Top ChoiceAmerican in Beaufort

Ribaut Social Club

A refined yet homey Lowcountry restaurant, set in the refurbished mansion – Anchorage 1770 – that once belonged to Admiral Beardslee (and named after his boisterous gentleman's club). The executive chef brings a...

Gastropub in Beaufort

Old Bull Tavern

The Old Bull Tavern offers some of the tastiest food and cocktails in Beaufort, with a wood-fired pizza oven and low-lit, worldly aesthetic to boot. The menu changes daily but always features playful American and...

Natural Feature in Beaufort

Sandbar

At low tide on a warm day, Beaufort's sandbar is the place to drink and be drunk. It's only about a mile south of the Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park and people show up in all manner of watercraft, including...

Park in Beaufort

Henry C Chambers Waterfront Park

Overlooking the bay, this iconic downtown anchor is flanked by dining options, shops and art galleries. Many of Beaufort’s festivals and events are held here, and it's a really beautiful place to watch the sun...

Museum in Beaufort

Santa Elena History Center

Tucked into an old federal courthouse, this history museum tells the largely unfamiliar story of the earliest Europeans to settle in North America, and we're not talking about Jamestown. Back in 1562 the French...

Arts Center in Beaufort

Pat Conroy Literary Center

Until his death in 2016, South Carolina's literary great Pat Conroy called Beaufort home. The city inspired some of his most famous works, including The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides, and this newly...

Southern US in Beaufort

Lowcountry Produce

A fantastic cafe and market for picnic rations such as pies, house-made relishes, local cheeses and all kinds of Lowcountry-spun awesomeness (including a bizarre but wildly popular cream-cheese lasagna). Or eat...

Food in Beaufort

Chocolate Tree

Apparently Tom Hanks became a big fan of this chocolate shop during the filming of Forrest Gump in Beaufort, and he still orders a box every year despite knowing exactly what he's gonna get. The confections are...

Bar in Beaufort

Hemingway's

Beaufort's best little dive fills nightly with local characters (even after the place flooded during Hurricane Irma, it converted to a swim-up bar and several people arrived on paddleboard). Jello shots ($1) are...

Literature in Beaufort

Pat Conroy Literary Festival

A celebration of author Pat Conroy’s legacy, held yearly in his adopted hometown, at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. This multiday gathering includes readings, writer panels, book signings, live performances,...

Southern US in Beaufort

Plums

A solid waterfront bistro serving creative Lowcountry cuisine whipped up with local, seasonal ingredients. Great sandwiches, salads and seafood, and the shrimp-and-crab dip served with warm pretzel-y bread is a...

Southern US in Beaufort

Sgt White's

A retired marine sergeant serves up classic meat and three-sides platters. At the counter, order your juicy BBQ ribs, pork, fish or shrimp dish, then choose three sides, which can include collards, okra stew and...