If Memorial Day marks the onset of the summer vacation crowds, then Labor Day Weekend signals the end of the peak season at Folly Beach.
While you’re here, make sure you spend some time at the Folly Beach Pier, which offers spectacular views of the beach and the ocean, fishing from the pier, and a chance to buy ice cream at its souvenir and tackle shop. After all, what’s more romantic than taking your significant other on a stroll along the waterfront while sharing an ice cream?
Well perhaps a sunset boating cruise could top it. Plan ahead and book a guided boating tour through a local outdoor outfitter where you can learn about the history and ecology of this beautiful coastline. You might get lucky and spot some dolphins frolicking in the water.
Labor Day is synonymous with cookouts, so when you’re good and ready why not head to Bert’s Market (it’s open 24 hours) and grab some burgers and dogs. Bert’s has all the supplies and sides you’ll need from chips and desserts to napkins and paper plates.
If you don’t have a grill at your rental or hotel, Folly Beach County Park (note: there is a parking fee for entry) has picnic areas with grills. The park just also happens to be a great place to enjoy the beach and bird watch. It offers other amenities including a snack bar with shaded outdoor seating, beach and umbrella rentals, outdoor showers and restroom facilities.
Whether you’re vacationing sans children or have your kids in tow and just want a cocktail or beer with dinner, Center Street offers plenty of bar choices where you can relax and unwind. From laid back surf bars to Irish pubs, you can find a cozy spot to wet your whistle. You can also still catch live music nearly every night of the week in and around the Center Street hub during this time of year.
Being this close to Charleston, you’ll want to take this opportunity to explore the historic downtown, which is only a 20-minute drive or Uber/Lyft ride away. A good starting area is the City Market, from which point you can easily walk down to the Battery and Waterfront Park for gorgeous harbor views.
As always, if you want to save money, book your vacation rental earlier, and consider a property a row or two back from the beach, still a short walk from the beach and a number of beach access points. There are also a few hotels and bed and breakfasts on the island. Some are more family-oriented, and others are geared towards romantic getaways and couples retreats.
Make the most out of the waning days of summer and come enjoy a relaxing vacation on Folly Beach.