Main Beach, East Hampton, New York, is located off of Ocean Avenue in the southern central section of the Village of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, on the Long Island Peninsula. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from New York City.
The Beach is open only daily from the last Saturday in June through Labor Day only. From Labor Day weekend through September 30 it is only open on weekends. The beach is open again, on weekends and holidays as of Memorial Day.
The Florida University Professor known as "Dr. Beach,'' Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, has listed this beach as one of the top ten beaches in the United States. Dr. Beach rates beaches annually since 1991, based on a prior 2 years study of 650 public U.S. beaches and 50 criteria that he developed.
Lifeguards here offer an Ocean Awareness Program during the summer.
In this very exclusive area of the Hamptons Main Beach is one of the more accessible beaches in the village of East Hampton.
This is one of the 2 East Hampton Beaches where parking is allowed in the area based on day permits. Day permits for parking here are only available for weekdays. On weekends only Village parking permit holders are permitted. Permits are available in a limited number from Village Hall and require proof of residency according to East Hampton Local Law #1-2007.
There are also permits issued for driving on the Main Beach and other nearby beaches from mid-May through September. These permits only allow for driving at night during the approved months.
Permits are also required for assemblies of more than 50 people at this beach.
No parking permits are required for the annual Labor Day weekend fireworks display that the Village holds here.
There are accommodations available near the beach for overnight stays by visitors.
Main Beach, East Hampton, New York has a series of convenient garbage bins. Littering is subject to large fines.
From May through September pets are allowed on the beach after 6 PM and until 9 AM daily; bags are provided to pet owners at beach entry for clean up.
Several bird nesting areas and dune flora are designated for protection.
Fires on this beach are allowed only during Memorial Day through Labor Day in the evening onwards and may not be within 50 ft. of any flora fences or tents. They must be 200 feet away from designated nesting sites and at least 100 ft. of distance from all buildings.
Alcohol is prohibited at Main Beach, East Hampton, New York. The beach has public restroom and showers and lockers are available for a fee. There is also a food stand on the beach.