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 in East Hampton Town:
East Hampton Town boasts a variety of options for beach goers to soak up the sun. Resident permits are free, and nonresidents can pay a fee of $375. Montauk is also the home of Hither Hills State Park. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, Hither Hills boasts a campground, playing fields, hiking trails and a playground, among other amenities. Cars can park for a $10 daily rate. Check out www.nysparks.com for more information.
Atlantic Avenue Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions, daily parking available for $15 on weekdays)
Big Alberts Landing Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station)
Indian Wells Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions)
Little Alberts Landing Beach
Alewive Brook Landing
Old House Landing Road
Sammy’s Beach (or Sammis Beach)
Ditch Plains Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions)
East Lake Beach (Gin Beach): (Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions)
Edison Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station)
Fort Pond Bay
Hither Woods “Eddie Ecker Park:” (Comfort station)
Kirk Park Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions)
South Lake Beach: (Comfort station)
West Lake Drive: (Comfort station, concessions)
Gerard Drive Park
Maidstone Beach: (Lifeguards, comfort station, concessions)
For more information, contact the Town of East Hampton at 631-324-2417 or www.town.east-hampton.ny.us.