Amagansett, The Hamptons Travel Guide
- A relaxed, laid-back atmosphere (but within easy reach of glamorous East Hampton)
- Popular beach as well as numerous fishing spots
- Quaint, historic downtown -- you won't find any chain restaurants here
- A few popular nightlife spots
- Slightly less expensive (at times) than other areas of the Hamptons
- Very little parking available
- Small area, with not as much to do as some other spots in the Hamptons
What It's Like
Though it's a hamlet of tres-chic East Hampton, Amagansett is one of the more laid-back areas of the Hamptons. The quaint downtown has a Main Street lined by small restaurants and boutiques (it's a designated historic district, so you won't find any chain restaurants) and is home to a village green, where a 200-year-old elm stands. Many of the buildings date back as far as the colonial period, including Miss Amelia's Cottage, a historic home with numerous antiques and a carriage museum.
The closest beach is Atlantic Avenue Beach; parking can be difficult, but once you're there, you can stay all day. There are plenty of food vendors at the beach offering tasty Long Island treats such as lobster rolls, and families and groups of "young professionals" come laden with umbrellas and chairs. After a day in the sand, you can head to the pubs in Amagansett. Amagansett's nightlife draws a young, laid-back crowd -- you won't need designer duds for most of the places here.
But even though Amagansett is more relaxed than, say, Southampton or East Hampton, it doesn't mean that the tiny hamlet is completely void of glamour -- it's in the Hamptons, afterall. Stop by Further Lane to check out some palacial homes -- former and present homeowners in Amagansett include Paul McCartney, Jerry Seinfeld, Diane Sawyer, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
Where To Stay
Many visitors to the Hamptons rent houses, so hotels can be a little difficult to find. There are several B&Bs to choose from, but they book up quickly! Fortunately, the Hamptons are easy enough to navigate so, as long as you have a car, you can visit Amagansett for the day if you're staying elsewhere.