Beaufort’s roots go way back to 1711, but its story goes back even further. A true hotbed for history, it all began 500 years ago with the discovery of the area by the Spanish. In fact, America started right here in Beaufort. The Spanish settlement at Santa Elena on Parris Island is dated 11 years before St. Augustine, 38 years before Jamestown and 51 years before the English pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. That makes it the first attempt of European colonization of the new world.
Do yourself a favor and put these historic Beaufort destinations on your itinerary.
See + Do
Beaufort offers a myriad ways to educate and entertain - see for yourself below!
PLAY AROUND BEAUFORT
The Top Shores
Go where the locals go to experience the best of Beaufort's beaches and waterways
Fripp Island holds a fascinating history and has now become a vacation getaway, Hollywood magnet and thriving residential community.
Hunting Island’s untouched and wild beauty is reminiscent of times past, a true capsule of South Carolina’s stunning allure.
A hub for the locals, comb the beach for sharks teeth, stroll along the boardwalk, climb to the top of the observation tower, fish, go crabbing, or launch your boat from the boat ramp.