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The Curbed guide to the Hamptons

In the East End, go beyond the beaches and nightclubs (but we have you covered there too)

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Which Hamptons town should you visit?

How to make sense of the East End’s many villages and hamlets.

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The best things to do in the Hamptons this summer

The best things to do in the Hamptons right now, from beaches and museums to gorgeous windmills

7 modern beach houses for rent in the Hamptons

From Southampton to Montauk, rentals to consider if you’re looking for rentals with 21st-century style.

How to get to (and around) the Hamptons without a car

No wheels? You can go to the beach and, really, anywhere else on the East End. Here’s how.

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The 5 most scenic Hamptons bike rides

Curbed’s picks for the best rides of the summer.

The Hamptons can seem like a fortress, a getaway for New York City’s wealthiest residents where everyone else isn’t welcome. The thick privet hedges around some of the mansions in the area, grown to keep tourists from gawking at the estates, bolster that suspicion. But there are plenty of places in the towns and villages at the east end of Long Island that aren’t shut off to less-monied visitors.

“The area is a lot more laid-back than people imagine,” says Grace Cassidy, the editor of Curbed’s Hamptons site for the past three years, who grew up in the area and still lives in Hampton Bays.

In our travel guide, the final project for Curbed Hamptons, you’ll find unexpected ways to experience the area that don’t require a lot of cash (or a car—see our guide to getting around without one). We’ll introduce you to a 20-foot-tall duck statue that makes an excellent Instagram backdrop, the most popular post-beach sunset spot for a glass of wine, and a bike ride that takes you past locals clamming and small cottages on stilts, and that ends at a large bayside beach.

We didn’t skip over the Hamptons staples, either. Here are our picks for the best beaches, as well as the can’t-miss places for a big night out.

Start here to figure out which Hamptons town you should stay in, then decide which modern beach house to rent. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!