Like London and Paris, this seaport city is world renowned. The locals refer to Charleston as the Lowcountry, because most of the area lies below sea level, or the Holy City, because no other building can be taller than the highest church steeple. Charleston is best known for its history, food and friendly people. But to truly experience this city first you must boat it.
Charleston was for a long time a hidden gem. Trafficless. Tourstless. A seaside paradise shared by only those fortunate to have lived there at the time. Just 79 miles south of Charleston, Beaufort is still a hidden gem. A neat factoid about this little slice of heaven is at high tide nearly half of Beaufort County is underwater. Another interesting fact (there’s a lot) is the very first colony in America, the 1566 Spanish Colony of Santa Elena, was recently discovered in Beaufort. That means Beaufort now supersedes Charleston as the oldest city in South Carolina; and, perhaps, the de facto oldest city in America.
South Carolina’s third oldest city, Georgtown is a quaint, charming seaport city that flies well under the touristy radar. The cruise to Georgetown goes right through the heart of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most pristine environments in the south. And home to a bonanza of rare and exotic wildlife.
The best way to describe Savannah is by way of story: In 1864 Union General Sherman T. Williams seized Savannah, the last major Confederate stronghold along Sherman’s infamous March to the Sea. Why was Savannah spared from burning? In Sherman’s words, “Savannah is too beautiful to destroy.”
Sea Pines is considered the premier yachting destination of the South. And is synonymous with golf and tennis. If you’re looking for a seaport with an upscale resort-like feel than Hilton Head is your choice.