Sometimes the best time on a beach vacation is that time of the day when the sun starts to go down.  After a day filled with “fun in the sun” on the beach there is nothing better than coming home, grabbing a quick shower (bonus points here if it’s an outdoor shower!) and heading out to find a place to watch the sunset as the heat of the day cools down.  And on Folly Beach, there is no shortage of great places to gather with family and friends to enjoy the spectacular sunset views. From dancing on the Folly Beach Pier to stargazing from a Polynesian inspired rooftop, Here are are few of our favorites!

Moonlight Mixer: Dancing at the Folly Beach Pier

Heading to the Folly Beach Pier to watch the sunset is a good idea any day of the year. This iconic landmark is magnificent at sunset and after the sun goes down, the beach below is a wonderful place to slip-off your flip flops and wander along.

But if your Folly Beach vacation includes summertime sunsets then you’ll definitely want to grab your favorite dance partner, head to the Pier, and shag the night away under the stars.  What exactly is “shagging?”  Born on the beaches of South Carolina in the 1940s, the Shag is an easy going, laid-back dance style that rose to popularity along with Beach music in towns and boardwalks up and down the coast.

Charleston County Parks presents Moonlight Mixers and on select Friday nights throughout the summer you can head to the pier to grab a cold drink, a bite to eat and shag to the sounds of summer as the sun goes down and the moon rises over Atlantic.

The Rooftop of Wiki Wiki Sand Bar

This “Hawaiian meets Southern roots” fusion restaurant will make you feel like you have been transported from “the Edge of America” to the Island of Oahu, and the sunset views from the rooftop will have you saying “Aloha!” With a cocktail menu  (or choose a “mocktail”) that includes classics like the Mai Tai, Beachcomber’s Punch, or the “Three Hour Tour” blended with Dark Jamaican Rum and locally-made Cannonborough Ginger Beer, Wiki Wiki Sand Bar is the perfect place to settle in for a night of sunset watching and stargazing.

Bert’s Market

So how exactly did a grocery store make our list?  Well Bert’s Market is anything but “just a grocery store,” and it’s known as the hub of Folly Beach. And, with its eclectic, something for everyone assortment of well, just about anything, no evening on Folly Beach can really begin without a visit to Bert’s.  Hop on your bike or pile into the golf cart, head to Bert’s market for a hotdog, chips and ice cold Coke, or choose from an insanely good selection of craft beers, then head to your favorite spot on the beach or on a dock along the marsh and settle back to watch the sun go down. On Folly Beach, It doesn’t get any better than this.

Standup Paddle Board Sunset Dolphin Safari

If your day of fun means taking your water activities on into the night, then watching the sunset from a standup paddleboard is the perfect place for you!  With a paddleboard tour that promises, “the best place in the world to see the sunset!” you’re definitely sure to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Whether you’re trying paddle boarding for the first time, or are a seasoned SUP veteran, you’ll love paddling along the Folly Beach waterways at dusk and taking in the views – without a doubt spotting dolphins along the way.  Charleston SUP Safaris

Stay Home And Head To Your Own Private Rooftop

With a stay in one of our luxury beachfront vacation rentals, The ViewThe Vista, or The Villa, not only will you love waking up to ocean views and spending the day just steps from the beach, but you can end your day sunset watching and stargazing from your own private rooftop terrace … it doesn’t get any better that that!  Not only do these luxury getaways offer amenities galore, but their amazing beachfront location doesn’t stop there – it’s also just a block from Center Street, Folly’s version of Main street where you’ll find great dining, shopping and nightlife.

With some of the top vacation rentals along the Charleston SC coast, miles of sandy beaches and an array of restaurants and rooftop bars, Folly Beach is the perfect place to plan a vacation filled with sunsets and stargazing. Once you book your stay at the beach, our Concierge team is happy to make your reservations, or offer additional suggestions to complete your trip and start creating memories.  Book today and start planning your Folly Beach vacation!