Montauk is the beach destination of choice for thousands of New Yorkers each summer, and it’s easy to see why. Powdery beaches, vibrant nightlife, and a laid back vibe that’s hard to find in the rest of the Hamptons make Montauk a must-visit this summer. Get the inside scoop from this “1, 2, 3 Destination Guide” from a New York expert, Devorah Lev-Tov (@devoltv).
When in Montauk, you’ll want to be beachfront, but it’s easier said than done—unless you have one of the airy, minimal rooms at Marram. Enjoy relaxing poolside, morning yoga and meditation, complimentary bikes for exploring, surfing clinics, evening fire pits, and dining at the on-site restaurant by Uruguayan chefs Martin Pittaluga and Fernando Trocca. Bonus: the housemade pastries are to die for.
Located at Gurney’s Montauk Resort, the Montauk satellite of the popular restaurant has an expansive waterfront deck and serves locally caught fish along with the Italian classics that made it famous.
New this summer, this all-day spot inspired by St. Barth’s and St. Tropez serves up seaside views and farm-to-table French cuisine like salad nicoise with yellowfin tuna and whole grilled locally caught black bass. Wash it down with a Surf Cosmo, made with Meyer lemon vodka, lime, orange liqueur, and cranberry.
Climb Montauk Point Lighthouse:
Perched at New York’s easternmost point, this iconic lighthouse is NY’s oldest, first lit in 1796. Climb its 137 steps for sweeping views and get photos of the picturesque tower at the waters’ edge.
This chic new shop carries espadrilles made in France, cotton striped towels made in Turkey, strappy sandals made in Greece, sturdy totebags made in Maine, and fun Montauk-embroidered tops from Long Island.
Ride a horse through Deep Hollow Ranch’s 3,000 acres of countryside and beaches—bet you didn’t think the oldest operating cattle ranch in the United States was in Montauk!