MCAS Beaufort FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 29904, Area Code: 843, DSN: 335

U.S. Marines were far from the first to enjoy Beaufort's rustic charm and beauty. Long before even the American colonists called it home, the Low Country of coastal South Carolina was popular with explorers including French Huguenot colonists, Spanish conquistadors and English.

Beaufort's Marine Corps Air Station lies on a riverbank, not far north from Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Port Royal Sound. The base's role is to provide support and serve as an operational base for MAG-31, which conducts offensive air support operations from aircraft carriers and advanced bases throughout the Fleet Marine Force.

The most important thing people should know before moving to Beaufort is the value of bug repellent. The "no-see-ums," or sand fleas, that are prevalent in the area find all humans equally tasty and will attack any skin not covered with repellent. "Skin-so-soft" is a popular repellent among the locals. Not only scenic, the area is historic, too. Key events in the American Revolution, Indian wars and the Civil War have occurred there. Visitors or residents can easily find historic sites throughout Beaufort. Some historic homes in Beaufort date from the 18th century

For those looking for recreation, Hunting Island State Park is nearby with a beautiful beach and great fishing spots. Charleston is 65 miles away with great shopping and lots of historical sites to see. Hilton Head, a renowned golf and resort area, is south of Beaufort and offers great shopping, dining and sightseeing.