Southampton is included in the stretch of shoreline prominently known as The Hamptons. Officially the Town of Southampton, is a town located in southeastern Suffolk County, New York, partly on the South Fork of Long Island.
The Town of Southampton is one of 10 towns located in Suffolk County. It is located approximately 80 miles from New York City on the South Fork of Long Island, encompassing an area of 140.2-square miles or 89,728 acres. Southampton is the largest and most populous of the five East End towns of Suffolk County. Southampton is bordered by the Town of Brookhaven on its west and the Town of East Hampton on the east. To the north are the Great and Little Peconic Bays and the Town of Riverhead. To the south are the great bays of Moriches, Shinnecock, and Mecox, the barrier beach island, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Southampton is home to nearly 55,210 persons on a year-round basis. The summer population can swell to twice that number or more. The Town of Southampton is considered a popular seasonal resort area drawing thousands of visitors and seasonal residents. Tourism and the vacation home industry drives the economic development engine of the town.
Southampton is a paradise for recreation lovers. The Atlantic Ocean beckons surfers, swimmers, and sports fisherman. The bays, islands, and inlets are perfect for boating, windsurfing, water skiing, and fishing. The woodlands and marked open space trails offer residents and visitors many opportunities for hiking and nature study. In addition, many community parks of the state, county, town, and private club facilities offer golf, tennis, volleyball, horseback riding, camping, and much more.
Culture, arts, history, and entertainment abounds in Southampton. Residents and visitors alike enjoy numerous points of interest.