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Mapping the Ten Best Swimming Spots in the Hamptons

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Sure, we can and probably will argue forever about the best spots to swim on the East End. One of the great things here is the sheer variety of beaches: from gentle spots great for the kids or for sedate activities like stand-up paddleboarding to fabulous surf breaks and everything in between. As for pools, there is only one outdoor public pool that we know of, at Montauk Downs State Park, so we added that to the map. Did we miss your favorite? Discuss in the comments.

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Tiana Beach

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Now that Neptune Beach Club is closed, Tiana is a quiet beach with picnic areas, a deck with shaded seating, restrooms and showers.

Dune Beach

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Since the only parking is for Southampton Village residents, this is an empty paradise. You can ride your bike or stroll down the boardwalk.

Fowler Beach

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There's not much parking here, so the beach is never crowded.

Sagg Main Beach

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Can be crowded, but the picnic tables and volleyball nets make it a worthwhile destination. You can get a daily parking pass on weekdays; on weekends you need a resident or nonresident seasonal pass.

Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach)

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A gentle beach good for kids and for SUP. You're allowed to walk your dog here, which is nice. You can get a daily pass to park.

Crescent Beach

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The warm water and gentle waves make it great for kids, while for grownups, the Sunset Beach bar is right across the street.

Georgica Beach

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Great for surfing, or you can launch your kayak into Georgica Cove. You need an EHV pass to park.

Truck Beach

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As someone once commented on CH, "Bring your dog, keg, fishing rod and portable charcoal grill and have one of the best times of your life." You'll need an EH pass to drive on the beach.

Montauk Downs Pool

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The only public outdoor pool we know of in the Hamptons is Olympic-sized; there's also a kiddie pool.

Gin Beach

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A slightly rocky bay beach that's great for kids. Wear surf shoes. You can also fish off the jetty.To park, you need an EHT pass.

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Tiana Beach

Now that Neptune Beach Club is closed, Tiana is a quiet beach with picnic areas, a deck with shaded seating, restrooms and showers.

Dune Beach

Since the only parking is for Southampton Village residents, this is an empty paradise. You can ride your bike or stroll down the boardwalk.

Fowler Beach

There's not much parking here, so the beach is never crowded.

Sagg Main Beach

Can be crowded, but the picnic tables and volleyball nets make it a worthwhile destination. You can get a daily parking pass on weekdays; on weekends you need a resident or nonresident seasonal pass.

Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach)

A gentle beach good for kids and for SUP. You're allowed to walk your dog here, which is nice. You can get a daily pass to park.

Crescent Beach

The warm water and gentle waves make it great for kids, while for grownups, the Sunset Beach bar is right across the street.

Georgica Beach

Great for surfing, or you can launch your kayak into Georgica Cove. You need an EHV pass to park.

Truck Beach

As someone once commented on CH, "Bring your dog, keg, fishing rod and portable charcoal grill and have one of the best times of your life." You'll need an EH pass to drive on the beach.

Montauk Downs Pool

The only public outdoor pool we know of in the Hamptons is Olympic-sized; there's also a kiddie pool.

Gin Beach

A slightly rocky bay beach that's great for kids. Wear surf shoes. You can also fish off the jetty.To park, you need an EHT pass.