Hampton Bays, located between East Quogue and Shinnecock Hills, was settled in 1740 as Good Ground and borders Shinnecock and Tiana Bays as well as the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Great Peconic Bay to the north. The home of a commercial fishing fleet and a Coast Guard station, Hampton Bays has numerous marinas and boat yards. The Shinnecock Canal allows boat passage between Shinnecock Bay and Great Peconic Bay, the only aquatic link between eastern Long Island’s north and south forks. The Hampton Bays shoreline is undeveloped; instead of grand mansions lining the waterfront there are expanses of open beaches and dunescapes, with public Ponquogue Beach. The fishing fleet is docked at the end of Dune Road near the Shinnecock Inlet, where the rock jetty is a popular surfcasting spot. A couple of restaurants nearby offer beautiful water views. Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park has fishing, a small picnic area, scuba diving, a scenic overlook and a boat launch.
Hampton Bays is low-key and family friendly. The hamlet’s main street is lined with shops and restaurants, and a multi-screen movie theater. There are also a number of waterside restaurants. Red Creek Park offers public ball fields, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a skate park, playground, picnic facilities and activity center that can be rented for events. There are also marked hiking trails through pine and hardwood forests, including a fitness trail and exercise station. A variety of summer programs for children and adults are offered at Red Creek Park and the Lodge at Squiretown Park.
“I love where I live. Hampton Bays has the most beautiful bay and ocean beaches, from the Shinnecock Inlet to West Landing. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to watch the stunning sunsets from the back deck of Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina. Best sunset in the Hamptons!” -- Danielle Lohr
“Some brokers say, ‘location, location, location.’ In Hampton Bays I say, ‘waterfront, waterfront, waterfront.’ The ocean, Peconic Bay and Shinnecock Bay are very distinct and different waterfronts in their beauty and recreational uses. Hampton Bays also enjoys one of the largest undeveloped, protected stretches of ocean beach in the Hamptons. Also some of the best waterfront dining. In Hampton Bays we avoid the heavier traffic farther east. Having a central location and easy access to the North Fork as well as points east and west is a big plus. Home affordability is also attractive for many.” -- Brian Johnson
“I love living here because my heart and soul run deep throughout the sea and soil. I grew up in Water Mill, but my father’s family is fifth generation in Hampton Bays; now I own a house and live here, too. I love the boatable waters with their plentiful seafood; I enjoy fishing and clamming. I also love the easy access to both the north and south forks. Hampton Bays has become a younger and more vibrant community, with some great restaurants.” -- Eric Hagen
“Long-time residents have known for decades what hip buyers are just discovering – Hampton Bays is a hidden gem and the last Hamptons spot for finding real estate deals. If you love boating and beautiful beaches, it’s the only Hamptons hamlet that offers easy and direct water access to 5 waterways—the Shinnecock Canal/Inlet, Shinnecock Bay, Tiana Bay, Peconic Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Whenever I take my 2-mile round-trip walk across the Ponquogue Bridge that leads from the mainland to the ocean, I take a deep breath and say, ‘I can’t believe how lucky I am to live in this amazingly beautiful place!’” -- Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin