Beaufort is located on the South Carolina coast near Hilton Head Island, the USMC Recruit Depot , The Marine Corps Air Station, Hilton Head Island Golf Courses, Public Fishing spots. Attractions include the Downtown Marina, Waterfront Park, historic homes from colonial and civil war era, The South Carolina National Golf Club, the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Hunting Island State Park, and the United States Marine Corp Air Station
Beaufort and Port Royal have deep harbors. The two cities are located on Port Royal Island. There are full service marinas in both towns where you can take a boat out to the ocean for diving or deep sea fishing.
Another public beach is located 17 miles east of Beaufort at Hunting Island State Park.
Hunting Island State Park is located east of Beaufort off US-21 south. Good place for Fishing and bird watching. There is a lighthouse here.
Spanish Moss and Oak trees line the streets of both Beaufort and Port Royal. Shop for Antiques, handmade chocolates or unique gifts. Take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through history. There are historic houses and sites in the area.
Both Beaufort and Port Royal have several festivals and events throughout the year. The seafood restaurants are excellent. There is a public beach in Port Royal. Another public beach is located 17 miles east of Beaufort at Hunting Island State Park.
Beaufort is often pronounced Buford.