Folly Beach is a city located on historic Folly Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 2,617 at the 2010 census,up from 2,116 at the 2000 census. Folly Beach is within the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area and the Charleston-North Charleston Urbanized Area.
The Folly North Site and Secessionville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Folly Beach is located 11 miles south of downtown Charleston,along the Atlantic Ocean.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.9 square miles, of which 12.5 square miles is land and 6.4 square miles, or 33.72%, is water.
Known to Charleston locals as "the Edge of America", Folly Beach is home to numerous surf spots, the most popular being the Washout, 10th Street and the Folly Beach Pier. Despite its usually calm conditions, Folly Beach has gained prominence as one of the more popular surf spots along the East Coast. Folly Beach is an eclectic beach community with surf shops, restaurants, gift shops, offices, and bars along Center Street; the main road and gateway to the community.