Summertime means spending time outside, under the sun, preferably on the water. It just doesn’t feel like we’ve officially kicked into summer gear until we’ve (sometimes less than enthusiastically) thrown on a bikini and made our way onto some body of water. And there’s nothing more frustrating than planning a day at the lake or on the beach only to arrive at a dirty, murky-watered locale. To save you from wasting any precious tanning rays, we’ve found the most beautiful, and beautifully populated watering holes for your summertime frolicking. Whether you’re planning on swimming laps to keep out of the heat and up with your bikini bod, or you’re just checking out the local talent, break out the sunscreen!
Main Beach, Ocean Avenue, East Hampton
Main Beach is the perfect place to settle in on the Fourth of July. But that doesn’t mean you should only stop by for one weekend! It’s called Main Beach for a reason…If you manage to find a spot on the gorgeous beach, stay for the evening! The view is gorgeous, and kids can grab snacks from the concession stands.
Gibson Beach, Gibson Lane, Sagaponack
A delicious piece of the Bahamas just north of New York is the place you want to be to get your tan on. But be warned: tops may or may not be optional on this particular strip of sand and ocean. If that makes you uncomfortable, keep reading! Otherwise, grab your sunscreen and see which celeb may be basking in the sunlight, as well!
Ocean Road Beach, Ocean Beach, Bridgehampton
Good news: you don’t need a ridiculously priced permit to park nearby! Bad news: that means everybody else will be vying for a parking spot. Particularly, the day-trippers and surfers. Still, that means pickings surely won’t be slim!
Wainscott Beach, Beach Lane, Wainscott
If you head over to Wainscott Beach, you’ll get two gorgeous landscapes: one of the white sand and blue water, the other of some serious real estate. A quiet stretch of land, you’re sure to spot some of the Hamptons’ biggest names. Sadly, you won’t find parking within the vicinity. Bike, walk, or bust! Don’t worry, it’ll be worth it.
Sagg Beach, Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack
If you’re looking for a wildly good time, pack your beach bag for Sagg Beach. Everyone’s got six packs and snacks in tow, so bring sustenance! Sagg Beach is home to good, old-fashioned ragers on the water. Fear not, lifeguards and restrooms keep things sane and safe, for the most part!