History of the Hamptons
If today the Hamptons are a wealthy vacation spot, this has not always been the case. Initially, the Hamptons were the land of colonists who cultivated the potato and from the XNUMXth century, large families in turn discovered the Hamptons. They decided to build large seaside villas there, mainly in the East Hampton and Southampton areas.
Over the years, painters also decided to settle in the region. Real estate prices continued to rise and new fortunes decided to choose the Hamptons for their vacation.
After the 2000s, Montauk (an area located in East Hampton) also became the new trendy place, real estate prices continued to rise and during the summer months, many celebrities stayed there. During the following years, Montauk and the Hamptons in general will see photographers, designers and many other artists.
Today East Hampton is the most desirable area for the wealthy and today the Hamptons represent a vintage lifestyle. Many social events are also organized there, but also charity galas, parties ...
How do I get to the Hamptons?
If you want to visit the Hamptons, three solutions are available to you to get there from New York:
- The car.
- The bus.
- The train.
With car, you are independent and you visit the region as you see fit: you take the route that interests you, you leave and come back whenever you want. Depending on the number of people, you can hire a suitable car and the price varies depending on the rental company chosen.
For the journey time, it takes on average 2h30 (156 km approximately between Manhattan and the Hamptons), but this duration varies according to the traffic, if you make stops…
Another way to get to the Hamptons: the bus. Several companies offer to reach the region by bus, but the most interesting is Hampton Jitney. The bus serves seven stops in Manhattan and nine in the district of Queens (see the article on this district) and Brooklyn. The bus then stops at 31 locations on Long Island including Southampton, East Hampton and Montauk.
By bus, the Manhattan - Montauk trip takes 3h30 about and it will take $ 29 for one ride (or $ 58 for a return trip) if the reservation is made online ($ 33 if it is made directly on site).
Le train is another alternative to consider when traveling to the Hamptons. Fast and convenient, the train puts 2h30 to reach Montauk and during the journey, 30 stops are planned. The line that connects Manhattan - the Hamptons is the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) and the price applied is $ 21.29 per trip.
To reach the Hamptons, several means of transport are therefore available. To choose one, take into account the number of people as well as your budget and if not, know that the seaplane or helicopter can also be used to reach the Hamptons from Manhattan. For the first, the trip lasts 45 minutes and for the second, it takes about ten minutes. But as you can imagine, these means of transport are more expensive than those presented above.
The Hamptons: what to visit?
Discover the Montauk lighthouse
Located east of the Hamptons, Montauk is a pretty fishing village which attracts many people during the summer. The latter is very calm, relaxing and during your visit, do not miss the famous Montauk lighthouse: the Montauk Lighthouse. If you want to visit it, know that there is an entrance fee ($ 11 per adult and $ 4 per child), but once inside, you can discover a museum and at the top, a 360 ° view of the horizon can be admired.
And before leaving Montauk, take a little detour by the beach Montauk’s Ditch Plains, the waves will please surfers!
Enjoy the beach
If you visit the Hamptons during the summer period, a little trip to the beach is to be expected! Whether it is for jogging, for swimming or simply for relaxing, you will appreciate the plages de sable fin, that is certain! To enjoy a beautiful beach, go to East Hampton and Amagansett, villages located next to Montauk where a beautiful beach awaits you! And don't forget to open your eyes, because stars also frequent this beach!
If not, Westhampton Beach is also an ideal beach for swimming and relaxing. It is located at the start of the Hamptons when you come from New York.
Take a tour of Southampton
Southampton is a village popular with celebrities. Here, luxury comes first: you can discover luxury shops and very impressive houses. Despite its posh side, Southampton deserves a little stopover and who knows, you might meet a star!
Other towns and villages in the Hamptons to visit
If you have time, here are some other must-see towns and villages:
- Sag Harbor, a calm place where there is no shortage of huge houses.
- Sagaponack, where picturesque beaches await you!
- Bridgehampton, a very pretty town with an interesting city center to explore.
The best restaurants to eat
In every town of the Hamptons, you will find a restaurant to eat. So if you are at Montauk, I advise you The Saltbox (99 S Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954), an establishment that serves seafood or Swallow East Restaurant which offers a varied menu: seafood, fish, salads… This restaurant is located at 474 W Lake Dr, Montauk.
A Amagansett, le restaurant Lobster roll (1980 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett) welcomes you in a casual yet chic decor. It serves seafood (their lobster is delicious) and seafood dishes. And if this restaurant rings a bell, it's normal, because it appeared in The Affair!
Otherwise, if you want to eat a good burger, go to Mr. Burger whose address is: 1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Sag Harbor.
Where is this region located?
The Hamptons are a region located in northeast of Long Island :
I wish you a good discovery of the Hamptons!