Montauk is known by many Long Island residents as "The End." This is because it is the easternmost point of the island and New York state.
Montauk has a rich history. It is named after the Native American Montaukett tribe that fished, hunted, raised cattle, and lived on this land. Lord Gardiner, the first white man to settle here, made his way across the sound from Connecticut in 1639. King Charles I had granted him land. Gardiner became friendly with the Montauketts, especially the first known chief, Wyandanch.
In the 1700s, ranchers who grazed livestock on the Montauk peninsula paved Old Montauk Highway. The famous lighthouse that many visit today was ordered to be built by President George Washington in 1792. This was the first lighthouse to be built in New York and the fourth in the country. Montauk is also home to the first cattle ranch in the United States, Deep Hollow Ranch. In the 18th century, eastern Long Islanders were not farmers, but strictly graziers. They often had permanent residents slightly more west on the island, and brought the cattle to Montauk for the warmer half of the year. This required homes to be built for these workers.
For many years, the famous First, Second, and Third Houses were the only residential buildings in the town. The First House was named that because it was simply the first house you reached when entering Montauk, Second House being the second, and Third House being the third. First House was built in 1744 across from Hither Hills State Park. The primary function of the grazier here was to enter all cattle onto the Common Pasture List and repair fences. Second House was built at the south end of Fort Pond in 1746. Here, the keeper looked after sheep. This is now a museum run by the Montauk Historical Society. Third house was built in 1747 between Lake Montauk and Oyster Pond. This was the most extravagant and important house. Many wealthy workers stayed in this home encompassing a fireplace in every room. Third House keeper oversaw all cattle and made sure they remained in their proper fields. The headquarters for the County State Park is now in that same building.
In 1879, a man named Arthur Benson bought all of Montauk from the Native Americans for $151,000. In 1882, due to his contributions, the Stanford White houses were built. These are very large, extravagant homes with a renaissance style.
In 1895, Austin Corbin extended the Long Island Railroad from Sag Harbor to Montauk. The plan was to have Montauk be the main port for international trade.
The developer of Miami Beach, Carl Fisher, had a vision to make Montauk the Miami Beach of the North. He laid out the entire town, including the tall office building, the indoor tennis courts, the Yacht Club, the Surf Club, and gambling casino on Star Island. He is also responsible for placing the jetty in Lake Montauk, allowing the lake to be a saltwater harbor. The stock market crash of 1929 crushed some of his plans, but many accomplishments were still made and remain today.
During World War II, a large portion of Montauk was turned into a Navy base. A seaplane base was found at Fort Pond. Also, Camp Hero was established and disguised to appear as a New England fishing village from above.
In the 1960s, prefabricated "Leisurama" homes that you could purchase through Macy's department stores were built and sold in Montauk. These homes were completely furnished and even included as much as toothbrushes for the family. Also in the 1960s, as Montauk's popularity as a summer resort town continued to increase, many of the motels were built throughout town.
Today, Montauk still remains a very large tourist location and is home to the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in the state of New York. It boasts the claim that it has more saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world.
Montauk has a humid subtropical climate and is one of the northernmost locations in North America with this climate type. The Atlantic Ocean brings warmer winters than inland areas of the same latitude as well as cooler springs and summers. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 32.3 °F (0.2 °C) in January to 72.4 °F (22.4 °C) in July. There is 43.6 inches of precipitation annually, which is fairly evenly distributed throughout the course of the year.
Montauk is easily accessible by car, by bus, by rail,and even by boat.
Taking a plane to New York is easy. There are three airports to chose from in the region. John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport, both in Queens, and MacArthur Airport in Islip are all easily the first step to getting to Montauk.
There is a shuttle available that connects to the Sayville LIRR station, where you can board the train to Montauk. There is also the S57 bus, run by Suffolk County Transit, which connects to Sayville. The shuttle costs $5, whereas the S57 costs $2.
Either travelling in your own car or by rental car it is easy to get out to "The End". The only road that goes out to seaside town is Sunrise Highway (or Route 27), which runs from New York City all the way to Montauk. Along the way Sunrise Highway turns into Montauk Highway yet it is still known as Route 27.
The Hampton Jitney bus service runs from Manhattan to Montauk.
There are also local buses run by Suffolk from town to town.
The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is an alternative to driving. It too runs from Penn Station in Manhattan to Montauk.
There are also places at which one can dock their boat and also ferries that run from other East End locations.
Camp Hero State Park, 1898 Old Montauk Hwy (Enter the park at the main entrance (East Gate) a half mile west of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, and park at one of two small parking fields), ☎ (631)-668-3781. 8am-4pm. This State Park formerly housed U.S. Army and U.S. Airforce bases. Roads cross the park, along with an extensive system of trails for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding, a beach used by surfers and surfcasters, a picnic area with grills and an old maritime forest$8.
Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Highway, ☎ (631) 668-2554, . A beautiful state park that has camp grounds, grills, and beach access. It offers families, couples, and individuals a great place to enjoy a day or even a weekend. Great outdoor recreation.(41.016335831100001,-72.021677481799998)
Montauk Point Lighthouse, 2000 Montauk Hwy, ☎ (631) 668-2544, . The Montauk Lighthouse is a historical lighthouse with a beautiful view of "The End" of Long Island. It is the easternmost lighthouse on Long Island.Adult: $9 Seniors: $7 Children: $4.
-Public parking at the beach is reserved for residence. Visitors can purchase a parking permit at Town Hall Annex at the Montauk Playhouse.
-Dogs are not allowed on the beaches between 9am and 6pm from May 15 through the end of September. When permitted, dogs are allowed to run off leash.
-Beach fires are permitted on most beaches however East Hampton Town has a list of regulations which must be followed.
Ditch Plains Beach, (east of the Village). Great spot to surf. There is a parking lot, outside showers/restrooms, few food stops.
Fort Pond, Fort Pond Bay. Great place to launch ocean kayaks. The beach is pebbly, so be prepared. No restroom or public parking.
South Edison Beach, (End of South Edison Street.). Popular beach with a life guard on duty during the summer months. There are public restrooms on site. Restaurants and shops are within a walking distance.
Numerous restaurants for every taste are in Montauk. There is an abundance of fresh, locally caught seafood markets, restaurants, and bars. No matter what it is that you are looking for, fine dining or a casual eatery, you can easily find it in Montauk.
Duryea's Lobster Deck, 65 Tuthill Road, ☎ (631) 688-2410, . This outdoor deck overlooking Fort Pond and Gardiner's Bay offers a wide variety of seafood. They have a moderately priced menu and also offer a fresh seafood market for people to shop before or after they eat.
Fishbar Montauk Seafood Restaurant, 467 East Lake Drive, ☎ (631) 668-6600, . This restaurant features all locally caught seafood from Montauk itself. Newsday rated Fishbar one of the 10 Best Seafood Restaurants on Long Island in 2013. They also offer a rotating selection of seven craft draft beers and a signature sangria.
Harvest on Fort Pond, 11 South Emery Street, ☎ (631) 668-5574, . Harvest is one of Montauk's most-known restaurants. Without a reservation, it is nearly impossible to be seated inside. There is an entire outside section that is engulfed in a garden that is first-come-first-serve. This is a family style italian restaurant.
Montauk Bake Shoppe, 29 The Plaza, ☎ 631-668-2439. Located in the heart of town. The Bake Shoppe has a line out the door every morning, where people order a range from one coffee to dozens of pastries.
Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, 32 Star Island Road, ☎ (631) 668-3100, . This location offers a wide variety of food, considering there are four different restaurants and lounges within the club. Gulf Coast Kitchen is a living room styled lounge that features local seafood and and upscale options. Hurricane Alley is a informal indoor/outdoor dining area that was designed to resemble and bait and tackle shop in the Florida Keys. Here you can enjoy home cooking and see people in their swimsuits and towels. The Barracuda Bar is decorated with different maps and vintage posters and is known for its wide drink selection and specialty pizzas. The Turtle Lounge is a replica of the Montauk Light House and is a tavern-style restaurant that features historic images of the Montauk Yacht Club.
Montauket, 88 Firestone Rd, ☎ (631)-668-5992. The restaurant inside this hotel has a very wide menu. It has a section for seafood, from the land, pasta, and wraps and sandwiches. It is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Naturally Good Foods & Café, 38 South Etna Ave., ☎ 631-668-9030. Located in town, this take-out market is where many buy organic products off the shelf and also order freshly made items. They offer breakfast and lunch, consisting off all organic products. Some include smoothies, breakfast burritos, all-natural oatmeal, fresh-fish sandwiches, and much more.
Tre Bella, 236 Edgemere St, ☎ 631-668-2322, . Located inside the Montauk Manor, this restaurant is formal and offers a standard italian menu. The upscale facility overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Block Island Sound is home to many wedding receptions, anniversary parties, and other celebrations.
Crabby Cowboy Cafe, 435 East Lake Drive, ☎ (631)-668-3200, . This is a very casual atmosphere, offering things like lobster rolls and fish and chips. Located on East Lake, crowds gather in sweatshirts and roast s'mores together after finishing their meal.
Bars and lounges are all around Montauk. Local bars are often frequented by fisherman and tourists alike.
The Hideaway, 364 West Lake Drive, ☎ (631)-668-6592, . The Hideaway is a local Mexican restaurant in the village of Montauk. They make many things from scratch including their salsas and tamales. Although the majority of the restaurant is Mexican, they also offer barbeque and seafood. Being a Mexican restaurant, you must have Tequila and that is exactly what The Hideaway has, except 30 DIFFERENT KINDS!!!!
Liar's Saloon, 401 West Lake Drive, ☎ (631) 668-9597. Located on West Lake Drive, Liar's Saloon is an inexpensive dive bar that offers $1 beers everyday! Along with cheap beers, you can get delicious cocktails in a very laid-back atmosphere (even includes a deck.) On top of all of those great things, it even offers a beautiful view of Lake Montauk! Come enjoy the view while you sip on $1 beers or cocktails of your choice.
The Point Bar and Grill, 697 Montauk Highway, ☎ (631) 668-1500, . Sunday–Saturday: 12pm–4am. Come enjoy great burgers, local seafood and wings at the Point Bar and Grill! The atmosphere of this bar is family friendly with a sports bar type of feeling. The bar is lined with 16 flat screen T.V.'s and drink specials for every sports game. During the summer season, The Point Bar & Grill is home to several bachelor and bachelorette parties with DJ's spinning the most popular jams. There is even an event called "Sloppy Sundays" during the summer season. On the website, it says "participate if you dare!"
The Sloppy Tuna, 148 Emerson Avenue, ☎ (631)-647-8000, . The Sloppy Tuna is a restaurant, bar and nightclub located right on the beach in Montauk. Come get a delicious bite to eat while you enjoy the amazingly beautiful view. The Sloppy Tuna is very casual and beach friendly during the day while DJs spin during the night. As stated on the website, "Come as you are, respect the locals and the ocean, and get ready to leave the world behind you at the Sloppy Tuna!"6-20$.
The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere St, ☎ (631)-483-5037, . The Surf Lodge is a beautiful place for people to stay while visiting Montauk. It has a relaxing and calming atmosphere where people can surf, fish, eat exceptional dinners and view the gorgeous sunsets. Along with being a hotel, the Surf Lodge offers a classy and sophisticated bar where you can get delicious drinks and appetizers. Come have an enjoyable experience at the Surf Lodge!
Montauk offers a wide array of hotels, bed & breakfast, and motels to accomodate all visitors. The interesting thing about Montauk is that you will not find any chain operated hotels or motels. This is because Southampton zoning laws forbid chain hotels. Therefore each hotel, motel, and bed & breakfast is independently owned and operated.
Gurney's Inn Spa & Salon, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., ☎ 631-668-2345, . Nestled among the dunes of Montauk, New York, at the very tip of Long Island, Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa has, for eight decades, been a place for stressed New Yorkers to escape the pressures of the city. It's spectacular ocean views and remote, wild, windswept setting, combined with one of the nation's few true sea water pools make it a true year-round destination - a place where the cares of the world seem mercifully distant.
Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel, ☎ 631-668-2290, . Overlooking Montauk's famed white, sandy beaches with breathtaking Ocean View from all of our newly renovated rooms, each with a terrace or balcony. We have 1 and 2 room accommodations.
Memory Motel, 692 Montauk Highway, ☎ 347-387-1721. World famous Motel & Bar immortalized by the Rolling Stones in the mid 70's. 13 room Motel with moderate rates attached to rowdy and packed bar which features live music and trendy djs.
Montauk Manor, 236 Edgemere St., ☎ 631-668-4400, . Perched on one of the highest points in Montauk with stunning views, this wonderful old building is a historic landmark that has been restored and turned into a modern luxury resort hotel / condominium. The facility has a restaurant, tennis courts and indoor swimming pool and is within walking distance of town and the beach. Newly renovated conference facility.
The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, ☎ +1 888-MYC-8668, . Has long been a destination for visitors to the shores of Long Island's South Fork East End.
Ocean Resort Inn, 95 S. Emerson Ave, ☎ 631-668-2300, . Footsteps to the Ocean - Jacuzzi's for two, Ocean view rooms & suites.
Sands Motel, 71 S. Emery St., ☎ 631-668-5100, . 75' from ocean beach, located near the western end of the village. Motels amenities include 50' pool, bedrooms & efficiencies, w/ phones, A/C, refrigerator, Wi-Fi Internet access, TV/HBO, all rooms non-smoking. Deluxe 2-1/2 room suites with full kitchen & private balcony; 2-bedroom cottage; BBQ's. CHILDREN WELCOME.
While traveling out of or around the village of Montauk, there are many destinations that you could come across that could add to your experience of Montauk. Some include:
Amsterdam Beach State Park, . Amsterdam Beach State Park is a 122 acre park in East Hampton, NY, just east of Montauk. Although the park is undeveloped, it includes 1,288 feet of ocean shoreline, 54 acres of wetlands and several ponds for your viewing pleasure. The area has been nicknamed the "Montauk Moorlands."
Shadmoor State Park, 900 Montauk Highway, ☎ (631) 668-3781, . Shadmoor State Park is a 99-acre state park located in Suffolk County, New York. It is one quarter-mile east of Montauk. The park has trails for hiking, biking and even cross-country skiing. It even offers several hilltop views that are perfect for bird-watchers.
Hither Hills State Park, 164 Old Montauk Highway, ☎ (631) 668-2554. Hither Hills State Park is located near the eastern tip of Long Island. The park offers a playground, picnic tables, nature trails, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and a campground.
Montauk Downs State Park, 50 S Fairview Avenue, ☎ 631) 668-5000. Montauk Downs State Park is located in Suffolk County near the eastern tip of Long Island's South Fork. It is about 1 mile east of the village of Montauk. This state park includes an 18-hole golf course, driving range, swimming pool, tennis courts and restaurants.
Camp Hero State Park, 1898 Old Montauk Highway, ☎ (631) 668-3781. Camp Hero State Park is located on Montauk Point, New York. This park offers a beach, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing and biking. This park was originally the Montauk Air Force Station. Camp Hero State Park beach is considered a very popular fishing spot. The common types of fish that are caught most often include the striped bass and bluefish.
Montauk Point State Park. Montauk Point State Park is located at the eastern tip of Long Island in the town of East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York. The park is the easternmost South Fork of Long Island as well as the state of New York. This beautiful park offers picnic tables, a playground, food, fishing, hiking, hunting (seasonal small and big game) as well as cross-country skiing. It is known for some of the best surf-fishing in the world. Visitors are also able to see seals bathe in the sun on the rocks!