Amagansett, located between East Hampton and Montauk, is among the most popular hamlets in the Hamptons, offering pristine white, sandy beaches, magnificent oceanfront real estate and historic Main Street with its restaurants and shops. Founded in 1680, Amagansett’s name derives from a Native American Montaukett word for “place of good water.” Amagansett still retains an emotional connection to the area’s original inhabitants. The Marine Museum, in a former Coast Guard station, is located on Bluff Road overlooking the ocean and houses exhibits on the history of whaling and fishing on eastern Long Island. Amagansett also offers hiking trails and nature preserves in the Amagansett National Wildlife Refuge and the Atlantic Double Dunes Preserve.
There are both ocean and bay beaches in Amagansett. Beautiful Atlantic Avenue Beach is the site of an annual Sand Castle Contest each summer, with groups of all ages participating. Residents-only Indian Wells Beach is low-key and popular with families. Both beaches have concession stands and bathrooms. Big Albert’s Landing Beach on Napeague Bay is a destination for families with children.
Amagansett attracts a diverse summer population of surfers and beach lovers, low-key celebrities, hipsters and families. The small but flourishing business district offers great gourmet restaurants and coffee houses, casual eateries, a diversity of shops and The Stephen Talkhouse, a popular music venue named for a Montaukett chief. From April to December the beloved Amagansett Farmers Market, currently operated by the Amagansett Food Institute, offers an array of products from area farmers, fishermen and other local and regional food producers.
“Having grown up in Amagansett, it continues to indeed be a special place on the East End. The natural beauty and charm of the area is still as I remember it as a child. The small town atmosphere and uncrowded ocean and bay beaches have been the backdrop for many fond memories for me and my family over the years. It is truly a place to unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.” - Thomas Fantini
“We love Amagansett’s proximity to ocean, town and bay beaches, and being that close to everything. We love water sports (surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding) and Amagansett attracts an outdoor water sports crowd, so we feel right at home. There are great places to eat here—Indian Wells Tavern, Meeting House and Hampton Chutney, to name just a few. And, of course, the excellent Balsam Farm Stand. The Stephen Talkhouse is a terrific venue for music and always a great time.” - Kieran and Jennifer Brew