Things to do

It would be impossible to visit The Hamptons without a trip (or several) to the beach. Rub shoulders with the in-crowd at Main Beach in East Hampton – or head to somewhere like Atlantic Avenue Beach for family fun. Ditch Plains in Montauk is one of Long Island’s best surfing spots. Catch a wave here before checking out the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse.

A stay in The Hamptons puts you only a short drive from world-class wineries. Feel the Atlantic breeze while sipping a zesty Pinot Grigio at the Channing Daughters Winery. If rosé is more your thing, make sure you stop at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack. Or quench your thirst after a long day at the beach with a craft ale at the no-frills Montauk Brewing Company.

The Great Gatsby has done wonders for Long Island’s glitzy reputation. You can tour many of the lavish mansions that came out of the Golden Age, including Eagle’s Nest or the Tudor-style Hempstead House. Art lovers will be intrigued by the Pollock-Krasner House, once home to Jackson Pollock. And for a glimpse of the island’s gritty relationship with the high seas, make a stop at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum.

Top tip from SLH

Most of The Hamptons’ beaches come with lifeguards and access to showers but be wary of hefty summer parking charges. 

Introducing The Hamptons

A favourite summer destination for well-heeled New Yorkers, The Hamptons is synonymous with opulence and wealth. But scratch at its glamourous surface and you’ll find a lot more to this stretch of Long Island. Home to authors and artists, it boasts glorious beaches, a vibrant food and wine scene, and a rich seafaring history still alive today.