If you think of luxurious NYC life, you might also think of the Hamptons. That’s because this set of beach towns at the east end of Long Island has long been considered the best destination for a beach escape for New York City’s most rich and elite. Today, the Hamptons remains a place where many New Yorkers have their second or summer homes. However, it’s also a place where local NYCers go (among other local beach spots) on the weekends to get away from the concrete jungle. Here’s what you need to know about the Hamptons: NYC’s favorite beach escape if you’re planning to visit this summer.
So, What are the Hamptons?
The Hamptons aren’t just any beaches on Long Island. They’re a specifically designated area incorporating some specific neighborhoods and villages within the larger towns of Southampton and East Hampton. The areas that make up the Hamptons include (among others):
- East Hampton
- Fire Island
- Sag Harbor
- Shelter Island
- Hampton Bays
Getting to the Hamptons
If you want to get to the Hamptons from NYC for a weekend getaway, there are several transportation options to consider.
If you have a car in NYC or you are planning to rent one on your trip, driving out to the Hamptons can be simple. There’s plenty of parking once you get there, and it will be easy for you to get around to beaches, restaurants, and other towns if you have one.
The Jitney — a bus — is one of the most popular ways NYC people get to the Hamptons each week. There are multiple lines that will take you to nearly every spot in the Hamptons, which you can then experience by walking, once you’re in town. The Jitney has multiple lines, including the Montauk Line, the Westhampton Line, the North Fork Line, and the Brooklyn line, which goes into and out of Brooklyn.
What to Do in the Hamptons
Once you’ve arrived in the Hamptons, NYC’s Favorite Beach escape, there’s plenty to do. Of course, you’ll want to go to the beach, and many towns in the Hamptons have public beaches that you can access for free, or pay a minimal parking fee to visit.
The Hamptons is also a culinary destination, with tons of world-class restaurants where you can eat standout meals in both upscale and casual settings. Some of the most famous restaurants to try in the Hamptons include:
- Nick & Toni’s: Nick & Toni’s is a classic Italian restaurant is located in East Hampton, and it’s been one of the favorite spots for local fare since 1988 (and is still going strong!)
- Lobster Roll: Located in Montauk is Lobster Roll, a legendary roadside spot to enjoy — you guessed it — lobster rolls, along with other causal seafood shack dishes (hush puppies, fried shrimp, etc.)
- Cowfish: Hampton Bays’ best restaurant is Cowfish, a waterfront spot that serves brunch, lunch, and dinner — and has live music.