Folly’s Hidden Gems
Well, you made it here to Water’s Edge Inn, so you have already discovered the best kept, not so secret, hidden gem on Folly Beach. Thanks to the most recent review from the popular website, Yelp, ranking Water’s Edge Inn as the best bed and breakfast in the state of South Carolina, the secret is out. The local paper known as The Folly Current followed the story up by highlighting the unique location; “Tucked in the grove of West Indian and 2nd Street West rests the quaint Water’s Edge Inn. The secluded location gives guests a quiet waterside retreat only a block away from Center Street and just a short stroll to the beach.”
Folly Beach is unique for many things, but the “off-the-beaten-path” establishments are one of our favorite things about Folly. Below are a few of the most notable that you won’t want to miss! We promise they are worth the walk.
Sunset Cay Marina
66 West 9th St. Ext.
Folly Beach, SC 29439
While the website doesn’t tell you this, all the locals know, this is the spot! Just under a mile off-center street, this beautiful marina boasts a bar over the water! As the name suggests, this special place is most enjoyed at sunset.
Hint for getting there- this spot is a little tricky as it really is tucked back. The GPS will get you close. Once you get to the parking lot, you will walk over a small bridge next to the bike rack. On the other side of the bridge you will see The Regatta Inn to your left, to your right you will see a gravel walking path between two houses. Follow that gravel path and the marina will be in front of you. As you approach the marina, you will go to the left and up the stairs which will take you to the bar and the spectacular viewing deck!
122 East Ashley Ave.
Folly Beach, S.C. 29439
T 843 509 6987
Located just one block off center street across the street from the infamous Bert’s 24hour Market lives the Caribbean-inspired bar, Chico Feo. While the food menu is small, it is fierce with a unique cuisine that can’t be missed. While you are at is, give the Samurai Sling a sip, you won’t be sorry. Check the website for the live music schedule.
Hint for getting there- The GPS should lead you to the spot, right at the intersection of 1st and East Ashley, however, you might land at what looks like the front door. The action is all in the back of the so follow the path around the side of the building and you won’t miss it. Note- This is an outside establishment that is weather-dependent.
Low Life Bar
106 E. Hudson Ave.
Folly Beach, SC 29439
Slightly off Center Street directly next to the Circle K gas station, this bar has made a name for itself. With its stylish open-air bar that allows patrons to enjoy sitting inside or outside, the creative cocktail list, and the diverse menu which includes brunch and late-night bites (till midnight on weekends), this place has it all.
Hint for getting there- look for the purple building!