With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant community, it’s no wonder that those who visit Beaufort often decide to stay for a lifetime.

Welcome to Beaufort

A Slice of Southern Paradise

Beaufort, South Carolina, is a paradise along the coast where history and charm flow as freely as the tides. This picturesque city offers a perfect blend of history and modern conveniences. Beaufort's scenic waterfront, lined with lush Spanish moss and majestic live oaks, provides a breathtaking backdrop.

Beaufort is more than just a destination; it's a lifestyle. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant community, it’s no wonder that those who visit Beaufort often decide to stay for a lifetime.

What to Love

  • Historic Charm: Beaufort's streets, draped in history, boast well-preserved historic homes.
  • Waterfront Beauty: The city's location along the Beaufort River invites endless days of boating, fishing, and waterside relaxation.
  • Outdoor Activities: Surrounded by natural splendor, the area is perfect for kayaking, hiking, and exploring the enchanting Lowcountry landscape.
  • Amazing Culinary Scene: Indulge in authentic Southern cooking, fresh seafood, and international cuisines at various local eateries.

Local Lifestyle

The community is tightly knit, where neighbors greet each other by name and newcomers are welcomed with open arms and warm smiles. Days are often spent outdoors, taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings. The evenings are reserved for savoring local dishes at waterfront restaurants or enjoying live music under the stars.

Dining and Shopping

Saltus River Grill offers a sophisticated setting with waterfront views, specializing in fantastic seafood, salads, small plates, and steaks that showcase the region's bounty. Old Bull Tavern is a favorite among locals for its flavorful New American dishes and welcoming atmosphere.

Wren Bistro & Bar is renowned for its cozy atmosphere and innovative American cuisine paired with craft beers, making it a perfect spot for a casual lunch or a romantic dinner. Adding to the mix, Lady's Island Dockside provides a true taste of local seafood right by the water, offering guests a chance to dine while enjoying spectacular sunset views over the Beaufort River.

When it comes to shopping, Downtown Beaufort presents a collection of boutique shops and galleries, perfect for finding unique gifts and handcrafted goods.

Entertainment and Things to Do

The Beaufort Water Festival is a staple of the summer in Beaufort, held every July. This vibrant event transforms the waterfront into a bustling hub of activity, featuring live music, water sports, air shows, boat races, and arts and crafts. It’s a perfect blend of community spirit and summer celebration that showcases the area's maritime heritage.

Celebrating the local seafood industry, the Beaufort Shrimp Festival is a culinary highlight each fall. This festival serves up a variety of shrimp dishes prepared by local chefs, along with arts and crafts, a 5K run, and live music.

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is the scenic heart of the city, offering stunning views of the Beaufort River. This beautifully maintained public space hosts numerous community events throughout the year and provides a tranquil setting for picnicking, fishing, and leisurely strolls along its paths.

Not to be missed, the  5,000-acre Hunting Island State Park is a haven for nature lovers. It features a pristine sandy beach, a historic lighthouse that offers panoramic views, and several nature trails through marshes and maritime forests.

Overview for Beaufort, SC

12,899 people live in Beaufort, where the median age is 34.9 and the average individual income is $36,534. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

34.9 years

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Around Beaufort, SC

There's plenty to do around Beaufort, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Olive The Above, Tout Sweet Macarons, and Bistro Ten.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining · $$ 2.59 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.92 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.01 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 4.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 1.14 miles 8 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining 2.11 miles 30 reviews 4.9/5 stars

Schools in Beaufort, SC

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The following schools are within or nearby Beaufort. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Mossy Oaks Elementary
PreK - 5th
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School
PreK - 10th
No rating available
St Peters Catholic School
PreK - 6th
No rating available
Lady's Island Middle
6th - 8th
9th - 12th
Beaufort Elementary
PreK - 5th
6th - 8th
Bridges Preparatory School
K - 12th

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