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About the Area

Tucked into winding, historic streets framed by natural foliage and centuries-old, moss-draped live oak trees, Beaufort is more than a hidden Lowcountry gem—it's a transformative destination that has charmed visitors since 1512. Best viewed by relaxing walking tour, private group car or motorcoach bus, or from the seat of a horse-drawn carriage, you're sure to see one stunning Civil War era home after another—many with stunning waterfront views.

Step-on guided island coach tours, fishing charters, boat and kayak tours showcase the rich history, Gullah heritage and natural beauty of the coastal Lowcountry. Sport fishing, bike tours, horseback riding and adventure tours are popular year-round on our protected, pristine beaches and peaceful intracoastal waterways.


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…


The Lowcountry region had been subject to numerous European explorations and several aborted attempts at colonization before the British successfully founded…

Movie Locations

Beaufort has served as the backdrop for films such as Forrest Gump, The Great Santini, The Big Chill, GI Jane, Platoon and Forces of Nature – to name just…