MCAS Beaufort

Cunningham Street & Drayton Street
Beaufort, SC 29906

Phone 843-228-7158
Fax 843-228-7032
Email | Website | Map

  • Cost of Living: The cost of living in Beaufort is less than average for the US, but housing costs may be high for junior enlisted families.
  • Base Operator: 843-228-7100.
  • Schools: The Laurel Bay Schools are part of the larger consolidated school district SC/Ft. Stewart DoD DDESS. The three schools are attended by dependent children in grades PK-6 who reside on federal property in the vicinities of Beaufort.Robert Edward Galer Elementary School, Elliott Elementary School (also known as Middleton Stuart Elliott Elementary School), Charles Frank Bolden Elementary/Middle School
  • Housing: Tri-Command Military Housing, LLC, a private partnership between Actus Lend Lease and the DoN, is responsible for housing at MCAS Beaufort and the Laurel Bay housing area. In the Beaufort area median house price is $207,075. Median rent in Beaufort County is $829.
  • Medical Services: A Branch Medical Clinic (843-228-7051 located on MCAS Beaufort is for active duty service members. Co-located is the Branch Dental Clinic (843-228-7512)  also or active duty personnel. The Beaufort Naval Hospital (843-228-5600) provides medical care for all active duty and retired members located in southeastern South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.

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02/10/2012
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When you come to Beaufort don't expect the amenities you would have had at Camp Pendleton or Camp Lejeune.  MCAS Beaufort is a small base with operational squadrons (and soon some training squadrons.)  We share medical with Parris Island at the Naval Hospital which is about 15 minutes from the base.  

Beaufort is what you make of it.  There are some MCCS events and things to do on base but there is a lot more out in town especially if you have kids (see "For Kids" section.)  Beaufort is a quanit town with wonderful people and the town is very supportive of military families.  We lived here for a long time both before kids and with kids and we hope to retire here one day.  We have many "locals" that we consider close friends that make it worth coming back to.  

The only bad thing about the location is that you are 5 hours from Atlanta and 5 hours from Orlando...the closest "big cities" are Savannah GA 1 hour away and Charleston SC 1.25 hr away.  Charlotte NC is a little over 4 hours.  If you hate "small town" you will hate Beaufort.  I am from Boston and as much as this Northern girl loves a big city I fell in love with this small Southern town.  You might be here for 3 years or 10...just find the best in it.




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10/09/2011
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I loved it there!  I always felt completely safe on and off post.  I made many good friends.  Among my favorite places were the shops on Bay St. the public library downtown and the coffee shop in Port Royal.  I would love to return to Beaufort.  The only room for improvement would have to be the public school system.




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11/08/2011
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Tina G says:
May 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Beaufort, SC. The general installation is ok…not much here. Parris Island is 20 minutes away. The commissary & exchange are located on their. The air station has a movie theater, 7 day store & a mini exchange, mainly stocked w/uniform supplies. They also have a GNC & barber shop in store. The “strip mall” located next to the 7 day has an atm vestibule, food court (pizza, sandwiches), dry cleaners w/alterations, post office & the MCFTB (Marine Corps family team building). A bowling alley is on base as well as a subway. The officers club is open to all for lunch. For enlisted they built a brand new facility “afterburners”. serves food, has video games, pool tables & movies.

for tanning palm beach tan is a graet facility. stay away from food lion right off housing….a lot of crime occurs there. women dont go to wal mart alone at night…its a gamble. food is hit or miss & a lot of businesses are going under but the one staple & hidden secret is sgt whites bbg. the best by far. downside…only open from 11 to 3 m-f.


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