Destination guide

A Southern belle and a vacationer's beau

Nestled in South Carolina's Lowcountry, Beaufort is a city on Port Royal Island surrounded by the many twisting branches of the Harbor River. This quaint little gem is known for the antebellum mansions in its downtown historic district, its adorable tree-lined streets, and its museums full of carefully preserved artifacts of American history. There are a million and one opportunities for outdoor fun on the beach or in the water, and vacationers flock to the area. Still, the local pride and friendly habits of Beaufort's permanent residents make the city feel homey.

Things to do

Beaufort pays homage to history, heritage, and Huguenots

South Carolina's Lowcountry has a complex and fascinating past, and a Beaufort vacation rental is a great place to kick off a journey back in time. The Beaufort History Museum is set in a 1798 arsenal that participated in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Today, the museum tells the story of Native American settlements, 16th-century Spanish colonists, Union occupation during the Civil War, and 20th-century phosphate mining. Antebellum architecture is on display at the John Mark Verdier House and Museum, which traces the life of the French Huguenot Verdier.


Beaufort is beautiful by water, land, or carriage

Your Beaufort vacation rental is situated among historic relics and a rich natural landscape, which means there's enough to keep visitors occupied for weeks. Watersports, boating, and fishing are popular pastimes, and if you're not the sporting type, you can still get on the water. Beaufort offers unique ways to learn about the area's colonial past and Civil War history _ enjoy a guided tour by boat, kayak, or horse-drawn carriage. Vacationers can also relax on a self-guided stroll through the historic district, where much of the city's antebellum architecture has been preserved.


Easy winters, hot summers, and perfect everything else

South Carolina boasts mild weather year-round, and no matter when you book your Beaufort vacation rental, you are likely to be pleased. Summer highs reach the 80s and low 90s, and winter temps rarely dip below the low 60s or upper 50s. If you like it hot, hot, hot, come in summer to enjoy outdoor activities and get your tan on. If you want to live like a local, try fall and spring, when year-round residents agree the cooler temps and ocean breezes are ideal.

Natural features

Enough watery resources for willows and wild horses

The natural beauty of South Carolina's coast is everywhere in Beaufort, even on the streets of the city center, where magnolia trees line the sidewalks and trail Spanish moss. Boat trips through the area's wetlands, tidal marshes, and open waters might take you past dolphins, nesting shorebirds, or wild horses stopping for a quick drink along the shore. Red maple, willow, and buttonbush wetlands are cut through with boardwalks and biking trails, and Hunting Island, with its popular beach and serene marshlands, is only a few miles away.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Beaufort

The nearest airport is in Hilton Head Island, SC (HHH), located 14.2 mi (22.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Savannah, GA (SAV-Savannah - Hilton Head Intl.), which is 37.5 mi (60.4 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Beaufort?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,192 vacation rentals near Beaufort. From 1,211 Houses to 931 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Beaufort for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Beaufort?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Beaufort:

  • Historic District: 63 vacation rentals
  • Pigeon Point: 70 vacation rentals
  • Mossy Oaks: 20 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 92 vacation rentals
  • Historic Downtown: 117 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Beaufort?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Beaufort. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: 2,907 vacation rentals
  • University of South Carolina-Beaufort: 3,388 vacation rentals
  • Highway 21 Drive-In Theater: 1,501 vacation rentals
  • USCB Center for the Arts: 3,341 vacation rentals
  • St. Helena's Episcopal Church: 3,515 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Beaufort listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Beaufort?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,211 Houses in Beaufort. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Beaufort include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 931 rentals available
  • Cottages: 85 rentals available
  • Cabins: 85 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Beaufort?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,292 vacation rentals with pool available in Beaufort. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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