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You’ll probably want to spend at least half of your day in The Hamptons lazing on the beach soaking up some rays, so we recommend booking a centrally located hotel to enjoy both the surf and the turf of The Hamptons. For instance, the Maidstone Arms Inn is situated smack dab between Main Beach and the town’s tony shopping district. (Plus, you can avoid parking fees by simply walking to the beach.) Once you’ve had your fill of sand and sales, finish off your day with a bite at one of East Hampton’s hot spots, like Nick and Toni’s. Or, if you’d prefer to stay a bit further afield, Gansett Green Manor is a short walk from the beach and the Amagansett Farmers Market. End the night with live music at the nearby Stephen Talkhouse.
Traffic is one of the biggest complaints about the Hamptons — be sure to bring a lot of patience, take a taxi, or try a few alternatives. Join others and rent some wheels at Bermuda Bikes, the easiest way to see the manicured lawns and gated mansions along Ocean Avenue (and get a guaranteed spot at the beach.) Bike rentals are available by the hour, the day, or the week. You can also take to the water with Hampton Marine and Charter for a half-day or full-day tour of Gardiners and Shelter Island with stops to swim or tour Sag Harbor. Kayak rentals from Main Beach Surf & Sport allow a few hours to see the natural beauty of Georgica Pond and the stunning multimillion-dollar estates of those such as billionaire Ronald Perelman and director Steven Spielberg.