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 for the Village of East Hampton:
There are five beaches in the Village of East Hampton, and all are owned and operated by the village. A valid parking permit is required from May 15 through September 15, and permits are free to residents of the village. Non-resident beach permits are already sold out for the 2012 season, but click here for additional beach transportation options! Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach will also sell daily parking passes for $25, though only a limited number are available on weekends and holidays. Note that Town of East Hampton parking permits are not valid at village beaches.
There are three lifeguard-protected beaches in the village: Main Beach, Georgica Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days protected beaches are open.
Georgica Beach, Lily Pond Lane: (lifeguard, comfort station)
Egypt Beach, Old Beach Lane
Main Beach, 101 Ocean Avenue: (lifeguard, comfort station and concessions)
Two Mile Hollow Beach, Two Mile Hollow Road: (lifeguard, bathroom)
Wiborg Beach, Highway Behind the Pond
For more information, contact the Village of East Hampton at 631-324-4150 or www.easthamptonvillage.org.