At the easternmost end of Long Island, Montauk has more than 5,000 acres of parks and beaches, making it the perfect place for an idyllic getaway from nearby New York City. Visitors can enjoy all the splendor of the Hamptons, without the crowds. You’ll spend your days sunbathing, swimming, or sipping drinks at a relaxing beach bar, and nature lovers will find no shortage of outdoor activities at this bucolic paradise. This Montauk travel guide will help you discover the best of Montauk..
Montauk is approximately 120 miles from New York City—upwards of three hours by car or the Hampton Jitney (hamptonjitney.com; one way from $30) bus. The trip takes three hours by Long Island Rail Road (mta.info; one way from $15). The most direct driving route is the Long Island Expressway, to exit 70 (Manorville), then Route 27 East all the way to the end.
Things Not to Miss in Montauk
• Go for a romantic horseback-riding excursion with your special someone.
• Wake up early to go bird watching at Hither Hills State Park, and stay afterward to swim in the ocean.
• Discover Montauk’s natural beauty by visiting Montauk Point State Park, where a 200-year-old lighthouse authorized by George Washington still stands.
• There’s no need to skip your cycling class when you travel to Montauk: Cinema Cy-cle Theater has daily classes.
• Take surfing lessons at Air and Speed Surf Shop, where you can also rent a board and wetsuit.
When to Go to Montauk
Montauk is 120 miles away from New York City, making it a popular summer destination for New Yorkers. Early fall is the best time to organize your Montauk travel if you want to avoid big crowds. Fewer people will be on the beaches, but you’ll still get to take ad-vantage of the nice weather, abundant nature, and delicious, fresh seafood. If you can’t get time off during the fall, visit on a non-holiday weekend during the summer.