62nd Annual Patriotic Beaufort Water Festival
Coming this summer to Beaufort, one of the top places to live in South Carolina, is the 62nd Annual Beaufort Water Festival, featuring dozens of fun events and contests for people of all ages. Running for 10 days from July 14th - 23rd, the festival's schedule will include arts and crafts markets, shrimp boat tours, sporting events, concerts, dances and talent shows, and the Water Festival Grand Parade.
The website also has information on tickets, applications for the parade and talent show, and volunteer and sponsorship information. During the big weekend of the festival, on Saturday July 22nd, there will be an air show with stunt planes and parachutists, followed by the Commodore's Ball. And on Sunday the 23rd, the Parade of Boats will sail down the Beaufort River in front of the Waterfront Park seawall. Its a great time of year to be outside by the South Carolina seaside. If you are interested in living in one of America's top beach communities, it is also the perfect time to check out Beaufort SC waterfront homes.
While you are in Beaufort for the event, you can get to know some of the people, and some of the reasons its one of the top places to live in South Carolina. Residents love the area for its southern charm and hospitality, the rich Lowcountry culture, and the natural scenery. Located on Port Royal Island, one of South Carolina's most beautiful coastal Sea Islands, Beaufort offers boating, fishing, kayaking, horseback riding and more outdoor activities. On the island you will also enjoy fresh seafood, colorful sunrises and sunsets, and excellent weather all year around. And in several of the beach communities, you will find Beaufort SC waterfront homes with magnificent views of the ocean.
Three of the top beach communities in Beaufort you won't want to miss exploring are:
Harbor Island - Located on a private 1400-acre resort island with outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a putting green, and three miles of pristine white beaches. If you appreciate wildlife, there are plenty of native bird species there, and you can often catch bottlenose dolphins swimming just offshore. The gated community has second homes, low maintenance condominiums, and incredible beachfront homes available. It's a great place to live if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a large resort.
Fripp Island - Also located on a barrier Island, Fripp Island is an exclusive oceanfront community with all types of family amenities. On the island, you will find two golf courses, 3.5 miles of private beaches, tennis courts, several swimming pools, a full service marina, and a variety water sports. Fripp Island also has plenty of top options for casual waterfront dining. If you enjoy privacy and seclusion, for holidays or year around living, the beach homes here give you the prefect feeling of island-life solitude. Golf carts are the popular mode of transportation and don't be surprised when see all the friendly deer roaming on the island. The waterways are teeming with wildlife too. Fripp Island is paradise.
Dataw Island - Six miles east of Beaufort, Dataw Island is a private gated island where you'll find all types of Beaufort SC waterfront homes, 36 holes of world class golf, tennis, croquet, first class spa services, and many more amenities. There is also great boating, fishing, and fitness facilities, making it a perfect place to live an active adult lifestyle. Membership to the club is required.
If you plan to explore Beaufort for quiet retirement living, a nice time to go is during the annual Beaufort Water Festival. It's a great chance to meet the residents there, partake in the festivities, and see what its like to live the island life in South Carolina.