Long a favorite of artists, photographers and designers, Bellport is a small, charming historic village on the Great South Bay of Long Island's South Shore. Known for its classic white picket fences, shady streets and abundant seafood, Bellport is perfect for those who want a getaway that feels like it's light years from Manhattan--but takes no more than two hours to drive takes to get to the Hamptons!
The village has several superb restaurants, an ice cream shop, liquor store, grocery, drug store, to in the worst traffic. That's less than half the time it dry cleaner, hair salon and antiques shops, plus the Gateway Playhouse, which puts on Broadway shows during the summer. The village also has a country club with a golf course and a restaurant open to the public. Bellport's Ho Hum Beach is across the bay on Fire Island and reached by the village ferry, which is available to residents and their guests for a nominal fee. The beach has a snack bar, showers and a lifeguard station.
Founded by Captains Thomas and John Bell in the early 19th century, Bellport has a distinctly New England feel, with broad lawns and clipped hedges surrounding its white Greek Revival homes and quaint Victorians. Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent some childhood summers with relatives in Bellport. Photographer Bruce Weber spent a couple of decades in the village and memorialized it in a number of photo shoots. Although the village is so low-key you may never notice or see them, Bellport celebrities include model/actress Isabella Rossellini, interviewer Charlie Rose and former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld.
Bellport host several events throughout the year such as 5k Clipper Classic Race, Bellport Day, Artists on the Lane and Memorial Day Parade. The Hamptons, Northfork wineries and Outlet shopping are all just an easy 20 minute drive. The local bandshell offers free concerts throughout the summer.