You are invited to experience the beautiful Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands region where you will find a veritable haven of history and heritage, arts and culture – all wrapped in friendly, warm hospitality.
Imagine water and marsh as far as the eye can see in any direction. The vivid streaks of the summer sunset may call your attention to the horizon, while the spectacular array of long-legged birds keeps you riveted to the water’s edge until you notice dolphins frolicking behind a boat further away. Moss-draped oaks accompanied by the native palmetto trees offer the unmistakable reminders that you have arrived in the magical coastal are of South Carolina known as the Lowcountry.
Hundreds of islands, with most of the inhabited ones connected by bridge, are dotted among rivers, bays and sounds flowing between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean. Photographic scenery and temperate year-round climate provide the packaging for the rich content that makes the area a special treat for visitors.
If history beckons, you will find days full of adventure in downtown Beaufort, neighboring Port Royal and St. Helena Island where you can browse through the pages of antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Artifacts are exhibited and history interpreted in churches, cemeteries, museums, home tours and carefully preserved private homes.
Browse a variety of photo galleries highlighting the life and times around Beaufort SC.learn more »
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Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, one of the largest Sea Islands along the southeast Atlantic coast of the United States. It is one of only a handful of U.S. towns that has had its entire downtown designated an historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.learn more »
The ideal destination for intimate getaways for two, small and large family vacations and reunions, destination weddings, group retreats, and business meetings for up to 300 guests, Fripp Island -- a resort and private residential paradise -- is the most seaward of the beautiful barrier islands outside of Beaufortlearn more »
The shopping and dining crossroads of northern Beaufort County, Lady’s Island is located just north of Beaufort and Port Royal. Connected by two beautiful bridges that offer some of the best views in the area, the rich land on Lady’s Island was once home to majestic indigo plantations, while local fisherman and shrimpers mined the plentiful waters.
In the past 20 years, Lady’s Island has experienced significant residential and business growth. Miles of breath-taking waterfront views and easily accessible community boat ramps have contributed directly to the island’s residential growth. Many of the homes are situated on large pieces of land, and feature equestrian farms and maritime forests. Island residents claim to have the best of both worlds: the peace and privacy of rural living just minutes from downtown Beaufort, Port Royal, and the Sea Islands.
Lady’s Island is surrounded by smaller island residential communities including Cat Island and Distant Island.learn more »
Famous for its graceful sand dunes covered with sea oats and coastal grasses, Harbor Island is a private 1400-acre barrier island located 15 miles outside the city of Beaufort.
Tucked between St. Helena Island and Hunting Island, the natural beauty of Harbor Island creates a setting and vacation retreat experience worth repeating. A peaceful, gated community, Harbor Island features a variety of vacation rental homes and condominiums to accommodate couples, families or large groups. Three outdoor pools, tennis courts, a putting green, and three miles of pure, untamed, sandy white beach create a private vacation playground unlike any other. Stroll along the beach and marshes and discover the abundant island wildlife, including terns, pelicans, egrets, herons, and horseshoe crabs, or sit on the sandy dunes bask in the sun while the dolphins play.
Port Royal Celebrates 450 years of History
In the beginning, everyone wanted to claim this region. Enticed by its harbor - Port Royal sound is the second-deepest natural harbor on the East Coast. Spanish, French and British explorers struggled to colonize the area, which was an isolated seaside province dotted with Native American tribes.
From the Town of Port Royal's Website: The Town of Port Royal is located between the Beaufort River and Battery Creek in the heart of South Carolina’s Low Country. We take a tremendous amount of pride in our natural environment and the accessibility to that environment through our network of walking trails, community beach, boardwalk, and observation tower. Our town is recognized as one of America’s leaders in small town New Urbanism and we aspire to continue to be the best place to live, work and play in South Carolina’s Low Country by preserving a superior quality of life for today’s residents and for future generations.
With its abundant farms and shrimp docks, St. Helena Island, just 5 miles east of Beaufort and part of the Beaufort Sea Islands, offers visitors a glimpse into rural Lowcountry life past and present. St. Helena is home to the Penn Center, one of the first schools for the children of freed slaves the location of a small rural cottage, where Martin Luther King, Jr. drafted his famous “I have a dream speech”.
Much of the rural and agricultural land on St. Helena is still worked by native residents, many of whom are descended from slaves; and the shrimping and fishing industries on the island are major contributors not only to the local economy, but also to the fine dining enjoyed by locals and tourists alikelearn more »