Montauk's beaches are consistently rated as amongst the best in the world! Distinguished by their extraordinary width and pristine condition, our ocean beaches stretch nearly 15 uninterrupted miles from the State Park in Napeague to Montauk Point. Best of all, they are all open to the public, subject only to parking regulations. Simply put, if you want to walk onto the beach, no problem. But, once the season begins - early May - if you need to park the car, be sure to check the posted regulations at each beach carefully. A sticker is required at almost all, and ignoring these regulations will result in a fine or tow. Check the Town Hall annex on Main Street opposite the flag pole, or the next door Chamber of Commerce, for the most up to the date schedules.
These are our most popular beaches:
KIRK PARK BEACH
As inviting as it may seem to put the old Jeep into low gear, and sail onto one of our many beaches for a spin, be warned that beach driving is severely regulated throughout this area. In season beach access is prohibited from 10 AM - 6 PM, and year long, beach access to limited to those with a current, Town of East Hampton sticker. All you non-residents can buy a sticker at the Town Clerks office on Main Street, opposite the flag pole on the green, for an annual fee of $125.00.
Montauk is an off and on-road bikers dream come true, with literally miles of open roads and woody trails. From the Lighthouse to the Stretch we have something for every disciple, every level of expertise. And when it comes time to stretch your legs be sure to drop by the area experts at MONTAUK BIKE SHOP (631-668-8975). Located on Main Street next to John’s Pancake House they sell, fix and rent the very best. Better yet, they know this area and can direct you to best route for your spin. www.montaukbikeshop.com.
Even if your resort doesn't provide courts, make sure you pack your racquet. There are two locations for courts open to the public - MONTAUK STATE DOWNS STATE PARK (668-5000) has 6 courts, with a $6.00 per hour fee. Looking for a private court, make the three mile run west to the NAPEAGUE RACQUET CLUB (631-267-8525). They offer 4 Har-Tru surfaces for hourly or seasonal rent with seasoned pros, clinics and completive matches for all levels.
There are only a few places in this good old
USA where you can see up close and personal some of God's greatest creations.
Beginning in mid-May, the VIKING FLEET(668-5700) sails out to sea to find
whales, porpoises, and all other forms of fantastic marine wild
Ever since the Beach Boys first loaded up their woody and headed for the beach, Montauk has been the East Coast capital for serious surfing. While we don't get the killer tubes of the Bonsai Pipeline, or the monstrous waves of Wemia Bay, what you'll see here is consistently well formed waves. Regular, long clean rides is what Montauk is all about, and they're here year round.
Ditch Plains is everybody's favorite spot, but if you want to try some of the many other, less well known beaches, drop in the folks at AIR AND SPEED BOARD SHOP (668-0356). They're our centrally located surf shop, on Main Street just west of the village green. They'll fill you in on what's shaking in the wet, albeit cold, wild blue. Haven't got your board with you - no problema! They'll rent you one by the hour, day or week. www.airandspeed.com
If you've brought your boat to Montauk, and want to splash her, there's two basic options. Any of the local marinas are happy to put your boat in the water, for a fee. Generally, expect that to run $ 2 - 3.00 per foot. Feel like throwing it in yourself? You'll need to pick up a Launch Ramp Permit, at the Town Clerk's office on Main Street. It'll cost you $ 50.00 for the year, and you'll be able to back your boat in on the West Lake Drive ramp, located across the street from the Harborside Motel, on West Lake Drive.
Nothing could be better than a day on the water, and if you haven't brought your own craft, call UIHLEIN'S (668-3799). They've got everything from row boats to 35' ocean going cruisers for hourly, daily, and longer rentals. Haven't earned your captains license yet? They'll gladly send you out with an experienced hand to show you the ropes and local waters your first time out of port. www.uihleinsmarina.com
Day sailors and Sunfish can be found at PUFF N PUTT (668-4473). Located on placid Lake Montauk, as you enter town on the main road, you can tack and jib without fear or ever being out of sight of land, or in more than ten feet of water.
Got the urge to skim across the water at break neck speed? Just you, your gal and a throbbing, blood curdling 100 HP jet ski tucked between your legs! ZOOM - you're a streak against the horizon, a plume of water 6 feet high spraying the sky, bouncing from wave to wave on one of UIHLEIN'S (668-3799) red hot machines. Rentals by the hour, day or week. www.uihleinsmarina.com
MONTAUK DOWNS (668-5000) is an 18 hole, 6500 yard, Robert Trent Jones designed beauty. Consistently ranked amongst the best public links in the State, it offers dazzling views of the surrounding bays and ocean, coupled with a challenging layout. Complete with pro shop, snack bar, restaurant, putting green, driving range, tennis courts, locker rooms and an Olympic sized outdoor pool. One tip - either show up at dawn, or reserve a tie off time with the County's newly installed computerized reservation system (631-668-1234). It's a very popular course, and failure to do one or the other will most likely leave you left out in the cold.
Now, if you just want to knock around with the kids, trot on over to our miniature golf range, PUTT N PUFF (668-4473) on Main Street. No waiting, dress code or Tiger Woods level of skill required. Just bang that little white ball around to your heart's content.
All you city slickers who hanker for a taste of the great outdoors better strap on your chaps, pull on your boots and make a bee line for DEEP HOLLOW RANCH (668- 2744 ) or RITA'S STABLES (668-5453 ). The first will put you in the saddle for a ride along the beach, the second through their private trail system. Both are open year round, and most times of year you should call ahead - reservations are a must.
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