(Click on Map to Enlarge) Marinas in Beaufort, South Carolina Beaufort, South Carolina is a boater’s paradise with access to hundreds of tributaries, rivers, creeks and the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) winding through countless sea islands ...
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Marinas in Beaufort, South Carolina


Marinas in Beaufort, South Carolina



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Marinas in Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina is a boater’s paradise with access to hundreds of tributaries, rivers, creeks and the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) winding through countless sea islands that dot Coastal South Carolina.  Access to marinas in Beaufort, SC and the surrounding communities of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton can be a challenge to figure out.  Today let’s discuss the noteworthy marinas in Beaufort, SC:

Port Royal Landing Marina -1

Lady’s Island Marina – 2

Safe Harbor Beaufort – 3

Coosaw Marina – 4

Safe Harbor Port Royal – 6

Marinas in Beaufort, South Carolina

Port Royal Landing Marina: Located at the base of Lady’s Island Drive with easy access to the cities of Port Royal, Lady’s Island and Beaufort, Port Royal Landing Marina has 140 slips with maximum lengths of 140’ and maximum dock depths of 18’.  Port Royal Landing Marina is the only full-service family owned and operated marina in Beaufort, South Carolina located at mile 539 on the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) south of red day marker 244 in Beaufort, SC.  Port Royal Landing Marina is a full-service South Carolina Clean Marina & Boat U.S. Cooperating Marina.  The floating docks are constructed of concrete, offer private restrooms and showers, 24-hour laundry, full restaurant, ships store, free access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, spa, steam room and a fitness center. Port Royal Landing Marina is one of the best managed Marinas in Beaufort, South Carolina according to local boaters.

Port Royal Landing Marina address:

1 Landing Drive, Port Royal, SC 29935

(843) 525-6664

Lady’s Island Marina: Located at 73 Sea Island Parkway in Beaufort, South Carolina with five floating docks and over 70 wet slips and plenty of face docking.  Lady’s Island Marina is located southeast of Beaufort, South Carolina on the west side of Lady’s Lady and just a short drive over the historical Richard V. Woods Memorial Swing Bridge leading from Beaufort, SC.  Within walking distance to local favorites like the Beaufort Bread Company, The Upper Crust Pizza Restaurant and Mameen & Maudie Café & Icery, this marina in Beaufort, SC is a favorite for local boaters because of its direct access into the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) and the Beaufort River and its consistent tidal influenced deep-water channel. The boathouse is unique in that is it built over the water and houses amenities for its guests to include restrooms, showers, laundry services, a lounge, and a marina store.  Within walking distance, you will find all the necessities for your boating life – a drug store, a hardware store, a liquor store, healthcare providers and restaurants.

Lady’s Island Marina address:

73 Sea Island Parkway #10, Beaufort, SC 29907

(843) 522-0430

Safe Harbor Beaufort Marina: The Safe Harbor’s network operates numerous marinas in Beaufort, Charleston, and Hilton Head Island.  Safe Harbor Beaufort Marina and Safe Harbor Port Royal are part of the Safe Harbor’s network of over 100 marinas located in 22 states and continuing to grow.  Currently all the marinas under the umbrella of the Safe Harbor brand are in the U.S. except for Safe Harbor Puerto Del Rey, located on the southeast tip of Puerto Rico and surrounded by the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 2018 Charleston, SC City Marina with its unique floating fuel dock dubbed by the locals as the “MegaDock” joined the Safe Harbor family further expanding its presence in Coastal South Carolina.  Other Safe Harbor Marinas in Coastal South Carolina include Safer Harbor Bristol and Safe Harbor City Boatyard, also located in the Charleston, SC area. Safe Harbor also owns Safe Harbor Skull Creek Marina located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina which will be covered in a later blog about South Carolina marinas.  One of the more enticing benefits of belonging to the Safe Harbor Marina network is membership privileges at all of its locations across the country and Puerto Rico.

Safe Harbor Beaufort Marina (also referred to as Downtown Marina) is ideally located facing downtown historical Beaufort, South Carolina.   Century old oak trees line Bay Street along with homes and merchant buildings dating back to the 1700’s offering boaters access to numerous restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, homemade ice cream and every retail service in-between.  Wet slips are available in boat lengths ranging from 24’ to 105’. Maximum draft is 14’ and there are no maximum beam or height restrictions.  While in port, boaters have access to complimentary Wi-Fi, shore power, fresh water, and pump-out services.  Transient slips are available in lengths from 8’ to 150’.  The fuel dock is open daily from 0800 to 1700 offering both gas and diesel fuels.  The Ship’s Store offers basic necessities and boat supplies.  But with Downtown Beaufort just steps away, you really will not go without anything a boater is looking for.

Safe Harbor Beaufort Marina address:

1006 Bay Street, Beaufort, SC  29902

(843) 524-4422

Coosaw Marina: Is best known by the sailing community and is also located just minutes from access to the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW). Coosaw Marina is a small floating pier dock system located just off Coosaw River Road as you cross over the Lucy Point Creek separating Coosaw Point from Coosaw Island.  Minimal services for boaters are available making Coosaw Marina ideal for the sailing community to have their own retreat.

Coosaw Marina address:

1 Coosaw River Dr, Beaufort, SC 29907

(843) 521-4447

Safe Harbor Marina Port Royal: As mentioned above Safe Harbor Marina is a member of the Safe Harbor’s network of marinas in Beaufort, SC and the 100 plus locations across the United States and Puerto Rico.  With only a handful of marinas located in Beaufort, SC the Safe Harbor organization is providing boaters with well maintained, professional and safe access to the Intercoastal Waterways and to the thousands of miles of waterways surrounding Beaufort and neighboring Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, South Carolina.  Safe Harbor Marina Port Royal is located on the Beaufort River near the McTeer Bridge, Highway 21 connecting Port Royal to Lady’s Island. Safe Harbor Port Royal Marina offers In & Out Rack and Dry Storage, boat lengths ranging from 14’ to 32’ with a maximum height of 10’6” and a maximum beam of 9’6”.  There is also a weight limit of 16,000 lbs.  Membership to Safe Harbor Marina Port Royal offers valet launch and haul services, travel lifts and hoists in a year around secure facility.  In 2021 Safe Harbor Port Royal Landing was named to the Elite Fleet Tier Marinas.com Boater’s Choice Awards.

Safe Harbor Marina Port Royal address:

502 London Ave, Port Royal, SC  29935

(847) 379-9444


Palmetto Bluff Diverse Population from 38 States

Palmetto Bluff, a premier gated residential community located on the May River in Bluffton, South Carolina continues to attract residents from all corners of the U.S.  1,132 homes and homesites have been purchased by residents from 38 states.

Residents from GA, FL, MA, IL top the list of property ownership at Palmetto Bluff followed by CT, NC, NJ, NY, TX, PA, and CA.  Over 450 Palmetto Bluff resident's claim South Carolina as their primary resident now.

Palmetto Bluff is a premier gated residential community with a 5-Star Montage Hotel situated on 20,000 acres surrounded by 32 miles of salt marsh creeks, oak trees and remote islands.  Focused on land conservation, Palmetto Bluff residents enjoy land that has been undisturbed for centuries while creating a community boasting a world-class equestrian center, expansive trail system, shooting club, and one of Jack Nicklaus' most treasured golf courses.  A second golf course is anticipated to be completed soon as is a new marina located in Anson Village.

Palmetto Bluff was recently purchased by South Street Partners who also manages Kiawah Island located near Charleston, SC, The Cliffs Communities located in both South Carolina and North Carolina and The Residences of Salamander located in the historic community of Middleburg, VA.  Montage Palmetto Bluff located on the May River offers a relaxing environment away from it all, while still being within a short drive or boat ride to Hilton Head, Beaufort and Savannah.

Homesite prices start in the $500K's on up and home prices start at $1.5M on up.  Feel free to contact Marian Schaffer of Southeast Discovery if you would like more information on this community. Marian and her husband have been full time residents of Palmetto Bluff since 2016.  She would be happy to answer your questions about Palmetto Bluff as well as living in the Bluffton area of coastal SC.

Marian Schaffer | Southeast Discovery | 847.367.8773 | marian@southeastdiscovery.com

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Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake

Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake continues to be the premier gated lakefront community in Eastern Tennessee that combines a championship golf course, access to Lake Tellico with a private marina and private community amenities to include tennis facilities, pickleball courts, fitness center, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails – all with the majestic back drop of the Smoky Mountains.

Our colleague at Rarity Bay Properties, Luke Noe created a video we wanted to share with our readers.  Enjoy and add Rarity Bay to your list of Eastern Tennessee communities to consider for your future retirement or second home.

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Hilton Head 54th RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing

The Heritage Classic, played at the Harbour Town Golf Links at the Sea Pines Resort located on Hilton Head Island will take place April 11 – 17 2022.  This is the 54th running of the Heritage Classic and this year it is sponsored by Boeing.  One of the most celebrated courses on the PGA Tour, and the only PGA Tour event in South Carolina, has been hosted on Hilton Head since 1969.  Proceeds collected by the Heritage Classic Foundation are donated to charitable organizations in the Lowcountry.

Hilton Head and it’s neighboring community Bluffton, South Carolina welcome this major PGA event each year.  Click on this link for more information about the 54th Annual RBC Heritage.


The Benefits Of Choosing To Work In Retirement

Many of the clients we help relocate to the Southeast plan to continue working past retirement.

In fact, almost three quarters of workers over 50, say they will likely work in some form after they retire.

While some work in retirement because they have the financial need to work, many retirees do it for a variety of other reasons, including the opportunity to socialize with peers, the chance to stay mentally and physically active, and the feeling of accomplishment and relevance that comes from playing a meaningful role in a business or organization.

Given the recent economic disruption with Covid-19 virus, many of our clients will choose to delay retirement for these reasons -

1.  They've experienced a financial setback with their investments.

2.  They may need to give financial assistance to one of their children, or an aging parent.

3.  Given the current economic environment, they do not want to let go of their career just yet, so are postponing retirement.

4.  Due to their experience in their field, their employer would like them to stay on and not retire just yet.  Their employer has offered to let them work remotely, allowing them to relocate and live where they desire to retire to.   This is a win-win for many who are mature in the workforce.

If you're giving thought to working in retirement, here are five reasons to consider doing so:

#1:  Social interaction and mental engagement. Your work in retirement may be paid or volunteer; either way, you'll get the benefits of social interaction and mental stimulation.  Many studies point to the positive correlation between social connectivity and improved health and longevity, both mentally and physically. Working past retirement has also been shown to delay the onset of dementia.  If you're doing something you enjoy that keeps you mentally stimulated, socially connected, and physically active, you'll reap the positive health benefits.

#2:  The ability to pursue your dream job or career. Many retirees decide to double down on more gratifying opportunities once they retire.  Now that they're no longer tied to a career path in a field they may have enjoyed, but didn't exactly set their hearts aflutter, they can discover, or invent work that brings them true joy and fulfillment.  Some retirees decide now is the perfect time to start that business they've always dreamed of.  If you're receiving adequate income from your investments, or a pension, you may not be concerned with earning a large income, and can pursue work solely based on your passions.

#3:  Money.  Sure, some retirees will need a job to pay bills.  But for others, remaining employed is a choice.  For those retirees, income earned in retirement is about giving more to their favorite charities, further building their nest egg, funding travel and other hobbies, and having disposable income to share with kids or grandchildren.  Continued employment also means you will not have to dip into your savings for day-to-day living.

#4:  Health Insurance. This is a big consideration for those who plan to retire before age 65, when Medicare coverage begins.  Often retirees continue working to maintain employer paid health insurance to cover the gap.

#5:  Identity and a sense of purpose.  Retirees who leave highly accomplished and demanding careers often feel adrift and without purpose, which a new job can help alleviate.  If you were once a key decision maker with lots of responsibility and a team to manage, it can feel disorienting to no longer be "needed" in the same way.  Retirees who remain in the work force or begin a new career, say they enjoy a renewed or continued sense of purpose, along with enhanced confidence and feelings of self-worth.

Most of us can look forward to a longer lifespan these days, yet many of us don't want to spend our post-retirement years indulging in strictly leisure activities.

While our parents and grandparents may have seen retirement as more of a lengthy vacation, today's retiree wants to engage in purposeful and fulfilling pursuits that tap into their skills and talents in a way that contributes to society - and, that is often found through remaining in the workforce, embarking on a new career, or finding an engaging volunteer opportunity.

If you're giving thought to relocating to the Southeast region, Southeast Discovery is here to help.  Since 2004, we have been guiding clients with this life step, so they get it right.

Feel free to fill out our online Questionnaire.  There's no charge for this service, as we are always paid by the selling side of any real estate transaction.  We'll review your input, then send you specific links to areas and communities in line with what you describe you're ideally looking for.

Contact us at info@southeastdiscovery.com or call 847.367.8773.  Be safe and stay healthy during this time.