Main Beach

East Hampton Village is one of the oldest communities on Long Island. English settlers arrived in 1648, less than a generation after the famed landing on Plymouth Rock. Over the years, Impressionist painters and the jet set were drawn to this picturesque community along the Atlantic Ocean. Today, saltbox houses, a village green, and windmills stand as reminders of this charming village's past. Certainly the early settlers, painters, and the rich and famous have spent some time on what was to become Main Beach East Hampton.

This stretch of prime shoreline hugs the Atlantic Ocean. Main Beach, the largest beach in the village, features a variety of visitor amenities, including a snack bar, pavilion, lockers, showers, and public restrooms. There's plenty of room for all of everyone to stretch out, swim, and people watch. Main Beach East Hampton is noted as one of the best places in all of the Hamptons to spot celebrities who often come to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf.

With sand dunes bordering wide, sandy beaches celebrities and average people alike love Main Beach East Hampton for its natural wonders. The white beaches, formed over time from quartz, sparkle in the sunlight, a nice contrast to the blue skies and clear blue waters. Wildlife watchers will find many interesting species, including the piping plover, a small bird that favors coastal areas. Throughout the summer, lifeguards lead interpretive programs that explain this unique ecosystem. The South Fork of Long Island, where the Hamptons are located, is known for its interesting scenery and quality beaches. Main Beach, of course, is no exception.

In addition to Main Beach, the village of East Hampton owns and operates four others beaches, all perched along the Atlantic Ocean. When planning time at an East Hampton Beach, vacationers also can consider Georgia Beach, and Two Mile Hollow Beach, which are watched over by lifeguards in the summer. Egypt Beach and Wilborg Beach do not have lifeguard supervision.

No matter which East Hampton Beach you're talking about, the operating hours are the same. They're open daily from the last Saturday in June through the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day. Beachcombers are welcome on the weekends between Memorial Day and the end of June, as well as the remainder of September.

Entry to an East Hampton Beach is free, but a parking pass is required. Both Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow allow the purchase of daily parking pass, even then, only for the weekdays. Vacationers who want to visit these two New York beaches on the weekend must purchase the pass from the village of the East Hampton. Entry to other the three beaches always requires a valid parking permit. For nonresidents, the passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and often sell out quickly.

Another beach consistently ranks high on the list of top beaches alongside Main Bach East Hampton. Just twelve miles to the east, Coopers Beach in the village of Southampton is highly regarded for its ocean views and white sands. Heading east to the tip of Long Island, Robert Moses State Park, is another scenic beach. Swimming, surfing, and angling are popular activities here, as are lighthouse tours and nature walks.

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