Amagansett is a census-designated place that roughly corresponds to the hamlet by the same name in the Town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, on the South Shore of Long Island. Population is about 1,165. Amagansett hamlet was founded in 1680.
The area is sometimes referred to as Skimhampton. However this specifically refers to the area south of the Montauk Highway along Skimhampton Road.
A small hamlet in the town of East Hampton, Amagansett offers all the charm of the Hamptons but has a somewhat more down-to earth character than its counterparts to the west, despite regular sightings of celebrity residents like Paul McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow. The name comes from a Native American word meaning „place of good water,“ and in its early days the town’s tranquil setting was perfectly suited to fishing and whaling. Downtown Main Street has retained many of its original buildings as private residences, shops, B&Bs, and good restaurants. There’s also a small outlet center on the village green. The town’s Main Street is a designated historic district, so you will never find fast-food franchises here.
Napeague Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are both an easy 10 to 15 minute bike ride from the LIRR station in Amagansett. The beaches are less crowded than neighboring Montauk or East Hampton, and mom and pop shops still exist here along the main drag. Side streets off Montauk Highway lead through quiet, tree-lined blocks with beautiful homes, making it a nice, relatively flat place to peruse on two wheels.
For those who have brought their bike on board (the LIRR permits bicycles) and are now hungry after the two and a half hour train ride, the center of town is as close as a few turns of the pedal. As you exit the parking lot, take a right on Route 27 and you will soon find an array of options along the main street.