Beaufort is a city located in Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States. Beaufort is the second oldest city in South Carolina, chartered in 1711. It is located in the Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Lowcountry ? a beautiful place that attracts many tourists. Nice sunny weather and ocean breeze promise splendid vacation for many people. Tourists are attracted to the magnificent art events and festivals that take place in Beaufort. Among the major festivals are the Shrimp Festival, the Water Festival, the Beaufort International Film Festival, a Taste of Beaufort, and Chalk on the Walk at Beaufort Town Center. In the business district, tourists can enjoy shopping and a nice dinner in one of Beaufort restaurants. The establishments all are within walking distance of Beaufort lovely hotels and cozy inns. In the Point neighborhood (the Old Point), some of Beaufort?s oldest, largest, most magnificent, and expensive homes are located. Beaufort also offers superb opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and golf. Beaufort South Carolina is well known for preserving historic spirit via its inspiring architecture. The city is also recognized for its remarkable harbor and military establishments. While situated near Parris Island and a U.S. Naval Hospital, Beaufort is also a home of the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.Southern Living identified Beaufort South Carolina as the "Best Small Southern Town," National Geographic Adventure nominated it as a "Top 50 Adventure Town," American Style named the city a "Top 25 Small City Arts Destination," and Field and Stream chose Beaufort as a "Top 20 Fishing Town."