If you’re dreaming about a low-key, easygoing vacation where you can spend your days pursuing simple pleasures, then you might consider a getaway at Folly Beach. Located on the coast of South Carolina, the town of Folly Beach faces the Atlantic Ocean. You can rent a home on the beach, or at a property closer to the coastal sound since the town is on a barrier island. Small seaside communities like Folly Beach boast an incomparable charm, and feature plenty to do and see. Book a stay at a Folly Beach vacation rental today. Check out the top spots to visit when vacationing at Folly Beach.

1. Folly Beach

Enjoy a slower pace of life in the small community of Folly Beach with its dedication to water sports. When you decide to rent kayaks or paddleboards, the best way to explore the natural environment in the area is on the water. Pack a picnic lunch at your vacation rental and take your kids for an afternoon of fishing on the Folly Beach Pier. You and your family can rent bikes for your stay to ride around town and explore the rest of the island.

2. Folly Island

Waterways surround this barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, making it a snap to find a place to stay with a water view. You and your family can fill your days with fishing, swimming, and boating. Several outfitters on the island rent all the water crafts you could ever want, including jet skis, canoes, kayaks, boats, and paddle boards. If you want to spend time with a local expert exploring the area, take a kayak tour with Charleston Kayak Company.

3. James Island

Located where the Charleston Harbor and the Stono and Folly Rivers meet, this barrier island offers the best of both worlds with days filled with relaxation but plenty of exciting adventure. You can experience your own adventure at Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park, where you navigate a series of rope challenges high above the ground. Take the kids to the Splash Zone Waterpark for a day of thrills as they race down water slides.

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4. Johns Island

Choose this barrier island as your vacation destination for a trip filled with boating, fishing, and kayaking on the island’s numerous rivers, creeks, and tributaries, or take long walks under the majestic oak trees. At The Progressive Club, a historic site on the island, learn more about the work of Esau Jenkins, who used the club as a base to help women, the poor, and minorities in the area with financial and legal difficulties, lodging, and adult education. Take your camera when you visit the island’s largest and most famous oak tree, Angel Oak.

5. Kiawah Island

On this barrier island, you and your family can enjoy the benefits of a planned and gated community with all the amenities in one location. Choose a condo or family home as your vacation rental, and then navigate the community by bike or on foot along the numerous trails. The community offers tennis courts, pools, and a golf course. Outside the gates, take the kids to Night Heron Park for a day at the community pool with an attached kids area filled with fountains that shower kids with water as they run by.

6. Wadmalaw Island

You and your family can enjoy a low-key vacation on this small barrier island on the Wadmalaw River. Vacation rentals dot the island, so you can choose a location with a water view or one nestled among trees. Take a tractor ride at the Charleston Tea Plantation and tour the factory to learn more about America’s only tea plantation.

7. Rockville

Located on the north bank of the Bohicket Creek, the small town of Rockville provides a spot where time slows down and you have the chance to reconnect with your family and relax. Spend your vacation riding around town on a bike, fishing in the creek, and exploring the surrounding countryside. Hop in the car, and take your kids for some creepy-crawly fun at the Edisto Island Serpentarium.

8. Seabrook Island

On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and south of Folly Beach sits Seabrook Island. This small coastal island has almost everything you need available for rent. You can rent bikes, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, and boats from local outfitters to spend your days exploring the island by land and by sea. Get beach umbrella and chairs delivered to your vacation rental by Lazy Loggerhead Rentals so you and your family are more comfortable as you lounge on the beach.

9. Edisto Island

The barrier island of Edisto features beaches along the Atlantic Ocean at the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area. This area includes two plantations from colonial times to explore and learn more about South Carolina before the American Revolution. At the Edisto Island Historic Preservation, you can view artifacts dating back to the time when man first inhabited this area.

10. Edisto Beach

On Edisto Island is the beach community of Edisto Beach, where you and your family can choose a vacation rental with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Feel the sand under your feet and smell the salt air when you while away your days at the Edisto Beach State Park. Splash in the surf, rent a kayak and build sandcastles when you’re not enjoying lying in the sun.

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