Life’s a Beach in East Hampton
A lot of people think of the Hamptons as the playground of the rich and glamorous. Since a number of celebrities do have homes there, the culture itself can sometimes get overlooked. The Hamptons are actually rich in history that deserves just as much attention as the fabulous homes.
East Hampton actually dates back to the 1600s, when settlers first laid out their plans for the village. The beautiful agrarian plains were discovered by artists in the late 1800s, which is what led to the establishment of the summer colony. Despite the continual expansion of additional houses and roads, the open spaces and picturesque beaches have remained protected for all to enjoy.
Especially the beaches! East Hampton has five beaches that are maintained by the Village. The most popular, of course, is Main Beach, which has the most facilities as well. There is a snack bar that is open during the summer season and restrooms as well. The beach is beautiful and it’s a nice stroll on any day to look at the houses that are built along this stretch. If you continue to stroll west you will eventually reach Georgica Beach. You can walk in to Georgica pond, where swimming is also allowed and the water is significantly warmer than the ocean.
Grab a bike to cruise around the lush green neighborhoods and head toward Maidstone Golf Club. Behind it you will find Egypt Beach, a great hidden spot and not as busy as Main Beach. The dunes are beautiful here and the white sand is pristine. There are no public facilities, however, so this may be a good spot when you’re not planning to spend an entire day.
Wiborg Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach are also worth exploring, especially on early mornings. Rules are strict at all beaches regarding litter, vehicles on the beach, and pets, however they do allow dogs to be off leash before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., which is more generous than a lot of places. If you have a big beast like I do, it’s a great way to let them exercise and explore without dragging you down the street on a leash! If you have the time while you’re here, make sure to make the beaches a priority!