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12 Best Hamptons Beaches To Visit

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Looking for the best Hamptons beaches to check out? This guide has got you covered for your trip from NYC to the Hamptons! The Hamptons’ beaches are known to be some of the best beaches on the East Coast and a haven for New Yorkers as the Hamptons are one of the best weekend trips from NYC.

These beaches offer many miles of shoreline, great food options, and spectacular views. Below are the best beaches in Hamptons, Long Island, and information about what you can expect when you visit!

Keep in mind most of these beaches in the Hamptons require a parking pass, especially if you’re visiting in the peak summer season from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Parking can be quite competitive and pricey, it’s best to plan ahead or book a resort or house rental that includes a parking pass or beach access.

You can also visit many of these Hamptons beaches by using rideshare apps to drop you off and pick you up so you don’t have to worry about parking.

If you don’t want to deal with parking at the Hamptons beaches, check out our guide to a day trip to the Hamptons without a car from the city and plan the perfect beach day as these are some of the best beaches near NYC.

Stunning Beaches in the Hamptons 

Main Beach in East Hampton


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Main Beach is one of the most popular and best beaches in the Hamptons. Located at 101 Ocean Avenue on the eastern end of Long Island, Main Beach is close to Jericho as well as many popular shops and golf clubs located at the tip of East Hampton and is not a far drive from town.

Rated one of the top 15 beaches in on the East Coast by Town & Country. this Hamptons beach has lifeguards, a snack bar, bathrooms, and a large beach staff that keeps the shoreline in pristine condition.

Unlike other beaches in the Hamptons, this beach is pet-friendly and has showers and lockers that you can rent for the day.

Main Beach has big waves due to strong winds with clear water, making it one of the most popular beaches in the Hamptons during the summer for swimmers.

Main Beach also has a great setup for bonfires, family time, and group picnics.

For non-residents to the village, you will need to purchase a parking permit. They are at a first come first serve basis, be sure to visit this site to book one in advance. Keep in mind that parking is $30 per day and the beach closes at 11 PM.

Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett


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Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett is another one of the best beaches in the Hamptons, Long Island that’s also a surf spot. Atlantic Avenue Beach is located at the end of Atlantic Avenue off of Bluff Road in the village of Amagansett.

This Hamptons beach is pet-friendly and is great for fireworks or a bonfire. Atlantic Avenue Beach also offers a popular snack shack and many bathrooms that are cleaned daily.

Known for its large summer crowds and beautiful sand dunes, this is one of the best Hamptons beaches to check out if you want a shoreline that’s near other restaurants and museums.

More importantly, this beach is within a short walking distance to town, making it easily accessible. However, if you’d prefer to drive to the beach, keep in mind that parking at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett is $25 per day on weekdays.

During weekends, you must be a resident with a permit to park on this beach. If not, parking somewhere in town and walking to the beach won’t take more than a few minutes.

Be advised that this is one of the best Hamptons beaches and typically has a lively crowd during the summer, so it’s best to plan ahead and get parking as early as possible if you plan to buy a $25-day pass.

Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk


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Ditch Plains is a popular Hamptons beach located on Forest Road in Montauk located on the tip of South Fork Peninsula in Long Island, and famous for its surf scene.

Ditch Plains Beach is in the heart of Montauk near local parks and golf courses. If you want to visit beaches in the Hamptons that are known for their mellow vibe, scenic views, and of course the best surf scene in the Hamptons, Ditch Plains is a great place and checks the box for all of these.

This easily accessible Hamptons beach has no entrance fee and has public restrooms available for visitors. However, keep in mind that this beach’s public parking is only available to those that have an Easthampton village permit.

If you don’t have a driveway to park nearby, as there is no street parking in the area, your best bet might be to rent a house in the area if you’re visiting or use a rideshare app from where you’re staying.

This popular beach is great for surfing and swimming and has seasonal lifeguards that work until 5 PM. They also have food trucks so if you work up an appetite, you have some options.

This beach is both pet and family friendly, however, compared to other beaches in the Hamptons, Ditch Plains Beach is on the smaller side with a smaller crowd most of the time.

Flying Point Beach in Southampton


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Flying Point Beach is a popular beach pavilion located in Southampton in Water Mill. This is one of the best Hamptons beaches for those who are looking for something that’s off the beaten path compared to a few others on this list.

Known for a small crowd of locals most of the time, Flying Point Beach is only accessible to those who have to buy a day permit or yearly parking pass, you can get all that information here.

Although there is never a large crowd, at least the size of crowds that gather at other Hamptons beaches, you can expect to find local homeowners almost always on the shoreline.

The shoreline at Flying Point Beach is a long stretch of sandy beach and is great for walking, running, and lazying on the sand all day. There is also an ice cream truck and public restrooms that are kept clean all year long by the seasonal lifeguards and staff.

There are also restroom facilities, a picnic area, showers, and drive-on access to the beach if you have an ATV. 

This Hamptons beach is close to town and is very family-friendly. Ultimately, this is the perfect beach to visit if you want a lowkey shoreline that’s close to all of the other tourist attractions and restaurants in Southampton.

Havens Beach in Sag Harbor


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Havens Beach is a popular Hamptons beach located in the gorgeous little village of Sag Harbor. Havens Beach is in a mellow area of town and close to other beaches, parks, and golf clubs. It is also close to Main Street at the Sag Harbor Village!

Often referred to as a hidden gem, Havens Beach is typically not as busy as other Hamptons beaches. Even during the peak season, you can expect to see no more than a mellow crowd of locals. This is partly due to the fact that there is no parking at this beach unless you have a town pass. This beach is also not pet-friendly.

However, there are many other ways to get to the beach. Whether you want to take an Uber or walk a few minutes down from Main Street in the village, getting to this beach won’t be difficult. In fact, it’s one of the most popular spots in the Hamptons for swimming, hiking, and sailing!

This family-friendly beach has shallow waters that are great for families and smaller children that want to take a dip in the water. Powerboats are not allowed in the designated swimming area at the beach. However, keep in mind that the sand underneath the water tends to be rocky, so you may want to bring water shoes if you plan on going in.

Lastly, Havens Beach has a great view of Cedar Point Lighthouse and many fireworks take place there during the summer. The beach also has bathrooms, showers, and playground equipment that make it a great place for children and families.

Cooper’s Beach in Southampton

Coopers Beach in Southhampton in the Hamptons New York

If you want beaches in the Hamptons that are great for surfing, Cooper’s Beach in Southampton is a great pick in addition to Ditch Plains in Montauk. Cooper’s Beach is off of Meadow Lane, aka Billionaire Lane, the stretch of multi-million dollar homes to Wall Street execs, celebrities, and big wig CEOs.

Close to many other beaches and golf clubs, Cooper’s Beach is located in a mellow area of Southampton, where the elite of the elite in the Hamptons have their vacation mansions.

Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in America by Dr. Beach, Cooper’s Beach offers many access points to the beach and has beautiful sand dunes backing the beach with tall, American grass that sways in the wind.

If you’re feeling hungry, head to Henri’s Cafe where you can get a beachfront meal.

During the off-season, Cooper’s Beach is free to the public. During the summer, this Hamptons beach is $50 per day for parking. Keep in mind that parking fees sell out quickly each day so it’s best to plan ahead and come to the beach sometime in the morning to secure a parking spot that’s close to shore.

After 5 PM each day during the summer, there is no parking fee or lifeguards on the beach. However, before 5 PM every day, visitors will have access to Herni’s Cafe, snack bars, chairs, umbrella rentals, and public bathrooms that are kept in great condition. Lastly, keep in mind that although this beach is family-friendly, it is not pet-friendly.

Fire Island


Fire Island is made up of a series of popular beaches and high-end resorts on the southern shore of Long Island in New York. On the western tip of Fire Island, you can find many state parks and popular tourist attractions like the Fire Island Lighthouse.

The two most popular areas on Fire Island are Ocean Beach and Kismet Beach. Ocean Beach is an entire village on the southern tip of Fire Island. Kismet Beach is a beach on Fire Island that offers great food and activities nearby. You can also find an opened lighthouse and a long boardwalk on the shoreline.

Another popular destination on the shoreline of Fire Island is Robert Moses State Park. This 875-acre state park is on the western end of the island and boasts over five miles of shoreline so that visitors can walk along the Atlantic Ocean for as long as they please!

Although the beaches on Fire Island are known to be packed during the summer season, they’re fairly easy to reach during the off-season for those who are looking for a more accessible or mellow option.

Fire Island is basically car-free and offers 17 resort communities that don’t allow cars and there are a few private residences. The best way to get here is to take the Bay Shore ferry terminal and use the water taxi to get around. While this is technically not the “Hamptons” it’s close enough to count.

Two Mile Hollow Beach in East Hampton


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Known for its ideal swimming conditions and great views along the fine sandy shoreline, Two Mile Hollow Beach is one of the best beaches in the Hamptons. Located in East Hampton, this popular beach is typically close to empty during the off-season, like many of the beaches in the Hamptons. However, you can expect to see a more lively crowd during summer.

Compared to other beaches in the Hamptons, Two Mile Hollow Beach doesn’t have a ton of amenities. However, although there are no cafes, there is a restroom, bike rack, and seasonal lifeguards.

There is also a great picnic space that’s accessible to the public and ideal swimming conditions with waves that aren’t too big.

Parking at Two Mile Hollow Beach costs $50 per day. 40 parking tickets are given out each day on weekdays, so it’s best to plan ahead or be flexible if you’re visiting during peak season or you can always use a rideshare app to get here.

Seasonal parking for non-residents is $400 per year. Whether you want to go for a run, bike ride, or spend time with family, Two Mile Hollow Beach is a great place to do so. However, keep in mind that alcohol and camping are prohibited at this beach.

Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton


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Located in a lively village of Bridgehampton with many sports clubs and beaches, Mecox Beach is a beach that’s known for its stunning sunrises and sunsets along its white sandy shoreline.

Mecox Beach has lifeguards that are active until 5 PM every day. This beach is also pet-friendly every day after 5 PM. What’s more, they offer dog bags at the entrance!

Each day before 5 PM, restrooms, vending machines, and food trucks are accessible to all of the beach-goers. There is a daily fee for parking, however, those with a resident sticker can get a parking spot for free.

Keep in mind that parking fills up quickly during the summer. However, this beach is known to be more mellow during the off-season and earlier hours of the summertime.

With many miles of shoreline, easy access, a lively crowd, and various food options, Mecox Beach is one of the best beaches in the Hamptons, Long Island!

Gin Beach in Montauk


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Gin Beach is a beach pavilion located in Montauk. Located at the eastern end of Montauk Harbor Inlet, Gin Beach has a popular cafe and great views of the water that both locals and tourists love to take advantage of with soft sand and small waves.

This secluded and family-friendly beach is easy to get into, even during busier seasons. If you’re looking for an easily accessible beach in the Hamptons during the summertime, Gin Beach is a great pick. The shoreline has many unique shells and the beach overall is known for its local vibe and gentle waves.

Parking at Gin Beach will require a day pass if you are a nonresident. If you park without a permit, the ticket will be $150, so be sure to get a day pass ahead of time!

However, if you want to avoid parking fees, there are many other places to park in the area that are a short walk to the beach.

Right across the street from Gin Beach is Inlet restaurant and many food trucks located on the shore as well. Known for camping and boat cruises that come to watch the sunset, Gin Beach is a great place to explore Montauk and live like a local.

Be sure to visit our entire guide for getting from NYC to Montauk too to help you plan your trip!

Pike’s Beach in Westhampton


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Pike’s Beach is one of the best Hamptons beaches located in West Hampton Dunes. This secluded beach is known for its soft white sand, long shoreline, and mellow crowds.

It’s also great for surfing due to the larger waves, so be advised that this beach may not have the best swimming conditions for smaller children or inexperienced swimmers.

Although Pike’s Beach typically has a smaller, more subdued crowd, it tends to draw in more people during the summer season. For nonresidents, parking is $25 per day.

However, there may be a long wait for parking during the summer season, so it’s best to plan ahead and get there earlier in the day to secure a spot.

Once you find your way onto this well-maintained beach, you’ll have access to both the ocean and the nearby bay cove. You’ll also have access to showers and bathrooms until 5 PM, which is when the facilities are closed and the lifeguards go off duty.

Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays


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Ponquogue Beach is one of the best beaches in the Hamptons. Located in Hampton Bays, this wide beach offers parking, restrooms, and multiple food options.

Keep in mind that weekend parking is $30 per day and parking on the weekdays is free. However, many parking spaces are known to be taken up by noon during the summer season, so it’s best to get there early!

Although this beach is popular on weekends, holidays, and during the peak summer season, there is lots of space and sand to spread out. There are also great waves for surfing and clean white sand with beautiful shells for beachcombers.

Known for its sunsets and many miles of shoreline, Ponquogue Beach also offers changing rooms, showers, and lifeguards on duty until 5 PM.

There are also many popular surrounding restaurants where you can park or grab a bite to eat. Many people love fishing and kayaking here, however, due to the larger waves, it may not be suitable for smaller children.

Did we miss your favorite or and of your personal picks for best beaches in the Hamptons? Let us know in the comments below!

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