March 14th I had a visitor from Beaufort South Carolina here on Enjoy Food & Travel. Beaufort is, by American standard, a small city, but it has a very long and interesting history. In fact it was here, the French explorer Jean Ribaut founded the first small European colony on Parris Island as early as 1582, three years before the Spaniards built their first settlement in Florida. So visiting Beaufort will bring you 425 years of American history.
Facts on Beaufort
- City: 12950 (2000)
- Greater urban area: 46227 (2000)
- Most of the population is either white or African american
- 23,4 square miles (60,7 square kilometres)
- Highest temperature: July (average high 33C, low 23C)
- Lowest temperature: January (average high 14C, low 4C)
- Precipitation, maximum: August (Average 166,9 mm)
- Precipitation, minimum: November (Average 62,7 mm)
Beaufort was chartered in 1711, making it into the second oldest city in the state of South Carolina, after Charleston (1670).
It was through the Treaty of Beaufort that the question of the state boundaries between Georgia and South Carolina was settled in 1787.
Beaufort is one of the main centres of the Gullah culture, one of the oldest and most original Afro American cultures left in the United States.
Historic sights in Beaufort
- This historic district includes buildings from the 18th and 19th century, among whom 11 are listed in the National Register Information System. This area includes the Anchorage (1776), Tabby Manse (1786), Barnwell-Gough House (1789), John Mark Verdier House (1795) Saltus-Habersham House (1796), John A. Cuthbert House (1811), The Marshlands (1814), William Barnwell House (1816), Robert Small House (1839)
Getting to Beaufort SC by plane from Europe
At a random date, e.g. August 1st, I would have to leave Oslo Airport 11.25 AM CET with Continental Flight 39, arriving Newark Intl. Airport at 2 PM EST. I would then have to change to a US Airways flight 1895 bound for Charlotte NC arriving at 8.31 PM (EST). (Offered at www.ebookers.com)
I would then have to spend the night in Charlotte and take a US Airways flight 4429 at 9.15 AM the next morning, arriving at Hilton Head SC at 10.25 AM. Overall travel time: 11 hours and 51 minutes. Price 10842 NOK (2170 USD / 1355 EUR).
Traveling by bus
One alternative is to take the 243 mile trip from Charlotte to Beaufort by bus. August 2nd Greyhound have one service from Charlotte leaving 8.40 AM, arriving at Beaufort 2.05 PM. It will take you five hours, but save you 180 USD, compared with the air fare the last part of the journey
And when arriving - it is time to find a place to stay. What has Beaufort SC to offer in August and to what price? It is peak season - after all.
Where to stay
Best Western Sea Island Inn offers a best available rate with no restrictions from August 2nd to August 7th - $159,99 / € 100. This includes a room with 2 queen beds, no smoke, hairdryer, refrige, coffee maker, and continental breakfast.
Address: 1015 Bay Street Beaufort, SC
American Best Inns Beaufort offers a best available rate with no restrictions from August 2nd to August 7th - $85 / € 53. This includes a room with one king bed, non smoking. cable television, a/c, iron, and ironing board.
Address: 12448 Boundary Street US Highway 21, Beaufort, SC.
Sleep inn Beaufort offers a best available rate with no restrictions from August 2nd to August 7th - at an average rate of $83,99 / € 52,50. This includes a room with one king bed, non smoking.
Address: 2523 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC
Where to dine
Saltus River Grill, has had some great reviews from happy guests. Offers an oyster, full dinner and sushi menu. Theme: Seafood, fusion food.
802 Bay St # C, Beaufort, SC
11th Street Dockside, happy guests describes this a great place to eat in Beaufort. Mainly seafood on the menu.
1699 11th St, Port Royal, SC
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