Beaufort, SC Visitor Guide

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Welcome to historic waterfront Beaufort, the second oldest city in South Carolina, located between Savannah and Charleston on South Carolina’s Atlantic Coast.  The area is easy to access and explore, and we’re so glad you’re here.

From the natural beauty of the islands to the history dating back to Native Americans and Spanish explorers, our region is filled with wonder and enchantment at every turn. Proud to be a bit off the beaten path, Beaufort has the charm and Southern hospitality, but our own unique community and Lowcountry style of life.

Whether you’re coming here for a new job or a new life, we think you’ll find everything you need in our community.  It is a wonderful place to work, learn, play, and raise a family.

Beaufort County celebrates a long and positive relationship with the military through Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island; a Marine Corps military base first built in 1861 and used from 1915 to present day, Naval Hospital Beaufort, and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

Beaufort County is also known for its ongoing revival and celebration of the Gullah culture, as is reflected in much of the artwork, cooking and culture. The County has also been recognized as a Reconstruction Era National Park for its influential role in this critical time in American history.

“In the Beaufort region, including the City of Beaufort, the town of Port Royal, and Saint Helena Island, many existing historic sites demonstrate the transformative effect of emancipation and Reconstruction.”

National Park Service