The International Association of Beauforts was established in 1995 when Beaufort-en-Vallee, France hosted the first reunion of Beauforts. The Beaufort, North Carolina organization seeks to promote international cooperation, understanding and development through a variety of dynamic exchanges with cities and towns with whom Beaufort maintains active sister city partnerships. By interpreting our way of life to people of other cultures, we gain a better understanding of our own community. This site provides information on our local organization as well as overviews of each of our sister-city Beauforts.

Beaufort Sabah, Malaysia

Beaufort meaning "The Beautiful Fort" in old French, is a town and district located in the Interior Division of Sabah in east Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Its population was estimated to be about 61,698 in 2000. It is a quiet provincial town with shophouses built on stilts high above the roads to avoid periodic floods of the Padas River. Its early prosperity was linked to rubber cultivation. During World War II it was the site of one of the most important skirmishes of the war between the Japanese and Australians. Its current prosperity depends on the booming palm oil industry.

The open-air market is held weekly. Local produce, fresh meat and live poultry are sold. Beaufort is known for its Chinese dish called Beaufort Mee, a noodle dish served either dry or with soup. It is also famous for its Beaufort oranges, which are featured as three large sculptures in the center of the town.