Eastport is located just west of Remsenburg, on the border between Southampton Town and Brookhaven Town. As across the rest of the East End of Long Island, fishing and farming were the main occupations of Eastport’s early residents. During the 1930s and 1940s Eastport was a summer destination for New Yorkers who traveled out on the Long Island Railroad to enjoy a seafood or duck dinner at a local hotel. In the late 1930s as many as 30 duck farms were operating along the Eastport waterfront, and the area became known as the Duck Capital of the World.
Today Eastport thinks of itself as The Gateway to the Hamptons, a title also claimed by Manorville. It’s a low key, unpretentious community that offers waterfront living and natural beauty similar to the Hamptons, but with more affordable housing. The main street on Montauk Highway is designated the Eastport Hamlet Heritage area, and some of the oldest houses in town are located here. Other properties were converted into businesses or private homes.
Instead of duck farms, Eastport’s waterfront now hosts beautiful homes. With access to Moriches inlet and the ocean the area has become a boating and fishing center, with a marina and public boat launch as well as docks belonging to private homeowners. People looking for waterfront property on eastern Long Island with more peace and quiet than the Hamptons are increasingly drawn to Eastport. Proximity to New York City is also appealing – Eastport is a 90-minute drive from the city, a two-hour train ride, or 35 minutes from Manhattan by helicopter.