Boating in the Hamptons

The Hamptons is known for its upscale shopping, posh properties, stunning beaches, and lavish restaurants, but when summer rolls around, there’s only one place we want to be: on the water. Boating in the Hamptons is all it’s cracked up to be and more. If you’re heading to this East Coast gem this season, here’s what you need to know about cruising, dining, docking, and more.


Where are some of the best spots to explore by boat in the Hamptons?

A day on the water isn’t complete without a stop in the sand. Our favorite beaches in Southampton include Cooper’s Beach, which is probably the most well-known beach in the Hamptons, as it’s a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. They offer a concession stand, bathrooms, outdoor showers, on-duty lifeguards, and chair and umbrella rentals, making it the perfect pit stop during your day out on the water. 

Also at the top of our list is Little Plains Beach, a quaint ocean beach in Southampton Village. Located in the hamlet of Water Mill just outside of Southampton Village, Flying Point is a beautiful ocean beach with lifeguards and an occasional food or ice cream truck serving up the ideal way to cool down on a hot summer’s day.

If you’re looking to anchor and explore the area by paddleboard or kayak, you won’t want to miss Cedar Island Cove at Shutter Island. This stunning spot is shallow and typically calm, making it ideal for a smaller boat or relaxing water sports. Keep an eye out for crabs, fish, swans, and more.

A day in the sun will surely have you working up an appetite. For a classic seaside meal, visit Navy Beach in Montauk for a scenic view, fresh-caught seafood, and beachy cocktails. Opt for their lobster hand rolls and salmon tartare tostada for the table to start before diving into the grilled sea scallops or buttermilk fried chicken as your main course. 


Do I need a boat license to rent a boat?

In the state of New York, you legally do not need a NY Boating Safety Certificate or boating license, though we recommend you have one if you’re looking to rent or drive a boat. At the very minimum, you should be well-versed in the state’s boating laws and regulations to avoid any mishaps or injuries. 


Where are some of the best spots to rent a boat in Southampton?

When it comes to a Southampton boat rental, it really depends on what you’re looking for. Thankfully, regardless of whether you’re searching for a motor boat for water sports, a sailboat for cruising, or a yacht with 20 of your closest friends, you’ll be able to find it here. We recommend exploring Yacht Hampton Boat Rentals, Charles Charters, Captain Steve Sailing, and East End Charters.

If you’re looking to store your boat for an afternoon or longer, Canoe Place Inn’s boathouse offers 12 slips available for rent for both transient and seasonal renters. 8 slips accommodate 30′ and smaller vessels and 4 slips are for 30′ to 50′ sized vessels. All slips have 20, 30, or 50 amp shore power and water at your slip. If you are looking for a private, elevated and non-commercial experience, our marina is perfect for you. 

This marina is safely located on the Shinnecock Canal in a protected cove which allows easy access to the attractions of the Peconic Bay, North Fork, Riverhead, Greenport, Sag Harbor, and Montauk as well. Enjoy easy access to Hampton Bays, Westhampton, and the Shinnecock Inlet which is your gateway to the Atlantic Ocean and all things fishing.


Stay at Canoe Place

As the sun sets, come home to the site of America’s oldest inn Canoe Place, now a boutique hotel with a lush, luxe vibe and a centuries-old history. Our intimate property features luxury accommodations, regionally inspired dining, and a beautifully renovated grand ballroom and pavilion. It’s the perfect time to book a room and come away to the Hamptons. 


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