The Hamptons is an upscale, vibrant collection of beachfront communities on Long Island, New York’s eastern end. The area is made up of 10 towns including Amagansett, East Hampton, Southampton, Montauk and Sag Harbor. The Hamptons is well known for its ritzy restaurants, high-end shopping and miles of pristine beaches. There are myriad activities in the area including swimming, hiking, biking, touring wineries and taking boat tours.
Sag Harbor Boat Charters
Sag Harbor Boat Charters offers private charter cruise services from Sag Harbor’s Marine Park. Captain Hagen’s 36-foot lobster yacht, “Marlinspike,” features a full kitchen, bathroom, shaded seating areas and a swim ladder. Visitors are welcome to “design your own” charter--which can last for an hour or an entire day--or choose from one of three tours. “Castafiore’s Jewels” tours Shelter Island or spends the day on the bay, swimming is optional. “Captain’s Treasures” tour explores Cedar Point Lighthouse and the upper coves, along with observing birds such as terns, nesting osprey and cormorants. “Professor’s Affair” tour can be chartered as a sunset cruise, tour of Parrot Head or as a literary tour of the area.
Sag Harbor Boat Charters Marine Park, Slip 23 7 Bay St. Sag Harbor, NY 11963 631-456-1823 sagharborcharters.com
Viking Fleet Whale Watching Tours
The Viking Fleet and CRESLI (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island) have partnered to offer a selection of family-friendly cruises featuring whale watching along with observation of other marine life including sea turtles, dolphin and birds. The cruise passes the Montauk lighthouse and many of the area’s landmarks. Tours are narrated by a marine biologist or a naturalist. Boats feature seating, fully equipped galleys and modern bathrooms. Local whale watching lasts approximately six hours; offshore whale watching trips are two-day excursions.
Viking Fleet 462 W. Lake Drive Montauk, NY 11954 631-668-5700 vikingfleet.com
Susie E II Specialty Charters
Susie E II Charters offers a selection of cruise options on the Susie E II, a full-service boat with a professional crew. The Susie E II is a 48 foot boat that accommodates as many as 33 passengers. Tours include special occasion cruises such as bachelor/bachelorette parties, day or overnight trips to Block Island, corporate events, ash scatterings or sunset cruises. Sunset cruises sail past the Montauk Lighthouse and other area landmarks and feature optional fishing and cocktails
Susie E II Westlake Fishing Lodge and Marina 352 West Lake Drive Montauk, NY 11954 631-523-8862 susiee.com
Weekend Warrior Kayaking Tours
Weekend Warrior Tours offers kayaking tours that allow visitors to tour Long Island’s East End and landmarks such as Gardiners Island, Mecox Bay or Montauk Lighthouse. Several tour options are offered: the “Lobsterbake Tour” is a guided tour that lasts two to three hours and includes a catered, beachfront clambake; the “Nature Tour” is a guided tour that lasts approximately two hours and features wildlife observation, kayaking through inlets with native plants and instruction for improved kayaking techniques; and “Beach/Brunch” tours explore Hamptons beaches, offer kayaking instruction and include brunch on the beach.
Weekend Warriors Tours & Outfitters 8 Main St. Sag Harbor, NY 11963 631-725-5950 weekendwarriortours.com