A patriotic city with a strong military presence, historic Beaufort dates back to 1711. This Lowcountry fishing village is interwoven with islands connecting the Intracoastal Waterway to the Atlantic Ocean. Sandbars are scattered throughout the river at low tide exposing oyster beds. Money Magazine named Beaufort South Carolina as one of 6 Terrific Towns on the Water.
Public beaches are not far from downtown Beaufort, just to the east on Lady's Island. White sandy beaches can be found at Hunting Island State Park. Climb the Hunting Island Lighthouse to take in the view, the lighthouse is located just west of Fripp Island. Ten scenic hiking trails meander through the state park, pathways under mature live oaks dripping with spanish moss leading to the sea shore. Trip Advisor named Hunting Island as a Top 10 Beach because of its three miles of secluded beaches. Unspoiled areas along the marshes are great places to take photographs and listen to wildlife. Natural habitats for egrets, blue herons, dolphins or an occasional alligator sunning on the banks. There are plenty of places easy to find, to go crabbing or fishing. The quality of life in Beaufort South Carolina is as simple as it was, when it was discovered centuries ago.
Field & Stream Magazine named Beaufort South Carolina as a Top 20 Fishing Towns in America. As you would expect, seafood is king in the Lowcountry. Kayakers often wonder if they will have enough time during retirement to explore all the waterways winding throughout the 200 islands of the Lowcountry if they decided to relocate to Beaufort South Carolina. Farms are popular on the islands, U-Pick farms filled with strawberries and local produce. The cost of living is...
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