Hampton Bays, NY, USA

Hampton Bays, NY, USA

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Fishing and frolicking in Hampton Bays

Escape the hustle and bustle of Manhattan for a peaceful retreat in a Hampton Bays vacation rental. Surrounded by bays, inlets, canals, and the Atlantic Ocean, it should come as no surprise that this tiny Long Island hamlet is also home to a big fishing industry. Grab your tackle box and cast your line in the hopes of reeling in a big catch, or simply enjoy a relaxing day at the beach. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, you'll find plenty of opportunities for water-based sports in this wet region.

Fun in the sun and adventures at sea

Whether you cast your line from a boat, bridge, or the beach, the waters surrounding Hampton Bays are teeming with fish. Make new friends as you fish on a party boat or enjoy some private time by chartering your own vessel. Regardless, make sure you take your catch back to your Hampton Bays vacation rental for a bit of tasty home cooking. Cool off at the beach with a leisurely swim or challenge your pals to a friendly game of volleyball. Looking to get the adrenaline pumping? Set out on a jet ski, surfboard, or paddleboard for the ultimate adventure.

Splish splash, you'll be having some fun

Beach lovers have their pick of the litter in Hampton Bays, from the Atlantic waters of Ponquogue Beach, to the Shinnecock Canal of Meschutt Beach. But the water adventures don't end there. Enjoy freshwater fishing at Sears Bellows County Park and canoeing and kayaking at Hubbard County Park. In search of more extreme thrills? Look no further than Red Creek Park's skate park and street hockey rink. Kids of all ages will enjoy riding the miniature train at the Railroad Museum of Long Island and diving with sharks at the Long Island Aquarium, both located in nearby Riverhead.

From snowy flurries to beach days: life in Long Island

Best keep your parka handy if you've booked a Hampton Bays vacation rental for the winter -- you may find yourself dealing with heavy snowfall and lows well below freezing. It's a completely different story in the spring and fall when mild daytime temperatures linger in the 60s and 70s, and those beaches are really put to use during the summer when highs climb into the 80s. While you can probably leave the galoshes behind, you may need an umbrella year-round as a steady stream of 4 to 5 inches of rain falls almost every month.

Water, water, and more water, as far as the eye can see!

Set about 90 minutes east of New York City, along the South Shore of Long Island, Hampton Bays' borders are so jagged and convoluted that the hamlet is actually surrounded by bays on 3 sides, a canal in 1 area and the Atlantic Ocean along its southernmost point. The waters in this fishing-rich town are jumping with tuna, mahi-mahi, and blue marlin, while beach bums bask in the sunshine along the sandy shores of the town's barrier island beaches. While the sleepy town is primarily a residential community, it's surrounded by numerous villages filled with popular attractions.