Folly Beach is the Lowcountry's most iconic summer playground, featuring stronge waves, a narrower beach, and the Folly Beach Pier. However, as of summer 2012, alcohol of any kind is no longer allowed on the beach at any time. To the left of the stairway to the pier is a good seafood restaurant called Blu, with a bar, deck, and incredible ocean views. Street parking is free, but to avoid a ticket, all four wheels have to be on the grass, not the pavement. Small parking
lots right next to the beach access cost $1 per hour from 10 to 5. If you are a surfer, keep driving until you reach Folly's Washout. Regulations about littering and parking are strictly enforced. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee). Best for: swimming, surfing.