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Montauk, NY
Travel Guide

Ditch Plains Beach featuring general coastal views and a sandy beach as well as a small group of people

With its rugged coastline and a peaceful atmosphere, “The End” of Long Island has never felt more removed from city life.

Known as “The End,” to locals, Montauk is located at the easternmost tip on Long Island. Known for its pristine beaches and rugged landscape, the area is a favored getaway for New Yorkers. Montauk is bordered by Block Island Sound to the west and the Atlantic to the east.

The town has a unique history - its name originates from the Montaukett Tribe, who lived on the island until the mid-eighteenth century. Legend holds that notorious pirate Captain Kidd also buried treasure near Money Pond, at the northeastern tip of Montauk.

More than half of Montauk’s land is preserved, making it perfect for nature hikes and outdoor recreation. Surfers will find their own slice of heaven at Ditch Plains Beach, and families always flock to Hither Hills State Park. The park is known for its camping availability for those who enjoy a rustic getaway.

Even if water skiing, surfing, swimming, or kayaking isn’t your forte, you can still enjoy the outdoors on a whale watching cruise, where you’re guaranteed see plenty of ocean animals off the coast. Seals and seabirds are abundant throughout Montauk, so keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. The area is also renowned for its excellent fishing, so why not rent a charter boat and enjoy a day on the open ocean?

Enjoy a photo opportunity at Montauk Point Lighthouse, the first lighthouse to be built in New York. A museum detailing the area’s unique history is also onsite.

The village is filled with souvenir shops, and its bars frequently offer concerts and live entertainment. Eat your fill of fresh-caught seafood in one of Montauk’s many restaurants before settling in at your lodging for the night. You can walk around some sections of the island, but thanks to the rural nature of Montauk, it is most easily accessible via car.

Route 27 runs directly from New York City to Montauk, which are a 2.5 hour drive from one another. Alternatively, visitors can access “The End” via the Long Island Railroad as it runs from Manhattan into Montauk. JFK, Newark, and LaGuardia International Airports are all located in New York City.

Where to stay in Montauk

Montauk Manor
Montauk Manor
3.5 out of 5
236 Edgemere St., Montauk, NY
The price is ¥51,115 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
Situated near the beach, this condo resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shadmoor State Park, Fort Pond, and Fort Pond Bay Beach. South Edison Beach and Montauk Downs ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (503 reviews)
"Beautiful room and grounds of hotel is gorgeous. Spa wasnt open due to covid."

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2021

Montauk Manor
Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina
Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina
3.5 out of 5
32 Star Island Rd, Montauk, NY
The price is ¥71,402 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Nestled on the beach, this Montauk hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Montauk Marine Basin, Montauk Downs State Park, and Shadmoor State Park. Fort Pond Bay Beach ...
4.1/5Very Good! (765 reviews)
"All went well"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
4 out of 5
290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
The price is ¥101,458 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Nestled on the beach, this Montauk resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of Shadmoor State Park, Montauk County Park, and Camp Hero State Park. Montauk Marine Basin ...
4.2/5Excellent! (394 reviews)
"Gurneys has been a landmark and summer memory for my whole life. Montauk is a beautiful place in this world and gurneys gives you everything you need to appreciate and enjoy this natural beautiful spot. The staff is wonderful and can’t do enough for you to make your stay the best I ate in the dinner ..."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
New Listing: Oceanfront Luxury Home Perfect for Getaway
New Listing: Oceanfront Luxury Home Perfect for Getaway
Montauk, NY
Nestled on the beach, this Montauk vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of South Edison Beach, Kirk Park Beach, and Fort Pond. Ditch Plains Beach and Montauk ...
New Listing: Oceanfront Luxury Home Perfect for Getaway
Charming Montauk Condo With Ocean Views
Charming Montauk Condo With Ocean Views
Montauk, NY
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Second House Museum, Kirk Park Beach, and Fort Pond. South Edison Beach and Fort Pond ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Stunning view, beautiful decor
"This condo was perfect! Waking up to the sunrise over the water view from the balcony, was one of the highlights. The decor is beautiful and the location to the private walk to beach and Montauk can’t be beat! Would highly recommend staying here!"

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Charming Montauk Condo With Ocean Views
Loveliest gem in Montauk
Loveliest gem in Montauk
Montauk, NY
This family-friendly Montauk vacation home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Second House Museum, Kirk Park Beach and Hither Woods Preserve. Montauk ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
Girls Weekend
"We had a wonderful stay at this house. The location was perfect as was the inside and outside of the home. We walked to the beach, played pickleball on the tennis court, and enjoyed the hot tub. There were 6 of us in the house and it was very spacious. The upstairs master suite where I stayed was ..."

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Loveliest gem in Montauk
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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