Here’s the thing about Folly: It might be the hippie heart of the Lowcountry, but the folks there are a welcoming bunch. Which is why all of you twee-ed-out hipsters should find nothing but love — and sand and surf and shopping and eating and drinking — at the Edge of America.
The only grocery store on Folly, Bert’s is a well-loved institution. Not only can you purchase beer and wine, but there’s also gourmet sammies and desserts, free coffee, great hats, organic produce, and so much more. The best thing ever? Berts’ DIY hotdog station complete with homemade chili. Did I mention it’s open 24 hours? Yes, yes, y’all.
Charleston Beach Bus
Have you seen the Charleston Beach Bus? It’s only a dreamy vintage 1950s VW school bus that departs from downtown’s Visitor Center Bus Shed at 10 a.m. for Folly so you can arrive in style. With a departure time of 3 p.m. from the beach, you’ll have plenty of time to get tipsy and enjoy letting someone else take control of the driver seat.
Nachos are one of the best snack situations known to man, right? Bet you didn’t know our Folly friends know how to do ’em practically better than anyone else — seriously: Try the curry black bean nachos (the aw-yeah ingredient is apples) from Jack of Cups Saloon or let Rita’s show you how to do beach nachos with their tuna watermelon variety.
Morris Island Lighthouse
While you’re at Folly, you should definitely hang a left at the end of Center Street and behold the beauty that awaits you at the end of Ashley Avenue. Park and enjoy the little walk past grafitti-covered steps to nowhere to the beautiful driftwood covered beach at the Morris Island Lighthouse.
There’s nothing that says, “Life is good,” quite like a summer cocktail by the sea. Some of our favorites can be found right on Folly, and they include a frozen screwdriver from Taco Boy and the pineapple jalapeño miracle they make over at Rita’s — both of which can be enjoyed on a picture-perfect patio. Oh, and a piña colada at Tides’ beach bar will do you right, too.