Waterways // 3 min Read

Slow Boat to Beaufort

Written by Palmetto Bluff

Photography by Gately Williams

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Palmetto Bluff lies at the heart of the vast network of rivers and creeks that connect the South Carolina Lowcountry’s barrier islands. A stone’s throw from the notable cultural and historic hubs of Savannah, Beaufort, and Hilton Head Island, Palmetto Bluff is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the natural, cultural, and historical riches of the area. But while day trips by car are easy and scenic, why drive when you can boat?

This thirty-seven-foot Hinckley is the pride and joy of the Wilson Landing Boat Club. Designed for luxury, Miranda has all the amenities for a comfortable ride.

Getting There

While the options are endless, our local favorite is a slow sojourn to the historic town of Beaufort, South Carolina, with a couple of must-see stops. The ride from Palmetto Bluff takes you south along the May River and into the Calibogue Sound, across the vast Port Royal Sound, and into the Beaufort River. As a straight shot, this is about an hour-and-a-half trip, though we recommend a few scenic stopovers.

 

Banana Island

With white sand beaches dotted with palm and coconut trees, Banana Island is reminiscent of the wild scenery of Robinson Crusoe. Situated in the vast Port Royal Sound, this wild barrier island is home to various bird and turtle species, alive with a cacophony of animal life. Anchor along its stunning sandbar for a picnic, or anchor and wade ashore to explore.

Arriving

Motor up to the Day Dock at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort, a dock open to the public from 6 am to 1 am. From there, it is an easy one-block stroll into the heart of Beaufort for a quick bite, shopping, and sightseeing.

Bites Along the Way

Blackstone’s Cafe is a cornerstone of Beaufort. Housed in a historic building, this charming cafe is an institution of Lowcountry warmth and classic breakfast fare. Locals and visitors alike love Blackstone’s for its signature shrimp and grits and other Southern staples. 

A few minutes down the road, Herban Market and Cafe blends healthY dining with local charm. This casual cafe sources organic ingredients for an eclectic menu of salads, wraps, and inventive dishes. An outdoor patio is just steps away from the waterfront. Try the Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pie!

Nestled in the quaint town of Port Royal, Fishcamp on 11th Street is a seafood lover’s paradise. From peel-and-eat shrimp to perfectly grilled fish, each dish reflects the region’s rich maritime heritage. With a laid-back atmosphere and outdoor seating overlooking the water, Fishcamp on 11th Street offers a delightful blend of delicious seafood, waterfront views, and the relaxed charm that defines the coastal dining experience in Port Royal.

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