A BIT ABOUT MONTAUK
Montauk – the end. Yeap, on the eastern-most tip of the South Fork, about as far east as you can go in New York.
Montauk is considered one of the sports fishing and surfing capitals of the world, as well as home to the oldest lighthouse on Long Island.
The Lighthouse is maintained by The Montauk Historical Society and is operated by the US Coast Guard. There’s a museum in the keeper’s dwelling which is certainly worth a visit. Visitors are welcome to climb the 137 spiral steps to the top of the lighthouse and, on a clear day, look out at Block Island across the sound.
The Montauk Surf Museum, new for 2015, is a welcome addition to the Lighthouse Museum, featuring a rich history of Montauk’s surf culture.
Montauk, one of the best surfing destinations on the entire US east coast, is known for its quality waves and consistency of swells.
There are many different spots to choose from according to your level, the tide, swell direction, or wind conditions. Stop by one of the 4 local surf shops to get all the necessary info and gear.
A visit to Montauk Harbor is a must when you are out here. Experience Montauk’s fishing history and culture amongst the commercial fishing boats, fishing charters, and the many spots to eat the freshest catch of the day. If you happen to be in Montauk in early June be sure to catch the Blessing of the Fleet, which kicks off the summer season and combines a festive atmosphere with a somber reminder of those lost at sea the previous season.
Stand-up paddle-boarding is also plentiful here in Montauk, with tons of challenging paddles for all levels. Contact Air & Speed for all your kayaking and paddle-boarding needs.
If mountain biking or hiking is your thing, Montauk’s many single-track trails take you through some of the most beautiful natural preserves you can imagine. Montauk’s local bike shop can direct you to all the best trails and outfit all your equipment needs.
For all you endurance athletes, the Montauk Triathlon is a yearly event that draws many top athletes from around the country. Road biking and running junkies also head to “The End” in numbers for their share of the superb roads and many demanding loops surrounded by astonishing landscapes.
If it’s golf that you’re after, be sure to play the championship course at Montauk Downs State Park, one of the world’s best – and public – courses.
Into horseback riding? Then horseback ride on the beach at Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest continually operating cattle ranch in the United States, or Rita’s Stables, both featuring petting zoos for kids.
All wine buffs should seek out to the many Long Island wineries, which seriously merit a tasting tour. Long Island’s wine industry has grown from one small vineyard to nearly 3,000 acres of vines and over two dozen wineries producing world-class wines. The praise and awards continue to accumulate, and Long Island wines just keep getting better.