City and Town beach
Open only to seasonal permit holders, including nonresident permit holders. Beachgoers must obtain parking permits, sold 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. until June 24 at Town Hall, 116 Hampton Rd., Southampton. Also sold at the Parks and Recreation office, 6 Newton Rd., Hampton Bays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; and daily beginning June 25 at town beaches. Seasonal fee is $40 for residents, $25 for residents older than 60 and $375 for nonresidents.
There are many beaches scattered between the mansions on Dune Road, but Ponquogue Beach is one of the best. Between the large parking lot and clean, light golden sand is a deck with bathrooms, a convenient outdoor shower, covered picnic tables and a busy concession stand, the hang out spot for young teenagers.
The atmosphere at Ponquoge is active and family-oriented. There are people playing catch and Frisbee, volleyball matches, joggers, and kids running towards the enticing waves with boogie boards in hand. On a sunny day you?ll never want to get out of the clear, crisp water.
Ponquoge is a favorite spot for locals because it has the best facilities and doesn't fill up too quickly, but it?s loved by visitors from all over the country. Probably the one person having the most fun out of the entire crowd was little Ethan from Westchester
, standing inside his bucket near the water. He was 3 years old, and after drawing multiple rainbows in the sand for me, it was clear we had become best friends.
and fishing are allowed outside of lifeguard protected areas, and two sessions of weeklong Surf lessons are offered each summer. Looking for an after beach party? Taxi rides cost a fixed rate of $5 from Ponquogue to Neptune
Beach Club down Dune Road. (Hometown Taxi, 631-728-9300)
--Nina Marie Ruggiero
600 feet on ocean
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily June 25-Sept.5.
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