Gin Beach is located at the end of East Lake Drive. It is off of Montauk Highway in Montauk, New York. Gin Beach is located on Block Island Sound. The beach is east of the jetty and typically has calm waters. Lifeguards are on the premises. From May through late June, lifeguards are only on duty on weekends. During the peak season, which runs from late June to Labor Day, lifeguards are available daily. After Labor Day, lifeguards are again available on weekends only. Gin Beach features a roped off swimming area for visitors. Swimming outside of the designated swimming area is prohibited.
Gin Beach is one of the most popular of the bay beaches in the Montauk area. It is known to have small waves, warm waters, and miles of clean sand. There is a concession stand in the area, and restrooms are located nearby. Outdoor showers are also available. Gin Beach is considered to be a kid-friendly beach. In some areas, visitors may need to be careful of rocks that can be found near the shoreline.
Parking at Gin Beach requires a resident permit. Driving 4X4 vehicles on the beach is strictly monitored and prohibited from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily year round. Driving on the beach even during permitted times requires an East Hampton Town Permit. Non-residents can purchase such a permit at the Town Clerk's Office, which is located on Main Street. These permits carry an annual fee of $125.00.
For those wanting to launch their boat, any of the local marinas will put your boat in the water. The marinas generally charge a fee of $2 to $3 per foot of boat to place a boat in the water. If visitors want to launch their own boat, a Launch Ramp Permit is required. Launch Ramp Permits are available at the Town Clerk's Office and carry and annual fee of $50.
Anyone possessing a Launch Ramp Permit must is the West Lake Drive Ramp that is located on West Lake Drive, across from Harborside Motel. Boat rentals are also available from Uihlein's. Uihlein's offers both daily and hourly rental rates. They can be reached by calling 631-668-3799. Uihlein's also rents jet skis.
Visitors interested in whale watching can contact the Viking Fleet. The Viking Fleet requires reservations and offers trips further out to sea to see porpoises, whales, and other marine life. Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about the Viking Fleet can call 631-668-5700.
In addition to boating and swimming, visitors can also bike around the beach area. There are many open roads and trails in the area. Visitors can bring their own bikes or rent bikes from the Montauk Bike Shop. The Montauk Bike Shop can be reached by calling 631-668-8975.
Gin Beach is also home to the Gin Beach Grocery Market and Whole Food Co-op. Visitors can purchase many of items necessary for a day at the beach while at this market. Other activities available in the area include surfing, golfing, and tennis.
Additional information about Gin Beach can be obtained by calling 631-324-2417.