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- Entire home
This charming, 3 bedroom, 2 bath cottage is located in the historic Old Point neighborhood in Beaufort. The house has a lovely front porch with rockers to sit and have your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine. There is also a private screened-in porch off the back of the house. Downtown Beaufort is just a five-minute walk to many local restaurants and shops. **30-day minimum stay.**
- Entire cottage
We love the laidback neighborhood, charming historic architecture, and the 5-block walk to the breezy waterfront along Bay Street. The cozy cottage is one bedroom, one bath, and a lovely living space on a postage stamp lot. The built-in breakfast nook is our favorite spot. Other features are the chic furnishings, 11’ ceilings, tall casement windows, and little front porch. Off-street private parking for one car and cable/wifi. The 400 SF cottage is named after the architect's daughter.
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Your guide to Beaufort
All About Beaufort
Set on Port Royal Island along South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, the harbor town of Beaufort is surrounded by dense maritime forests and marshy inlets, making it one of the more stunning coastal areas in the state. Widgeon Point Preserve and Hunting Island State Park attract outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers throughout the year for fishing, swimming, kayaking, and hiking.
But it’s not just a wildlife-spotter’s idyll. Beaufort itself is known for beautifully preserved historic buildings spanning several centuries of architectural styles including Federal, Neoclassical, Greek Revival, and Victorian. It is home to one of the oldest churches in the country, the 300-year-old Parish Church of St. Helena, founded in 1712. Today, Beaufort is equally known for its cultural activities: When you’re not out on the trails and waters, spend your days exploring the palm-lined downtown streets, rife with artisanal boutiques, craft beer bars, and seafood restaurants specializing in soft-shell crab and prawn dishes.
How do I get around Beaufort?
The Charleston International Airport (CHS), around 90 minutes away, handles all international flights and major airlines coming into the region, while a smaller number of regional flights arrive at the Hilton Head Airport (HHH), a 45-minute drive away. If you’re flying to Beaufort, you’ll want to rent a vehicle at either airport in order to get to town, since no other transit options are available. The city's downtown areas are compact and walkable, but there is no public transportation system, and ride-hailing services and taxis are scarce on the ground. All in all, bringing a personal vehicle or renting one is your best option for experiencing this waterfront town and the surrounding natural reserves.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Beaufort?
Weather formations blowing in from the deep Atlantic waters exert a powerful influence on Beaufort's variable climate patterns. Hot, sometimes sweltering, temperatures characterize the summer months, often coupled with high humidity and precipitation, but that doesn’t put a damper on the revelry at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival in July. A relatively dramatic drop in temperature characterizes the winter months, making the prospect of spending hours attending the international film festival in February even more appealing. Due to the extremes between the two times of the year, the shoulder seasons make for an excellent time to look for vacation rentals in Beaufort. The moderate temperatures and minimal rainfall you’ll encounter during spring and fall make the prospect of exploring the town and surrounding nature especially inviting.
What are the top things to do in Beaufort?
Spanish Moss Trail
This coastal trail system, which spans more than 10 miles, runs through historic neighborhoods draped in moss as well as lowland marshes alive with wildlife. You can ditch your car at one of several parking lots, strolling or biking on the 12-foot-wide, paved paths and breathing in the fresh sea air. You’ll also find several designated fishing areas along the trail that offer the possibility of catching redfish, trout, and Spanish mackerel.
St. Helena's Episcopal Church
This brick and stucco structure, whose steeple towers over downtown Beaufort, was founded in 1712, making it one of the oldest active churches in the United States. It continues to hold weekly sermons, but people who aren’t members of the congregation can walk the grounds and look over the remainder of the original foundations and ancient gravestones.
Hunting Island State Park
Hunting Island, just 15 miles east of Beaufort, sprawls across thousands of acres of marshland, maritime forest, pristine white-sand beaches, and a saltwater lagoon. Hiking trails will lead you to a lighthouse, which is open to the public, and snake through the area's diverse terrain. You might catch a glimpse of loggerhead turtles, pelicans, deer, and seabirds, perhaps even an alligator.