Feature Friday: Charleston Oceanfront Villas

Feature Friday highlights at least one spectacular property each week! This week’s feature Friday highlights the Charleston Oceanfront Villas on Folly Beach.

Charleston Oceanfront Villas Beach
All photos in this post are from Donnie Whitaker

The Charleston Oceanfront Villas is located at 201 W Arctic, Ave, Folly Beach. The Charleston Oceanfront Villas are two blocks from Center St, two blocks from the Folly Fishing Pier, and, as the name suggests, right on the beach!

The Charleston Oceanfront Villas is a community of condos ranging from 3-4 bedrooms but not all condos are rentals, there are full-time residents in the building. The community is gated with no assigned parking and the option for covered or open-air parking. There are two elevators and two pools in the community. The pools are seasonal and are the place to be in the summer! Head down to the pool early to snag your lounge chairs and set yourself up for a day of relaxation. 

Charleston Oceanfront Villas Pool

The proximity to Center St. makes these condos ideal for those who simply want to park their car and walk everywhere on vacation! In the mood for some seafood? Great! Walk across the street to Loggerhead’s for local oysters and music on the deck. If you prefer oceanfront dining then walk over to Blu for a spectacular dining experience.

You can easily go fishing for the afternoon on the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. Take the short two block walk to the pier, grab your fishing license from the pier store, then head out for an afternoon of sun and fun! After a long afternoon fishing, end the day with a cocktail and an appetizer at Pier 101.

Charleston Oceanfront Villas Sunset

Every condo at the Charleston Oceanfront Villas has an oceanfront view but the exact view depends on the condo’s location in the building. Some villas have better views of the pier while others have a better view of the sunsets. All condos have an oceanfront balcony or sundeck, the perfect place for your morning coffee.

The villas range in prices, just as they range in the number of bedrooms and decor. The get the best price available, always book directly through Charleston Coast Vacations. We are local and can provide answers to all your questions about the condos or about the area. In addition, we love Folly and the Charleston Coast, let us help make your vacation a breeze.

We invite you to make yourself at home at the Charleston Oceanfront Villas. Sit back, relax, and slow down. It’s Folly, y’all!

Frequently Asked Questions

Today, we cover your frequently asked questions when renting with Charleston Coast Vacations!

Charleston Coast Vacations, Frequently Asked Questions

When is check in? What time is check out?

Check-in is at 4 pm. Early check-ins are not available.  Checkout is at 10 am. Late checkouts are not available as we must prepare the property for incoming guests.

Where do I check in?

This depends on what island you are vacationing on! Folly Beach check-ins visit our Folly Beach office, located at 31 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439. Isle of Palms and Wild Dunes check-ins visit our Isle of Palms office, located at 1400 Palm Blvd Suite M, Isle of Palms, SC 29451.

Is housekeeping included? What about linens?

Yes, departure housekeeping is included with your stay. Linens for the beds and baths are provided for your stay. Plan to purchase or bring pool and beach towels.

Does the property have beach chairs?

At most properties, beach equipment like chairs and umbrellas are not guaranteed with the rental. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some equipment behind. We recommend bringing, purchasing, or renting these items for your vacation.

Are paper products included?

A starter pack of paper products is included with your vacation: 1-2 rolls of toilet tissue per restroom, 1-2 rolls of paper towels in the kitchen, a liner in each trash bin, a few dishwasher tablets

If you’re staying for more than a few days, you will likely need to bring or purchase these items from the grocery store.

Are pantry items in the property? Salt and pepper? Spices?

Pantry items like salt, pepper, oil, and spices are not guaranteed. Occasionally, previous guests or the homeowner will leave some behind. We recommend bringing or purchasing these items for your vacation.

Does the property have a crockpot?

Specialty cooking items like crockpots, large steamer pots, and gravy boats are not included with every rental property. If you need a particular kitchen item for your vacation please plan to bring it with you.

Does the property have a hair dryer?

Hair dryers are often provided by the homeowner but, due to their small size, they often go missing. If a hair dryer is important, we recommend bringing one with you.

Does the property have internet?

Yes! All properties managed by Charleston Coast Vacations have wireless internet. Please note, during times of high occupancy on the islands, the internet speeds will vary.

For more information and additional frequently asked questions, check out our welcome video!

Feature Friday: Too Sandy

This feature Friday we are featuring Too Sandy, located at 2 Sand Dune Ln, Isle of Palms, SC. Our featured property, Too Sandy, is located in the quiet Beachside community, centrally located to everything Isle of Palms has to offer.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

Too Sandy is a quaint, 3-bedroom, 2 bathroom ocean view beach cottage. Located just across the street from the beach, a quick 3-minute walk will have your toes in the sand. The Beachside neighborhood boasts a community pool and community tennis court.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

The first thing you notice about Too Sandy upon arrival is the beautifully landscaped yard and ample parking. The second thing you notice is the large sun deck. This deck has comfortable Adirondack chairs and gets plenty of light. Enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon nap on the deck, all while looking out at the ocean. If a screened porch is more your style, don’t worry, Too Sandy has you covered! The screened porch features outdoor dining and is located off the living room and master bedroom.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

Inside the glass front door, you are welcomed into the relaxing cottage. Too Sandy’s open floor plan allows you to lounge in the living room while you hold a conversation with someone in the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, it is huge! Plenty of space for cooking, eating, and a card game all at the same time.

Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln
Too Sandy, 2 Sand Dune Ln

The master bedroom is on the right side of the house and features a beautiful king bed. The master has an en-suite bath with a walk-in shower and private access to the screened porch. The two remaining bedrooms sit on the opposite side of the home and share a bathroom. Each bedroom has two twin beds, a flatscreen TV, and lots of natural light.

Too Sandy is a cozy beach cottage perfect for families or a few friends who want a quiet getaway at the beach. Once at Too Sandy, you will not want to leave. Families and friends return to this cozy beach cottage year after year to rest and relax. Start your tradition and book your stay today!

Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast

Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast is the start of a wonderful holiday season. The weather is idyllic, the food is world-class, and the relaxation is top-notch! Read below for our recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and, most importantly, where to relax!

Sunset - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Folly Beach, SC

First things first, let’s discuss the weather. The best weather in Charleston is in late fall/early winter. The average temperature is 67°F with sunny skies. This may sound cold to us Charlestonians, but we all know that if the sun is shining it can feel closer to 70°F or higher! That’s splendid weather for a long walk on one of the Charleston Coast beaches. Fun fact: Thanksgiving day in 2016 produced a high of 76°F with sunny skies – pretty perfect if you ask us!

Wild Blue Ropes - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Photo: Wild Blue Ropes

To take advantage of the beautiful Charleston Coast weather, head outside! Your first stop (besides the beach!) should be Wild Blue Ropes for the annual Make Room for Turkey Day climb! Held the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (November 22), this event encourages people to get outside and be active! Located just a short drive from Folly Beach, Wild Blue Ropes is a fun adventure for the entire family.

Turkey Day Run - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Photo: Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble

Before indulging in the Thanksgiving feast, head downtown for the 40th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble 5K. Considered a Lowcountry Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble loops through Historic Charleston, beginning and ending with a party in Marion Square! Take in the sites of Historic Charleston and the fun costumes many people wear.

After running (or walking) the streets of Charleston Thanksgiving morning, it’s time for a feast! If you don’t feel like cooking, Charleston has many fabulous restaurants that are open for Thanksgiving dinner. Check out Eater Charleston for their list of open restaurants. We recommend making a reservation to ensure you have a table!

Isle of Palms - Thanksgiving on the Charleston Coast
Isle of Palms, SC

On Saturday, head downtown to Marion Square for the Charleston Farmers Market or venture to one of the many plantations. If relaxation is more your style, head to the beach! Grab a beach chair or a blanket and your favorite book and set up shop on your own slice of paradise. For relaxed dining after a day at the beach, head to one of the local restaurants on Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, or Sullivan’s Island!

The Charleston Coast is your oyster for Thanksgiving week. Part of the Lowcountry lifestyle is enjoying good food with those you love and Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to embrace this tradition!

Feature Friday: Pride & Joy

Feature Friday highlights one spectacular property each week! This week we feature Pride & Joy at 1603 East Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

1603 E Ashley Ave is a spacious oceanfront home with 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms that sleeps up to 13 people. 1603 E Ashley Ave is perfect for large family vacations, offering ample gathering space.  

You are welcomed to 1603 E Ashley Ave, Pride & Joy, with a grand staircase that leads to the front door of the raised home. Once inside, the open floor plan allows your eyes to look straight out to the Atlantic Ocean. The renovated kitchen is spacious and features a breakfast bar for enjoying a quick bowl of cereal before heading to the beach! Continue through to the dining area then to the living room which holds comfortable, modern couches. The subtle coastal decor and floor to ceiling windows and doors allow your mind to switch to “Island Time”.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Just off the living room in Pride & Joy is the expansive screened in porch. Relax in one of the rocking chairs while you watch surfers up and down the beach. Step out of the screened in porch to the small sundeck and continue walking down your private beach access to the beach! At 1603 E Ashley Ave, you are just steps from enjoying a morning hunt for shark teeth or an afternoon romp in the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Back inside, the first floor holds 4 of the 5 bedrooms: 2 on the left and 2 on the right. Each set of bedrooms is connected with a Jack & Jill bathroom. It’s difficult to miss the subtle pops of color in the bedrooms – from the deep blues to the seafoam greens, the bedrooms at 1603 E Ashley Ave invite you to relax!

Head up the stairs in 1603 E Ashley Ave to the final bedroom. This bedroom holds a king bed and 3 twin beds with an en-suite bathroom and outstanding views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo: Donnie Whitaker

1603 E Ashley Ave, Pride & Joy, is located within walking distance of the eastern tip of Folly Beach. This deserted area will transport you to a different time: less crowded beach, bone trees, and shelling galore. The views of the Morris Island Lighthouse, whether on a clear or cloudy day, are worth the short walk.

Book your next family vacation at 1603 E Ashley Ave, Pride & Joy. Want to enjoy a winter weekend at Folly Beach? Visit our website or calls us to book 1603 E Ashley Ave for 20% off a stay of 4 nights of more for the remaining open dates in November & December 2017!

Packing for the Charleston Coast

What do I bring?

The age-old question you ask yourself, your family, and your friends, when packing for the beach! Here is a list of our recommended items plus our must-haves at the beach.

Linens, Towels, & Toiletries

Packing for the Charleston CoastAll vacation rentals have standard bed and bath linens. The beds will be neatly made and towels will be nicely placed in the bathrooms. We recommend bringing any toiletries you will need during your stay. If a hair dryer is a must, toss it in your suitcase. Bring or plan to purchase your beach and pool towels.

Kitchen

Packing for the Charleston CoastKitchens are stocked with plates, silverware, glasses, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and mugs. Coffee makers and toasters, as well as blenders, are found in most rentals.

The type of coffee maker, 12-cup or Keurig, depends on the property. If this is important to you, check the amenity list for your property or send us an email! Special cookware items, such as crock pots, gravy boats, and large steamer pots, are not always provided.

If special cookware items are important to you please plan to bring or purchase them. Items like salt, pepper, and olive oil are not guaranteed but are often left behind by the previous guest.

Paper Products

Packing for the Charleston CoastA starter pack of items such as dish soap, dishwasher detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, and bin liners will be present at check-in.

Plan to purchase extras of these items or bring them with you.

 

 

Beach Equipment

Beach chairs and umbrella are not provided with every rental. We strongly recommend bringing any necessary beach equipment or planning to rent or purchase upon arrival.

You can rent all beach items, including games, from the Things To Do section of our website!

Our Beach Day Must-Have’s

Packing for a day at the beach should be a no-brainer. Here are our favorite items to when beaching on the Charleston Coast!

Let’s start off with the most important item, both on and off the beach: SUNSCREEN! The sun on the Charleston Coast is strong and no one likes getting a sunburn. Remember to apply sunscreen on overcast days, too!

Packing for the Charleston Coast

And don’t forget your beach towels. These are the second most important item at the beach. We love extra big, fluffy beach towels. And, if you want to sit on the sand or sunbathe without getting your towel sandy, bring a beach blanket with you! An old sheet, blanket, or even a huge old scarf or sarong work well as beach blankets.

Beach chairs & umbrellas, do you use them? Everyone is different. Some people swear by beach chairs, some only go to the beach if they can sit under an umbrella or canopy. Whatever your fancy, make sure you grab it on your way out the door. Beach carts and wagons are handy for transporting bigger items. If you don’t feel like lugging beach equipment on vacation with you, check out the Things To Do section of our website for rentals!

A visit to the beach with family or friends (or both) is always more fun with beach games. You can play bocce, volleyball, or bring a soccer ball or football for a quick game of pass.

If you prefer a more mellow beach trip, bring a good book.And don’t forget your sunglasses and hat so you can read the pages! Check back soon for our list of favorite beach reads!

Packing for the Charleston Coast

When packing for a beach day, snacks are of the utmost importance. Packing plenty of water, Gatorade, and seltzer is important. It’s good to have a balance of snacks: potato chips (we love Cape Cod!), fresh fruit, carrots, and pretzels are a few of our go-to’s.  Remember, alcohol is not permitted on any of the Charleston Coast beaches.

And finally, you have all your stuff together, now you need something to carry it in! A good, sturdy beach bag, sometimes more than one, is important to a solid beach trip. We love canvas bags or our Blue Dunes tote bags (you can pick up extras from our office!)

There is no way around it, we LOVE the beach! Our must-have lists evolve and change each year, so be sure to check back for more tips!

What are your beach must-have’s? Let us know in the comments if there is something we just HAVE to try!

Feature Friday: The Okeanos

Feature Friday highlights at least one spectacular property each week! This week’s feature Friday highlights The Okeanos at 1008 East Ashley Ave, Folly Beach, SC.

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Pool
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Okeanos is the Titan God of fresh water, and The Okeanos is aptly named for the private pool. You can enjoy the relaxation of the pool in one of the comfortable lounge chairs or at the Tiki Bar. The pool is perfect for an evening swim after a long day at the beach while you wait for dinner to cook on the grill.

The Okeanos E Ashley Ave 1008 Living Room
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

Inside, the professionally decorated The Okeanos has an inviting, relaxed atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease. The large, open living room features a comfy couch and side chairs, perfect for curling up with a good book or watching a movie. The large windows and double porch doors let in immense amounts of natural light. Step out onto the screened in patio for your morning coffee or evening cocktail!

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Kitchen
Photo by: Donnie Whitaker

The living room at The Okeanos flows easily into the dining room and open kitchen. The dining table seats up to 10 – perfect for a large family meal after a long day of touring Historic Charleston. And the kitchen is impeccable. From stainless steel appliances, seemingly endless counter space, and well-stocked cookware, The Okeanos kitchen has everything you will need while on vacation.

The Okeanos 1008 E Ashley Ave Master Bedroom
Photo: Donnie Whitaker

The Okeanos boasts four beautifully decorated bedrooms. The master bedroom, located on the first floor, offers privacy with a large king-sized bed and private, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and separate soaking tub. The remaining three bedrooms are located on the second floor. The first guest room offers a queen bed with an en-suite bathroom. The second and third guest bedrooms each hold two beds. The second guest room offers two queens and the third guest room offers two twin beds. These two guest rooms are connected via a jack and jill bathroom.

Folly Beach, The Okeanos
Folly Beach, SC

The beach is only a five-minute walk from The Okeanos! Simply pack your beach bag, grab your chair, turn right on East Ashley Ave, and then turn left on East 10th Street. The public beach access is located at the end of East 10th Street.

The Okeanos is centrally located to some of the best features of Folly Beach: Center St, the beach, and The Washout. If you’re looking for the ideal spot for your next family vacation or weekend getaway, The Okeanos is it! Book your stay us today!