The Best Hotels to Book in Folly Beach, South Carolina

You can't get much closer to the beach than Arctic Avenue Lighthouse
You can't get much closer to the beach than Arctic Avenue Lighthouse | Courtesy of Arctic Avenue Lighthouse / Expedia
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3 December 2021

Folly Beach, just south of Charleston on the South Carolina coast, is a fun beach town with plenty to do in the way of activities, shopping and dining. You can search for wildlife, go to see a lighthouse, learn to surf or kayak salt water marshes. The Lowcountry region is known for its coastal cuisine, and famous dishes such as shrimp and grits and hoppin’ John can be found in the restaurants. Plenty of beachfront accommodations and charming inns make up our list of the best hotels in Folly Beach – bookable on Culture Trip.

Arctic Avenue Lighthouse, for the ultimate beach home

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Looking for the ultimate Folly Beach home? Lighthouse checks all the boxes. With eight bedrooms, four bathrooms and several living areas, there’s plenty of space for large groups. And the location of this beachfront home couldn’t be better – walk down the deck staircase and your toes will be in the sand. After a day on the beach, relax on couches around the firepit on the patio or play a game of pool or table tennis inside.

The Regatta Inn, for down-to-earth digs

Deck at the Regatta Inn
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Watch the sun set over the coastal waterway from the terrace at the Regatta Inn bed and breakfast. Here, there are 10 rooms decorated in fun, coastal colors; each includes an open-air balcony or screened-in porch. Guests can enjoy daily breakfast and happy hour, or snag a ride to the beach on the complimentary shuttle. Hang out at the inn and play cornhole and board games, enjoy a spa treatment or join a yoga class three days a week.

Tides Folly Beach, for coastal kicks

Room at Tides Folly Beach
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The Tides has always been the place to stay in Folly Beach. The beachfront tower includes king and queen rooms with balconies overlooking the ocean. If you book a beachfront patio room on the first floor, you’ll have easy and quick access to the beach and heated pool. Plan area activities through the resort, including surf lessons, dolphin tours and paddleboarding safaris. The on-site restaurant BLU Beach Bar and Grill serves up delicious scallop risotto and filet mignon, with views to match.

Water's Edge Inn, for adults-only seclusion

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If you’re looking for a quiet escape, Water’s Edge Inn is an adults-only bed and breakfast that offers upscale accommodations in Folly Beach. The B&B has nine rooms, several of which have in-room fireplaces and their own patios. A host of luxury amenities is available to guests, such as a 24-hour outdoor hot tub and complimentary golf cart shuttle service to the beach or local restaurants. Guests can also try the famous Folly Punch at a daily happy hour.

Dreamchaser – Poseidon, for stargazing

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Bring the whole family to this five-bedroom, five-bathroom beachfront home. Take advantage of epic ocean views from double balconies that run the length of the house. On the top deck, you’ll find an al fresco dining table that seats 12–14 and a hot tub for soaking under the stars. Large windows bathe the home in sunlight and modern furnishings add contemporary beach vibes.

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