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AVP: MCAS Beaufort

A PCS to the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort, South Carolina (also known as MCAS Beaufort), is the perfect opportunity for you to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the United States of America.

The southern hospitality, food, and charm of the South Carolina Lowcountry are unparalleled anywhere else in the country. If you’ve never lived along the Atlantic Coast of the Palmetto State and you’re being PCSed to MCAS Beaufort, you’re in for an experience that simply cannot be matched. The residents of Beaufort and Hilton Head carry a deep respect and appreciation for the men and women who risk their lives for their country, and they’re always quick to demonstrate it.

The community in Beaufort is known for its friendliness, shared sense of pride and teamwork, and love for our great country. Living on this air station will introduce you to people who will quickly become your friends, and in time, they may even come to be considered your family.

American Veteran Properties is excited to serve MCAS Beaufort and the surrounding communities! If you’ve recently been stationed in the Lowcountry, AVP will help you get settled. 

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About MCAS Beaufort

The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is one of the United States military’s most important installations. It supports operations for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, attached II MEF units, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island/Eastern Recruiting Region, ensuring success for commands and missions. 

MCAS Beaufort is located in the South Carolina lowcountry and was originally opened as a Naval Air Station in 1943 during WWII, supporting advance training and anti-submarine patrol operations over the southeastern seaboard. MCAS was redesignated as a Marine Air Station in 1960. 15 years later, in 1975, the airfield was named Merritt Field, after Major General Lewie G. Merritt. 

Nicknamed “FighterTown,” MCAS Beaufort is an important part of local history. Built on former plantation lands, the air station is tucked in the southeast corner of South Carolina’s lowcountry.  The base now covers 6,900 acres and roughly 4,700 military personnel serve there. 

It may get a little noisy living next to an air station, but for good reason. As the MCAS claims, “The noise you hear is the sound of freedom.”

The Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is one of the United States military’s most important installations. It supports operations for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, attached II MEF units, and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island/Eastern Recruiting Region, ensuring success for commands and missions. 

MCAS Beaufort is located in the South Carolina lowcountry and was originally opened as a Naval Air Station in 1943 during WWII, supporting advance training and anti-submarine patrol operations over the southeastern seaboard. MCAS was redesignated as a Marine Air Station in 1960. 15 years later, in 1975, the airfield was named Merritt Field, after Major General Lewie G. Merritt. 

Nicknamed “FighterTown,” MCAS Beaufort is an important part of local history. Built on former plantation lands, the air station is tucked in the southeast corner of South Carolina’s lowcountry.  The base now covers 6,900 acres and roughly 4,700 military personnel serve there. 

It may get a little noisy living next to an air station, but for good reason. As the MCAS claims, “The noise you hear is the sound of freedom.”

Nearby Bases

Naval Hospital Beaufort

Located in the Town of Port Royal, the Naval Hospital Beaufort provides general medical, surgical, and emergency services to all Active Duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel. It also serves all retired military personnel and military dependents in the Beaufort area. 

MCRD Parris Island

MCRD Parris Island, also located in Port Royal, is the home base for the Marines’ recruiting and training in the Eastern region. Any recruits living east of the Mississippi River report here for initial training. MCRD Parris was founded in 1891 and is also a historic military base with a rich history.

Base Amenities

MCAS Beaufort Commissary

MCAS Beaufort’s commissary is open every day of the week and has introduced online ordering options. The website also offers recipes and nutritional meal suggestions.

MCAS Beaufort Exchange

Stop by the MCAS Beaufort Exchange for all essential personal items, clothing, gifts, electronics, and more. Check the website for specials and savings events.

MCAS Beaufort Library

The MCAS Beaufort Library contains a variety of books for all ages and provides computer access and various programming options. Sign up for The Chess Club, Storytime, the Escape Room, or any other MCAS Beaufort community programs.

MCAS Beaufort Barber Shop

If you need a regulation haircut, this is the place. The MCAS Beaufort Barber Shop also provides trims, childrens cuts, and haircuts for civilians. No appointments are necessary.

About the area

American Veteran Properties is excited to welcome you to the Lowcountry. Perfectly situated, MCAS Beaufort is only a few miles from the central business district in the heart of Beaufort.

Beaufort is a historic coastal sea town located on Port Royal Island. Beaufort’s Lowcountry beauty, antebellum mansions, and historic charm attract visitors from around the world. Beaufort is known for excellent restaurants, beautiful walks, pristine beaches, museums, and historic sites.

MCAS Beaufort is surrounded by other southern coastal communities such as Blufton, Fripp Island, and Hilton Head Island.

Communities

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Life in the Lowcountry

Housing

You have a choice where you want to live when you PCS to MCAS Beaufort. You can choose housing on or off base, depending on your needs and preferences. If you choose to go off base, AVP is here to help you find the perfect home.  

On Base Housing

Tri-Command will get you set up with your on base housing. Simply visit their website to get started. The Laurel Bay, Edisto Woods, Combahee Landing communities, among others, offer a selection of two, three, and four-bedroom homes.

Larger units are over 2,000 sq ft. and all units feature desirable amenities, such as 24-hour maintenance and lawn care. Units are determined by BAH allowance and Active Duty status.

Off Base Housing

If you would prefer to submerge yourself in the charm of Beaufort and choose off base housing, there are several options to consider. You will find off base housing in whatever style you desire. Off base housing options include duplexes, apartment complexes, townhomes, and single family homes.

You don’t have to find it alone–AVP is ready to assist you in choosing the perfect home! You’ll just want to make sure the home you decide on has a Military Clause, which will allow you to break the order should you get PCS orders and have to leave.

Schools

Choosing the right school is an important decision. Whether you prefer to enroll your children in an on base, off base, or private school, Beaufort has a variety of educational options. 

Public Schools

Beaufort County Schools

The Beaufort County Schools believe in a personalized learning approach to prepare graduates who compete and succeed in an ever-changing global society and career marketplace.

Visit the Beaufort County Schools website for more information.

Jasper County Schools

Jasper County schools are student-centered and future-focused. Jasper County prides itself on cultivating an environment of excellence through innovation, inspiration, and opportunities by partnering with the community.

Visit the Jasper County Schools website for more information.

Hampton County Schools

Hampton County contains two school districts: Hampton County School District 1 and Hampton County School District 2.

To see which district is best for your kids, visit the  District 1 website and the District 2 website for more information.

On Base Schools

On base schools are a part of the DODEA’s Laurel Bay school systems, which covers the larger area. MCAS Beaufort supports Bolden Elementary/Middle School, Eller Elementary School, and Galer Elementary School. MCAS Beaufort on base school’s provide programming from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Find out more about MCAS Beaufort on base schools here: Laurel Bay Schools | DoDEA.

Private Schools

The Beaufort area also offers private school options. Beaufort Academy is the largest private school in the area. Beaufort Academy focuses on intellect, integrity, leadership, respect, and pride. There are also several religious private school options to choose from in Beaufort. 

Weather

Beaufort is considered a wetter than average climate. Summer days can be humid and wet with afternoon thunderstorms and coastal breezes cooling things down.

Winters are short and may be dry and windy with fluctuating temperatures. However, fall and spring are temperate and lovely. Beaufort is a year-round destination, so the weather is manageable all year.  

Attractions

Beaufort is a cultural and vibrant town with a variety of attractions. Whether you’re into history or you prefer to spend time outdoors, Beaufort has something for you.

Huntington Island State Park is a 5,000 acre park that boasts 3 miles of natural beach with a historic lighthouse.

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park is considered a Lowcountry gem. With relaxing walks and gorgeous views of the bay, this waterfront park is not to be missed.

Historic Activities

Beaufort’s Historic District is lined with beautiful historic homes and buildings. Visit the John Mark Verdier House, St.Helena’s Anglican Church, and the Beaufort History Museum

Food & Drink

With fantastic restaurants and accomplished chefs, you’re sure to enjoy Beaufort’s southern cuisine. Beaufort offers a wide selection and variety of dining options.

Blacksheep is considered one of the best restaurants in the Carolinas. As a newer restaurant, Blacksheep continues to evolve and guests love the vibe. Be sure to try the wood-fired pizza! Don’t forget to make your reservations early, as Blacksheep is extremely popular and fills up quickly.

If you’re after a great view and dinner on the water, Fishcamp on 11th Street is the perfect spot. This seafood-focused restaurant overlooks Beaufort River with views of Port Royal. You’ll experience the food of the South with menu items including Lowcountry boils, seafood towers, and Daufuskie Island blue crab cakes. We suggest booking a reservation during sunset! 

If you’re a breakfast fan, a visit to Beedos is a must. Family friendly and situated on the road to Fripp Island, Beedos is an easy stop. With local favorites including the Brekkie Sando with eggs or a grits bowl, breakfast has never been better. If you’re passing by during lunch, try the Beedo burger, fried bologna, or pimento cheese sandwich. After your meal, enjoy some soft serve with the family.

Beaufort is also home to several popular bars and wineries where you can enjoy a glass of wine or a signature drink. Bowman Vineyards and the Carolina Tasting Room are some of the locals’ favorite vineyards.

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