Southampton Village Beach Guide 2014

Southampton Village Beach Guide 2014

Would-be beach goers hoping to secure a slice of Southampton Village sand this summer need to obtain parking permits to enjoy most beaches. The Village divides the permits into four categories: Residents, year-round renters, “local” non-residents and summer visitors. Permits requests can be made in person or mailed to Village Hall, 23 Main Street, Southampton, NY, 11968 (Attention: Beach Permits). Contact Eileen Musarra at 631-283-0247 ext 219 with any questions.

Residents
Southampton Village residents can obtain permits free of charge for up to three vehicles per household. To receive a permit, residents must provide:

1. A copy of a valid car registration for each car for which you want to receive a permit

2. A copy of your current tax bill

3. A telephone number (in case the village wants to reach you for more information)

4. If you wish to obtain a permit by mail, also include a self-addressed stamped envelope where you want your permit mailed to

Year-round renters
Year-round Southampton Village renters can obtain permits free of charge for up to three vehicles per household. To receive a permit, residents must provide:

1. A copy of a valid registration for each for which you want to receive a permit

2. A copy of your year-round lease (much be here a least one year prior to May 2014)

3. Two original utility bills showing your name and village address from last summer, fall and winter

4. A telephone number (in case the village wants to reach you for more information)

5. If you wish to obtain a permit by mail, also include a self-addressed stamped envelope where you want your permit mailed to

“Local” nonresidents (residing either Southampton Fire or School District):
1. A copy of a valid registration for each car for which you wish to receive a permit, with no limit per household

2. A copy of your Southampton Town tax bill or a copy of your year-round lease and two utility bills

3. A telephone number (in case the village wants to reach you for more information)

4. A check or money order made out to the Village of Southampton in the amount of $225 per car. Senior citizens (those who will be 65 by Labor Day) and veterans are eligible for a discounted $175 permit, though only one senior citizen/veteran permit can be obtained per household.

5. A self-addressed stamped envelope where you want your permit mailed to

Summer visitors:
1. A copy of a valid car registration for each car you want a permit for, with no limit per household

2. A telephone number in case the village needs to reach you for more information

3. A check or money order made out to the Village for $350 per car

4. A self-addressed stamped envelope where you want your permit mailed to

5. The senior discount is not applicable

For permit exchanges:

Both portions of the original permits must be presented, this includes receipt portion and the portion affixed to the vehicle. No exceptions.

Fowlers

Type/Location: Ocean beach. Wickapogue Road leads into Fowler Street
Parking: Permits required from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: No
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Allowed between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free.
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Stop by Fowlers farmstand on the way home from Fowlers Beach to pick up ingredients for the evening’s dinner.

Old Town Pond

Type/Location: Pond. East side of Old Town Road, just north of the ocean
Dock: Yes. A stationary dock and a floating dock
Parking: Can only park around the dock
Fishing: Southampton Village and Town resident fishing only
The inside scoop: If you don’t catch any fish, kids will still enjoy watching the turtles play around the rocks and reeds.

Old Town

Type/Location: Ocean beach. Intersection of Old Town Road and Gin Lane
Parking: 31 parking spaces, including two handicap spots. Permits required from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: One bench
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Allowed between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free.
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Once on the beach, Old Town is best recognized by the tall wooden pole with an old, colorful surfboard nailed to it. The landmark makes Old Town Beach and Coopers Beach the only two village beaches whose entrances don’t fade into the dunes, perfect landmarks if you’re interested in running on the sand—the stretch between Old Town and Coopers is two miles. Old Town Beach is closed when the drain pipe, which cleans out nearby Old Town Pond, is open.

Wyandanch

Type/Location: Ocean beach. Intersection of Wyandanch Lane and Gin Lane
Parking: 21 parking spaces, including one handicap spot. Permits required from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance
Picnic Area: Two benches
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Not allowed
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Wyandanch Lane, leading up to the beach, is the most beautiful in the village. If you’re biking to the beach, incorporate the stretch into your route. Large oak trees canopy the entire road, filtering the sunlight through their leaves and providing warm shade during summer’s hottest days.

Little Plains

Type/Location: Ocean beach. Intersection of Little Plains Road and Gin Lane
Parking: 54 parking spaces, including two handicap spots. Permits required from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: Two benches
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Not allowed
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: If you want to look at the beach from the comfort of your car, Little Plains allows you to pull up to the entrance and just sit there. But turn your engines off—it’s a no idle zone.

Gin Beach

Type/Location: Ocean beach. On Gin Lane, by the Bathing Corporation of Southampton
Other names: Bathing Corp Beach, Junk Beach
Parking: Permits required to park at the beach from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. 34 stalls, including two handicap. No parking permits are required in the spots facing the Bathing Corp. An Agawam parking permit from Southampton Town is required to park in the spaces around the lake—to the north of the median. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Allowed between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free.
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: You’re in luck if you’re a nonlocal and can snag one of the permit-free spots facing the Bathing Corp. Gin beach notoriously has one of the best surfing break in the village. But, when in the water, be wary of running into the string of buoys that the Bathing Corps puts up to designate its lifeguarded section. Also, don’t swim when nearby Agawam Lake is being drained. Just…trust us on that one.

Cryder

Type/Location: Ocean beach. At the intersection of Cryder Lane and Gin Lane
Parking: Permits required to park at the beach from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. 31 parking stalls, including two handicap spaces. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: None
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bike racks: XX
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Not allowed
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Cryder’s entrance makes it a Hamptons favorite. Walking up the dune, you’re flanked by beach roses (Rosa rugosa) on both sides. The short walk soon gives way to a clean and surprisingly wide expanse of ocean and sand.

Coopers Beach

Type/Location: Ocean beach. Off of Meadow Lane
Other names: Coopers Neck Beach
Parking: Permits required to park at the beach 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. weekends and holidays only as of May 24, daily as of June 21 through September 1. Daily parking passes available for $40/car per day. No parking allowed between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Not allowed
Picnic Area: Yes. The Coopers Beach pavilion has a number of picnic tables on its deck.
Lifeguards: Yes, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Concessions: Yes. The Coopers Beach Snack BarXX offers breakfast and lunch from X–X, serving typical beach fare of hot dogs and French fries, along with xx and xx. There is also a walk-up ice cream window.
Rentals: Chair rentals for $10 and umbrella rentals for $15 each per day
Showers: Eight outdoor shower heads, plus feet washers
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes. Separate Men’s and Women’s bathrooms flank the snack bar
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bike racks: Yes
Bonfires: Not allowed
4×4 access: Not allowed. Coopers does have an idle-free, vehicle ramp, though vehicles may only enter before 9:30 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Surfing: Signage at the beach indicates that surfing is allowed, in designated areas only, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Unspoken village law says: Be smart. If a loose board would pose a threat to swimmers or sunbathers, find a new spot.
Surf casting: Not allowed
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Coopers was rated Dr. Beach’s Best Beach in America in 2010, the first beach in New York State to receive the honor. As per Dr. Beach’s rules, once a beach is ranked No. 1, it is no longer eligible to grace his annual Top 10 Beaches list. But, with its wide expanse of sand, family-friendly beach pavilion, and multitude of events held throughout the summer (including concerts and drive-in movie Mondays), Coopers would still trump the competition. By far the largest beach in Southampton Village, Coopers is also the only beach in the village that allows non-residents to purchase day permits.

Halsey Neck

Type/Location: Ocean beach. At the intersection of Halsey Neck Lane and Meadow Lane
Parking: Permits required to park at the beach from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Allowed. Must obtain a permit at Village Hall, $25
4×4 access: Not allowed
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed

Road D

Type/Location: Ocean beach. At the intersection of Road D and Meadow Lane
Parking: No parking permits required. No parking between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Not allowed
4×4 access: Allowed between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free.
Surfing: XX
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Though this is the only beach in the Village that does not require a permit to park, it’s located far enough west along Meadow Lane that it doesn’t get as crowded as you’d expect.

Road F

Type/Location: Ocean beach. At the intersection of Road G and Meadow Lane
Parking: Permits required to park at the beach from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking between 1–5 p.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: None
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Not allowed
4×4 access: Allowed all day with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: After a day of surf and sand, check out the helicopters landing and taking off nearby Southampton helipad.

Dune Beach

Type/Location: Ocean beach.
Parking: Resident parking permits only. Permits required to park at the beach from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: Porta potties will be installed by the summer
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Not allowed
4×4 access: Allowed between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free.
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Not allowed
Pitching tents: Allowed with a permit
The inside scoop: Come to this beach to complain about that idiot from New Jersey who cut you off while making a left or the Florida grandma who almost mowed you down as you crossed Main Street against the light.

Road G
Type/Location: Ocean beach. At the intersection of Road G and Meadow Lane
Parking: Permits required to park at the beach from May 15–September 15, between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. No parking between 1–5 a.m.
Dogs: Allowed. Have to be on leash, and owners must pick up after pups or incur a $250 fine. Doggie bags are provided at the beach entrance.
Picnic Area: None
Lifeguards: None
Concessions: None
Rentals: None
Showers: None
Trash Cans: Yes
Bathrooms: None
Alcohol: Not allowed
Bonfires: Not allowed
4×4 access: Allowed all day with a 4×4 permit from both Southampton Village and Southampton Town. Obtain the $20 Town permit first. The Village permit is free
Surf casting: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Launching of power boats: Allowed, except from May 15–September 15 between 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Pitching tents: Not allowed
The inside scoop: Road G is a known surfing spot, due to both the break and the ease of transporting your board onto the sand via car.

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