Folly in the Fall
When the crowds thin out, Folly becomes a quiet stretch of sand where locals can be themselves.
In the summer, the crowds can almost overwhelm Folly Beach. The long, thin island packs up with cars vying for parking spots as beach visitors come for the surf and sand. But come fall, the beaches thin out; the little eateries and shops slow down, and you get a feel for what Folly once was and sometimes still is: a quiet beach and island community where the locals can be themselves. So even if you’re staying on the Charleston peninsula proper, pack the car for a day trip out to the island, which is only 20 minutes away.