Eastport is a hamlet in Suffolk County, New York, located in the Hamptons region of Long Island. The community prides itself on its rural culture. Surrounded by greenspace, and with a main street made up of antique stores and local businesses, the quiet, sequestered area is sure to attract active adults seeking a laid-back pace within the New York City metropolitan area.
Climate and Geography
New York’s humid continental climate means there are 4 seasons in the year with drastically changing climates. Summers are hot and humid while winters are expected to be cold with occasional snowstorms. Eastport gets an average of 47 inches of rain, 29 inches of snow, and 206 sunny days per year. Summer temperatures can reach the mid 80s while winter temperatures may fall to the mid to low 20s.
Eastport is surrounded by lush, wooded areas and nature preserves to the north. To the east and west are coastal, suburban neighborhoods lining the Moriches Bay, which lies to the south.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Eastport prides itself on its strong rural culture. Like many of the other hamlets in the Hamptons, Eastport is very modest and quiet compared to much of the rest of the New York City metro area. Residents enjoy local amenities like the collection of antique stores on Main street and the Victorian houses that adorn the community.
Less than 20 miles away in Southampton, residents of Eastport may enjoy the pristine Atlantic Ocean beaches like Ponquogue Beach, Agawam Park, Shinnecock East County park, or Meschutt Beach. For other outdoor recreation, there is the 70-acre Our Lady of the Island Shrine park, and the Long Island State Pine Barrens Preserve located close by.
Residents who are looking for a more exciting big city experience can reach Manhattan, the central borough of New York City, in less than two hours, providing easy access to all of the fun opportunities and world-class amenities the city has to offer.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Eastport is higher than the state and national average. Factors including grocery, health care, housing, and utilities are higher than the average.
New York is very tax friendly for retirees. Social Security benefits are not taxed, and other forms of retirement income are eligible for up to $20,000 in deductions. The effective income tax rate is 5.03 percent for single filers and 6.33 percent for joint filers, and the combined sales tax is 8.63 percent.
Although Eastport doesn't have its own hospital, there are multiple health care facilities within 20 miles that are rated high performing by U.S. News. These hospitals include Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, as well as St. Charles Hospital and Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson. Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, is also rated high performing in addition to being nationally ranked in two adult specialties.