In recent years it's gone from laid-back to design-forward, but the salty fisherman's village still has a lot of heart. New hotels and hangouts have encouraged throngs of city slickers to make the trek out to the eastern tip of Long Island. Surfing and deep-sea fishing (for big-catch like tuna and shark) is the best around.
This is just a list of quick hits. For descriptions and additional advice, see our guide to The Hamptons.
WHERE TO STAY
WHERE TO BEACH
You'll need a permit if you want to drive to most beaches. Pick one up at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center on Edgemere Street (+1-631-668-5081). If you're staying in town, just walk over to the Altantic Ocean and jump in.
- Ditch Plains
- Gin Beach
- Hither Hills State Park
- Kirk Park
WHERE TO EAT
Cyril's Fish House (2167 Montauk Highway)
Turf @ Dirt Lot
Duryea 's Lobster Deck
Fishbar on the Lake
Harvest on Fort Pond
Joni's (9 Edison Drive, +1 631 668 3663)
Salivar (24 hour diner -- good before a morning fishing trip)