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As you travel south on South Carolina’s Highway 21, you begin to notice the subtle charms and alluring beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry. The beautiful and historic town of Beaufort, South Carolina, offers a warm welcome to this part of the world we proudly call home.

Regularly named to magazines’ “Best Small Cities” lists, Beaufort has been featured in the New York Times, and named “Best Small Southern Town” by Southern Living, a “Top 25 Small City Arts Destination” by American Style, and a “Top 50 Adventure Town” by National Geographic Adventure’ . As the second oldest city in South Carolina, Beaufort is building on 300 years of chartered history to create an exciting and prosperous fourth century.

Located on the Atlantic Coast, Beaufort is midway between Savannah, GA and Charleston SC. Downtown Beaufort is tucked into narrow interlocking streets and adorned by natural foliage and centuries-old, moss-draped live oak trees. This area is one of the focal points of the city’s historic district, and is best viewed with a professional guide, either walking, by horse-drawn carriage, or touring van. The eastern portion of the town boasts unrivaled water views and elegant homes from the Civil War era.

The mild climate produces snowfall about once every 20 years and beach weather nine months out of the year. Jewel-green marsh grass accents the ribbons of rivers, creeks, and waterways that wind through the coast to the sea. Year-round fishing is some of the best in the country. Children enjoy catching blue crabs from docks and river edges. Offshore and Gulf Stream fishing bring new challenges with sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo, and grouper.

For outdoor lovers, there is boating, sailing, fishing, crabbing, shrimping, kayaking, bird watching, beach combing, biking, golfing, and tennis. For those rainy days, there are arts festivals, cultural events, performing arts, world-class cuisine, and unique local history.

Sound appealing? We think so too! The Beaufort area is the perfect place to raise a family, to start or grow a business, or to relocate for a better quality of life and a better quality of business. 


Beaufort in the Movies

Rich in culture and natural beauty, this area is often chosen as the backdrop for blockbuster movies such as the Prince of Tides, The Big Chill, Forrest Gump, Something to Talk About, The War, Jungle Book, The Great Santini and many others.

It has been 30 years since Colonel Bull Meecham first flew his Marine fighter jet over the friendly skies of Beaufort, South Carolina. Colonel Meecham is the central character in the Pat Conroy novel, The Great Santini. Hollywood took notice of the compelling story and in 1978 filmmakers came to our tiny sea island to scout for the movie. More than 20 movies have used the Lowcountry’s sweeping marsh vistas and jungle-like vegetation as backdrops for successful movies including Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides, The Big Chill, and Rules of Engagement. For more information about Beaufort and the surrounding sea islands visit.

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