Friday, July 21, 2017

Montauk - the quintessential Long Island beach town

The small town of Montauk, New York - located 120 miles from New York City at the extreme end of Long Island - has a unique claim to fame. It claims to have more world saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world. The waters of Long Island Sound off of Montauk have been designated birthing grounds for The Great White Shark. And it was the birthplace of the fishing technique known as Skishing - where one dons a wetsuit and flippers along with rod n reel to catch fish while swimming in the ocean. All this is well and good for fisherman but what really brings people to Montauk these days is surfing and beaching during the day - and seeing and being seen at night. It's a popular weekend getaway for New Yorkers and there have been a glut of 1950's style motels redone in "beach chic". The party crowd is strong here but there are still families who come here every year for their beach week. We drove out one day in May - and I was totally charmed by this small town.



We started our visit at the very end of Long Island at Mountauk Point State Park climbing the lighthouse and visiting the lighthouse keepers house and museum. I've always been fascinated by lighthouses so they're usually on my list of places to see. Beautiful views, a playground, fantastic weather - a fun visit. But now it was time to put our toes in the sand and experience some of Montauk's famous beaches.












We made a quick stop at Kirk Park Beach located right in town. There was free parking and restrooms. The beach was empty and it felt really good to put those toes in the sand and hear the ocean rolling in. 













It was time to start thinking about dinner. I had heard about Navy Beach - a bar/restaurant located on the bay side of Montauk with supposedly great views. They had just opened for the season the day before we were there so we headed their way. Just a word of advice - Navy Beach is not easy to find as it's located in what appears to be a residential area. We thought we were definitely in the wrong place but it was indeed the restaurant. When we arrived we were told they were having a staff meeting and they wouldn't open for another 30 minutes but we could sit out by the water. So we did. We relaxed and enjoyed the views until we could get a drink. After enjoying the water views for awhile we decided to head elsewhere for dinner.















We were told that the Montauket was a great place to watch the sunset. But apparently everyone else in town already knew that. It was beyond packed with the parking lot full and an entire two streets with cars parked on both sides.We couldn't find anyone to even find out if a table was possible - so off we went down the road. Side note: Due to all the bars and partying, there is a taxi stand set up in Montauk so there's no drinking and driving. A first for me - I'd never seen a taxi stand in a small town before. (The taxis are also available for service from the Jitney - Long Island's extremely prevalent service from New York to Long Island. You don't need a car. There is scheduled service all the time)



We ended up at Duryea's Lobster Dock. Located on Lake Montauk, Duryea's is a self-service restaurant - that's not really self-service. You order at the window but they bring the food to you, fill your drinks and even provide blankets on a cool evening. There is outdoor seating with sunset views and music to dine by. Mr. UR and our daughter both ordered the lobster roll - pricey but they said it was definitely worth it. 
















Our hotel was a good hour away so we got on the road. Due to our late arrival, there  wasn't nearly enough time for me here in Montauk. If I go back, I'd stay in town so I could see so much more. More beaches. More good food.More uber cool bars to visit. More Montauk.








Have you been to Montauk? What did you think?



This post is part of a link-up with: The Weekend Wanderlust Travel Blog PartyWeekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute and Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox!








18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful beachy area! If you're ever in Wisconsin, head to Racine, we have a lighthouse along Lake Michigan that has been lit every night since the first day in 1880! You can see inside it too :)

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    1. I've been to Wisconsin but not Racine. I'd love to do a lighthouse tour there someday! Thanks for visiting, Miranda!

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  2. We often stay on Long Island at the end of a trip to the East Coast. We can get a direct flight to Sydney from JFK and take some of the hassle out of long haul travel but it does mean playing Russian roulette with New York City traffic. By staying on Long Island for our last couple of nights we can generally get to the airport without getting stuck in traffic. We wouldn't stay out as far as Montauk but it sounds like a wonderful destination. Maybe next trip we will put aside a few nights for it as well.

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    1. Visiting our daughter, we thought we could get her out of the city a bit and explore Long Island - also trying to avoid New York City traffic. It worked out quite well this time - we met her at JFK and picked up the rental car and headed East. Might have to do it again sometime! Thanks for visiting, Lyn!

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  3. The trick in visiting the Hamptons is doing fun things while avoiding the crowds. Montauk is good for that because it' further than The Hamptons and many just don't want to drive that extra stretch. Shelter Island and the North Fork are more low key, too. glad you enjoyed the East End.

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    1. We had done the Hamptons before and never made it all the way to Montauk so I definitely wanted to this time. The drive did seem a bit long but I thought it was worth it. We also did the North Fork - which I loved - and Shelter Island. Long Island is a hidden gem! Thanks for visiting, eileen!

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  4. I have never been to Montauk but I think I'd enjoy the long, never ending beach. Hubby says his father used to travel hours to go fishing here in the 70's and 80's. He went once but said he didn't like fishing from a row boat in the middle of winter.

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    1. Can't say as I blame your husband for that :)! I had really only heard of it for it's takeover of 50's style motels and family vacations and was surprised to hear about the fishing there. I guess they've done a good job of reinventing themselves! Thanks for visiting, Rhonda!

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  5. Wow! Beautiful beach, beautiful sunset! What a neat little town!

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    1. Thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road, April!

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  6. What a beautiful place! I need to get to know New York better (I am not referring to the city). Once in a while, my sister sends me pictures of the places she visits on weekend gateways and Montauk is one of the places she likes. Would like to visit one day with her. #WeekendWanderlust

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    1. I'm working on that myself since my daughter lives in the city now. There's alot just outside of the city - and even a few hours away. Thanks for visiting, Ruth!

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  7. You've won me over - I'd love to visit and stay longer too! Thanks for linking up with Travel Photo Thursday.

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    1. Thanks for the link-up! And for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  8. I havent been to Montauk since I was a kid, I live in Nassau County. The traffic going out this way always scares me LOL! But this looks really amazing! http://www.mommatogo.com

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    1. We tried to plan it so we encountered the least amount of traffic - it doesn't always work but this time it did! Thanks for visiting The Unpaved Road!

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  9. This post makes me miss the east coast so much! Lobster rolls and sunsets. Love it.

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    1. I love it, too! New England in the summer is so special! Thanks for visiting, Corinne!

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