Best known as "The boat ways of the Hamptons," the hamlet of Hampton Bays is unique in offering access to all surrounding waterways. From Shinnecock and Tiana bays, boats can reach the Atlantic Ocean through the Shinnecock Inlet or North to the Great Peconic via the Shinnecock Canal. Acclaimed for its pristine beaches and excellent swimming, Hampton Bays is home to one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in New York. It also features some of the finest fresh-fish and seafood markets in the Hamptons. Popular recreational activities include picnicking, playing volleyball, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, or jet skiing and other water sports. The shopping is delightful and the nightlife is lively with many popular dance and beach clubs. At the same time, this serene and beautiful area is ideal for retirees and vacationers looking for a relaxing retreat.