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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Folly Haven is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom rental home that accommodates four people in Folly Beach. There is a king-size and a queen-size bed in the apartment, as well as hardwood floors, granite countertops, a gas stove, and vaulted ceilings. The home is a five-minute walk to the beach and two blocks from Center Street for dining, shopping, and nightlife.
Affectionately known as “Made in the Shade,” this Airbnb duplex cottage is charming and just steps from the breach. It’s nestled among live oak trees on a quiet lot. The home sleeps up to six people and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it perfect for one or two families. When you stay here, you’ll be just 200 meters from the beach and 1.2 miles from Center Street. The large backyard is shared between the two separate apartments on the property. The hot tub, screened porch, outdoor shower, and outdoor clawfoot soaking tub are shared with the other apartment too.
This bungalow has four bedrooms and two bathrooms in a great Folly Beach location. It sleeps up to 10 guests and is just a five-minute walk from the beach and the center of town. This is a great Airbnb for large families or two families vacationing together. It’s also a family-friendly spot with toys, books, and a travel crib available. Other perks of staying here are the full-size laundry machines, Wi-Fi, central A/C, and an outdoor area with a bar area and beach supplies.
Up to eight guests can stay at this Airbnb home that has three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in Folly Beach. It’s a newly built house that is within a five-minute walk of the beach. The home has a kitchen with new appliances and quartz countertops, a living space with ample seating and a smart TV, and bathrooms with custom showers and large vanities. You can step outside to enjoy your morning coffee on the porch swing or hang out on the side deck at the picnic table and cushioned chairs. There are parking spots for four vehicles and a golf cart if you choose to bring one. Guests even receive a complimentary bottle of wine or local craft beer upon their arrival!
Two travelers will enjoy staying in this Airbnb rental unit that is a beachy home away from home. It is in the middle of Folly Beach and has a king-size bed in a 1,100-square-foot apartment space. You can walk to the beach within two minutes and to downtown within five minutes. The top reasons to stay here are the furnished kitchen, screened porch, piano, outdoor shower, and two TVs. Within about 100 yards of the home, you’ll find a public park that has sports courts for a little outdoor recreation.
It’s fun to stay in this tiny house for your trip to Folly Beach and live the tiny lifestyle for a while. It works well for one or two people and is an affordable beachside dwelling that is one of two units on the property. The unit is about 11 feet by 12 feet in size and has a queen-size bed. There’s an outdoor set of chairs and table for al-fresco dining and also an outdoor shower for rinsing off the sand.
A highly rated Airbnb option for two guests in Folly Beach is this one-bedroom space that is very clean and comfortable. The rental unit is 750 square feet in size and has its own private entrance. It’s a duplex, with the hosts living upstairs and this apartment located downstairs. The bedroom has a queen-size bed, while there is also a kitchen, bathroom, and living room inside. Guests will have their own small deck, covered patio, and be able to use the outdoor shower. There’s a large, fenced-in backyard that is shared with the main house but that guests can use as well. Other things to know about this Airbnb rental is that there is high-speed internet, a TV with cable, beach chairs, and street parking at the back of the house.
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.
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.
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.