The Hamptons, NY

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The Hamptons are synonymous with a posh lifestyle enjoyed on the beach during warm months on Long Island, but this destination isn’t just for the rich and famous. The Hamptons refers to the group of hamlets and villages in Southampton and East Hampton. Today, the Hamptons are best known as a seaside resort and home to expensive and luxurious homes.

Often times, vacationers head to the Hamptons hoping to see and be seen by celebrities and socialites that spend the summer in the Hamptons instead of remaining in their more permanent homes in places like Los Angeles and New York City. The Hamptons are predominantly a summer retreat, but the area is beautiful and worth visiting year-round. If you don’t have the cash to splurge on a summer home in the Hamptons yourself, you can still enjoy the Hamptons and all of the activities and atmosphere that this popular place has to offer.

Among the many attractions in the Hamptons, the beaches are the most talked about. An escape from the busy city life of New York City and surrounding metropolitan areas, the Hamptons beaches are a place for visitors to work on their tans while catching up on the latest gossip. Beaches like Flying Point Beach, Sagg Beach, Long Beach, Mecox Beach, Ocean Road Beach and Wainscott Beach are popular spots to lay down your beach towel and enjoy the day. From the beaches, you can also view some of the pricey beachfront properties that have the best views on Long Island.

In addition to basking in the sun, the Hamptons also have a rich art and culture scene. Along with art galleries and theater productions in the Hamptons, annual festivals celebrating music and art attract large crowds. Antique stores also offer vintage finds and antiques from around the world. If you want to pair your arts and culture with a bit of wine, that’s certainly not a problem in the Hamptons. Long Island has over 50 wineries, many within short driving distance from the Hamptons villages.

If you want a little more activity than the leisurely lifestyle afforded in the Hamptons, you can get more adventures with your vacation plans. In nearby Montauk, an award-winning golf course beckons golfers of all skill levels to play at the public Montauk Downs State Park. A low green fee and friendly staff make this one of the best public golf courses in the country. Afterwards, head back to the sea for boating or kayaking on Sag Harbor and Peconic Bay offer great views of the coastline and beaches. Tennis, hiking, horseback riding and biking are all activities available to visitors.

And who could forget the shopping? The Hamptons are well known for their shops featuring top designers, and many boutique shops. You can find anything your heart desires at the various stores and shops around East Hampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor.  Enjoy the Hamptons on your next vacation by booking a private and spaciousHamptons vacation rental or Southampton house rental. Vacation properties abound in the Hamptons, so finding a space that will fit your needs while traveling should be about as hard as finding a place for your beach towel on one of the Hampton’s many beaches.

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