Planning a vacation to the Hamptons? Have you already booked one? Are you interested in knowing more about what to do in the Hamptons?

For over twelve years, Hamptons to Hollywood has been THE destination for what to do in the Hamptons. From our famous Hamptons party coverage, Hamptons restaurant recommendations, where to find the best farm stands, and overall lifestyle tips, we have you covered, from Southampton to Montauk.

Where are the Hamptons?

The Hamptons is a term that refers to the collection of small towns and villages on the east end of Long Island in New York state. Since the 1600s, the Hamptons have been a popular summer escape that offers a relaxing change from breakneck pace of New York City. Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and various bays to the north, the Hamptons offer fertile soil that yields fresh produce, incredible surfing, high-end shopping, and a quiet luxury that you can’t find anywhere else.

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Who lives in the Hamptons?

Historically – and currently – the Hamptons are known for being popular enclave for celebrities and the ultra wealthy. However, it’s not all rich city dwellers that flock to the South Fork’s best beaches. There are year-round residents of all economic backgrounds that dwell in the Hamptons as well. From small business owners to creatives, the Hamptons offers a rich economy that booms the loudest from June through August.

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The villages are also known for being incredibly whitewashed, however the are many diverse populations in the Hamptons as well:

  • Some neighborhoods in Sag Harbor were among the very few beach communities on the East Coast founded by African-Americans. And to this day, Sag Harbor has some of the last historic African-American beachfront communities remaining in the United States today. The Hamptons don’t always pop into peoples’ heads when they think of diversity, but the hamlets have a rich history and continue to be a place for people from all backgrounds & walks of life.
  • According to the US Census, 26.9% of East Hampton residents were Hispanic or Latino.
  • There is a huge influx of Irish residents that flock to Montauk in the summertime to work and travel.
  • Because the Long Island Railroad connect the Hamptons to the incredibly diverse New York City population, people of all cultures and ethnicities have easy access to the eastern edge of Long Island, even if just for a day trip.

Are the Hamptons expensive?

As far as real estate goes, the Hamptons are very desirable. And thus, the prices of homes far exceeds the average cost of real estate in comparison to the rest of the United States. In March 2024, The Hamptons home prices were up 11.5% compared to 2023, selling for a median price of $1.4 million.

Even AirBnbs and hotels in the Hamptons can command top dollar during peak season, with rates starting at $300 per night and going as high as $3,000+ per night.

Where Should I Stay in the Hamptons?

The age-old question, right? There are SO many amazing places to stay in the Hamptons, but where should you stay depends on what part of the Hamptons you want to experience.

Take our “Which Hamptons Village Are You?” Quiz to get and an idea of the best place to stay in the Hamptons.

Southampton is the most “old money” village of the Hamptons, East Hampton is known for being the most “celebrity-laden” town. If you love live music, consider staying in Amagansett so you can visit Stephen Talkhouse. If you want something super cute and laid back, check out Sag Harbor. And if you want something with charm, understated wealth, celebrities partying at The Surf Lodge, and great food, Montauk might be the spot for you.

There’s also the option to rent a house with a private beach if you want an ultra luxe experience.

Are There Cheap Hotels in the Hamptons?

You can definitely do a long weekend or summer vacation on a budget in the Hamptons. Not every hotel or private home is going to break the bank. The Albatross is one of our favorite motels in the Hamptons. Located in Montauk, only about 100 feet from the beach, The Albatross offers cozy rooms, an incredibly welcoming staff, a pool, lovely bathroom products, and room prices that won’t make you take out a second mortgage on your home.

Kenny’s Tipperary Inn is an affordable option in Montauk, too, which is located next to Mannucci’s restaurant and Gosman’s Dock. You can even find vacation homes in East Hampton, Springs, and Water Mill for reasonable prices. Our advice? Book as early as you can.


The best way to budget in the Hamptons is to go during the off season. There are lots of reasons to do an autumn or winter Hamptons getaway, as well.

Most Luxurious Hotel in the Hamptons?

Are you looking to do your Hamptons experience all in? You want the most bougie experience you can get. Here are some of the best hotels and resorts you can stay at in the Hamptons.

  • The Surf Lodge – a Hamptons hotspot that oozes understated luxury, wonderful views, and a party every weekend, right on the property.
  • Montauk Yacht Club – can you say chic?! This Montauk hideaway is the casual Hamptons luxury you’ve been searching for. On the water with lots of luxury amenities.
  • Baron’s Cove – located in the historic town of Sag Harbor, this beach bungalow experience is one to be desired. Waking up to a view of the water, you can lounge by the pool or take the shuttle to the beach. It’s one of the best spots to spend your Memorial Day Weekend or Labor Day.
  • A Room at the Beach – did you know Martha Stewart used to own the property? It’s as cute AND elegantn as you might think.
  • Gurney’s – one of the only “resorts” out east. The spa is very popular.
  • Topping Rose House – think tradition, prestige, and delicious cuisine.
  • The Baker House 1650 – right in the center of East Hampton, this estate-style hotel is cozy, but impeccably refined. Within walking distance to downtown.
  • The Pridwin – Looking for something on Shelter Island? Look no further than The Pridwin. It’s a collection of cottage hotels with lost of old-timey charm and features a swimming pool, tennis court, and a private beach.

Best Beaches in the Hamptons? 

Each of the Hamptons’ villages are perched on the ocean. And some are on the bay, sound, and harbor, too? Check out our guide to the 6 Best East Hampton Beaches. And check out these others that are gorgeous and fun. Careful! Some beaches require permits to park in lots.

  • Main Beach, East Hampton – lively, family-oriented, but also a super fun spot for groups of friends.
  • Coopers Beach, Southampton – it has a reputation for being one of the best beaches in the country and offers lots of concession stands so you can easily spend your entire day there. You’ll find locals and tourists alike
  • Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk – perhaps one of the best surfing beaches you’ll find. Come here for big waves and to watch surfers ride them all day long.
  • Two Mile Hollow Beach, East Hampton – a pristine, long, white-sand beach that will make you wish you could stay forever.
  • Sagg Main Beach, Sagaponack – has a lifeguard and views to die for. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins.

Best Restaurants in the Hamptons? 

This is impossible to report on, 1) because there are so many and 2) because new ones are always cropping up. From wine tasting to lobster rolls, there are endless spots to dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We like:

  • Inlet Seafood Restaurant, Montauk – the restaurant is owned by local fisherman who catch the dinner menu the same morning for guests to enjoy. Perhaps the freshest seafood you’ll find in the Hamptons. And some of the best sushi.
  • The Gig Shack, Montauk – if you want live music and a perfect local vibe, “the shack” is the spot.
  • Sen, Sag Harbor – come for the sushi! And a possible Jimmy Fallon sighting.
  • Almond, Bridgehampton – see and be seen in this Bridgehampton staple that is cute option for date night.
  • The Clam Bar, Amangansett – a classic and casual roadside stop, you’ll find some of the best seafood here. Catch up with friends and chill out, Hamptons style.

How Do I Get Around the Hamptons?

You can always rent a car – and we suggest you do, since the Hamptons are pretty spread out. Unless you want to take local taxis, ubers, or the train from village to village.

We are also big fans of Circuit (formerly The Free Ride), which is a free, eco-friendly beach shuttle and public transportation option that takes Hamptons residents around selected Hamptons stops. You’ll see these cool vehicles buzzing all down Main Street East Hampton.

You can also take the Hampton Luxury Liner, the Hampton Jitney, and the Hampton Ambassador to get you from NYC to Long Island’s East End and other parts of Long Island’s South Fork.

What is the Best Time of Year to go to the Hamptons?

Obviously summer is the best time of year to visit, but don’t underestimate getting out of NYC to munch on the best lobster rolls in New York during the off season (September- May), too.

Things to do in the Hamptons

The Hamptons are know for the luxury relaxation. So many activities to do like wine tasting, visiting Westhampton beach, viewing the Parrish art museum, heading over to the perfectly manicured gardens and treating yourself at the boutique cosmetic spa. There is much to do at the Hamptons, your trip will be endless things to do

  • The Montauk Lighthouse – a real piece of history and one of the most famous lighthouses in the country. Plan to spend a few hours here and climb to the top for incredible views.
  • Sag Harbor Whaling Museum – a great place that’s dedicated to the town’s past in the American whaling industry. It houses the largest collection of whaling equipment in the state of New York.
  • Shop – stock up on reading material at BookHampton in East Hampton, peruse the luxury boutiques, and visit local retailers with inventory you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Go to the Beach – spend the day on the sandy shores of Southampton or neighboring beach. You deserve it.

Most of all, go in with an open mind and the readiness to have a ball. Everyone is friendly out east. Wear your smile, say yes to whatever comes your way, and be ready to suck in an experience you won’t soon forget.

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