Graced by semi-tropical foliage, ancient moss–draped oaks and abundant wildlife, Beaufort also offers breath-taking Marshfront Vistas, The Intracoastal Waterway and unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. Residents and Visitors enjoy an active lifestyle through cultural and community events. With a 65 degree average annual temperature, outdoor pursuits can be continued year-round. The seven local golf clubs offer 153 holes of challenging play. Other popular activities include tennis, shrimping, crabbing, boating, sailing and a full range of fishing activities.
Beaufort County has one of the richest historical backgrounds of any spot in America. Our downtown area is on the National Historic Registry. Preserved through the civil war, with rows of Antebellum Mansions, Homes, and Gardens, it is easy to become entranced by the opulence of a bygone era. In July each year, residents and guests honor the rich heritage of the Sea Islands and the Lowcountry with the Beaufort Water Festival. Gala activities abound during the week-long celebration.
For the historian, in the spring and fall of the year the residents of our historic homes open their doors and gardens to guests from around the world. In the true spirit of southern hospitality, guests mingle on the palatial verandas and porches of these treasures that reflect on a distant past.
Beaufort is positioned on the southern most point on the coast of South Carolina between Charleston and Savannah, GA and just 45 minutes from Hilton Head Island. There is a full range of cultural activities, fine shopping, and dining in Beaufort or surrounding cities to suit any taste. Most major airlines serve Charleston & Savannah International Airports. Transportation and rental car service is available at the airports. By boat, Beaufort is bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and there are several marinas available for dockage.