The Hamptons

The Hamptons Travel Guide

It may be just ninety minutes from New York City, but when you visit the Hamptons, you enter an entirely different and refreshing part of New York State. The destination has gorgeous beaches, dramatic dunes, shingled windmills, and famous light that attracted artists like Jackson Pollock and Winslow Homer to paint in its hamlets.
The Hamptons are a group of towns on Long Island — perhaps the most famous area on Long Island — that have gained famed as the residence or summer home of some of America’s most elite. Thousands escape the hot city each summer to Southampton and East Hampton and their many hamlets and villages, including Sag Harbor, Water Mill, and Bridgehampton. They have miles of museums, quirky antique shops, and placid bays that are perfect for beach-combing.

Things Not to Miss in the Hamptons

• Let a Hamptons tour guide show you around Sylvester Manor, a 17th-century estate on Shelter Island
 • Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center at Riverhead offers an in-depth look at the ecology of the Hamptons.
 • The Montauk Point Lighthouse was built at the end of the 1700s and is well-worth a visit and photo-op.

When to Go to the Hamptons

For a respite from the crowds, the best time to travel to the Hamptons is before the tourists arrive at Memorial Day or after the end of the summer season at Labor Day. However, the Northeastern region gets quite cold in the winter, so don’t plan your Hamptons travel around the holiday months.

Articles about The Hamptons

The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater ...
The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater ...
The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater ...
The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater ...
The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater ...
The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater ...
From June through September, the Hamptons is the place to see and be seen. That’s why every style-savvy consumer’s favorite e-commerce website, Net-A-Porter.com, has expanded their same-day delivery service from NYC to the Hamptons. This summer, c...
The Queen of Summer Jayma Cardoso has been cultivating a boho-chic scene at Montauk’s coolest address since it debuted in 2008, turning the surf shack into a breezy indie rock clubhouse for weekending Manhattanites. Here, the Brazilian-born local ...
On my first visit to the Hamptons some 20 years ago, I stayed with friends at a sprawling rental in Southampton. We hired a now-defunct taxi service (Mercedes-Benzes, of course) to take us to overpriced restaurants and red-rope clubs. It was exact...
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