Beaufort SC Vacation Guide


beaufort vacation guide

Plan Your Perfect Beaufort SC Vacation!



Beaufort, SC is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and ‘Lowcountry’ of South Carolina; nestled on the coast halfway between Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.  The city is renowned for its scenic location and for maintaining a historic character through its impressively preserved antebellum architecture, and of course it’s overall quaintness. Beaufort is a romantic and popular destination for tourists from all over with nearly 3 million visitors each year enjoying historical, as well as golf, sport fishing, and beach vacations. 

Hunting Island State Park, with it’s beaches, lighthouse, campground and nature features is the single most visited State Park in South Carolina and history exists at nearly every turn as some 304 acres of the city of Beaufort, in it’s picturesque downtown district, have been designated a National Historic Landmark.


Outdoor recreation is plentiful in Beaufort with beaches, kayaking, boating, inshore and offshore fishing, trail hiking, birding and lots more. When you’re home to over 60 sea islands, the possibilities for outdoor adventures are endless.


Beaufort has rewritten the rules when it comes to putting on festivals and events. Whether it’s celebrating the water, history, shrimp, culture, food, or even a holiday, you can bet that something is going on nearly every week.  In a community so rich in history and culture, there are a multitude of reasons to be so festive.


For over 60 years The Beaufort Water Festival has been celebrating the local traditions of water, sports, and entertainment.  The 10 day festival takes place like clockwork in mid-July with amazing waterskiing shows, dances, concerts, sporting and many other daily events with over 400 dedicated volunteers banding together to bring the fun to approximately 60,000 attendees who converge on Beaufort from all over the southeast and the rest of the U.S each summer.


Beaufort has an abundance of accommodation choices that suit every taste. From modern hotels, to classic Inns built in centuries past with dramatic awe-inspiring architecture, classic gardens and courtyards and also a variety of amazing vacation rental properties big enough for the whole family.  Whichever suits you, all certainly come with all the best in southern hospitality. 

Beaufort also has great wealth in it’s variety of shopping spots. If you’re looking for original Lowcountry-inspired art you’ll be sure to find the perfect piece; or, perhaps you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind gift or souvenir – it’ll surely turn up at one of Beaufort’s fine boutique and gift shops. From specialty clothing stores, rare antiques, and art galleries, to sporting & outdoor suppliers and craft-makers, you’re certain to land a ‘find’ in Beaufort.  


Home to a thriving Art Scene, the city has been named #14 on the list of Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations by American Style Magazine, and a ‘Top 100 Art Town’ in a recent book titled ‘The 100 Best Art Towns in America’, boasting some 20 Art Galleries in the downtown area.

Like to travel with your pet
? Beaufort’s is one of the most pet-friendly spots you’ll find. Everywhere you turn, you’re most likely to find someone with their furry friend tagging along. From pet-friendly accommodations, to pet-friendly dining, enjoying the day around town or an adventure at Hunting Island Beach, your dog is pretty much welcome everywhere you go here in Beaufort – after all, they’re part of the family!
For more info on Beaufort’s pet-friendly attitude, visit here.


Named the Best Small Town in the South by Southern Living Magazine and The Happiest Seaside Town in America by Coastal Living Magazine, you’ll take a step back in time and enjoy a true taste of the old south when you visit Beaufort.


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