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View Poll Results: Which is better
Beaufort SC 20 74.07%
Fairhope AL 7 25.93%
Voters: 27. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-25-2019, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Beaufort SC or Fairhope, AL
Food scene
Things to do (amenities, events,sites, etc)
Scenery
Beaches
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:52 AM
 
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I'd say Fairhope, chiefly because it's closer to a medium-sized city.
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Old 01-25-2019, 12:44 PM
 
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I'd say Beaufort. Our son lived there while in the Marines and it's a great little city. Very beautiful and historic. Hunting Island State Park on the ocean is stunningly beautiful. Halfway between Charleston and Savannah. Can't beat it!
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:22 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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I prefer Beaufort, but Fairhope is nice too. One big advantage to Fairhope is that it's much closer to throwed rolls. But I especially enjoy the South Atlantic coast from Myrtle Beach to Jacksonville.
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Old 01-31-2019, 07:54 PM
 
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Forrest Gump was filmed around Beaufort, but set in fictional Greenbow, Alabma, which should be right around the Alabma Gulf Coast, near Fairhope, given the shrimping going on.
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Old 01-31-2019, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Mobile,Al(the city by the bay)
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Fairhope.The Gulf Beaches are much more prettier.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:01 AM
 
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Fairhope.The Gulf Beaches are much more prettier.

I agree with that.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I have never been to Fairhope but definitely plan to go after reading these comments. As for Beaufort, great food, historics sites, beautiful beaches and situated between Charleston and Savanna which happens to be my favorite stretch of America. I notice how close Fairhope is from Mobile, Florida Beaches and Mississippi Casinos. This is a definite draw for Fairhope imo.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:26 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Boy, this was a tougher choice than I thought it would be. There really is no wrong answer here.

Location - Both waterfront cities, with Fairhope situated on a bluff overlooking Mobile Bay's Eastern Shore and Beaufort located at the confluence of tidal rivers a few miles from the Atlantic.
Beaufort has some pretty impressive neighbors: Charleston, Savannah and Hilton Head/Daufuskie, Fripp, Edisto, Hunting and Kiawah Islands.
The closest cities to Fairhope are Mobile and Pensacola, which are not in the same league as Charleston and Savannah, admittedly. But the beaches that are most accessible to Fairhope are some of the prettiest in the country.

Downtown - Both are really lovely, and they share an enormous amount of civic pride; Fairhope in particular takes great pains to keep its downtown well-manicured: Hanging baskets on the lampposts, flowerboxes in the windows and along the sidewalks...just beautiful. Beaufort has a bit more historic, colonial character (it's the older of the two towns by far); Fairhope has a touch of the French/Spanish/Caribbean character you find in Gulf Coast cities like Mobile, Pensacola, Biloxi and New Orleans. Fairhope even has its own French Quarter!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/fairhope-fr...arter-fairhope

Beaufort seems to draw tourism from the Atlantic South and Northeast; Fairhope, from the Mid-South and eastern Midwest.
In either city, you're going to find the friendliest, most open people you've ever met.

So my choice is...both! Visit them both!
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:35 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Forrest Gump was filmed around Beaufort, but set in fictional Greenbow, Alabma, which should be right around the Alabma Gulf Coast, near Fairhope, given the shrimping going on.
There were a lot of local references to Bayou La Batre in the movie which is where Forrest's shrimping business was supposed to be.
It really does exist.

Welcome to Bayou La Batre, Alabama
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