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Beaufort, NC

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Beaufort, NC

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Welcome to Beaufort, NC

Charming homes and churches grace this old town on Port Royal Island. Come here on a day trip from Hilton Head, Savannah, or Charleston, or to spend a quiet weekend at a B&B while you shop and stroll through the historic district. Beaufort continues to gain recognition as an art town and supports a large number of galleries for its diminutive size. Art walks are regularly scheduled throughout the year; check out <a href="http://www.guildofbeaufortgalleries.com ">www.guildofbeaufortgalleries.com</a> for more information about the galleries and events. Visitors are drawn equally to the town's artsy scene and to the area's water sports possibilities. The annual Beaufort Water Festival, which takes place over 10 days in July, is the premier event. For a calendar of Beaufort's annual events, check out <a href="http://www.beaufortsc.org">www.beaufortsc.org</a>.More and more transplants have decided to spend the rest of their lives here, drawn to Beaufort's small-town charms, and the area is burgeoning. A truly Southern town, its picturesque backdrops have lured filmmakers here to shoot <i>The Big Chill</i>, <i>The Prince of Tides,</i> and <i>The Great</i> <i>Santini,</i> the last two being Hollywood adaptations of best-selling books by author Pat Conroy. Conroy has waxed poetic about the Lowcountry and calls the Beaufort area home.To support Beaufort's growing status as a tourist destination, it has doubled the number of hotels in recent years. Military events like the frequent graduations (traditionally Wednesday and Thursday) at the marine base on Parris Island tie up rooms. Explore

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Get Your Sea Legs

The only way to reach the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore is by boat. Not ready to head back to the mainland? Camp on the beach.

Get Your Sea Legs

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Wreck Diving

Some of the most glorious views on the Crystal Coast are below sea level. Discovery Diving offers lessons and tours of sunken ships.

Wreck Diving

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Dolphins Ahead!

If you want to keep your head above water, Lookout Adventures offers cruises that guarantee a close-up view of bottlenose dolphins.

Dolphins Ahead!

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Walk Through History

Beaufort's historic district brings the town's 19th-century citizens to life, including a Confederate soldier who blew up lighthouses at Cape Lookout.

Walk Through History

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Pirates of the Atlantic

Artifacts from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, are on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. So are great views of the waves.

Pirates of the Atlantic

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