Morning on the northern tip and mid-day at the fishing pier—then surf and tacos later in the afternoon.
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Venture to the northern tip of Folly Island. A path at the end of Ashley Avenue leads to a beach where you can gaze out at the ringed remnant of the Morris Island Lighthouse, notable for the fact that it’s no longer located on land. Erosion has separated the former navigational beacon from its namesake.
Afterwards, enjoy some beach time, either out on this northern reach, or back near the heart of Folly, perhaps beside the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. The public pier, which extends 1,000+ feet into the ocean, is the second longest such pier on the East Coast, perfect whether you’re casting or strolling.
Surfers are regular sights near the fishing pier when off-coast storms bring small but steady swells to the beach. A variety of surf shops on the main road can sell or rent you the gear you’ll need. Finish up with tacos, cervezas and margaritas at Taco Boy, a funky little cantina in the heart of the Folly Beach community.