It seems that almost everywhere you turn when you’re out on the South Fork of Long Island, there’s a beach; go to left and the road could dead-end in a quiet stretch of sand on Peconic Bay; turn right and you might end up looking out over the surf of the Atlantic. The good news is that from Quogue to Montauk, the South Fork is very dog friendly when it comes to beaches.

Across the board (with the exception of the village of Southampton and the bay beaches of the Town of East Hampton) there are time restrictions during the summer season (and every village and town defines the summer season differently), but if you enjoy visiting the Hamptons when the summer crowds have gone, you and your pet can have the run of the beach, all day long.

Also across the board, during the beach season, you need to get a beach parking permit or you’ll be ticketed. These are sometimes sold to nonresidents at the beach but not in all cases, so you’ll want to check with the particular village/town government website before visiting. And as always, pick up after your dog so that the good people of the South Fork will continue to keep their beaches so dog friendly.

In general, the rules regarding pets on the beach are: for bay beaches, you are permitted to have your pet off leash (but under voice control) on the beach so long as you are a minimum of 300 yards away from a paved road end. For ocean beaches, from May 15 through September 15, you and your pet may enjoy the beach (again, off leash but under voice control) before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. The rest of the year, there are no time restrictions. Town of East Hampton beaches include:
Bay/Harbor Beaches
*Big Albert’s Landing Beach, Albert’s Landing Road, Amagansett
*Little Albert’s Landing Beach, Albert’s Landing Road, Amagansett
*Barns Hole, Barns Hole Road, Amagansett
*Fresh Pond, Fresh Pond Road, Amagansett
*Lazy Point, Lazy Point Road, Amagansett
*Alewive Brook Landing, East Hampton
*Mile Hill, Mile Hill Road, East Hampton
*Old House Landing Road, East Hampton
*Sammy’s Beach, Sammy’s Beach Road, East Hampton
*Gerard Drive Park, Gerard Drive, Springs
*Maidstone Park Beach, Flaggy Hole Road, East Hampton
*Louse Point Beach, Louse Point Road, East Hampton
*Culloden Point, Montauk
*East Lake Beach (Gin Beach), East Lake Drive, Montauk
*Fort Pond Bay Park, Montauk
Ocean Beaches
*Atlantic Avenue Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Amagansett
*Indian Wells Beach, Indian Wells Highway, Amagansett
*Napeague Lane, Amagansett
*Navahoe Road, Amagansett
*White Sands, Amagansett
*Beach Lane Beach, Beach Lane, Wainscott
*Town Line, Town Line Road, Wainscott
*Ditch Plains Beach, Ditch Plains Road, Montauk
*Edison Beach, Montauk

Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954
Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, this park offers sandy beaches, bordered to the east by the “walking dunes” of Napeague Harbor. Dogs are permitted in the park on a 6-foot leash in the section north of Montauk Highway, east of Napeague Harbor, and west of the overlook parking area. Your dog is not allowed in the camping, bathing, and picnic areas, or on the walkways or in buildings.

Havens Beach
Havens Beach Road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Pets are not permitted on the beach from the Thursday before Memorial Day to the Tuesday following Labor Day. Purchase a nonresident beach parking permit at the Sag Harbor Municipal Hall.

From October 1 through the second Saturday of May, pets are permitted on the beach off leash (under voice control). From the second Sunday in May through September 30, pets are permitted on the beach before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. The beaches of the village of East Hampton include:
*Georgica Beach, Lily Pond Lane
*Main Beach, 101 Ocean Avenue
*Wiborg Beach, on the highway behind the pond
*Egypt Beach, Old Beach Lane
*Two Mile Hollow Beach, Two Mile Hollow Road

From the weekend before Memorial Day until two weeks after Labor Day, you and your pet can enjoy the beaches of Westhampton Beach on leash from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For the rest of the year you can romp at the water’s edge with no time restrictions. Westhampton beaches include:
*Lashley Beach, 385 Dune Road
*Rogers Beach, 105 Dune Road

Pets are not permitted on town beaches April 1 through October 1. The rest of the year they are permitted on the beach on leash. These beaches include:
*Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach), Noyac
*Flying Point Beach, Water Mill
*Sagg Main Beach, Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack
*Peter’s Pond Beach, Sagaponack
*Mecox Beach, Job’s Lane, Bridgehampton
*Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays
*Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park, Hampton Bays
*Tiana Beach, East Quogue
*Pikes Beach, Westhampton Dunes

No matter where you are in the village of Southampton, your pet must be on a leash, and that includes the beach. The good news is that during the beach season, there are no time restrictions on when you and your dog can enjoy the surf; so long as he’s on a leash and under your control, you’re good to go. Village of Southampton beaches include:
*Cryder Lane Beach
*Dune Beach
*Fowlers Lane Beach
*Gin Lane Beach
*Halsey Neck Lane Beach
*Little Plains Beach
*Road D Beach: This is Southampton Village’s only public beach with no permit parking requirements
*Road G Beach
*Wyandanch Lane Beach

Village Beach
170-172 Dune Road
Quogue, NY 11959
From the Friday before Memorial Day to September 15, pets are not permitted; otherwise, you can enjoy the beach together with your pet off leash (and under voice control).

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