- Hamptons they are one of the most exclusive destinations in the United States, so much so that they are also known for hosting many luxury villas of both American and international celebrities. The term Hamptons refers to the area between the cities of Southampton and East Hampton that develops at the end of Long Island, in that region commonly known as South Fork. They are a favorite destination for those from New York who want to spend a day on some of the best beaches in the nation.
- How to get to the Hamptons from New York
- Hamptons tour from New York
- What to see in the Hamptons
- East Hampton
- The other towns
- Where to sleep in the Hamptons
- Where sleeping in Southampton
- Where sleeping in East Hampton
- Where to sleep in Sag Harbor and Montauk
- How much time to spend visiting the Hamptons?
How to get to the Hamptons from New York
If, in your New York itinerary, you have planned one or more days to spend in the Hamptons, here are all the ways you will have to reach them from Manhattan.
It will take you to reach East Hampton from Manhattan with your rental car about three hours. Obviously this is only a rough estimate as the travel time will be influenced by your exact starting point and traffic conditions. The main road you will take will be the Route 27 East also known as Sunrise Highway or Montauk Highway.
If you want to reach the Hamptons with a taxi, or a private alternative service such as Uber, know that you will have to put into account an important figure. Making an estimate I would say at least $ 200 for the private service and almost $ 300 for the taxi, obviously one way.
If you don't have a car, you can consider getting to the Hamptons from New York by bus. The travel time is similar to that of the journey by car, to which, however, the technical times of stopping at the stops must be added. There are some companies that offer this service, let's see which are the main ones.
- Hampton Luxury Liner: Departure in Manhattan is along Lexington Avenue. The rides are daily. The ticket varies depending on how many you are: for example for one person it is around 50 euros, with two tickets it goes down to 35 with three you get to around 26.
- Hampton jitney: prices change if you buy them online ($ 29) or on board ($ 34). Also in this case the departures are daily but the travel time is longer because the stops are more numerous.
The latter option can also be considered but, in my opinion, only if you are planning to go to the Hamptons at least one weekend during the summertime. In fact, only during the summer there is a direct service from Penn Station to Montauk, with stops in the towns of Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton and East Hampton.
The service is called Cannonball HamptonsDepartures are on Fridays only at 16:06 pm, while the return is on Sundays departing from Montauk at 18:37 pm. The time it takes to reach Westhampton (the first town in the Hamptons) is only 95 minutes.
This convenience has a considerable cost since we are talking about almost $ 100 between the round trip. If you intend to use this service, hurry up and book your tickets well in advance on the official LIRR website as they usually sell out very quickly.
During the other months of the year, however, the service is not express but makes all the classic stops along the route. The difference is that getting to Westhampton from Penn Station with this system will take you over two hours, while getting to Montauk will take you more than three hours. The prices are a little cheaper than the express line, in fact, we are talking about about $ 30 one way. You can check in detail the exact costs of the journey and the departure times from the official LIRR website.
Hamptons tour from New York
If you do not have a car, and you do not want to organize yourself with the transfer from New York to the Hamptons, you can rely on a guided tour in Spanish. You will visit all the main towns and also the pretty town of Sag harbor which, otherwise, would be more difficult to reach by public transport since it is not located on the railway line. You will also have the opportunity to visit the local shops where you can do some shopping. For more information on this tour you can click on the link below.
Day trip from New York to the Hamptons and Sag Harbor
What to see in the Hamptons
Before going into detail there are to be done some recommendations. First of all if you visit the Hamptons in a period of low season I advise you to check all the official sites of the attractions, many of them are in fact open only during the spring and summer months while they remain closed during the winter season.
Also if you are using a car be aware that the vast majority of beaches have a very high price for parking. In many cases, special day passes must be bought. For this reason, if you want to go, I suggest you choose only one and spend most of the day there, otherwise you risk accumulating a considerable expense just to be able to park the car.
The town of Southampton is the largest and busiest of the Hamptons. Even if you have little time, it is certainly worth strolling through the streets of the city and breathing some of the typical local atmosphere.
We cannot fail to start from beaches, because here is one of the most famous and popular in the area: Cooper's Beach. Each year this beach is consistently named among the top ten in the whole of the United States. A long stretch of nearly endless white sand is Coopers Beach's main calling card, and it's almost a must stop at any time of year for anyone who chooses to visit the Hamptons.
The main access is located at 268 Meadow Lane. If you are arriving with your own car, keep in mind that to park you will need to buy a daily permit of $ 50. It is possible to rent umbrellas and deck chairs on the spot, very useful if you want to spend the whole day at the beach. Coopers Beach is also the only beach in Southampton where there is a regular lifeguard service so you can swim with more peace of mind.
Another very popular beach in the area is Ponquogue Beach, reachable by crossing the bridge of the same name and leaving the car in the large paid parking lot (about $ 25) at 280 Dune Rd, Hampton Bays. Despite its beauty, it is less crowded than Coopers Beach and is therefore more suitable for those who want to enjoy the sea with greater tranquility.Are you looking for other beaches nearby?
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The other attractions
In addition to the beaches Southampton also offers other attractions that are worth visiting. Among these deserves a special mention Southampton History Museum (4911, 17 Meeting House Ln) which, thanks to the use of historic buildings of theOld Southampton Village, very effectively reconstructs the development of the city.
Also worth a visit there Rogers Mansion, a perfectly preserved house dating back to 1600, which its entirely white facades make it perfect for a souvenir photo. Visiting its interiors and strolling along the property will make you identify for a moment in what could have been the life of the first settlers who reached this area.
Still on the subject of historic buildings, if you have been struck by the previous ones, do not miss a visit to the Thomas Halsey Homestead (249 South Main Street) the home of one of the earliest founders of the city of Southampton dating from 1640 and on The Pelletreau Silver Shop (80 Main Street) the oldest shop still in business in the whole of the United States.
Lovers of contemporary art will be able to find something for their teeth by visiting the Parrish Art Museum in the nearby town of Water Mill (279 Montauk Hwy). In fact, the museum houses more than 3000 works by artists of the 900th century, among which those of William Merritt Chase and Fairfield Porter stand out. Finally, if you are fond of Native American history, it may be worth paying a visit to the little one Shinnecock Museuem and Cultural Center (100 Montauk Hwy) which reconstructs the history and life of the Shinnecock Indian tribe that lived in this part of the United States.
Where to eat
If you don't want to spend too much money on eating with a nice view of Sinnecock Bay then Rumba (43 Canoe Place Rd) is the restaurant for you. The burgers and tacos are excellent and, given its nature as a rum bar, it is also recommended if you simply want to sip the well-known drink in a pleasant atmosphere. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a steackhouse that, given the location, can also offer fish-based dishes, I recommend that you opt for the restaurant Cowfish (258 E Montauk Hwy) also overlooking Shinnecock Bay.
Perhaps the most famous (and most expensive) city of those that make up the Hamptons. Also in this case the beaches and art are the flagship of this town.
Main Beach (104 Ocean Avenue) is not only the most important and well-known beach in the city, but also in all of Long Island if not the United States. At the entrance to the car park you will have to pay a daily parking permit costing $ 30. Here, too, you can stroll along the beach that stretches for hundreds of meters, fantasizing that you are the owner of one of the many beautiful villas overlooking the ocean. Fireworks are often organized on summer evenings.
The other attractions
Don't miss a visit to the Pollock-Krasner House (830 Springs-Fireplace Road) home of the well-known American painter who moved to East Hampton with his wife Lee Krasner in 1945. The house served not only as a home but also as a studio for Pollock's work. In addition to being open to visitors, the interiors are kept in a very neat way, so much so that for a moment it seems to live in the same times as the artist.
Always remaining on the subject of art, equally unmissable is the LongHouse Reserve (133 Hands Creek Road). It is a sort of large garden-museum where sculptures and works of art are exhibited in a very pleasant and relaxing outdoor environment. Strolling surrounded by greenery you can therefore devote yourself to a sort of treasure hunt and discover the works of well-known contemporary artists including those of Yoko Ono.
Those who love to discover places that have made the history of a city in their own small way can visit the graceful one Osborn-Jackson House, one of the few houses that still retains its original structure. East Hampton is also famous for its windmills, all dating back to the early 800th century which can still be seen today. The two most important and best preserved are:
- Hook Mill (42 Main St): during the summer season you can also take tours inside.
- Gardiner Mill (along James Ln near the South End Cemetery): located near the road, it does not have parking, if you want to photograph it the best solution is to visit the nearby historic cemetery that develops along the banks of the pretty Town Pond.
If you want, you can also visit the historic farm Mulford Farm (10 James Ln) which, among other things, houses another mill inside, and offers a privileged point of view on the customs and habits of the first inhabitants of this area of the United States. Much of the building has in fact been left unchanged since 1750. The neighbor is also of very similar historical importance Home Sweet Home Museum, obtained from a house of the early '700 that belonged to the well-known American composer John Howard Payne.
Where to eat
If you want to eat a lobster roll, a delicious crab cake or more generally taste some lobster and seafood specialties, then you have to go to the Bostwick’s Chowder House (277 Pantigo Rd) the prices are not prohibitive and inserted in an informal and welcoming environment at the same time. If you are looking for a more refined restaurant you can try theEast Hampton Grill (99 N Main St), a little expensive but worth it. It is very busy, so if you plan to go, try to book early.
The other towns
Where we have visited Southampton and East Hampton we can say that we have seen a good part of what this area of the United States has to offer, although not all. There are at least two other towns which, time permitting, are worth a visit. Unlike the previous ones, they do not have the same suffix "hamptons" in the name but still share the same beauty and exclusivity.
This pretty town, unlike the previous ones, does not overlook the Atlantic Ocean but rather the bay of the same name. Those who have little time to devote to the visit should not, however, ignore a walk along the characteristic Main Street, where you can certainly find a shop where you can buy some souvenirs. Book lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit theHarbor Books (20 Main St), an independent shop where it is also possible to have tea in a very relaxing atmosphere.
Those interested in discovering the history of the place can visit the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum (200 Main St), a small museum located in a very particular building that reconstructs the history of whaling practiced in this region.
Arriving in the area of the pier, you cannot fail to notice the pretty mill The Windmill (8 Wharf St) which now houses the city's information center. Strolling along Division Street you will come across a building with a particular shape: it is the so-called Umbrella House, the oldest building in the city, which today is used as a cellar by a renowned food specialty shop, the Cavaniola Gourmet. The curiosities related to this building are two: during the war of independence it was used as a refuge by English soldiers while, during the war of 1812, it was even hit by a cannon shot whose signs are still visible today.
And what about the beaches? Surely this side of the coast is not as charming as the one facing the ocean but, if you can't resist the call of the sea and the sand, the best choice is to head to Havens Beach (Havens Beach Rd). To be able to park the car, however, it is necessary to have a special coupon that can be purchased at the offices of Sag Harbor Municipal Building at a cost of $ 10 per day.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat you can consider a visit to Baron’s Cove (31 W. Water Street), a well-known local in the area also frequented by famous people such as Paul Newman and Jackson Pollock. A less "demanding" choice is theLT Burger (62 Main St) where the main course is the classic burgers, while lovers of American donuts do not miss the opportunity to visit a historic local pastry shop on Grindstone Coffee and Donuts (7 Main St).
The last town on Long Island is Montauk, whose beach Umbrella Beach (also known as Kirk Park Beach) is the meeting place between Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) in the movie “If you leave me I will delete you”. This beach is also one of the few in the area for which a parking permit is not required. In fact, you can leave your car inside the Kirk Park Beach Parking Lot near the IGA supermarket.
Still on the subject of beaches, two other recommended destinations are Ditch Plains (18 Ditch Plains Rd), very popular with surfers, but you need a permit to park your car, and the stretch of coast that is inside theHither Hills State Park ($ 10 is required for admission).
Il Montauk Point Lighthouse (2000 Montauk Hwy) is definitely a recommended visit both for the beauty of the lighthouse itself and for the views it offers over the Ocean. You can also enter inside (cost of $ 11) to visit the museum and climb to the top of the lighthouse from which you can dominate the surrounding landscape.The Montauk Project
Montauk is famous not only for the beauty of its places but also for a story that mixes conspiracy, science fiction and secret military experiments, so rooted in the popular imagination to inspire the successful TV series Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers, creators of the series, actually wanted to call it “Montauk”.
It all began during the years of Cold War when, at the military base of Camp Hero, what is commonly known as the "Montauk Project" begins. In a nutshell, a series of scientists would have taken over some experiments of the phantom Philadelphia Project which, during the years of the Second World War had the aim of making invisible and teleporting the ships of the US navy, to adapt it to the new needs of psychological warfare.
According to conspiracy theories, the experiments would have caused, among other things, a distortion of space-time, with all the consequences that cinema has taught us to know. The recent discovery on the coast of an unidentified animal, the so-called "montauk monster“, Has done nothing but reinforce this type of speculation.
Today the area where Camp Hero stands has been transformed into a State Park (access costs $ 8 per car) and, even if some buildings are not accessible, it is certainly a nice place to admire the beach and also offers beautiful views over the neighboring area Montauk Point Lighthouse.
If you are looking for a place to eat, you cannot miss a real institution of the place: the Lobster roll restaurant (1980 Montauk Hwy) which with its iconic sign is the favorite meeting point for those who love the famous lobster dish. A good alternative is theHarvest on Fort Pond (11 S Emery St, Montauk) which overlooks the Fort Pond basin and has a large and convenient parking lot.
Where to sleep in the Hamptons
As you can imagine, the choices for sleeping in the Hamptons are not few. Here are some suggestions, divided by city, that you can consider for your overnight stay. Unfortunately, given the exclusivity of the area, it is very difficult to find affordable accommodation, especially in high season.
Where sleeping in Southampton
A good choice is undoubtedly the Southampton Inn (91 Hill Street), with lots of green space available and a large swimming pool that will surely be useful if you visit the Hamptons during the summer months. Otherwise, another valid option is certainly represented byHamlet Inn (300 Montauk Highway). Also in this case there is a nice swimming pool, an outdoor space and the rooms are spacious and well maintained.
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Where sleeping in East Hampton
THEEast Hampton Art House B&B (9 Bon Pinck Way) is a bed and breakfast housed in a huge and charming villa. The large hall and the outdoor swimming pool will immediately catch your attention. The property also has a private beach. As you can imagine it will not be an economic solution but those who choose to stay here will certainly not be disappointed.
Il Mill House Inn (31 North Main Street) as the name suggests is within walking distance of the historic East Hampton Mill. A slightly cheaper accommodation than the previous ones is represented by the Journey (490 Pantigo Road) which however has an outdoor swimming pool and clean and quite spacious rooms.
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Where to sleep in Sag Harbor and Montauk
Il Baron’s Cove (31 W. Water Street) is definitely a recommended destination. As we have seen throughout its history, it can boast of having hosted the likes of Jackson Pollock and Paul Newman. This is not always synonymous with quality, but in this case, yes. The sea view that can be enjoyed from the rooms on the second floor is certainly an extra positive factor to consider.
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Il The Surf Lodge (183 Edgemere Street) is not only a hotel but also a very popular venue in the area because during the summer months it offers free concerts and has a popular restaurant. Those who cannot ignore having a view of the ocean can consider the Sunrise Guest House (681 Old Montauk Highway) literally steps from the beach. Finally, those who want to spend their night in a real manor, take a look at the Montauk Manor (236 Edgemere Street) and will certainly not be disappointed.
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How much time to spend visiting the Hamptons?
Obviously a lot depends on how many days you have available to visit New York and its surroundings. Generally speaking, if you are truly interested in the area, I would say consider it more than a day to calmly explore the towns of the Hamptons and enjoy the local atmosphere. With just one day you risk being overwhelmed by the rush to see everything and, considering the time needed to travel, you will practically be left with very little time available.
Whether you arrive in the Hamptons by train, car or bus, as we have seen, it will at best take at least two and a half hours and, if we add the time of the return journey, you will understand that you will not have more than half a day to explore the area and the attractions of the place.
In general then I suggest you dedicate to the Hamptons at least two days so you can try the local restaurants, enjoy the beaches and take a few strolls in these pretty villages. It may also be advisable not to visit the Hamptons in the summer months weekend, this is because the area is literally stormed by locals looking for a bit of refreshment from the New York climate.