The feelings of cruising east on 27, windows-down, breathing ocean-crisped air, can finally return for summer! A long, cold, snowy winter has yielded into what is shaping up to be one of the Hampton’s most dynamic years. While the start of summer has typically been marked by an effervescent fourth of July celebration, this year a new frontrunner will capture the Hampton’s attention: The 2018 US Open. Sure to bring crowds from afar, getting around, and to, the east end during this spectacular event would appear daunting if not these few insider tips.
Hampton suncare products in hand, an escape to the beach can be easily accomplished while avoiding the congestion around Shinnecock Hills. Prevailing advice: to get to the Hamptons that week, take the train. The LIRR has added many additional trains, with only a two hour ride from Penn Station to Southampton, to allow for easier transit to the Hamptons. If you must drive, consider leaving later in the evening so that traffic out east will have subsided for the day. To avoid Shinnecock Hills, consider taking Sunrise Highway exit 65S to access Montauk Highway and Hill Street into Southampton Village. If you’re staying west of the Shinnecock Canal, consider heading to the incredible beaches of West Hampton & Hampton Bays!
If you find yourself in Southampton, take a bike or walk into the village! The time you would’ve spent trying to find a parking spot will likely be the same, if not more, then the time it takes to bike into the village. Cooper’s Beach, a hallmark of Southampton, has many spots to park your bike! If a more quiet time in the sun is more ideal, Road D on Meadow Lane, and Old Town Beach both offer more secluded experiences if you can stake a parking spot, which only reiterates the benefits of biking! An important thing to recall is that, while Hampton Sun products may protect your skin, the only protection in the water (read: a lifeguard) is at Coopers Beach.
Of course, the backroads will be essential for navigating around Southampton, as per the typical summer, but it is likely that the congestion from the US open will spill onto these quieter roads. The best advice is limit driving, either to the beach or to the village, to the mornings and evenings. Stake a spot for the day, hit the famed village shops, or relax under the rays of rare Hampton’s sun, and enjoy Summer 2018.