When you think of incredible beaches, New York may not be the first place that comes to mind. However, Long Island, particularly the area know as The Hamptons, has long been the preferred beach destination for those who can afford to vacation anywhere on Earth.
The east end of Long Island, which is home to East Hampton and Montauk, sticks nearly one hundred miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. The nearby Gulf Stream blesses the peninsula with relatively moderate temperatures and it’s bounded by water on 3 sides so the fishing in incredible. A former whaling port, Montauk is now home to both the largest commercial and sport fishing fleets in the State of New York. Anglers from new York CIty take the train here to catch striped bass, blues, sharks and other ocean species.
The zoning of the town of East Hampton prohibits “chains” of all kinds. There are no McDonalds or Walmarts or Red Lobsters or Baskin Robbins or Great Clips. Chain hotels are also verboten. All of the thriving, independent mom and pop businesses give the town a unique and refreshing flavor found in few other places.
There are 8 interesting New York State Parks and 2 Suffolk County Parks within the 70 square miles encompassed by the town of East Hampton. Two parks were former military bases, two have lighthouses, two boast golf courses, and eight of them have public beaches.
If you’re lucky enough to visit East Hampton in early August, when the sun and surf are both at their best, don’t miss the Sandcastle Contest held each year on the Atlantic Avenue Beach off of Bluff Road. Watching the fun is free or you join in with your own team of castles builders for a chance at fame in The Hamptons.