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Beach Parking in the Hamptons: What You Need to Know

Each of the ocean and bay beaches that surrounds the Hamptons has own its special draws. But before grabbing a towel and heading out to any of the region’s world-class beaches, visitors should investigate the parking situation at the beach they plan to visit. To put it mildly, beach parking in the Hamptons can be complicated and is almost always tightly regulated. What follows is a general guide with links to specific resources.

The Town of Southampton presides over township beaches from Westhampton to Sagaponack, while the Village of Southampton handles the seven beaches within its borders, including Cooper’s Beach, which often lands on list of the best beaches in the Hamptons, the nation, even the world.

The Town of East Hampton regulates most of the South Fork beaches starting in Wainscott and ending in Montauk. But there’s an exception there, too: The Village of East Hampton has jurisdiction over the five beaches within its borders and, like the others, it sets individual parking policies for each location. Also, Town of East Hampton parking permits are not valid at village beaches and village permits are not valid at town beaches.

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A handful of beaches provide day-rate parking lots that anyone can access until spots run out. But the vast majority of beaches require the purchase of a resident parking sticker or nonresident permit sticker that must be affixed to a car window. The permits can be bought at town halls, various other locations and even beach entry booths. For resident stickers, you must provide your vehicle registration and proof of residency, such as a property tax bill.

Each township and village also makes special parking accommodations for the disabled.

Police enforcement is vigilant at beach parking lots throughout the day, and tickets are issued frequently. So it’s best to plan ahead and not take chances. Also, be sure to check the signs no matter where you park to avoid unwanted surprises.

Guides to Beach Parking in the Hamptons

Town of Southampton Beach Parking Fees

Fees are $40 for Southampton town resident annual permits, $25 for Town Senior Residents (ages 60 and over), $375 for nonresident full season permits. Nonresident daily parking is $25, with the exception of Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park, where the day rate is $90 per vehicle.

Village of Southampton Beach Parking Fees

Information on permits and prices is available here. Residents permits are free, but the nonresident day rate at Coopers Beach is $50. Arrive early, or be prepared to wait. The nonresident annual rate is $450. Nonresident “locals” (people who reside in the Southampton school or fire district) can pay $250 per vehicle permit. Here’s a link for more information.

There is one “hidden” free parking beach in the Village. Road D Beach on Meadow Lane has about 30 parking spaces and fills up quickly. Note that the beach does not have showers or bathrooms like you’ll find at Cooper’s.

Town of East Hampton Beach Parking Fees

Nonresident beach permits are $375, nonresident drive-on beach permits $275. Day-rate parking is offered at only two spots: Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett ($25 per vehicle) and Kirk Beach in Montauk, where parking is free.

Village of East Hampton Beach Parking Fees

Village parking permits are free to residents but costs $400 per vehicle for non-village residents with a valid vehicle registration. Parking permits go on sale the first business day in February. Nonresident permits are limited and issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more details, see the Village of East Hampton website.

Hamptons Beach Shuttles

The Hamptons Hopper offers free bus service from late June to Labor Day along a route it calls the Montauk Loop. For $5, you can also ride its Inter-Town Loop, which drops off in several more villages between Montauk and Hampton Bays.

Free Ways to Get to Beaches in the Hamptons

You could always legally park in one of the hamlets and hire a taxi, Uber or similar service to drop you at the beach. Or you could bike. No permits are required for bicycles. Yet.

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