The Hamptons have something to lure everyone – the quaint villages, the shopping, the arts – but the overarching reason to spend a summer on the East End is the beach. With miles of pristine oceanfront and a smattering of calm bays, lakes and the Long Island Sound, the Hamptons and the North Fork offer the ultimate in beach fun and relaxation.
But the villages and towns all have different, heavily enforced parking rules and regulations. So before your flip-flops slap the pavement en route to staking out that perfect slice of sand, make sure that your car has all of the requisite parking stickers readily visible. When in doubt, contact the town or village, and heed to the posted signs. To get you started, here is a rundown of what you need to know:
Southampton Town contains 10 lifeguarded beaches, most of which have bathrooms and food options, and 16 Trustee and Town Access Roads to the beach. Residents may purchase parking passes for $30 per vehicle, and nonresidents can pay a full season fee of $300 per vehicle. Nonresident daily permits may be purchased at beaches noted for $20.
Until June 25, permits are required from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. only if an attendant is on duty. After that date, permits are required at all times. Permits can be obtained at the Parks & Recreation office and at Town Hall beginning on May 2. They can also be purchased on-site at most of the beaches listed below beginning on June 25. Beaches are open full time, seven days per week from June 25 through Labor Day. Unless otherwise posted, lifeguards are on duty, 10 a.m.—5 p.m., when bathing beaches are open.
• Lifeguarded Beaches
Emma Rose Elliston Park – North Sea: (resident only)
Foster Memorial (Long) Beach – Noyac: (Daily pass available)
Flying Point Beach – Water Mill
Mecox Beach – Bridgehampton: (Daily pass available)
Old Ponquogue Bridge – Marine Park, Hampton Bays
Pikes Beach – Westhampton Dunes: (Daily pass available)
Ponquogue Beach – Hampton Bays: (Daily pass available)
Sagg Main Beach – Sagaponack: (Daily pass available on weekdays only)
Tiana Beach – East Quogue: (Daily pass available)
W. Scott Cameron Beach – Bridgehampton: (Resident only)
Trustee and Town Access Roads to the Beach
Beachdale Road – Hampton Bays
Big Fresh Pond Fishing Access Permit required year round.
Cold Spring Road – Tuckahoe
Dolphin Lane – East Quogue
Flying Point Road – Mecox Inlet
Mermaid Lane –– East Quogue
Ocean Road – Bridgehampton
Peters Pond – Sagaponack
Roads H, I, K & L – Hampton Bays
Sandbar Beach – East Quogue
Sunset Avenue – Hampton Bays
Triton Lane – East Quogue
Trout Pond – Noyac
West Landing – Hampton Bays
Wildwood Lake – Northampton
For more information, contact the Town of Southampton at 631-728-8585 or www.southamptontownny.gov.