When you type #beaufortsc into Instagram’s search bar, you’ll be instantly bombarded with more than 200,000 photos of charming Southern architecture, white sandy beaches, Labradors playfully jumping off deep water docks, views of sunsets framed with Spanish moss hanging low from thickets of oak trees, proud fishermen holding up their latest catch, and dolphins leaping from blue water. From an outsider’s perspective, it looks too good to be true, but for residents of Beaufort, South Carolina, it’s just everyday life.

With a population of just under 14,000 people in the City Of Beaufort packs a big punch into a relatively small city. You’ll never be short on things to do, learn, or experience, which is exactly what has earned Beaufort so many accolades. Some of the most popular attractions here are Hunting Island State Park and its lighthouse, Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Bay Street, and the Pat Conroy Literary Center, all of which have earned hundreds of five-star reviews from travelers.

While it was once considered a hidden gem, Beaufort’s sparkling reputation has steadily been gaining more and more attention. Featured in Southern Living Magazine just last month, the city was described as "subdued in the best possible way.” Similar in appearance to nearby cities Charleston and Savannah, Beaufort’s historical feel gives a more ancient, almost magical feel, like a lost city come to life. And of course, as noted by Southern Living, it’s best experienced by water.

Another prominent publication to recognize the delightful city of Beaufort is Coastal Living Magazine, which named it “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” The city is also regularly featured on published lists of the best places to retire in the U.S. And while Beaufort has certainly caught the attention of major publications and online reviewers, it’s important to note that residents here echo the gleeful sentiments that are abundant online. A longtime local of the city describes it as a “great small town [with] wonderful beaches, great restaurants, numerous farmer’s markets, historical sites, affordable housing, great fishing, close to larger cities and airports like Savannah/ Hilton Head and Charleston, very good medical facilities, lots of shopping venues and churches, and always a nice relaxing atmosphere.” Glowing opinions like these are in abundance when it comes to Beaufort. It’s clear people love visiting and living here.

Whether you’re looking to visit Beaufort or buy a home here, a quick internet or social media search will give you a good idea of the relaxed luxury type of lifestyle the city is quickly becoming famous for. With its rich and abundant history, charming architecture, stunning landscape, and friendly people, it’s no wonder people across the country are singing Beaufort’s praises.

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