The Old South lives on in the quaint seaside charm of Beaufort, SC. Known as the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands”, this popular retirement community of 11,000 was discovered by the Spanish in 1514 and chartered by the British in 1711. It lies in the Sea Islands or “Low Country” area of South Carolina, just north of Hilton Head. 304 acres of the town have been designated as a National Historic Landmark. That history is reflected in the horse-drawn carriages that roll along streets in the town’s charming historic district that are overhung with Spanish moss. The area offers a laid back atmosphere that most people find very relaxing. Beaufort is located in Beaufort County. Savannah is 39 miles away.
There are 3 major military installations here that provide a solid economic underpinning and a lowering of the average age in the area. Those include the U.S. Marine Corps Recruitment Depot at Parris Island, the Naval Air Station, and the Beaufort naval hospital.
What is special about Beaufort
- Charming old town in the Low Country
- Numberous awards as "Best Small Southern Town", "Small Town Arts", and "Best Fishing Town "
- Proximity to Hilton Head Island and Savannah
- Luxurious golf course communities
- The town has 304 acres designated as a National Historic LandmarkMilder winters
- Second oldest city in South Carolina
Who will like retirement in Beaufort
Beaufort attracts a community of people who either want to live in a charming old river town or expensive new golfing communities. The presence of so many military personnel creates a younger and more diverse atmosphere than in some comparable communities.
Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island and the Beaufort River. This area between Charleston and Savannah is often referred to as the Sea Islands or Low Country because it has so much water and so little elevation. This diverse city has a mild climate in the winter - the average January low is 39 and the average July high is 91. August is the rainiest month.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Beaufort has many art galleries and has won numerous awards as an arts town. Additionally there is the Arts Council of Beaufort County with its 12,000 square foot community arts center, the Beaufort Orchestra Society, the University of SC-Beaufort's Performing Arts Center, and the Penn Center. Festivals such as the Water Festival and the Shrimp Festival keep things interesting. Nearby Hilton Head Island has cultural opportunities, as does nearby Savannah.
Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Hilton Head Hospital a 5 star hospital is 17 miles away.