My Favorite Travel Photos of Beaufort, South Carolina

Dramatic sunsets, wildlife, and gorgeous landscapes, Beaufort is one of my favorite destinations to capture photography.

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Jason Barnette


March 12, 2015

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Beaufort and the Sea Islands. Just saying the name makes me miss this coastal corner of South Carolina. Halfway between Charleston and Savannah, Beaufort has been one of my favorite destinations since my first visit in 2015. Needless to say, I’ve captured a few photos there over the years.

One of the reasons I love visiting Beaufort so much is the diversity of photographic subjects. I’ve spent entire days photographic wildlife, coastal landscapes, food, and historical places. It never gets old.

Here are a few of my favorite travel photos of Beaufort, South Carolina I’ve captured over the years. Leave me a comment below and tell me which is your favorite!

Palm trees line Bay Street, the “main street” through downtown Beaufort, reminding you this is indeed a coastal town.

It was late evening when I checked into the Beaufort Inn. The view from my second-floor balcony of the private courtyard was amazing, but I might have enjoyed it even more after dark!

I will never forget my first sunset in Beaufort. Standing at the edge of the harbor in Chambers Waterfront Park I was treated to one of the most spectacular sunsets I’ve ever seen.

Another favorite place of mine to watch the sunset is nearby Port Royal at the Boardwalk and Observation Tower. Of course, the view from atop the tower is pretty amazing, but I wanted to use the tower as my photographic focal point.

Wildlife, hiking trails, and the only lighthouse in the state open for the public to climb makes Hunting Island State Park one of my favorite places to spend a day.

My favorite day at the park came the day after a tropical storm passed through the area. The edge of the storm move off the horizon just in time for the sunset to paint the sky.

You don’t need to pay a huge admission fee, drive hundreds of miles, or hire a special tour guide. In Beaufort, all you need to do is find a spot on the side of the road with a view of the water. Life will happen right in front of you, if you wait long enough.

A local tip led me to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in nearby Yemasee. I had never seen such beautiful ruins. The first time I visited I knew I had to return at night, which I did about a year later. Using handheld strobes tied to a remote shutter release, it took me about two hours to capture all the photos to create the composite image below.

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