Welcome to Hamptons
Wealth and luxury permeate every corner of this exclusive Long Island beach destination
Tucked away on the eastern end of Long Island lie some of the country’s most exclusive and wealthy communities. The Hamptons have been used for generations as an escape for New Yorkers looking to transition from the busy hustle and bustle of city life to the relaxing and charming paradise offered in these one-of-a-kind beach towns. Filled with some of the most high-end shops, world-class eateries, and properties that will take your breath away, the Hamptons are one of the east coast’s most desirable destinations and an ideal location for anyone looking to find their own northeast oasis.
Made up of various hamlets and villages in both Southampton and East Hampton, the area was originally prosperous farming communities and fishing villages, where potato fields were the primary source of agricultural income. However, in the late 19th century, this began to change. Wealthy business owners and professionals began taking advantage of the beauty and bounty of the region, turning it into a popular destination for New York’s wealthiest families.
Today, the Hamptons has become the go-to vacation spot for the rich and famous, with many celebrities, artists, and social innovators calling it home throughout the summer months.
What to Love
- World-class beach views
- Beautiful, sprawling properties
- Variety of galleries, restaurants, and boutiques
- Bucolic escape from city life
People & Lifestyle
The Hamptons offer numerous advantages to homeowners, including world-class ocean views, world-renowned restaurants and shops, exclusivity, and unmatched privacy, all of which they are more than willing to pay for. Homes in these communities are some of the most expensive in the country, with homes easily valued at $1 million and over.
Peace and relaxation permeate this luxurious area. Walking from the sandy ocean beaches to grab a bite to eat in town is a standard daily activity. Local residents enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful landscape around them, often visiting local parks and nature preserves in order to really escape from the stresses of day-to-day life.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The dining scene in the Hamptons is, without a doubt, one of the best on the East Coast, with numerous expert chefs moving into the area in order to be closer to the world-class farmers and producers in the region. Cowfish Restaurant in Hampton Bays is certainly one of the most popular spots. Their New American style menu includes lobster-stuffed mushrooms, pan-seared jumbo Diver scallops, and a mouthwatering center-cut filet with a loaded baked potato.
Tutto Il Giorno is another highly popular destination. Their classic approach to traditional Italian cuisine has put them on the map, and with dishes like spicy tuna tartare with marinated cucumber, rigatoni with hot homemade sausage, and grilled octopus and squid with green onions, it’s easy to understand why.
If you’re looking for a truly exceptional experience, head over to 18 Bay Restaurant on Shelter Island. Their innovative and locally inspired approach to modern Italian cuisine is the talk of the town, and their four-course chef’s menu is a direct reflection of the local markets and changes weekly. Some of their beloved dishes include scallop Crudo with basil and jalapeno, grilled New York strip with charred runner beans, and an array of outstanding homemade pasta served to perfection.
Things to Do
In addition to world-class restaurants and outstanding shopping, there are a number of exciting recreational activities and entertainment opportunities to take advantage of in this beautiful location. Coopers Beach in Southampton is considered one of the best beaches in America. In addition to being one of the most stunning spots on the east coast, this beach also offers a concession stand, bathhouse, and equipment rentals if you happen to forget your own chairs or umbrellas.
Hither Hills State Park is another popular beach destination. Considered one of the best ocean beaches around, this park also offers a 189-site campground right on the ocean for anyone who just can’t stand the idea of leaving.
The Montauk Lighthouse Museum is the easternmost point on all of Long Island, giving a one-of-a-kind view of the Atlantic Ocean unlike any other. In addition to climbing to the top of the lighthouse, guests can also enjoy an array of events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Montauk Salt Cave is the perfect place for anyone looking for rest, relaxation, and healing. This holistic experience is one of the most enjoyable in the area, and many people leave feeling like they’ve finally let go of the stress and anxiety caused by day-to-day life.
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