The East End is known for its gorgeous beaches, but not all are easily identified on a map. Between the North Fork, Hamptons and Montauk, some waterfront gems are hidden in plain sight. Discover the beauty of these five East End Long Island beaches that lie a little more under the radar.
Fifth Street Beach and Park, Greenport
Escape the Claudio’s crowd, if only for a few brief moments of easy breathing. At the foot of Fifth Street, visitors will find a sandy oasis overlooking the Peconic Bay. There’s a long dock that offers beautiful views of Shelter Island (located right across the bay) as well as grassy picnic areas and a playground. Go.
Breakwater Beach and Park, Mattituck
Situated along the Long Island Sound, just west of the Mattituck Inlet, is a beach filled with treasures. The serene sandy beach extends to a jetty that can be used for fishing and even better, sunset pictures, and there are volleyball courts built for tournaments with friends and family. Go.
Kirk Park Beach, Montauk
Kirk Park Beach epitomizes the low-key vibe many still come to Montauk for, despite its new wild rep. The small beach just 500 feet from the ocean is spotless, boogie boarding and fishing are ideal and long strolls are a must. Located just minutes from the town supermarket, guests can have their own picnic in the park across from the beach. Go.
Meschutt Beach, Hampton Bays
Meschutt Beach has something for everyone: calm waters for paddle boarding or kayaking, live music and a delicious beach hut that serves seafood, burgers and tasty self-serve ice cream. It gives visitors a taste of Caribbean paradise without leaving the Island. Order a frozen cocktail from the Beach Hut, like Fred’s Rum Punch or a Strawberry Daiquiri, while overlooking the serene Peconic Bay. Go.
Haven’s Beach, Sag Harbor
Minutes from the charming village of Sag Harbor is a stretch of bay beach nestled in a scenic cove. There’s a quaint gazebo, beautiful views and a small playground with a swing set. Go.