Montauk, NY

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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 $106 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shadmoor State Park, Fort Pond, and Fort Pond Bay Beach. South Edison Beach and Montauk Downs ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (576 reviews)
"We were happily surprised that the outdoor heated pool was still open on October 11th! What a treat! Property has a gorgeous view of ocean. We had a one bedroom suite with kitchen, living room and bedroom loft with small courtyard w table and chairs right outside our door. Short walk to Restaurant ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Montauk Manor
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 $336 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (412 reviews)
"We loved our room and the firepits. The facilty was very clean. The restaurant staff were excellent, but the food was mediocre. We were charged a resort fee when most of the beach services and pool were not open. We also had to valet park when site says optional."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
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 $292 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (784 reviews)
"Beautiful grounds and lovely views"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina
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.
Montauk Manor
Montauk Manor
3.5 out of 5
236 Edgemere St., Montauk, NY
The price is $106 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shadmoor State Park, Fort Pond, and Fort Pond Bay Beach. South Edison Beach and Montauk Downs ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (576 reviews)
"We were happily surprised that the outdoor heated pool was still open on October 11th! What a treat! Property has a gorgeous view of ocean. We had a one bedroom suite with kitchen, living room and bedroom loft with small courtyard w table and chairs right outside our door. Short walk to Restaurant ..."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Montauk Manor
Driftwood Resort
Driftwood Resort
3.5 out of 5
2178 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY
The price is $158 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Nestled on the beach, this Montauk condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Napeague State Park and Walking Dunes Trailhead. Hither Woods Preserve is 1.8 mi (3 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (133 reviews)
"I would go again!"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Driftwood Resort
The Surf Club
The Surf Club
3.5 out of 5
20 Surfside Avenue, Montauk, NY
The price is $225 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Nestled on the beach, this Montauk aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of South Edison Beach, Kirk Park Beach, and Fort Pond. Shadmoor State Park and Second ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (187 reviews)
"Great communication from the front staff."

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

The Surf Club
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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