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Folly Beach, South Carolina (a break from the city)


I have lived in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Columbia is hot.  (mostly in the weather sense).  😉

The marketing folks in Columbia know this.  The well-known slogan is, “Famously Hot”. 

I will go ahead and give a plug to Columbia because it  does have many fantastic features including great restaurants and music venues.



However, the reason I mention Columbia is because the steam rises off of the concrete in the summertime.   To escape, you need to find a beach.  Folly Beach is the perfect spot to escape for some summer fun. The great news is that it’s only about 2 1/2 hours away from “Cola”.  Yea!!!   Just wipe your sweaty brow, drive straight to the Tides Hotel    (, get yourself a pina colada at the hotel bar, and sink your toes in the sand!

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Beachfront rooms with great views!
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This pier is so much fun.   Walk up the stairs of the covered 2 story “cupola” for some great pictures of the beach & hotel.
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View of The Tides Hotel from the end of the pier.
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Catch some sun and “people watch” underneath the blue umbrella chairs provided by the hotel.
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Grab a fun dinner eating on the rooftop of a local restaurant.  This place is jam-packed!

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Enjoy the peace of  the evening when the sun falls into the ocean and the pier twinkles in the dusk.

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Wake up early so you can get some magnificent shots of the sun rising from the ocean.

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Stop to get some breakfast (I think it’s served here!) or lunch at Locklear’s.  It is right off of the pier and you can’t get a better view.  Better yet, dine here at night! If you’re lucky enough to  have a full moon, it will  look like you can grab it from the pier. 
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View from Locklear’s Restaurant.
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Swim in the ocean.
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or Kayak in the ocean!!
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And don’t forget to feed the seagulls before you head back home.  Pick up a sweatband on the way back to Columbia, if that’s where you’re headed!  😉



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