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Montauk: All the Hamptons vibe minus the crowds

Days End at Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk, Long Island

Love the Hamptons but want to get away from the crowds? There is another beach community in New York that’s just as beloved and lovely— Montauk. Here is everything you need to know about this idyllic seaside village in East Hampton.

How to get there

Montauk is located in East Hampton, on the easternmost point of Long Island’s South Shore, to be exact. Because of this location, Montauk’s shores are constantly battered by the Atlantic surf, producing swells that attract advanced surfers from all over.

The best way to get to Montauk is to take an express train from Pennsylvania Station, with the journey taking about three hours. If you want to drive, the most straightforward route would be the Long Island Expressway. If you don’t mind a longer but more scenic drive, take the Old Montauk Highway.

When to go

Summer draws the NYC folks to Montauk, and in the spirit of staying away from the crowd, the best time to go would be during the fall. There will be less people on the beaches and better weather.

Where to stay

There is no shortage of splendid accommodations in Montauk, all of which evoke that distinctive Montauk character and appeal. The Surf Lodge is a rustic beach shack inspired by Montauk history and culture. Sole East will remind you of the Hamptons with its Tudor-style main house. Hero Beach Club is another classic beachside haven, right by mostly undeveloped beach.

Where to eat

If you’re not a beach bum or a surfing enthusiast, you can go to Montauk to feast on fresh seafood and other delectable offerings. There is a long list of highly rated restaurants in the village, such as Joni‘s, which serves healthy and organic eats. Inlet Seafood Restaurant is a Montauk institution where you can find shellfish, sushi, and the best inlet views.

Harvest on Fort Pond is all about family-style Tuscan food made with locally sourced seafood and produce. Muse @ The End is highly recommended if you’re dying to try a fresh spin on New American cuisine. All this, and we’re only getting started.

What to do in Montauk

  • Watch the sun set at Montauket: Find a spot for a little late afternoon picnic and witness the sky turn from bright blue to deep purples as the sun sets over the horizon.
  • Go surfing at the Ditch Plains: Or at least try to ride a wave, everyone will appreciate the effort. If, however, you are an experienced surfer, Ditch Plains will provide plenty of peeling waves. Other surf spots in Montauk include Camp Hero and Turtle Cove.
  • Visit the Deep Hollow Ranch: For a dose of Montauk history, do drop by the oldest working cattle ranch in the country. Tour the entire property on horseback and witness Montauk at its rural best.
  • Explore Montauk Point State Park: You’re only in South Shore’s easternmost point if you visit Montauk Point, where you can find Montauk’s most famous landmark— the Montauk Point Light in all its 200-year-old glory.

Montauk is only three hours away when you live in New York City

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