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    Seniors and Retirement Resources


    Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are two of the most popular and fastest-growing retirement destinations in the United States…and for good reason! The Lowcountry offers a respite from cold, dreary winters with our year-round mild climate; a relief from the high taxes found in many other states and an abundance of excellent medical care, volunteer opportunities and near-limitless outdoor recreational activities. Below are a few resources to help make the transition to the Lowcountry retirement of your dreams.

    Government Resources

    Beaufort County Property Taxes

    Those 65+ can apply for the Homestead Exemption on property taxes for their primary residence in Beaufort County. For more information, contact the Beaufort County Auditors Office. 843-255-2500 or email

    Beaufort County does not provide seniors a discount on personal property tax (vehicles, boats, recreational vehicles), however a small discount is applied on license renewals through SC DMV.

    U.S. Social Security Administration

    Hilton Head Island and Bluffton seniors needing to access a Social Security office will find the closest local branch about 30-45 minutes away at:

    646 Robert Smalls Parkway | Beaufort SC 29906


    Department of Veterans Affairs

    Due to the close proximity of Beaufort’s three military installations, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton are popular retirement destinations for veterans and retired military personnel. Senior veterans utilizing the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care will find the closest facility to fulfill their needs about 30-45 minutes away at:

    Naval Hospital Beaufort

    1 Pinckney Boulevard | Beaufort SC 29935


    South Carolina Department on Aging

    This excellent state-run program helps connect seniors with available services, programs, initiatives and trusted service providers locally and throughout the state.

    Other Resources

    AARP – South Carolina Chapter

    Hilton Head Island Senior Center

    An outstanding local organization providing seniors of all ages, mobility levels and interests an opportunity to socialize and join a myriad of clubs. Offerings include dancing, book, computer, and craft clubs, writing workshops, painting classes, fitness classes, sporting events, card and board games, health screenings, seminars and AARP-sponsored driving classes.


    Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head

    Providing seniors with an opportunity to expand upon their knowledge, interests and hobbies, Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head Island offers classes across a wide variety of topics including current events, poetry, films, history, arts and more.



    Retired business professionals looking to share their incredibly valuable knowledge and mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs may wish to volunteer with the SC Lowcountry SCORE chapter.

    South Carolina Senior Sports Classic

    The only sanctioned site in South Carolina for the National Senior Games Association (member of the U.S. Olympic Committee), the SC Sports Classic provides competitive recreational opportunity for adults aged 40 and up.