pink Flamingo”,

There’s not a lot of choice when it comes to hotels, but there’s plenty of beach rentals — with either the gorgeous marsh or the Atlantic Ocean as your backyard — where you can make yourself right at home. We recommend stopping by our Folly Beach Vacation Rental office or browse our website for all our vacation properties.  Summertime books up quick, but the Fall and Spring are still beautiful times to enjoy the Charleston Coast.

Farmer's Market

And in the off-chance that you’re in town on a Wednesday during the summer, check out the Folly Farmer’s Market, where you’ll find locally made goodies you can take back home with you. Also on Wednesdays in the summer months, we do movies on the beach! Bring a blanket and watch a movie in the sand behind the Tides hotel. Seeing something like Top Gun while the waves crash behind you — well, it doesn’t get much better than that, folks.

Every Summer Has One: A Rainy Week

So it’s officially the end of the summer season for our Vacation Rentals division, and wouldn’t you know the rain has come.  It’s been a summer of record breaking heat indexes and highs well over 90 since mid June.  I think for those of us who live here, the rain is a bit of relief from the “excessive heat” our weathermen boast about daily.

Yesterday brought quite a bit of rain, and not surprisingly for the locals, a decent amount of flooding!

Unfortunately, our guests who were looking forward to a piece of sun and sand before the kids head back to school, might be finding themselves checking local movie times and finding alternative ways to spend their time at Folly and downtown.

Luckily for our guests, we offer a free concierge service.  We are happy to share all that there is to see and do in Charleston, even if it’s a bit gloomy outside.  After all there’s no shortage of fabulous restaurants, shopping, and museums.  Our website is a great hub of info of ways to certainly soak up all that Charleston has to offer, rays or no rays!

ABC News covers the end of the summer at Folly Beach

Check out this recent ABC News video about the official end of the summer season – Labor Day at Folly Beach.  Susan St. Hilaire, Dunes Properties’ very own Director of Vacation Rentals is quoted.  For Dunes, it has been a great summer and we have welcomed all kinds of visitors to our beach front condominiums and variety of beautiful island homes.  We hope your visits were happy ones and that you left with a great taste of “The Edge of America”!  Come on back ya’ll, ya hear?

Click here for the video.

Folly Beach, SC - just a short drive from Downtown Charleston Folly Beach, SC – just a short drive from Downtown Charleston

“SURF’S UP” Folly Beach

With Hurricane Bill steadily approaching and forecasted to run east of Bermuda, Folly Should be receiving some truly epic swell this weekend so pack up the kids, grab the boards and head on down to the beach . Waves should be maxing out and overhead on Saturday afternoon so wax up and get ready for a great weekend out in the sun and surf. High tide should be just after 10am so dawn patrol will be where it’s at and the best time to take advantage of these great conditions. Winds will be offshore and about 10 mph which should stand the waves up nicely and give us that sweet blow-back mist that we all love so much. It’s not often that we get to brag about the waves on Folly, but this will truly be a weekend worth remembering and will without a doubt get us through the cold winter. Parking will be at a premium so the earlier the better and remember that sunscreen because the sun will be blazing. Make sure to keep an eye on the rip currents and even if you don’t venture out into the water come on down because the show should be totally awesome.

Also fresh fruits and veggies will be on hand as well as local arts and crafts at our Saturday Folly Farmer’s Market and when you can’t take another ray of sun, cool on down with The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at the James Island County Park, starting at 7:30.  See you all there!

-Brian Caldwell

Staying on Folly Beach

I love Folly Beach. Even though I live here in Charleston, a few times a year I rent a beach house or condo on Folly to “get away from it all”… but not too far. When I stay out on Folly with friends or family, although I am 15 minutes from my “regular life,” I feel a million miles away. It’s just a relaxed kind of town. I especially love it during the “off season”, a time of year that is quieter and holds a magical, rejuvenating quality. I love to walk the beach in the chilly air- let’s face it, it never really gets COLD here. I spent more than a decade in New York City and I can tell you that our coldest days resemble early spring and late fall afternoons there. The beach in winter just makes me feel introspective. I get in the mood to make changes. I gather energy. I feel revived. So last weekend, I gathered 3 of my closest girlfriends and we set out for Folly – 12 miles away- to make some memories and recharge for the year ahead.

We stayed in a great oceanview condo, Beachwalk Villas 31, so close to the center of town that my car sat silently in the same space for 3 days. Although we did a lot of cooking, we made some time for Taco Boy, the local taqueria/cantina with the best margaritas and freshest, most delicious food on the island. We also meandered over to the Surf Bar, where we enjoyed a few beverages and had more than a few hearty laughs. Anything we needed was easily picked up at good ole Bert’s Market (open 24 hours and right around the corner). And since we’ll undoubtedly be back for another respite very soon, I’m excited about the news of some new restaurants planned for Center Street this spring. Read about the new spots in the Charleston City Paper article HERE.

-Traci Magnus

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Our Top Ten Reasons to Visit Charleston This Spring

Now that the holidays are behind us and we have recovered from our reverie, let’s take quick look at some of the wonderful things 2009 promises. We know for sure that it is and will continue to be a FANTASTIC time to buy that home in Charleston that you’ve always dreamed of. So come for a visit! Charleston promises good times, friendly people, and unparalleled natural beauty. Once you spend a little time in our fair city, we’re sure you’ll never want to leave. Here are our top ten reasons to visit Charleston this spring:

1. SEWE : Now in its 27th year, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation, one that you have to experience first hand to understand and truly appreciate. Held each year in the weekend preceding President’s Day, SEWE attracts 35,000+ attendees to beautiful Charleston, SC, to enjoy world-class original art, diverse exhibits, interesting presentations and lectures, not to mention Southern hospitality and lots of fun! February 13-15, 2009

2. Charleston Food and Wine Festival : Guests of CF&W have the opportunity to indulge in the unique flavors of the Lowcountry while tasting the epicurean delights of the country’s best chefs, authors and wine professionals. This year celebrity chef Bobby Flay is among the participants. Learn about and get a taste of Southern cuisine and the Lowcountry’s unique food styles, heritage and recipes at various events and venues throughout the weekend. March 5-8, 2009

3. 62nd Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens: Explore the interiors and gardens of some of the finest private residences in America during the 62nd Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. Renowned for three centuries as “a city set in a garden,” Charleston welcomes the return of spring each year with its annual Festival tours, which offer guests the rare opportunity to glimpse beyond the facades of these magnificent properties and into their resplendent interiors and gardens. March 19 – April 18, 2009

4. Charleston Fashion Week : Charleston magazine presents the third annual Charleston Fashion Week, a five-evening celebration of fashion and the area’s burgeoning retail community. Special tents will be set up in Marion Square, similar to New York’s fashion week at Bryant Park. March 24-28, 2009

5.Cooper River Bridge Run : The Cooper River Bridge Run is the best organized and the best conducted 10-K race in the world. It includes world-class competition in a unique setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. The views from the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, which spans the Cooper River, are amazing, making the experience even more rewarding. April 4, 2009

6. Family Circle Cup : Bringing world-class championship tennis to Charleston is the springtime results in a win-win situation. Nothing beats this time of year in our fair city, and the superstars of women’s tennis turn out for an unforgettable experience. Family Circle has been a proud sponsor of the Family Circle Cup since 1973, and as the longest running single title sponsor in women’s tennis, the magazine has continued to set the standard for other women’s professional sporting events. April 11-19, 2009

7. Folly Beach Sand and Sea Festival : The 19th Annual Sand and Sea Festival promises loads of family fun on Folly Beach. Last year boasted more than 60 vendors, six bands, a 5K race, and two jump castles. This year will have all that and more. Family activities include face-painting, a climbing wall and ponies for children to ride around the Folly Beach Park. Adult activities will include the “world-famous” beer-bottle toss put on by the Folly Beach Anglers, food and crafts for sale and a silent and live auction. Visit our website to book your vacation rental and ask about our specials. April 19-20, 2009

8. Charleston International Film Festival : This festival is dedicated to showcasing the art and talent of emerging filmmakers from around the globe in an amazing city known for its deep-rooted American history. There also is a screenplay competition. Over the four day event, attendees will see the latest sneak previews and premieres of some of the best new films. April 23- 26, 2009

9. Spoleto Festival USA : For 17 days each spring, this internationally renowned arts festival fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 130 performances of opera, dance, theater and music. These performances combine to create without a doubt the year’s most important artistic and cultural event. This year the festival has boasted record-breaking sales, despite the economic recession. May 22- June 7, 2009

10. Dunes Properties : Last but not least, we believe we are one of the best reasons to visit Charleston, especially if you’re planning to relocate, looking for an investment property, or are interested in a second home. Our strength and the key to our success has been a continued commitment to exceptional knowledge. We look at it this way, real estate is always an important purchase, and it deserves the attention of a dedicated professional. Our agents are proud to call Charleston home. We love living here. So come for a visit! We know you will want to make this your home too, for a week…. or for a lifetime.

-Traci Magnus