Top 10 Summer Water Activies

Top 10 Summer Water Activities in the Hamptons

By |Published On: September 1, 2023|

When you hear “The Hamptons”, images of lavish parties, celebrities lounging on sun decks, and opulent summer homes might come to mind. But this strip of heaven on Long Island’s South Shore is not just about glamour and glitter.

The heart of the Hamptons, for many, lies in the captivating beauty of its waters. With the Atlantic Ocean embracing its shores, this location offers an abundance of aquatic adventures, making every summer trip memorable.

Why The Hamptons?

The Hamptons has long been recognized as a premier summer destination. Beyond its reputation for luxury, its diverse coastal landscapes from sandy beaches to serene inlets create a playground for water enthusiasts. Our staff has put together a quick summer guide to help you come up with some ideas for your next adventure!

Beachcombing and Sunbathing

Where the Waves Kiss the Shores: With beaches like Main Beach and Coopers Beach often ranking among the top beaches in the US, it’s no wonder that beach lovers flock here. The fine sand, gentle waves, and the mesmerizing horizon make sunbathing and beachcombing the simplest yet most indulgent activities. If you’re looking for something a bit quieter, we recommend Quogue Beach located on the outskirts of Southampton.

Island Surf School

Island Surf School

Westhampton, NY

Ride the Waves: Surfing

Ditch Plains and Beyond: This Montauk spot is almost legendary among the East Coast surfing community. Whether you’re a pro catching a barrel or a newbie taking your first lesson, the Hamptons has a wave for you. And if you need surf lessons, we highly recommend Island Surf School in Westhampton, which offers lessons for people of all ages and experience levels.

Paddle Diva

Paddle Diva

East Hampton, NY


Balance, Breathe, and Explore: The stillness of the Hamptons’ inlets and bays is perfect for stand-up paddleboarding. If you’re up for a challenge, paddleboard yoga sessions in the early morning can offer both tranquility and a full-body workout. If you don’t have a paddleboard, we recommend renting one at Paddle Diva – ask about their beginner classes and tours as well!

Peconic Paddler

Riverhead, NY

Kayaking Adventures

Meander Through Nature: The diverse waterways of the Hamptons, from its open bays to secluded creeks, are a kayaker’s paradise. Witness the untouched beauty, the wildlife, and the serenity that these waters offer. For an amazing experience where you can connect with nature via canoe, kayak, or paddle board, we suggest the Peconic Paddler – a company who believes that river activities should be accessible to all.

Pontoon Paddler

Westhampton Beach, NY

Setting Sail in The Hamptons

Harness the Wind: Sailing in the Hamptons isn’t just a sport; it’s a tradition. Whether on a classic sailboat or a modern yacht, the experience of the sun, sea, and breeze is unmatched. If you’re looking for rentals, look no further than Yacht Hampton, True Sailing Hamptons, or Pontoon Paddler Boat Charters for day rentals.

Hampton Bays Charters

Hampton Bays Charters

Hampton Bays, NY

Fishing – A Timeless Pursuit

From Bay to Ocean: For some, the thrill of catching a fish, be it a mighty tuna or a humble fluke, is the very essence of a Hamptons summer. Dive into this tradition, either from the shore or aboard one of the many charter boats.

If you decide to charter a boat, we highly recommend fishing charters Hampton Bays Charters. For more information on fishing from shore and fishing charters, we suggest reading Best Times & Seasons to Fish The Hamptons, written by Eric Matechak in Destinations.

Whale and Seal Watching

Long Island Whale and Seal Watching

Freeport, NY

Marine Life Expeditions

In Pursuit of the Majestic: Spotting a whale or a playful pod of dolphins is magical. Dedicated eco-tours ensure that these experiences are both enriching and sustainable. Viking Fleet offers highly recommended wildlife trips for the whole family, including fishing charters as well. But we couldn’t go without mentioning Long Island Whale and Seal Watching, which is also top rated.

Yacht Hamptons

Yacht Hampton

Sag Harbor, NY

Jet Skiing

Thrill on the Waves: If you’re looking for an adrenaline shot, jet skiing along the Hamptons coastline promises exhilaration. Bring your wave runner or rent one from East End Jet Ski and set off into the sunset! For jet skis, seascooters, seabobs, flyboards, jetpacks, and other specialized water toys, you’ll want to visit Yacht Hampton.

Hampton Dive Center

Hampton Dive Center

Riverhead, NY

Dive into the Depths

Underwater Wonders Await: Shipwrecks, reefs, and marine life make diving and snorkeling in these waters an adventure to remember. Diving highlights include the World War I-era USS San Diego off Fire Island, the luxury liner SS Oregon that sank in 1886, and the historical British ship at Culloden Point. For artificial reef experiences, dive sites at the former Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays, the intentionally sunk tugboat Lizzie D near Shinnecock Inlet, and the DEC-managed Shinnecock Reef offer rich marine encounters.

East End Charters

East End Charters

Greenport, NY

Embrace the Golden Hour: Sundowner Cruises

Sunset, Sea, and Serenity: As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in shades of gold and crimson, a sundowner cruise captures the essence of Hamptons’ elegance. East End Charters offers an amazing sunset cruise on their boat Surprise, which is second to none.

Ready for your visit?

The Hamptons, with its rich marine offerings, is not just a summer retreat but an invitation to adventure. This summer, challenge the waves, explore the depths, or simply relax on the beach, letting the sea whisper its tales. Dive into the Hamptons’ waters and let the adventures unfold.

Looking for more information on each activity or perhaps booking details? Make sure to bookmark our blog and stay tuned for detailed guides on each of these water activities in the Hamptons.