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Summer In The Hamptons Means Time To Hit The Beaches

Nicole Barylski

Head to Ditch Plains to catch a wave. (Photo: Nicole B. Brewer)

There is nothing better than spending the day at the beach soaking in the hot Hamptons sun (while wearing sunscreen of course) and cooling down by taking a dip in the Atlantic. Hamptons beaches require parking permits between May 24 through September 1 but day passes are available at most.

Family Friendly:

Cupsogue Beach County Park (906 Dune Road, 631-852-8111) in Westhampton Beach is lifeguard supervised with shower areas, a changing room, bathrooms and the Beach Hut which has a menu including salad, wraps, fried chicken and seafood, a raw bar, and of course ice cream. Enjoy live music after 5 p.m. Daily parking is $5 for resident parking, free for senior citizens, handicap or volunteers and $10 for tourist parking from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Flying Point Beach (1055 Flying Point Road) in Water Mill is another family friendly spot with restrooms. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and make sure you bring a few dollars for a stop at the ice cream truck. Gwyneth Paltrow has been spotted enjoying a beach day with her little ones at Flying Point. Parking permits are for residents only and daily passes are not available.

Spend the day with the family at Flying Point Beach in Water Mill. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Single And Ready To Mingle:

For a European flair on the East End stop by Sunset Beach (35 Shore Road, 631-749-2001) in Shelter Island. The seasonal hotel features a luxury boutique and beach-side restaurant and bar where the Sunset Beach Rosé André Balazs "Réserve" Wölffer Estate is a must try. Pippa Middleton was spotted enjoying a game of ping pong with owner Andre Balazs last summer.

Top Beaches In The US:

Coopers Beach (268 Meadow Lane, 631-283-0247) is Southampton Village's only lifeguard-protected beach. Coopers was rated the top beach in the US by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman a.k.a "Dr. Beach" in 2010. There is a pavilion with concessions, bathrooms and showers. Seasonal parking passes are available for residents at Village Hall and daily passes are available for $40 per day at the parking lot.

Main Beach (101 Ocean Avenue, 631-324-0074) in East Hampton is also lifeguard-protected and was recently revealed the top beach of 2013 on "Dr. Beach's" list. It also took home the number 3 spot in 2012. It also has a pavilion with bathrooms and snack bar. Daily passes are available and cost $25 per day on weekdays and a limited number of parking tickets are sold daily on weekends and holidays.

Coopers Beach in Southampton is a former number 1 ranked beach in the US. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

Catch a Wave:

Ditch Plains Beach located two miles East of Montauk Village attracts surfers from all over the East Coast. Lifeguards are on duty from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. at the beach which has restrooms, outdoor showers, and make sure you grab a snack at the Ditch Witch. Town parking permits are required.

Enjoy the sun and don't forget to reapply. Looking like a lobster is not a good way to start the Hamptons season.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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