Originally inhabited by the Algonquin Native Americans, and settled by the Europeans in the 17th century, Montauk has a rich and varied history. According to old legend, pirate treasure is buried here, though it’s never been uncovered. In the Prohibition era, Montauk was a drop-off point for the Rum Runners smuggling illicit alcohol.
Today, Montauk is considered one of the East Coast’s premier vacation destinations. Its location at the east end of Long Island provides everything from spectacular views to world-class sport fishing and hiking (as well as simply relaxing on the beautiful sandy beach). Montauk Downs, one of country’s top rated golf courses, is here, as are fantastic shopping and dining opportunities.
We’ve listed some of the more popular things to do and see in Montauk below. If you’d like additional information, please don’t hesitate to ask our Concierge!
Montauk is one of the world’s top fishing destinations. If you're an angler, you’ll have both saltwater and freshwater fishing adventures available to you. Charter a boat for a group of friends or simply surf cast for a calmer experience.
Charter a whale watching cruise, and catch sight of one of the five varieties of whales that populate the local waters, as well as dolphins and rare fish. While you're out cruising, you'll probably see the famous Montauk Point Lighthouse.
This fascinating museum explores the seafaring history of Montauk. Definitely worth a visit.
Hiking and walking:
There are an abundance of trails in and around Montauk, including Camp Hero and Seal Haul Trail. Birdwatchers, campers, and families will enjoy the famous Hither Woods State Park.
The Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course:
This 18-hole Robert Trent Jones championship course is both challenging and relaxing – and was named in 2013 as a 'Top 10 Best Municipal Course in the US' by Links Magazine.
The Book Shoppe
Located on the Plaza in Montauk, The Book Shoppe is the only source for the best selection of local authors and books of local interest. It also offers a complete line of paperbacks, children's books and new releases.
41 Edgemere Street
As its name suggests, Fudgen’stuff offers 30 flavors of fresh homemade fudge, as well as chocolate, nuts, pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, old-fashioned candies and novelties,cappuccino, and espresso too. Open days in the summer 10 am -11 pm.
Montauk Bike Shop
Montauk Bike Shop offers bikes for sale or rent, and knowledgeable staff will help you with your choice. The staff also offers lessons.
Montauk Beach Store
A large selection of items specifically suited for use on or at the beach, including beach chairs, tanning lotions and oils, sunscreen, kites, toys, and boogie boards.
Claudia's Carriage House
A wonderful selection of exquisite, one-of-a-kind gifts for any occasion.