Hamptons, New York
The Hamptons is a region located in Suffolk County, in eastern Long Island, New York. The towns, villages and hamlets that comprise the Hamptons include Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton (the most exclusive and wealthy part of the region), Hampton Bays (the most populous community in the region), Montauk, Napeague, North Haven, The Quogues, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Shelter Island, Southampton, Springs, Wainscott, Water Mill, Westhampton, and Westhampton Beach.
Well known as the vacation spot for the rich and famous, the Hamptons is also a popular spot for non-celebrities! Designer stores and luxurious accommodations aside, its miles upon miles of pristine seaside beaches, serene bays, and charming New England villages make vacationing in the region a truly unforgettable experience for everyone.
Things to Do in the Hamptons
When vacationing in the Hamptons, enjoy surfing, swimming and sun bathing at the beach, hiking, birdwatching, biking, jogging or rollerblading along the region's rolling hills and vast plains, kayaking and canoeing, antiquing, fine dining, touring the historic family farms and vineyards, and so much more.
Indeed, it's said that you can't go to the Hamptons without experiencing a wine-tasting event. Be sure to go to the South Fork vineyards, where you'll find the authentic wine-tasting trail.
The arts thrive in the Hamptons, since so many artist reside in the region. So, be sure to check out some art and history museums. The Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, in particular, is certainly worth a visit. If you're traveling with children, moreover, be sure to visit the new Children's Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton. There you'll find fascinating interactive exhibits, an amphitheatre for stargazing, outdoor mazes and gardens, and more. It's a child's dream!
Surfing enthusiasts, make your way to Main Beach - the favourite among surfers due to its awesome swells. Main Beach is also ideal for volleyball and biking. And, if you're there on Independence Day, enjoy the fireworks!
Georgica Beach is the most famous, yet exclusive, beach in the Hamptons. It's worth the trip just to see it, but you'll need to secure a resident's parking sticker beforehand....
In the summer, tourists often go straight to Westhampton for its beaches, the warm Gulf Stream, golf, fishing, outdoor concerts, art and craft shows, and wonderful children's activities.
For great golf, head to the Montauk Downs golf course in Montauk. While you're there, check out Montauk Point - at the eastern point of Long Island - where you'll find seals, the best surf-fishing on the island, picnic facilities, hiking and ski trails.
Finally, the Hamptons offer festivals galore - from antique festivals, to art, crafts, theatre, music festivals and, of course, the International Film Festival.
Accommodations, Cottage Rentals, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels
The Hamptons offers a wide range of accommodations. In addition to the much-talked-about exclusive celebrity spots, you'll find everything from five-star hotels to comfortable resorts, inns, motels, beach cottages and charming bed and breakfasts. Something for everyone at the Hamptons!