The storied seaside resort is chock full of celebrities, socialites and billionaires summering in eye-popping estates, and there’s also the communal seaplanes, hipster charities, polo matches and luxury boutiques, but you’ll also find the share house crowd (up to 40, twenty-something Manhattanites crammed into a single beach house, summer rental), year-round fishermen, a community of dedicated farmers and a historically African-American beach colony. Believe it or not, the Hamptons draws an extremely diverse crowd.
The Hamptons refer to several villages and hamlets on the South Fork of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York. The area stretches roughly 118 miles along the Atlantic Ocean and encompasses the communities of Southampton, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Sag Harbor, Westhampton, Wainscott, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk.
With its cluster of quaint, picturesque towns, long stretches of unspoiled beaches, rolling hills, abundance of wildlife and a mere 100 miles from New York City, it was only a matter of time before the Hamptons morphed into a summer escape.
The area boasts some of the most expensive, residential real estate properties in the U.S. but that wasn’t always the case.
Nine Native American tribes belonging to the Algonquian language were the first inhabitants of the South Shore of Long Island. Residents of the East End were the Shinnecock, Manhasset and the Montauks. These Indians roamed the area in search of deer, bear partridges and quail. They fished in the creeks and dug into the bay for clams. These tribes were known for the fine beads they carved from clams and the shells from sea snails.