10 Reasons Life Begins at The End

Montauk is a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s a fisherman town, a surfer town and, recently, a party town. But for all who vacation there, The End is more like a beginning. Make it a sweet one by visiting the top places to go in Montauk.

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Eat

The view at Navy Beach is a sight to see image: navy beach

The view at Navy Beach is a sight to see image: navy beach

Ditch Witch

Beach days call for fare that’s as easy as staying in bed on a Sunday morning. This legendary food truck answers that bell with cinnamon bun wraps, breakfast burritos and sandwiches so good regulars set up tabs in the beginning of the season. Address: The Middle lot at the end of Otis R. Click to taste 

Navy Beach

Navy Beach allows diners to spend summer meals the right way—toes in the sand. The menu at this waterside restaurant, which sits on a 200-foot private beach, is just as casual. Think no-fuss favorites like buttermilk fried chicken drizzled in spicy honey and a Navy Burger topped with bacon and cheddar. This year, everyone is screaming for ice cream from popular neighborhood shop John’s Drive-In, which is new to the dessert menu. Phone: 631-668-6868 | Address: 16 Navy Rd. Click to taste

Swallow East

The East End outpost of James Tchinnis’ rustic Huntington gem offers seafood, elevated bar bites, live reggae music and dockside dining. The interior is airy and lovely with wooden furniture and large wall-to-wall windows. Small plates like lobster toast on Carissa’s pickled Rye and mussels rose in strawberry fumet were made for hoarding. The chocolate chip cookie sandwich, made with vanilla gelato and chocolate fudge, beats ham and cheese any day of the week. Phone: 631-668-8344 | Address: 474 West Lake Dr. Click to taste 

Montauk Brewing Company

For those who live by the rule: No way, rosé, Long Island’s easternmost brewery provides a safe haven. The summer ale, served in a blue-and-silver striped can, blends light caramel and wheat for a bold yet refreshing finish that epitomizes the Montauk way of life. Inside, there’s work by local artists. But take a gander at the hand-built bar with a copper top and blow-torched base—it’s a piece of work all its own. Phone: 631-668-8471 | Address: 62 S. Erie Ave. Click to taste

Stay

Gurney's Montauk Resort

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Montauk Manor

Stepping into this Tudor-style hotel, which sits atop a hill is like stepping into the age of Gatsby. Built by multimillionaire Carl Fisher in 1927, the three-story building has a Grand Foyer that still looks like it did when it was built. There are chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, candle light fixtures in corners and couches arranged in nooks and crannies. The three-story building, perched atop a hill, contains 140 condominium apartments, some of which have balconies and skylights. There’s a day spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and a courtyard that offers unforgettable views from above. Phone: 631-668-4400 | Address: 236 Edgemere St. Click to stay 

Montauk Yacht Club

A weekend likely isn’t enough time to explore this entire hideaway. This stylish spot offers appropriately nautical-themed rooms with balconies, some of which have marina views. Guests who don’t just want to look at the water can enjoy it by signing up for sailing lessons or boating excursions through the hotel. There’s also a spa, tennis court and a pair of casual upscale restaurants serving meals prepared by new Chef Richard Hebson. Word to the carnivores: Hebson’s filet mignon comes with a twist—it’s wrapped in applewood bacon. Phone: 631-668-3100 | Address: 32 Star Island Rd. Click to stay

Gurneys

Atop the dunes of Montauk, Gurney’s brings the sea inside with an ocean-fed seawater pool. While detoxifying, soakers can peer out at the Atlantic. Fitness pop-ups are aplenty each summer, ranging from gentle yoga to sweat-fest beach bootcamps. As for the rooms, they’re lauded for being spacious and comfortable with gorgeous views of Gurney’s 2,000-foot private beach. Guests can also rent one, two and three bedroom cottages for added privacy.  Phone: 631-668-2345 | Address: 290 Old Montauk Hwy Click to stay

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Let the water and wind be the soundtrack to your summer image: mon tiki

Let the water and wind be the soundtrack to your summer image: mon tiki

Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains embraces surfers and selfie-takers alike. A long break creates barreling, surfable waves perfect for experienced long boarders and newbies. It’s also right by the must-Instagram Montauk Lighthouse. The George-Washington-authorized lighthouse opened in 1796 and today offers tours to guests. Address: 2000 New York 27  Click to chill 

Deep Hollow Ranch

The oldest cattle ranch in the United States doesn’t belong to the Wild, Wild West but rather our East End. Established in 1658, Deep Hollow Ranch bills itself as the birthplace of the American Cowboy. Today, the ranch offers pony rides, parties and trail rides throughout the pristine coastline. Phone: 631-668-2744 Address: 1929 Montauk Hwy. Click to ride 

Montauk’s Sea Turtle Dive Charters

The faint of heart should not be fooled by the name—this charter is for shark diving. Montauk’s Sea Turtle Dive Charters lowers ballsy divers 3-4 feet underwater where they will likely get up close and personal with at least three Jaws lookalikes during two 30-minute sessions. Don’t worry. The anodized-aluminum pipe is fully welded at all seams (read: Safe. I think). Those who’d prefer to avoid the fear-inducing sea creatures can opt for wreck dives, spear fishing and Block Island expeditions. Phone: 631-335-6323 Click to dive 

Catamaran Mon Tiki

Hop aboard the Polynesian double-canoe and explore The End by boat. Catamaran Mon Tiki offers a variety of seafaring adventures, but the ones at sunset are truly bucketlist worthy. Sailers get to watch day meet night over the Block Island Sound with the winds at their backs. Phone: 631-668-2826 | Address: 32 Star Island Rd. Click to sail  

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.