I was sitting at the kitchen table with my wife not too long ago, wondering how it was possible that I have lived here on the East End of Long Island, NY, for over 30 years and have not yet visited all the beaches of East Hampton Township (which includes the villages of East Hampton proper, Montauk, Amagansett, Springs, Wainscott and part of Sag Harbor). So we made a vow to walk all 40 beaches of this town and record our observations on this blog! We thought it might be useful as there are no in-depth beach guides for this area (either on the web or in print) and, in the summer at least, this town is a major destination for beach visitors.
I have organized the 40 beaches in to 7 areas and will post each area separately to avoid an overly lengthy post. Each beach will be described separately with an emphasis on
- How to get there and where to park
- What to find there (sand, rocks, shells, boulders, impassable obstructions,…)
- What we do with the stuff we find on the beaches (make jewelry of course)
- What you can do there (bathe, walk, collect shells, fish, dive, etc)
- Some interesting lore, tales or history
- I promise that I will have personally walked every beach and shoreline of this town by the end of this!
Two beaches are strictly speaking in Southampton town, but we like to walk them anyway! (they are #1 and #40)
My “assistants” in this project need to be acknowledged. They are Kenda (our 2-year-old German Shepherd) who usually has a piece of drift wood in her mouth, and Maria, my wife, who likes to exercise, live healthy and do yoga: