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Top recommendations from locals

Bar
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“A good casual spot for dinner. The main room tends to be more "lively", and the other dining room in the middle, more quiet. They also have a patio.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Make sure to take a stroll in this gorgeous waterfront park with historical markers abound. Just on the other side of the buildings is the shopping district. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Cinema
“Whether you arrive in a classic convertible or a more modern sub-compact sedan complete with foggy windows, you can travel back in time to the happy days of the 50’s while enjoying a fun evening at the Hwy 21 Drive-In! This nostalgic venue boasts two huge outdoor screens showing four movies every night. It’s complete with the obligatory concessions stand where you can choose from cheeseburgers, fries, nachos, popcorn, candy & drinks.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Island
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“Looking for a seafood platter or low country boil? Look no further. Be sure to ask for a table outside if weather permits. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“How does love a good burger and beer. Here you can select a from there extensive burger mine you creat your own custom burger. You even get to select your patty beef, turkey, pork or black bean. Plus numerous topping options. They also have a substantial selection of craft beers. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Lunch and dinner are wonderful. The chef provides a few unique recipes that are sure to please. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
“Sushi that has won awards! Farm to table food and yummy drinks - high-end deliciousness!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Learn the real saga of America at the Santa Elena History Center. Founded in 1566, Santa Elena was the first European settlement in North America. Her fascinating but little known story is one of religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war and struggles to survive. The History Center is now open seven days a week and is housed in the newly renovated, federal courthouse in downtown Beaufort. Today, the Santa Elena site is a National Historic Landmark, important for its associations with the 16th-century conflict between Spain and France for control of the New World. Located on nearby Parris Island, the site is also considered archaeologically significant and tours of the site itself are available.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“Hand tossed, artisan pizza in a fired oven or fresh Panini sandwiches... this is the place to go.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Gorgeous nature sanctuary complete with hiking trails and a boardwalk right over the water. Spend some time spotting local wildlife such as alligators, turtles, herons and much more! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“A popular lunch spot, with outside seating and views of the river. Order the fried shrimp!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Plaza
“Fresh locally sourced (as much as possible) food make this a true local favorite. Great selection of local fare such as shrimp and grits as well as sandwiches, steak and other yummy dishes.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Looking for a quick beach getaway or boat ramp right here in town? The Sands in Port Royal is the perfect spot! Conveniently located at the southern tip of Port Royal, it has incredibly easy access. If you like, you can even drive right up to the beach and picnic right out of your car! Enjoy searching for and most likely finding a few sharks teeth, kite flying, or simply relax and soak in the sun. Next, take a light stroll down the accompanying boardwalk along Battery Creek. Look out over the vast waterway while taking in the warm coastal breeze and enjoying the wildlife. You will see dolphins playing, coastal birds wading and fishing along the water’s edge, and birds of prey flying above. If fishing or photography is your thing, the boardwalk is a great option. Completely free and open to the public during daylight hours, the Sands is a family friendly beach and a favorite local spot.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Tom Hanks loves Chocolate Tree sweets and everyone else agrees it is the best! The Chocolate Tree is one of Beaufort’s gems and was the creator of the iconic “box of chocolates” in the blockbuster hit, Forrest Gump. Once you have a taste for yourself, you will see why. They have something for just about everyone and make delicious treats in-house and daily, including caramel apples, fudge, chocolate, and more! The Chocolate Tree is located conveniently downtown at 507 Carteret Street.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Locally owned gourmet coffee shop with a variety of espresso drinks as well as fresh brewed coffee. They also have a daily variety of fresh pastries! They also rent out bicycles. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The same folks that own the shop across the river also have this little shop in downtown Beaufort. ”
  • 10 locals recommend