Beaufort, South Carolina boasts terrific saltwater bluffs and sea island culture.
Why We'd Move There
The curving, tidal Beaufort River wraps around the 303-year-old downtown and offers up terrific scenery in most directions. And then there’s the leafy historic district itself, filled with 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century architecture, from tiny cottages and fish shacks to indigo-planters’ mansions with wide piazzas. It’s a Lowcountry town where characters abound. And the river’s pristine waters surrender such high-quality seafood that it seems folks are always gathering for a shrimp or crab boil or an oyster roast.
This isn’t Savannah or Charleston, but it’s close in flavor and geography—within 90 minutes of each. The smaller size and slower pace draw everyone from artists, retirees, and young families to live-aboard-sailboat types, fishermen, literati, and moviemakers. And Beaufort’s population skews toward the youthful side—the median age is 34.
Pedal or walk along the new Spanish Moss Trail(spanishmosstrail.com), which opened last year and will one day span some 14 miles. The rail-trail greenway project gives terrific water views and already connects downtown Beaufort with neighboring Port Royal.