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How to Pronounce “Folly Beach”

Looking South from the fishing pier on Folly Beach. Photo by Ron Cogswell on Flickr.

When it comes to pronouncing “Folly Beach,” even though it may seem straightforward to Charleston locals, we can’t help but cringe when we hear visitors mispronounce it. That’s why Extra Chill is here to provide a simple guide so you can be sure to get it right when you visit Charleston and it’s glorious beaches.

As you may know, locals are more likely to quietly chuckle at mispronunciations than correct them, so it’s best to be prepared in advance.

Incorrect Pronunciation: “Foe-Lee Beach”

Folly Beach holds a special place in our hearts—a haven of relaxation and natural beauty just a stone’s throw away from the bustling city. It’s a place where time slows down, and worries are swept away with the crashing waves. But as much as we adore this little slice of paradise, we cringe when visitors refer to it as “foe-lee” Beach.

Correct Pronunciation: “Fah-lee” Beach

Let me set the record straight and save you from any future embarrassment. The correct pronunciation is “Fah-lee” Beach. That’s right, the “F” is pronounced like the “F” in “fun” or “fantastic,” and the “a” in Folly rhymes with “ahh,” like the sound you make when you sink your toes into the warm sand.

So, the next time you find yourself captivated by the breathtaking sunsets, the rhythmic crashing of the waves, or the charming local hangouts that make Folly Beach so unique, remember to honor its name by saying it just right—Folly Beach, a coastal gem cherished by locals and visitors alike.

Finally, here’s a little video that gives an overview of Folly Beach along with the the correct way to pronounce “Folly Beach”, affectionately known as the “Edge of America”.