Often referred to as the “End of the World," Montauk is the last town on the eastern tip of Long Island. In Montauk, you’ll be greeted with all the luxury of the Hamptons with none of the pretension - the area has been described as “indie-chic” and “boho” while still maintaining elegance. It boasts an array of peaceful beaches and walking trails, as well as a charming downtown area, so there’s truly something for everyone.
Montauk is the very last stop on the LIRR, leaving from Penn Station in Manhattan. Other options include traveling via bus: the Hampton Jitney, Hampton Ambassador, and the Hampton Luxury Liner all depart from NYC. Or if you’re feeling something a little more exclusive, there’s always the option of flying in via helicopter through BLADE.
What to See/Do
In addition to the various nature trails along which you can walk or bike, Montauk’s beaches, such as Ditch Plains and Gin Beach, are popular surfing destinations (for lessons, head over to Air + Speed Surf Shop.) Camp Hero State Park contains equestrian trails, as well as fishing spots. And the Montauk Lighthouse, the oldest in New York State, is open to climb (with an entrance fee), offering stunning views from the top.
Dining & Nightlife
If you’re visiting Montauk, you have to try the seafood, specifically the lobster rolls and oysters. Check out Inlet Seafood, Swallow East, and Montauket for the best of the best. For a coffee and a quick bite, Left Hand Coffee is a well-known cafe offering espresso and baked goods. Montauk is not without its share of nightlife either: The Surf Lodge and Liar’s Saloon are the town’s go-to spots for locals and visitors alike.