No visit to Beaufort is complete without dipping your toes into our area's rich and storied military history, from walking tours of the old arsenal to guided excursions to the marine base or Parris Island museum. In town for a military graduation? Let us help you find the perfect hotel, motel or historic inn to stay in!

More than 17,000 active duty military members and their families live and work in the Beaufort area. In Port Royal, the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island transforms more than 20,000 recruits a year into Marines.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island

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Parris Island is one of the most visited military facilities in the world, hosting more than 120,000 guests each year.
Visitors to the graduation ceremonies at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island can find lodging, dining, tours and attractions on base and in nearby Beaufort, Port Royal, and Bluffton.

As the headquarters of the Eastern Recruiting Region and for recruit training for all females and males east of the Mississippi River, we expect to provide only the best experiences possible for our visitors.

Parris Island also extends its hospitality to community organizations that may wish to visit as a group.

Vehicle operators must possess:

1. A valid driver's license
2. Vehicle registration
3. Proof of automobile insurance

The nearest major airports to Parris Island are the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and the Hilton Head Airport (HHH). The next closest airport is the Charleston International Airport (CHS). Transportation from these airports is not provided, however all airports have rental car agencies.

For more information about visiting Parris Island, please visit the official MCRD web site:

The Beaufort Regional Chamber VCB has many businesses which provide military discounts - be sure to check our directory while you are visiting!