Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York is located at 268 Meadow Lane near the intersection with Coopers Neck Lane in the Village of Southampton on the Long Island Peninsula of New York State. The beach stretches 500 ft. along the Atlantic Ocean on the southern shore of Long Island, in Suffolk County. Coopers Beach is a small part of the white shoreline of Long Island's sandy beaches that stretch for more than 115 miles in all. Southampton has 7 miles of beach. Coopers is not only part of these 7 miles but is, in fact, considered to be the main beach of the town. It is maintained by the Village's Department of Beaches and Recreation.
Coopers Beach has been repeatedly called one of the top ten beaches in the United States. In 2008 it was listed as number 4 among the best beaches in the U.S. by "Dr. Beach,'' a Florida International University professor, Stephen P. Leatherman. One year earlier, in 2007, Dr. Beach had cited Coopers as the number 3 beach.
Food is available on the beach from a beach cafy at the beach pavilion which has outdoor dining. This is the only supervised lifeguard beach at Southampton. The lifeguards are on duty from 9 AM to 5 PM, the hours during which the beach is open, from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend.
There are also shower facilities and rentals of umbrellas and beach chairs as available.
The beach is free for local residents while visitors must pay for parking. There is a seasonal pass that can be purchased however to defray expenses if multiple visits are planned. This permit can be used for parking at the beach and within the village limits. Southampton sells 40,000 seasonal beach permits a year. In the year 2008 the village made over $230,000 in the sale of daily beach permits.
Visitors should arrive early at the beach as the parking available even with a permit is limited and the beach is crowded, particularly on weekends and holidays in the summer months.
From Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York, some of the historic mansions of this traditionally affluent area are visible. The turrets of Calvin Klein's mansion are among the views that are visible from this beach.
The town that is home to Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York, was the first to be settled by the English in the state of New York in the year 1640. It was legally incorporated in the year 1894. The area was settled by Puritans.
Near the beach area there are several historic buildings and sites, including a local history museum and the oldest English frame home in the State of New York.
The Southampton Cultural Center hosts an annual series of summer concerts on this beach and in a nearby local park.