It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s all about Isle of Palms! Read on to see some rules, guidelines, and what to expect at Charleston’s most family-friendly beach.
Out of all the beaches in Charleston, Isle of Palms offers the most family-friendly shores (and is my personal favorite!). Because this beach has a bucket of rules and a ton of tourists, there are a few things you should know before packing up the family and heading out for a day of fun in the sun. Isle of Palms beach doesn’t allow alcohol, glass bottles, bonfires, camping, fireworks, or, of course, littering. So if you’re a college kid looking for a party, this beach probably isn’t for you. Dogs are allowed on the Isle of Palms beach as long as they are kept on a leash at all times (even when they are in the water) except from 5 am to 8 am, making it able to get your morning walk with your pooch in.
Holes that your children may dig while making mystical castles must be filled in when they are done. This keeps baby sea turtles from getting stuck on their way to the water and grandma from falling in and breaking a hip. Isle of Palms safety officers and lifeguards also need to be able to get around on their beach carts without breaking an axel.
The beaches on Isle of Palms are open and windy, making this the perfect place for kitesurfing. There aren’t many surfers here, since the waves are pretty small. You will occasionally see surfers here, although usually beginners. If you do want to take a crack at surfing, make sure you stay 100 feet from swimmers and 200 feet from the pier if you don’t want a hefty fine.
If you’re looking for a beach with a lifeguard, head to the Isle of Palms County Park on 14th Street. You can park here for $5 and you will find restrooms, showers, picnic tables, ice cream, and chair and umbrella rentals (although I recommend you bring your own – it’s rather pricey). Make sure you pop into our dunes properties office right there on the corner and say hi!
There are plenty of things to do on Isle of Palms if laying in the sun and playing in the sand isn’t for you. Aside from kitesurfing, you could make your way to the back side of the Island where you will find the IOP Marina and you can rent wave runners, go parasailing, or go on a fishing charter. If you’re in need of any beach gear, pop in to Isle Surf Co.
For lunch, check out Windjammer, where you can eat, drink, listen to live music, and even sing a little. Banana Cabana has great seasonal food and a beachfront bar, and Coconut Joe’s offers Island-inspired dishes and a rooftop bar. If you’re looking for pizza, ice cream, or some cute shops to browse in, stroll around The Front Beach Area.
Overall, the Isle of Palms beach is a family-friendly, clean, pleasant beach where you don’t need to worry about alcohol, rowdiness, or parties. Get ready for a day full of relaxation or adventure, whatever you choose! If you decide that Isle of Palms beach isn’t for you, check out the blog post we did last week on Folly Beach and make sure you stay tuned, next week we are featuring Sullivan’s Island.
It’s beach season and there is no doubt that each one of Charleston’s beaches has it’s own charm. I would say that all are worth a visit, and you can pick one that suites your mood! If you’re looking for surf and are feeling adventurous, Folly is for you. If you’re looking for a great beach to take the kids to, Isle of Palms is where you should be. Want to go kiteboarding? Head on over to Sullivan’s. Each week we will be featuring a different local beach, and this week it’s Folly Beach! Below are some guidelines, rules, and what to expect at Charleston’s most laid-back beach.
Folly Beach is known for it’s surf, college-aged eye candy, fun festivals, and eclectic lifestyle. Just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston, the locals like to call this The Edge of America. The bumper to bumper traffic (totally worth it!) is proof that Folly Beach is the only place to be on a hot summer day.
Folly Beach is probably the favorite beach among the locals. The beach is always open to the public and if you’ve got some cash, you can park at one of the beach’s access points. You can also park for free on the island streets – as long as all your tires are off the road and you don’t mind the walk. Folly is a great place to play volleyball, cornhole, and frisbee but there are some key rules to follow at this beach. There is no drinking or glass allowed on this beach. Trying to sneak it and getting caught will land you a $500 fine, so it’s best to just avoid it in my opinion. Also, starting Memorial Day, dogs are not allowed on the beach between 10AM and 6PM, and they must always be kept on their leash at all times and of course pick up their waste. Littering will get you a hefty $1000 fine and bonfires, fireworks, playing on the sand dunes, disturbing turtle nests, and possessing glass bottles will cost you close to that. For an official guideline of the rules, click here. Just be respectful and have fun!
It’s not just the sun, sand, and surf that brings people to Folly. It’s strip of locally owned shops and restaurants matches the laid back life style of this island town. Head over to Center Street for the best margarita at the original Taco Boy, a local favorite. You could pop in to Lost Dog Cafe for a massive breakfast made island style or get a sandwich, salad, or even sushi delivered beach-side by Drop In Deli.
Check out the Post and Courier to see what fun events are happening at Folly, whether it be Taste of Folly, Folly Beach Pub-crawl, Flip Flop Drop, the sand sculpture contest, or Follypalooza. There is always something happening at Folly and there is plenty of things to do for any kind of person. Explore a maritime forest, drink at the Morris Island Lighthouse, build a giant sand castle, ride bikes, fish off the pier, parasail, watch the sunset, dine out, dine in, and of course, surf! Weddings are also very popular on Folly, with an event permit costing only $25, even though you would have to go inland for your reception.
So grab a surfboard, paddleboard, or even a kiteboard, and head to the Washout. McKevlin’s offers boards for sale on consignment and 1-hour surf lessons for $40. If surfing isn’t your thing, bring your fishing rod and cast on the Folly Pier, where you can fish for $3 – $10 from 6AM to 11 PM. Either way, pack that cooler and get ready to spend one of the most relaxing afternoons you’ve ever spent on a beach.
June 5-6, 2010
The City of Folly Beach, Surfrider Foundation Charleston Chapter, and the Southern South Carolina District of the Eastern Surfing Association proudly present the 2010 Folly Beach Wahine classic, June 5-6, 2010. Come out to the Washout and watch the best women surfers on the east coast compete for the title. This year’s proceeds will go to Surfer’s Healing, a non-profit group bringing a free one day surf camp to the beach, benefiting autistic children and their families. Surfer’s Healing will be on Folly Beach the first week in August, with a firm date to be announced soon.
For more information check out: Folly Beach Wahine.com
Here is your March 2010 real estate market report for Folly Beach. There were 6 properties sold during March 2010. They included one lot on Little Oak Island, a Mariner’s Cay for $412k and an oceanfront property for $655k. The average sales price for the month was $393,400. This continues the downward trend on prices and it seems like many sales are pushing prices lower. This has resulted in a higher number of transactions, as buyers realize that prices are now within reach and pull the trigger on the island lifestyle they have been dreaming of.
Come on down to the island! The prices are fine!
If you have always thought that living at the beach was too expensive, then think again. In 2009 Q1, the average sales price was $438,000 and that has dropped to $401,000 in 2010 Q1. 22 properties sold in 1st Quarter 2010, compared to 11 in the 1st Quarter of 2009. The lower average sales price explains the reason for the increased number of sales. More people are able to move onto Folly Beach, leaving behind the feeling that it is too expensive to live on the beach. Increased demand typically signals the bottom of the market, so if this trend continues we could see prices rise in the future.
Now is a great time to buy a Folly Beach home because of the combination of low prices and low interest rates. Make sure you are working with someone who is an expert in the market and knows their way around the island. Please contact me here with any questions.
Folly Beach Real Estate – 843-425-6414
I have seen a Folly Beach lot that is available for the cheapest price I have seen in a long time. How much is cheap? Not $500,000. Not $300,000. Not even $200,000. Think lower. Click here to find out.
If you are a builder, or investor, or interested in living on Folly Beach this is a great opportunity. I can help guide you through all the due diligence regarding the property, and can walk you through the permitting and building process on Folly Beach. This is one of the lowest prices for land on Folly Island that I have seen in a long time. Call me for details or click here to contact me.
This Saturday March 13th, 2010, the streets of Folly Beach will turn green to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day, and Folly party-goers will race around Center Street competing for prizes in the annual pub crawl. Everyone please use caution, from what I understand, the open-container law will be lifted, but the streets will be open to traffic! Please be careful “crawling” from one pub to the next. A good time will be had by all, including me, so call me if you want to meet up! I’m buying!
This is an election year on Folly Beach and election day is April 6th. There are three candidates for the Mayor’s office, and seven candidates for City Council. Folly Beach Now is covering the election by providing information that will help voters make informed decisions. You will find answers to your questions about where the candidates stand, information about their backgrounds, and important meetings and dates.
*** If you need to register to vote, the deadline is March 6th ***
Running for Mayor:
Running for City Council:
Please contact me with any questions or comments.
You would be amazed what you can buy on the beach!!!
8 Properties sold in the month of January 2010 on Folly Beach, beginning this year with a healthy sales volume just like late 2009. The sales ranged from $225,000 to $550,000 with an average sale of $375,425. The low prices are the reason for the increasing number of sales. Buyers are beginning to bite on the great deals that can be had on Folly Beach.
Out of the 8 sales this month, 4 were some type of foreclosure or short sale situation. The banks are willing to go low. If you have an experienced agent, they can point you in the right direction to find these investment deals. If you are interested in buying or selling on Folly Beach, let an experienced professional guide your way. Contact me here:
There will be Mardi Gras celebrations on Folly Beach this Saturday February 13th, 2010 from 12-5 for the annual Folly Gras party and parade. Wear your beads and most colorful outfit and come down to Center Street and celebrate New Orleans style.
Live Music by:
|Jason and the Juggernauts|
|Oscar Rivers Band|
|Stratton Lawrence & Stratton Moore|
|DJ Ron in the park|
Parade trophies will be awarded for the following categories:
***Best Golf Cart***
- Decorated Floats, Golf Carts, Marching, & Alternative transportation only! NO CARS OR TRUCKS UNLESS THEY ARE PULLING A FLOAT! You must be in Mardi Gras costume to participate! We Welcome decorated pets!
- Must be at the Folly Beach Public Boat Landing by 1:30 pm for lineup
We have asked our restaurants to prepare special New Orleans food fare and Mardi Gras drinks beginning at 1 pm. There will also be a trophy awarded to a restaurant for Best Food Fare.
We will have live music set up at different locations on Center Street. The Parade will begin at 2 pm and start at the Public Boat Landing. When the Parade ends at the Holiday Inn, Indian, Huron, Hudson will reopen. There will be music, dancing and food in the streets provided by our own businesses from 1 to 5 pm.
Masks will be sold at City Hall for $2.00 first come first served. Free beads given with each mask.
The Folly Beach Arts and Crafts Guild will also be in the Park with their crafts and vendors.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Cunningham at City Hall; 513-1836 or 708-1113.
Act fast on this opportunity to own an incredible Folly Beach deep water property for a steal! The builder has thrown his hands up and will let it go at auction prices to avoid foreclosure or short sale. This waterfront property will need to be finished which gives you a chance to add your tastes, and has awesome views of the Folly River Wait! It gets better, it is sold with a shared deep water dock! This is a huge home on Folly Beach for a fraction of what it should really cost. There were two available now only one left.