Summer 2012 Preview: Beach Parking in Southampton Town

Flying Point Beach in Water Mill
Flying Point Beach in Water Mill, Photo: Oliver Peterson

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

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

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