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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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1. Tiana Beach

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72 Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

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

2. Dune Beach

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1720 Meadow Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

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

3. Fowler Beach

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290 Fowler St
Southampton, NY

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

4. Sagg Main Beach

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1152 Sagg Main St
Sagaponack, NY 11962
(631) 728-8585

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.

5. Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach)

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Noyac-Long Beach Rd
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

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.

6. 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.

7. Georgica Beach

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132 Apaquogue Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

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

8. Truck Beach

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9 Mitchell Dunes Ln
Amagansett, NY 11930

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.

9. Montauk Downs Pool

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50 S Fairview Ave
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-3781

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

10. Gin Beach

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East Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954

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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1. Tiana Beach

72 Dune Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

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

72 Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

2. Dune Beach

1720 Meadow Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

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

1720 Meadow Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

3. Fowler Beach

290 Fowler St, Southampton, NY

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

290 Fowler St
Southampton, NY

4. Sagg Main Beach

1152 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY 11962

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.

1152 Sagg Main St
Sagaponack, NY 11962

5. Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach)

Noyac-Long Beach Rd, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

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.

Noyac-Long Beach Rd
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

6. Crescent Beach

Shelter Island, NY

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

7. Georgica Beach

132 Apaquogue Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937

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

132 Apaquogue Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

8. Truck Beach

9 Mitchell Dunes Ln, Amagansett, NY 11930

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.

9 Mitchell Dunes Ln
Amagansett, NY 11930

9. Montauk Downs Pool

50 S Fairview Ave, Montauk, NY 11954

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

50 S Fairview Ave
Montauk, NY 11954

10. Gin Beach

East Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954

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.

East Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954