One way to have your best beach day on Folly

You can have a great day on any Charleston beach — make sure to check out IOP and Sullivan’s, too — but we have a soft spot for Folly. It may be the surfers scanning the Washout for waves, or it could be the always-smiling faces greeting us at Bert’s Market. Rita’s Orange Crushes could also play a role in our love for the beach at the Edge of America. Needless to say, we spend many a day on Folly Beach, and here’s one way you can spend yours.

Breakfast at Black Magic Cafe

Breakfast is served all day at Black Magic, so if you’re still feelin’ Friday night on your Saturday morning, fear not, you’ve got time to tuck into some tasty treats between the hours of 8 a.m.-3 p.m. You can go light with the Tree Hugger ($6.50), house-made nut granola with fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt, or go big with the chicken and waffles ($13), a vanilla cinnamon waffle topped with buttermilk-fried chicken, sunny-side up egg, and toasted pecan cinnamon butter. Pair your breakie with a specialty coffee, smoothie, or adult bev like a manmosa ($7), which is made with tequila, Corona, and orange juice.

Kayaking with Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Located on Bowens Island Road, Charleston Outdoor Adventures sets sail a few miles from Folly Beach, but the short drive is worth it. Paddle off that big breakfast with a two-hour marsh tour that takes you through Folly Creek and the maze of tidal creeks that wrap around the Hammock Islands. You may see dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, and waterfowl on these trips, which are designed for all levels of kayakers. The tours are $45 a person, $25 for kids 12 and under, and are offered throughout the day. Head online for more info.

Picnic on the Beach with Bert’s Market

If you can’t tell already (see intro paragraph) we kinda love Bert’s Market. We always swing by the place — which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, FYI — before hitting the beach. Grab some water bottles (it’s hot, y’all!) or a yummy fresh-squeezed juice from Bert’s in-house vegan and vegetarian-friendly eatery, Wooden Spoon Deli. The deli also serves up a variety of wraps and sandwiches, and some are made with meat to please all you hungry beach blanket bingo-ers. Our favorite treat is a cupful of spicy boiled peanuts. Pair that with an ice-cold Coke and get to beachin’.

Drinks at Loggerhead’s

Loggerhead’s rooftop bar and patio is a great place to cool off after a long day in the sun. With a lively variety of live music playing throughout the weekend, Loggerhead’s also has a number of TV screens — so you can jam out or watch the big game, whatever your preference. With local brews on tap from Freehouse, Tradesman, and Holy City, the bar has enough craft selections and traditional favorites to keep your options as open as the sky above you. Snack on some local peel n’ eat shrimp ($12/half pound) to keep you full before dinner.

Dinner at Surf Bar

Surf Bar is everything we love about Folly Beach — a little bit rugged, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. The funky spot hosts lots of live music, so you’ll probably get to hear some bands playing into the wee hours of the a.m. — that is if you hang around after dinner, which we totally recommend. Surf Bar always features a different daily special, something fresh and inventive and definitely delicious. We can vouch for some menu regulars — the black bean burger and Philly cheese steak — and as far as drinks go, you’ve gotta get the Pain Killer. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

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