The Lowcountry of South Carolina
The Lowcountry is a geographic and cultural region situated along the southern coast of South Carolina from Hilton Head Island up to Charleston. The area was historically renowned for its agricultural wealth, but today it has earned international fame for its natural beauty, its historic cities and communities, it's oceanfront resort islands and its rich cultural heritage, which draws millions of visitors to the area, apart from thousands of new residents.
The free economic forces of the 20th century transformed the largely agro-based economy of the area into a dynamic economy bustling with tourism and trade. Tourism dominates the economic sector through much of the Lowcountry. It draws its strengths from three key contributing factors: natural features, cultural heritage, and exclusive resort amenities.
The modern resort community’s evolution was pioneered in the 1950s at Sea Pines Plantation on Hilton Head Island. Ever since then, various parts of the island, apart from the pioneering Seabrook Island, Fripp Island, Kiawah Island, and the Wild Dunes area of the Isle of Palms, have emerged as hot destinations for golf, tennis, leisure, and beach vacations. They continue to be among the most popular beach destinations for a growing number of permanent residents, second home owners, as well as visitors. The Intracoastal Waterway connects all the islands and communities of the Lowcountry. This is a wonderful area that impresses many and people of all proclivities.
Charleston, a key part of the Lowcountry, is one of the top historic and cultural destinations in the country. Beaufort is another popular destination for sightseeing and cultural activities. Some of the smaller communities in the area also offer unique activities and amenities to attract thousands of visitors annually.