|The entrance to Lake Montauk NY|
The locals lovingly refer to their abode as The End, as Montauk serves as the last stop in Long Island before dropping into the sea at the westward edge of Block Island Sound. It is unanimously a beach town, a more laid back and youthful place than the rest of the Hamptons, where bathing suits and flip flops reign supreme over more typical Hamptons-chic attire.
Although the vibe resonates with that of cape cod, scattered bars and restaurants with exquisite menu options remind you that you're never too far from Manhattan. Mind you, they take a bit of searching; although Montauk has a popular main drag, its best attributes are found on side streets, off the beaten path, and not necessarily within the downtown district. However, when you ask around, locals are more than happy to lead you to the best cuisine, the best sunsets, the best people watching, the best hiking, and the best beaches (look south!).
Traveling by boat is a snap, taking Caro just 30 minutes from Plum Gut in pond-like seas. Through the flanking jettys of Lake Montauk, more than 6 marinas wait to harbor you for as long as you can afford to stay. Lake Montauk is every boater's gateway to Montauk, and although the marina community is a taxi ride away from town, there is plenty to do right around the marinas with some of the bes dining options in the town.
Taxis are abundant, and with three companies running nearly 24/7, we had taxis responding to calls consistently within 5 minutes no matter where we were. Drivers were helpful and courteous, although the rides were expensive (on the order of $20 per car for the four mile trek from marinas to town).
Because of the untraditional layout of the town, there are lots of areas in which to play including the marina area where Gosman's and other restaurants abound, the town center itself, the west side hangouts like Navy Beach and Montauket Hotel, and the east side lighthouse and Camp Hero State Park. Anyone who says Montauk was boring or had nothing to do simply hasn't explored all of the options, because there truly is something for everyone.
With too much to list here, stay tuned for more on this un-Hampton experience in what feels like the last place at the end of the earth - or at least at the end of New York.