Bellport, NY, lies on the South Shore of Long Island, and is the happy medium (both physically and figuratively) between Manhattan and the Hamptons. With its colonial feel and beachy surroundings, Bellport is everything a vacationer wants and needs. Family-friendly? Check. Sprawling views of the sunset and sunrise? Check. Free of that hectic Hamptons traffic? Check. And close enough to the city that you can make your way back without feeling light years away, but there's still a comfortable distance between you and the office? Check, and check.
Bellport is many things, but most of all, it is a sanctuary for those who still treasure community and good old-fashioned relaxation. This is not the destination for those looking to wear platform designer wedges to the beach or dine with the 'who's who' of Whereverville. Bellport has somehow managed to remain preserved in a time where neighbors were, well, neighborly, free time actually existed (and was treasured), and there was nothing wrong with a little (or a lot of) peace and quiet.
From: Town & Country
Population: 2,083 (as of 2013)
Location: Suffolk County
Size: 1.5 sq mi.
Travel time from NYC: Approximately 90 minutes.
Beach: Ho Hum
You'll find a number of big-name visitors and homeowners in this sleepy Long Island enclave, of which include:
Princess Alexandra of Greece
Calvin Klein's Francisco Costa
Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers
Right now everyone, and we mean everyone, is trying to purchase their own little piece of perfection in Bellport. Unfortunately, according to an article in the New York Times, those shopping for property currently outnumber the available properties themselves. Real estate in the area is booming, colonial-style homes joining forces with more modern, Hamptonite lookalikes (see above) for an eclectic coastal town of old-meets-new. And while summertime visitors once held the majority around town come the start of the season, locals have begun to notice people sticking around year-round more than ever.
Get the lay of the land with historical walking tours, or just take a nice stroll along Ho Hum Beach. Attend the annual art show, or catch an outdoor concert (which you better believe will be followed by a trip to Carla Marla's Ice Cream Parlor) and take in the charm that comes with this humble alternative to the Hamptons. Plus, it takes a whole lot less time to get there, and who doesn't want more vacation time? Don't be fooled by the town's laid-back vibe, there's always something to do, and always a way to get involved (which people actually like to do there. Togetherness. What a concept.)
Bellport just gave you a whole new option when it comes to weekend (or longer) travel plans. And we recommend you explore that option — by choosing it.