Welcome to the Lowcountry
Our land may be low but we’re your destination for high times and great events along the Southeast coast. From stately plantation lanes lined with moss-draped live oaks and palmettos, to world class golf and tennis, pristine beaches, music festivals, outlet shopping, folk art and crafts, and easy access to nature’s best, the Lowcountry offers a wealth of venues and events for enjoying life.
The word Lowcountry (some spell it as “Low Country”) has long been associated with the southern South Carolina coast, adjacent marshes and swampy areas, broken up by ribbons, fans and islands of dry land. But the Lowcountry’s geographical, political, economic and cultural influence extends from Florida’s northern border all the way to North Carolina. Here, we consider the region as comprising all the coastal and immediately inland areas from Myrtle Beach south to Amelia Island, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Interstate 95 corridor.
This includes the tony resorts of Hilton Head Island and Georgia’s Golden Isles, the historic and cultural centers of Beaufort, Charleston and Savannah, and a string of wildlife sanctuaries that dot the coasts. You’ll find here historic forts, such as Fort Pulaski and Fort Sumter, international sporting events such as the RBC Heritage golf tournament and Family Circle Open women’s tennis, Charleston’s fabulous Spoleto arts celebration, Savannah’s annual music festival, Broadway shows and country music legends with their own theaters in Myrtle Beach, surrounded by thousands of square miles of magical creeks and marshes that drain toward a long string of sugary sand on the coast’s unique barrier islands.
Ours is also a region rich in natural resources, from oysters, shrimp and gamefish, to rich farmland, wide timber tracts and good harbors, to incredible habitats that support many endangered and threatened species. We offer a bird watcher’s paradise, where you can count more than 100 species in a single day. Bald eagles are becoming common in the sky. Wood storks have extended their range here from the everglades. Owls and Chuck Will’s widows call through spring nights, over a background chorus of rare tree frogs and cicadas. Dolphins romp in the inlets and creeks, showing off unique behaviors found few places in the world.