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Folly Beach is just outside of Charleston but has a feel all of its own. A bit more edgy and filled with a somewhat younger crowd, the overall feel is family-friendly and lighthearted. Surfer dudes roam the beaches, a hopping downtown has no shortage of diverse eateries, and there are hip cafes to sip a latte. Folly’s best beach rentals range from renovated bungalows to coastal charmers, and we’ve compiled a list of our faves.
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A vintage feel shines through in the aesthetic of this renovated bungalow, just a short walk to the beach. The hosts went with a “surfer” feel that’s true to Folly, so expect bright colors accented by polished woods. Extra outdoor space is what tips the property over to having a very “vacation” appeal, and there’s even a shower out there as well.
A cottage feel and luxury touches come together to make the interior of this upper-level unit feel like a seaside haven. The appearance is reminiscent of a spa resort while remaining private and ideal for an actual get away from it all. The Airbnb Plus has plenty of flowered and manicured outdoor space to sweeten the deal.
Blackbeard’s Folly houses separated apartments that have a rustic coastal theme consistent with its name. This particular unit sleeps up to 12 people within cozy bunks and other plush beds, and a lovely sunroom and kitchen add to the convenience. A shared outdoor space features a thatch roof tiki bar, green space and a fire pit. The beach is just yards away.
If the sleek patio with a dreamy saltwater pool doesn’t sell you, the “chic coastal” interiors will. Recently built, everything is crisp with that naturalistic style, and it’s gorgeous. Downtown Folly is within walking distance, so folks can walk to grab a morning coffee, or indulge in a drink or two when eating out for dinner.
“Surfs Up” takes up the top portion of the bungalow, and has been designed to have a rugged yet polished beach shack feel. Colorful reclaimed-esque wood comprises an eye-catching backsplash in the kitchen, and those types of touches continue throughout. Grab those boards, because the beach is just across the street.
Modern farmhouse meets the beach in this adorable, beach proximal home (you can walk to the surf and sand). Vaulted ceilings and wood floors in the breathtaking kitchen are the tip of the iceberg. A deep set front porch with an outdoor couch compliments a screened-in option in the back, which also provides various games for the whole family. Pets are welcome too!
A 70’s themed room bursting with colors and smiley faces probably aren’t what you’d expect to find in a boutique hotel, but it’s awesome, and an affordable pick for those wanting a solid Folly getaway on a budget. Like all great boutique options, the complimentary snacks are plentiful, loaner beach gear is available, and there are some pretty sweet commons areas, including a tiki bar.
Stretching high into the air, the home reminds us of a treehouse, just way more luxurious. All the interior wood paired with tropical colors and foliage will transport guests to a Caribbean island escape, except you are still in South Carolina. The beach is a quick walk away, down the stairs, so the location is prime.
Built in the 1930s, the carriage house now serves as a beach getaway with lots of blue hues and airy lounging space. The sunroom is one of the truly special aspects of the home, along with the outdoor shower. Walk to the beach and rinse off before even having to go inside. Another rental is right next door and can be rented tandem.
“This Place” is one of a handful of structures at the beachy themed “Compound”, just a short way from the water’s edge. Perfect for the surfer or just a family who wants to stay somewhere that represents the area, the space is small but highly functional. Even adults may be tempted to sleep in those awesome bunk beds.
Another option that comes in well under the $200 mark, “The Betty White“ is a private entrance room with cheery bright white colors and a lovely bathroom. Even a somewhat private deck is part of the retreat. A dining area is a place for all guests to gather and mingle like we know Betty herself would.
Transport back to the 30s when immersing in the historic home. However, many trendy touches have been added, while preserving the structure. Bright walls are adorned with subtly funky wooden decor and contemporary accents—the blend might be what you are looking for to change things up on vacation. Touting the Airbnb Plus title, the location is perfect and the reviews are stellar.