Located on the Southeastern coast of New York’s Long Island, the Hamptons‘ Westhampton Beach has faced many challenges in recent years. Shortly after the village was established in 1928, Westhampton Beach was slammed with a hurricane that destroyed almost everything in its path. Ever since that first storm, Westhampton Beach has faced the looming threat of erosion.However, you shouldn’t let these issues dissuade you from visiting this incredible beach and town.
In this article, we’ll go over the many reasons why tourists flock to Westhampton Beach every single year.
The Main Things to Do in Westhampton Beach
1. Cupsogue Beach County Park
First on our list of things to do in Westhampton Beach is Cupsogue Beach County Park on Dune Road. Although Cupsogue is a public beach, you’ll feel the intimacy you’d expect from any other Hamptons beach here. Cupsogue Beach is a perfect place to take a long stroll on the picturesque boardwalk or soft sand as the sun sets. This beach is perfect for people who want to take a quick dip, go scuba diving, sunbathe, or go bass fishing.
If you ever get hungry, Cupsogue has got you covered with a delicious crab shack/beach bar. Be sure to check online whether any live music acts will be performing at Cupsogue Beach when you’re visiting. As of today, Cupsogue Beach County Park is number one on TripAdvisor‘s list of “things to do in Westhampton Beach.” Isn’t it time you see for yourself why visitors rave about their day-trip to Cupsogue?
2. Pike’s Beach
Travelers looking for a more private beach-going experience should try to get into Pike’s Beach. Also located on Dune Road, Pike’s Beach is a superb white sand beach that only allows a certain number of local guests per day. Visitors from outside of the Hamptons can get inside Pike’s Beach with a special voucher. Once this beach’s small parking lot fills up, authorities will start turning people away.
If you can get into this beach, you’ll be rewarded with a smaller crowd, clean sands, and mild waves. Just be sure to plan ahead of time if you want to get into Pike’s Beach on the weekend.
3. Enjoy Great Food At Incredible Restaurants
Foodies will have no difficulties getting their grub on in Westhampton Beach. Indeed, one of the most popular things to do in Westhampton Beach besides swimming in the local beaches is sampling the local cuisine. A few popular cheap eats include Boom Burger, the Sunset Deli, and Goldberg’s Famous Deli.
For elegant dining, look no further than Westhampton Beach’s highly reviewed restaurant Starr Boggs. For dessert, definitely take a trip to The Beach Bakery for a few sugary snacks. Whatever your budget, you’re sure to have a fabulous dining experience in Westhampton Beach.
Other Things to Do in Westhampton Beach
4. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Anyone in the mood for a live show should check out the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s (WHBPAC) schedule. Originally built as a movie theatre in the 1930s, this center was spared demolition in the early 1990s and underwent a massive $2 million renovation. Now locals absolutely love the wide range of live entertainment they get to see at the WHBPAC year round.
Shows typically produced on the WHBPAC’s main stage are music acts ranging from country music to Puccini operas. The WHBPAC also hosts many film screenings and special events throughout the year. You can easily find WHBPAC at 76 Main Street.
5. Pawcasso Art Studio
One of the best things to do in Westhampton Beach with kids is to book a painting session at the Pawcasso Art Studio. As you could probably already tell, the Pawcasso Art Studio functions both as an art studio and a pet boutique. Children love spending quality time with the studio’s pet dog Kava and learning how to use different paints to create artistic masterpieces.
The studio hosts art classes year round and supplies you and your children with art supplies, instruction, and snacks. To find out more about this studio, or to book a reservation right now, check out Pawcassowhb.com.
6. See Nationally Recognized Historic Places
Although most of Westhampton Beach’s historical buildings have been lost due to severe weather, there are three major buildings still standing that deserve special attention. These three buildings include the Crowther House, the U.S. Post Office, and the Foster-Meeker House. Of these three, the oldest is the Foster-Meeker House, which was built way back in the 1750s.
Luckily, all three of these houses have been spared demolition and are well protected by local preservation groups. Also, the National Register of Historic Places has added these three houses to its registry and works hard to preserve and celebrate their historical importance.
How to Get to Westhampton Beach
If you don’t live close to New York, you’ll most likely be flying into JFK International Airport to get to Westhampton Beach. JFK is one of the busiest airports in the USA. Definitely read up on how to navigate JFK before booking your flight. It’s a great idea to put JFK’s official website in your “Favorites” list for quick reference. While you could also fly into the equally popular LaGuardia Airport in Queens, JFK is slightly closer to Westhampton Beach.
To drive from JFK to Westhampton Beach, start out by taking the right ramp on the Van Wyck Expressway to the Airport Exit. Head towards the Southern State Parkway and take the right ramp to Robert Moses Causeway towards Ocean Beaches off of Exit 40. Continue onto RT-27 East and follow for about 35 miles. Once you reach exit 63S, take the right ramp to CR-31 South towards Westhampton Beach. The total trip should take around one hour and 30 minutes.
The beaches on the Hamptons are mythic. Once you see these pristine beaches for yourself, you’ll understand why millions of tourists flock to this area of New York every year for summer holidays. Westhampton Beach has all the features you’d expect in a Hamptons vacation experience: clean beaches, snorkeling, fishing opportunities, high-end shopping, mouth-watering cuisine, and world-class entertainment. Hopefully this list of things to do in Westhampton Beach inspired you to book a vacation here the next time summer rolls around.