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Hamptons Long Island New York Vacation Travel

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When to go?
Visitors to the Hamptons come in two varieties - those that want to relax in sublime summertime sand and sun who don't mind mingling with the rich and famous, and the rich and famous themselves. The influx of vacationers and the "Scene" last all summer, but the shoulder seasons in late spring and early fall are when the locals enjoy the tranquility of their end of Long Island without the crowds.

Where to stay?
Live the life of luxury in the Hamptons and stay at an extravagant resort hotel such as the Dune Resorts or mansion turned bed and breakfast like the Hunting Inn. If livin' la vida loca isn't your style, there are plenty of smaller motels and inns to accommodate. Note well, however, that many close during the off-season, and during peak season, they often require two to three night minimum stays.

What to do?
While fastidious study of the Long Island Railroad schedule can get you to the collection of towns in South Fork region of Long Island popularly known as "The Hamptons," save yourself the hassle and rent a car from Manhattan. Once there, your two options are: live the rock star lifestyle, eating at The Palm or Nick & Toni's, and partying at the exclusive nightclubs in Southampton or East Hampton, or alternatively, avoid the glitz and glamour and spend your time on the slightly more humble beaches in Montauk.


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