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Where do you plan to stay while in Beaufort? No matter if you are interested in hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, or camping, the Beaufort area can accommodate. Check the options below to find your best fit...
Accommodations in downtown Beaufort consist primarily of smaller inns and short-term rental homes. Of the hotels listed on TripAdvisor's "Hotels" page for Beaufort, there are four establishments located in downtown - The Beaufort Inn, the Best Western Sea Island Inn, the Rhett House Inn, and City Loft Hotel. The obvious advantage of staying downtown is being within walking distance of Bay Street, the Waterfront Park, and the various restaurants and shops that are located in downtown. The drawback is that rooms book quickly and may be out of budget for some visitors. Be conscious that rooms in the various lodging locations may not necessarily be "water view" or water front. Parking procedures vary from place to place - be sure to inquire or read parking policies before booking.
Boundary Street (Business U.S. 21) is the principal commercial boulevards in Beaufort. The majority of Beaufort's hotels are located on or near the three-mile-long thoroughfare and can be anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes away from downtown Beaufort. The advantages of staying along Boundary Street include hassle-free parking and a greater range of affordability with room rates. There are several national chain restaurants along Boundary Street as well.
Hunting Island State Park offers a campground for tents and RVs for those who wish to experience the nature of the Lowcountry's state park at night. Rates are reasonable and there are basic amenities. Visit the park's website for further information about camping. (20 minutes from downtown Beaufort)
Tuck in the Wood is an RV resort near the Penn Center on St. Helena Island and is pet friendly. (10 minutes from downtown Beaufort)
Point South KOA is located just off exit 33 (Interstate 95 and U.S. Highway 17) and is in the national KOA network. (30 minutes from downtown Beaufort)
Some folks enjoy the privacy and comfort that resorts have to offer. In the Beaufort area, there are three nearby islands that fit the description:
Cat Island is a mostly residential, non-gated island less than 10 minutes from downtown Beaufort and only five minutes from Port Royal. Cat Island offers a bed and breakfast inn plus house rentals, many of which front marsh views or the Sanctuary at Cat Island golf course, an attractive, meandering layout.
Fripp Island is the last accessible island by car and is the most seaward of the Sea Islands in the area. The island is a residential/resort island and is gated. The island offers dozens of opportunities for folks seeking a home or villa (condo) rentals. Fripp boasts two excellent golf courses, a tennis center, a beach club, miles of bike trails, a marina (fishing and chartered excursions are available) in addition to three miles of beaches. Bikes and golf carts are the most popular method of transportation on the island, which is known best for its natural beauty. (25 minutes from downtown Beaufort)
Harbor Island for the most part is a private residential/resort island where the St. Helena Sound meets the Atlantic Ocean. Harbor is a quieter island than some of its neighboring resort islands, though it also is more affordable as well. Resort amenities include a beach club and a tennis center. On the south end of the island, there are several publicly accessible shops and restaurants which visitors can enjoy, no matter if they're staying on Harbor or passing through. (20 minutes from downtown Beaufort)