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The best places to surf in the Hamptons

Make sure to check the swell conditions and water temps before heading to the beach

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Surfer at Montauk State Park.
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The Hamptons may not be known for its surfing, but the East End has a prominent surf culture—especially in Montauk. Aside from locals, visitors come from all over and surf at our beautiful beaches. Don’t know where to start? We’ve compiled a list of our top seven ocean beaches for surfing.

We suggest checking the conditions prior to heading to the beach. You can check live cams on Hamptons.com or see the water temps, tides, wind, and swell forecast on Surfline.

Know of any other local beaches that you don’t see here? Drop a line in the comments.

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1. Dune Road

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Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY

Anywhere along Dune Road is going to be a good spot for surfing since many of the beaches are relatively quiet and surfers won’t have to worry about bumping into others trying to snag a wave. The issue? Parking. Make sure you know which beaches you can and cannot park at.

2. Ponquogue Beach

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280 Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 728-2530
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Also along Dune Road, Ponquogue is a popular ocean beach with decent waves. The good thing about this beach is that, 1. it’s easy to get to, and 2. you can buy a daily parking pass if you’re not here all summer.

3. Shinnecock Inlet

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Shinnecock Inlet
Southampton, NY 11968

Located in between Dune Road and Meadow Lane, this area is a local favorite. To get here, you can park either all the way at the end of Dune Road near the restaurants in Hampton Bays, or drive to the end of Meadow Lane and park at Shinnecock East County Park.

4. Cryder Beach

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98 Cryder Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(405) 882-4639

Meadow Lane beaches require parking passes, but sometimes there are free spots near Cryder, which is why we suggest this ocean beach for those who don’t live out here year-round. Plus, it’s easy to get to from Southampton village.

5. Ditch Plains Beach

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18 Ditch Plains Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

Ditch Plains is the favorite surf spot in the Hamptons, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful beach and has the Ditch Witch nearby for post-surfing grub.

6. Camp Hero State Park

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Camp Hero State Park
Montauk, NY 11954

Camp Hero’s ocean beaches are located at the bottom of cliff, so we suggest being careful in getting down there—especially with surf boards. But on the weekends, this beach could be significantly less crowded than Ditch.

7. Turtle Cove

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Old Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954

Before and after a storm, the swells at Turtle Cove can offer ideal surfing conditions.

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1. Dune Road

Dune Rd, Hampton Bays, NY

Anywhere along Dune Road is going to be a good spot for surfing since many of the beaches are relatively quiet and surfers won’t have to worry about bumping into others trying to snag a wave. The issue? Parking. Make sure you know which beaches you can and cannot park at.

Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY

2. Ponquogue Beach

280 Dune Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

Also along Dune Road, Ponquogue is a popular ocean beach with decent waves. The good thing about this beach is that, 1. it’s easy to get to, and 2. you can buy a daily parking pass if you’re not here all summer.

280 Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

3. Shinnecock Inlet

Shinnecock Inlet, Southampton, NY 11968

Located in between Dune Road and Meadow Lane, this area is a local favorite. To get here, you can park either all the way at the end of Dune Road near the restaurants in Hampton Bays, or drive to the end of Meadow Lane and park at Shinnecock East County Park.

Shinnecock Inlet
Southampton, NY 11968

4. Cryder Beach

98 Cryder Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

Meadow Lane beaches require parking passes, but sometimes there are free spots near Cryder, which is why we suggest this ocean beach for those who don’t live out here year-round. Plus, it’s easy to get to from Southampton village.

98 Cryder Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

5. Ditch Plains Beach

18 Ditch Plains Rd, Montauk, NY 11954

Ditch Plains is the favorite surf spot in the Hamptons, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful beach and has the Ditch Witch nearby for post-surfing grub.

18 Ditch Plains Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

6. Camp Hero State Park

Camp Hero State Park, Montauk, NY 11954

Camp Hero’s ocean beaches are located at the bottom of cliff, so we suggest being careful in getting down there—especially with surf boards. But on the weekends, this beach could be significantly less crowded than Ditch.

Camp Hero State Park
Montauk, NY 11954

7. Turtle Cove

Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

Before and after a storm, the swells at Turtle Cove can offer ideal surfing conditions.

Old Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954