In August, the Jet Set Crowd descends on the Hamptons

Long Island & # 39; s north coast beaches with fluffy white sand are world famous. The Hamptons are a butterfly for Manhattanites and jet-setters. As August rolls around the Jetset crown, their attention shifts from Europe's southern coastline to the stately grace and more relaxed experience of the Hamptons.

Maybe it's the American casual attitude after 3 months of partying all night, or the fact that "The Hamptons" has no big hotels and limited B & B's that require home ownership that makes this hot place the second half of August. The Hamptons are a more reassured, kicked back, family-friendly environment than most of the other locations on the Jet Set circuit. The days are spent on the beach. Lunch an outdoor grilled fish that swam the Montauk coat a few hours before, accompanied by jumbo-sized vegetables growing on the island. The giant Hampton & # 39; s tomatoes and the whole American grilled sweet corn on the cob are Long Island specialties, which lure fans around the world. After a bottle of wine for lunch and a lazy nap in the hammock, it's time to spruce up in sundress and hat and stand on your toes so your high heels won't sink into the ground watching the polo match sipping champagne and mingling with friends. On cloudy days, the quantum stores in East Hampton fill, often there is an impromptu jacuzzi party or a movie viewing at a home theater of someone & # 39; s property and then the gentle push and pull of an in-home masseur before dinner.

The Hamptons are made of a number of small towns in a row, each with its own distinct personality. Old and new money are mixed. Artists flock to the Hamptons because of pastel lights reminiscent of southern France. Locals, who spend 9 months of the year in solitude, swing in gear to host the huge influx of summer stays. Many local revenue earns their years of income during the summer. The magnificent beauty of the beach and spectacular mansions are found in magazines all over the world. This is surprisingly about two hours (without traffic) by car, 40 minutes by helicopter and 25 by private flight from New York City. The area offers a wealth of outdoor activities from kayaking, golf and tennis, swimming, volleyball etc. The sporting activity, healthy eating, relaxed atmosphere, natural beauty and fantastic luxury all create a temporary paradise.

The Hamptons season is a steady stream of charity events in spectacular homes such as Ron Pearlman, Stephen Spielberg, Denise Rich or one of the annual summer fathers for the many celebrities who get the Hamptons for their summer retreat. It is not uncommon to be in a small shop standing next to a media mogul, business giant, world renowned musician. There are not many paparazzi; maybe there are just too many socialites for them to know where to point the camera. If Norman Rockwell painted the rich, it would be put in the Hamptons. The Hamptons are an incredible list of "Who's Who" from around the world gathered together, not to go down on a red carpet in long dresses, but instead with their feet backed up on a table, screaming their children off Joy catching fireflies and their wet golden retriever, just cooled in their pool, begging to have someone throw a tennis ball. After all, the super rich are just people.