You already know what to pack in your beach bag, the newest bathing-suit trends and the most delicious places to stop for lunch. But where’s the best place to dig your toes into the sand? Here, the most beautiful beaches in the Hamptons. Bring sunscreen.
9. WAINSCOTT BEACH, WAINSCOTT
It’s notoriously impossible to park your car at this small stretch of beach, but that’s actually a good thing. Not only is it one of the quieter spots in the Hamptons, but you’ll also need to take your bike and get some exercise. Oh, and while you’re there, check out the “Montauk” house (which is clearly not actually in Montauk) from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind .
8. FLYING POINT BEACH, WATER MILL
It may be small, but Flying Point Beach is one of the liveliest beaches in the Hamptons. It has a see-and-be-seen vibe to it (who needs Tinder?), as well as spots to fish and picnic.
7. MECOX BEACH, BRIDGEHAMPTON
OK, the sound of screaming kids isn’t exactly relaxing, but this popular beach is undeniably the best for families. You can swim, surf, bodyboard and fish, and bike racks are available if you’re looking to avoid parking costs. There's also an ice-cream truck if you need an afternoon snack.
6. COOPERS BEACH, SOUTHAMPTON
This is a sleepy but gorgeous spot, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet, this is it (oooh, check out the beach cam). Parking permits are hard to come by and lot prices are high, so if you opt to lay down your towel here, you might want to ride your bike.
5. GIBSON LANE BEACH, SAGAPONACK
Bust out your Pucci towels and Eres swimwear--this beach is located in the most expensive area to buy a house in all of America. And yes, if you see a guy who looks like Billy Joel, it’s definitely Billy Joel.
4. GEORGICA BEACH, EAST HAMPTON
Prepare yourself for serious real-estate envy as you ogle the Lily Pond mega mansions in your midst . Surfing is allowed here, but only on small stretch of the beach, so you’ll have to aggressively stake out your territory.
3. TWO MILE HOLLOW BEACH, EAST HAMPTON
Along with Barry’s Bootcamp and Almond, Two Mile Hollow Beach is the center of gay life in the Hamptons. This beach also has one of the largest parking lots on the East End, so if biking or walking isn’t your thing, this is the spot for you.
2. DITCH PLAINS, MONTAUK
While this beach is no longer a laid-back hidden gem, it remains one of the best places for surfing. It’s become so popular, you must arrive early to snag a prime spot on good surf days. It also has restrooms, outdoor showers and some of the best food trucks and concession stands in the Hamptons.
1. MAIN BEACH, EAST HAMPTON
This serene, clean stretch of sea and sand is just about perfect. It’s also wildly popular (nonresident beach parking permits are already sold out), so plan to arrive early. See you on August 27 for the best fireworks show on the East End.