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Overview of Beaufort

Located on the beautiful eastern shoreline of South Carolina, Beaufort is a seaside town with regional appeal. Named as the No. 18 Best Place to Retire by CNN/Money, Beaufort combines antebellum mansions with sprawling trees to create the ideal living environment. With approximately 12,500 residents, Beaufort embodies the comforting nature of a small town. Search for Beaufort apartments for rent, and find southern hospitality in scenic South Carolina.

Living in Beaufort, SC

Captain Francisco Gordillo first discovered Port Royal Sound in 1520, but Beaufort was not founded until 1711. Beaufort was the home to bitter rivalries during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars but is known for preserving Gullah culture and its African linguistic tradition and heritage.

With a stunning location on the water, Beaufort has provided the landscape for movies including Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, and Prince of Tides but still maintains a down-to-earth environment. Most residents travel to and from Beaufort by boat, as the town sits near an estuary in Port Royal Sound.

With a University of South Carolina campus in town, Beaufort residents enjoy an environment that promotes culture and academic life. As a picture-perfect destination for family recreation, apartments in Beaufort are home to many people looking to take advantage of the numerous offerings of this year-round playground. 

Beaufort Attractions and Special Events

The nearby Parris Island Museum invites visitors to explore the history of the Marine Corps and Port Royal region. With more than 8,000 square feet of exhibits, the museum serves as a focal point for teaching new recruits about the Marine Corps through artifacts and images. Hunting Island State Park is also in the area, and boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in South Carolina. As a unique place where humans and nature coexist, the beach conserves the natural environment with campgrounds, rental cabins, a marsh boardwalk, rustic nature trails, and a fishing pier. The city also hosts a number of unique events throughout the year, including the Original Gullah Festival, Water Festival, Beaufort Shrimp Festival, and more. 

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