Discover Montauk, NY: 16 Unforgettable Experiences Curated by a True New Yorker

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Discover Montauk, NY: 16 Unforgettable Experiences Curated by a True New Yorker

Montauk, previously known as a quiet fishing village beloved by surfers, has transformed into an upmarket go-to spot for wealthy New Yorkers. Don’t be surprised to overhear finance buffs bragging about their helicopter rides to this trendy location. Visiting Montauk, especially in summer, can be pretty costly with average hotel rooms fetching upwards of $700 per night.

Splash out, or be smart about it. I visited for my birthday without breaking the bank. We took the train, shared a hotel room between four of us, and kept our food and drink budget low. It was so enjoyable; we decided to make it an annual tradition.

One thing to prepare for is the exciting nightlife scene. But besides that, you can enjoy serene beaches, stunning ocean-view restaurants, and beautiful hiking trails. There’s nothing better than escaping the sweltering city summer for a refreshing coastline retreat.

For first-timers, here’s a roundup of the best things to see and do in Montauk:

1. **Hit the Beach:** Spend a relaxing day tanning in one of the many beautiful beaches like Ditch Plains Beach, Hither Hills State Park, or Montauk Point State Park Beach. For a lively vibe, stay close to Sloppy Tuna where you’re likely to find the party-loving crowd.

2. **Sunset at The Surf Lodge:** This is the perfect spot for beautiful sunset views. Make reservations early as it can get crowded on weekends.

3. **Sip on a Cold Beer at Montauk Brewing Company:** Nothing like a cold beer on a sunny day, and this place serves the best.

4. **Visit Montauk Lighthouse:** This historic landmark on Long Island’s easternmost point provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

5. **Feast at The Crow’s Nest:** The diverse menu combined with the stunning views over Lake Montauk makes this place splendid for a sunset dinner.

6. **Binge on Bagels at Goldberg’s:** Here, you’ll find the best bagels for hangover breakfasts.

7. **Take a Surfing Lesson:** Try out surf lessons at Coreyswave or Engstrom Surf.

8. **Experience Ruschmeyer’s:** Ruschmeyer’s is a great party space that turns into a dance club after dinner.

9. **Go Horse Riding at Deep Hollow Ranch:** Want something different? Experience the oldest working cattle ranch in the U.S.A.

10. **Party at Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa:** If you like partying, this is the place to be on a Saturday.

11. **Fancy Dining at Scarpetta:** For a luxury dining experience, Scarpetta at Gurney’s Montauk Resor offers the finest Italian cuisine.

12. **Have a Blast at Memory Motel:** This is a fantastic place to finish off your night of bar hopping.

13. **Listen to Live Music at 668 The Gig Shack:** This is the perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon of live music and local cocktails.

14. **Explore the Natural Beauty of Camp Hero State Park:** This 415-acre state park offers hiking, biking, and some of the best surf fishing spots in the world.

15. **Enjoy Seafood at Inlet Seafood Restaurant:** Run by six commercial fishermen, this place offers the freshest seafood, straight from the boat to your plate.

16. **Unwind at Montauk Beach House:** Visitors can enjoy a lazy Sunday favourite spot in the heart of the town.

17. **Feast Your Eyes and Taste Buds at Navy Beach:** This beachfront dining spot offers scrumptious coastal cuisine and boasts an extensive selection of rosé wines.

Looking for a place to stay? Montauk’s summer season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and it’s during this time that accommodation can be pricey. Affordable options include Montauk Blue Hotel and Montauk Manor, mid-range options include Breakers Montauk, and for a splurge, there’s Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa.

Getting to Montauk is relatively easy. You can drive, take a train, ride the Jitney, or for the super rich, take a helicopter from NYC.

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