James Island is positioned between Downtown Charleston and Folly Beach, so it offers the best of both worlds. The Town of James Island is a beautiful, unique island in South Carolina with a rich history and bright future. Nestled amongst the deep blue waters of the Charleston Harbor and the meandering Stono and Folly Rivers, James Island boasts scenic marsh views and a plethora of majestic trees. A true laid-back, beach community well known for its massive fishing pier, Folly Beach is unlike any other city or region of Greater Charleston. You will find everything you need on the island: great shopping, restaurants, local businesses and good public schools.