Hamptons beaches

Valerie Deluca of Westhampton enjoys the sun at

(Credit: Photo by Gina Tomitz)

Oh sure, the Hamptons are all about celebrities, exclusive parties and buckets of money, right? Well, maybe a little of that.

But they've got dozens of beautiful beaches anyone can enjoy, including Coopers Beach in Southampton and Main Beach in East Hampton, which are routinely ranked among the top 10 in the U.S.

Some require a permit from the town, some don't. This guide should help you sort it out.

More ways to beat the heat: Waterslides, Long Island beaches, Sit outside and have a drink, Best beaches for kids, Best spots for surfing, Public swimming pools

  • People play in the surf at Atlantic Avenue

    Atlantic Avenue Beach City and Town beach at end of Atlantic Avenue, off Route 27 Amagansett Food stand, sand wheelchair, surfing area ...

  • A view of the shore at Big Albert's

    Big Albert's Landing Beach City and Town beach At end of Albert's Landing Road off Old Stone Highway Amagansett Picnic area reservations required, sand wheelchair, rest room ...

  • Coopers Beach: 268 Meadow Lane Southampton, NY

    Coopers Beach City and Town beach, Village beach 268 Meadow Lane Southampton Routinely ranked as a top 5 beach in the United States "Dr. Beach" Stephen Leatherman, ...

  • A prepared beach-goer heads into Cupsogue.

    Cupsogue Beach County Park Kids, County park, County beach Dune Road Westhampton Considered by nature watchers to be an excellent spot to catch wild seals in action, ...

  • Montauk has Ditch Plains, where a jetty creates

    Ditch Plains City and Town beach Off Ditch Plains Road Montauk Surfers always have flocked to Montauk, if only to ride the waves at the world-famous ...

  • East Lake Drive Beach in Montauk. (Aug. 29,

    Gin Beach / East Lake Drive Beach City and Town beach Off Route 27 end of East Lake Drive Montauk This beach on Block Island Sound at the end of East Lake Drive requires a ...

  • FOR EXPLORELI 12/30 Jeff Rishel, visiting Long Island

    Flying Point Beach City and Town beach on Flying Point Road Water Mill Showers, rest rooms, mobile food stand, volleyball courts. Open only to seasonal permit holders, including ...

  • A summer day at Foster Memorial Beach in

    Foster Memorial Beach City and Town beach 1000 Long Beach Rd. Sag Harbor Known by locals as "Long Beach" (possibly due to its lengthy boundaries that run along ...

  • Tina Duffy of East Hampton and Gemma Starn

    Georgica Beach City and Town beach At end of Apaquogue Road and Lily Pond Lane East Hampton One of the quieter beaches available to both residents and visitors, it has no concessions ...

  • Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries

    Hither Hills State Park Kids, Beach, Playground, Campgrounds, State park, State beach 164 Old Montauk Highway (Route 27) 4 miles west of hamlet of Montauk Montauk Major lure at this 1,755-acre park is camping along a beautiful stretch of the Atlantic; ...

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