The End is just the beginning of the action in the Hamptons. If you love the beach, there’s no better spot to be than Montauk.
Montauk’s most famous spot is Ditch Plains, a haven for surfers and sunbathers alike. Bluffs rise up from the sand making it unlike any other South Shore beach. Hit family-owned Air & Speed Surf Shop to get hooked up with a board or a lesson. After a sesh, satisfy your hunger with a stop at Ditch Witch, the legendary beachside food truck that has been cranking out gnar breakfast burritos and sandwiches for years.
While Montauk conjures up images of beaches, lighthouses and fishing boats, it is actually home to the oldest cattle ranch in the country. Deep Hollow Ranch offers guided trail rides along the sandy shores of the Block Island Sound. Rita’s Stable, another area ranch,
has a petting zoo in addition to kid-friendly trail rides.
The “sport fishing capital of the world” has plenty of options for booking a charter too. Hunt for striped bass, fluke, blackfish, porgy, bluefish, shark and tuna in the deep waters offshore. Hither Hills State Park campground offers campsites for tents and RVs right on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. But plan in advance, it books up fast.
To get your blood pumping, head over to Ruschmeyer’s on Sunday morning for The People’s Bootcamp. Trainer Adam Rosante brings his NYCbased bootcamp fitness classes out east for the summer. The fees are open (pay what you want), breaking a sweat is guaranteed.
When the sun sets, it will be easy to see how Montauk earned its other nickname (a small drinking town with a fishing problem). The last few years have seen an influx of hip party-places. Venues like Navy Beach, Swallow East, Sloppy Tuna and The Montauk Beach House are making the village a lightning rod for young professionals looking to let their hair down, enjoy good eats and dance the night away.