Montauk Travel Guide

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Montauk Highlights

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     Quiet, beaches, beautiful, peaceful getaway 

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     not enough time - had to go home eventually! 

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     Disappointing... 

Montauk Things to Do

  • Montauk Point Lighthouse

    At the end of Long Island you will find Montauk Point Lighthouse.The views here are very rewarding. There is also a museum which is open at varying times throughout the year - it's well worth checking the website below if you wish to visit the museum. Admission to the museum costs (accurate at October 2010) : Adults: ............ $9.00 Seniors:...

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  • Montauk Point State Park

    Montauk Point State Park is literally at the end of everything. The park has the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the beaches (pretty rocky), a picnic area, gift shop and some nature trails. Liz and I like to come to the Park for the lighthouse and the beautiful ocean views. Our most recent visit was during an unseasonably warm April day. The sun was...

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  • Montauk Point Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is a definite must see when visiting Montauk. It is literally at the end of Montauk; hence the term the "point". The Montauk Point Lighthouse was built November 5, 1796. It was the first lighthouse in New York State and the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States. The sandstone lighthouse stands over 100 feet tall with...

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  • Montauk Beaches

    most of the beaches in Montauk are public and free. some of the beaches are part of a state park, like Hither Hills, so there's a parking fee ($8). in general, Montauk is a very small, laid-back beach community. my first visits to Montauk were in the 80's during my late teens and early twenties. Visiting again over Memorial Day weekend '07 i can...

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  • Montauk Lighthouse

    a trip to Montauk is not a trip to Montauk without visiting the lighthouse at the tip of the south fork of Long Island. excellent views all around. if you visit later in the day you're likely to see some deer come out of the woods and feed on the grass. there's also parking and facilities for small campers - the fee is $8 for parking between 8am...

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  • Camp Hero

    Camp Hero is an abandoned military base at the tip of Long Island and was established during World War II. a lot of stories and rumours abound about Fort Hero as being a place where government experiments in time travel were conducted . don't be frightened. do a google search on Camp Hero and one can spend a lot of time reading up on the rumours if...

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Montauk Restaurants

  • WashOut: Great Dinner and Entertainment

    GREAT burgers and surprisingly delicious sushi! The ambiance is very relaxed, beachy, and had live music playing. And a plus is that it is very convenient because it is right near the train station. It really is a great place to grab dinner, enjoy live music, and maybe drink some frozen treats. Highly recommend this place! Peperoni Pizza...

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  • Good food in quirky setting!

    The Dock is one of those places where not only the food but the surroundings and your fellow clientèle will provide you with entertainment.The menu offers a wide selection but is driven by the fact that this seaside town still has a very active fishing fleet - so good seafood abounds on the menu. I had a cup of Montauk Clam Chowder for starters (I...

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  • More Seafood!

    we had a wonderful lunch on a beautiful day overlooking the fishing docks at the Inlet Seafood Restaurant. there's a couple of decks on the second floor with great views of the water any time of day or evening. the staff was friendly and attentive. my wife had some grilled scallops and vegetables, that were done to perfection. i had some fish...

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  • Lunch

    on the road to Montauk, on highway 27, on the outskirts of Amagansett, you'll notice a restaurant with a large sign declaring, "Lunch". after being on the road for a couple of hours this is a welcome sight. officially the name of the place is the Lobster Roll.believe it or not, most of the items on the menu are seafood. entering or leaving Montauk...

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  • Best sunset place in town

    Although when I visit this spot they were not serving food, I believe they do it during the high season.With or without food, it's located in a gorgeous place on top a cliff from where you can see an amazing sunset across the lake/bay while having a drink outside or in the bar. My choice was Blue Point on tap, the local beer... a very nice one!!

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  • I need yself a crab cake

    I remembered a couple of roadside stands on the way in back before the town of Montauk. Yukijohn was in desperate need of a crab cake and a little something else. We tend to never bring enough munchies for the beach and the sun and saltwater bring on an appetite which always needs a tapping soon after. On the way out we stopped over at Cyril's. The...

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Montauk Nightlife

  • Nighttime Chillin'

    This bar and restaurant is a great place to hang out with friends or even family. You can enjoy food, drinks, and music at a non-pretentious environment. It is just very chill and a great place to go especially during the summer! There is even outdoor seating and a stage for live bands. Casual

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  • Cyrils Fish Bar

    This restaurant has a cocktail bar on the roadside. If you are travelling to Montauk, then you will not miss it, just look for the crowd. It is 'Babe City' during the early evening, but it takes a long time to get served. Make sure to let the bar staff know if you only want beer. Anything goes!

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Montauk Transportation

  • Driving

    Driving is the way to get around Montauk and visit the Point. It's a nice drive through scenic areas and woods to get to the point. We dis see people walking on the road but they must have beach houses close by...it's just too long of a journey from town out to the end.

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  • Transport to Montauk

    The train station is a long way (3 miles?) from the town/beach. There is a local bus that goes from East Hampton to the town centre, and provides an alternate way of getting there. Check the timetables though...

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  • How to get here ...

    If you are visiting NYC, Montauk is a great day trip... in case you're not driving, you'll need to get ready to walk... but before that, this train will take you right till the end of Lond Island.I'm talking about the Long Island Rail Road, it'll leave you 15 blocks north of the 'downtown' area... and about 5 miles west of the lighthouse of the...

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Montauk Shopping

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    by cjg1 Updated Apr 28, 2009

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    The Montauk Point Gift Shop is a small little shop right by the base of the lighthouse. The shop carries books, christmas ornaments, souvenier tee shirts, toys, pictures, jewelry and home accents. It's a nice little shop to find anything Montauk themed.

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Montauk Warnings and Dangers

  • Deer Crossing

    be very very aware of deer crossing the roads around Montauk. they come out mainly in the mornings, early evenings, and night. drive slowly and cautiously - when in Montauk what's your rush anyway?

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  • No matter how brave and...

    No matter how brave and adventurous you might get to feel when travelling along Long Island, never, never, go to the bars that are away from towns or located somewhere along the road. Of course we were crazy enough to do such a thing. That night we were driving along the coast close to Montauk looking for a place to have one more drink. It was very...

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Montauk Tourist Traps

  • Ocean Beach Resort

    Be aware that there is an Oceanside Beach Resort as well as an Ocean Beach Resort. I was booked (through Expedia) at Oceanside... but was inadvertedly taken by the taxi to Ocean... They were happy to take my money even though they hadn't received my booking. I ended up paying for both. They would have known that there was another place with such a...

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  • Money

    It is very difficult to exchange any currency anywhere in Long Island or cash travellers cheques. Luckily we had enough money for the length of our stay beacuse I had to wait for us to come back to New York to get some money.It seems that local people are not used to foreign visitors in there, and I think that tourists other than Americans are very...

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Montauk What to Pack

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    by cjg1 Written Apr 30, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: We normally spend just a day at Montauk and are on to our next destination so just a backpack for me.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes if you plan on doing any hiking. Flip flops or water shoes for the beach. Bathsuits for a dip in the ocean. Shorts and lightweight clothing for the summer weather.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Block

    Photo Equipment: My digital camera and video camera

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: towels, umbrella, beach chairs

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Montauk Off The Beaten Path

  • Camp Hero

    Camp Hero also goes by the name The Montauk Project, which insinuates the nature of the bases rumors. Everything from mind control to the creation of beasts and antichrists to weather control have been linked to this rundown military base. There are numerous books written on these subjects. The area itself is quite easy to access, though not...

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  • Peter Beards private beach

    The backdrop was dramatically shrouded in fog adding darker tones to the waters in front of me. Fishing boats weaved in and out of the patchyness and birds sat silouetted on off-shore rocks. Waves scraped rock against rock as it repeditively slapped the shore. Long Island is one populated land and it's amazing that there are many places you can...

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  • Peter Beards private beach

    I guess putting these up here has some uselessness to it. No one can go here un-invited, but the beach here is much like those that people will be granted access to if you go to one of the many state parks in the Montauk vicinity. Just west is Ditch Plains which is a nationally celebrated surf spot and to the east stands the iconic lighthouse,...

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Montauk Favorites

  • birdies

    I was taught to share when I was in pre-school and I was quite a sharer. I would partition my lunch, slice up my jokes, and give plenty of laughs. But I start demonizing what i learned in those early years when it comes to sharing my sand real estate. I do share the places I have been with you the reader's since your interest is important to me...

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  • erosion

    The cliffs look like a snaggle tooth grin, or displace you to Bryce Canyons NP Hoo Doo's. Erosion is literally eating up the Island. People try to climb these cliffs and aid in speeding erosion. Yo, stay off the cliffs. Rain run-off carves these many structures which look oh-so delicate. Just stand back and glare, no need to touch. How about this,...

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  • rocky

    Long Island is mostly a large sand bar. A series of two glacial deposits during the last receding Ice Age formed all of the land here. Unlike the bedrock that sits underneath most parts of the US Long Island is largely sand, dirt, sporadic rocks and brush to hold it all together. The two forks represet the two dumpings, first melting and dropping...

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