A Surfer’s Guide to Montauk

June 2017

I’m partnered with an Aussie so most of our holidays revolve around potential surfing opportunities. After a week in New York city, we were ready for the coast. New York has plenty of surf spots an hour from the city but I read Montauk offered the best. Not only that, Montauk is located at the tip of Long Island, next to the Hamptons, so it offered the casual chic location we were looking for. We hired a car from SoHo and drove through the Hamptons to arrive in Montauk four hours later. I was intrigued to see if this American dream lived up to our expectations – it didn’t disappoint.

Beaches

Navy Beach – Surrounded by wooden clad beach houses and floral sand dunes, this was my favourite beach. The beach lays over to the west in a perfect tranquil bay, protected from the wind. I was surprised we were the only people south of beach. Further North is the gorgeous beach side restaurant, Navy Beach.

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Gurney’s Beach Club – Here’s is your luxury beach club spot, book ahead for the weekend.

Best Surf 

Ditch Plains Beach – Popular with surfers, this beach is two miles east of the village on the ocean with parking by permit only at two parking areas. The super long break makes surfing ideal for newbies or veteran long-boarders.

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Turtle Cove – Turtle Cove is just west of the Montauk Lighthouse on the ocean side. You can park at the parking lot at the lighthouse and walk to the cove. This is a spot for experienced surfers, with consistent swells and powerful wave action.

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See

Lighthouse Point – You need to visit the iconic Lighthouse Point at sunset. It’s said to be the End of the World.

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Coffee 

Left Hand Coffee – The best coffee by the beach in Montauk – simple.

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Lunch

The Surf Lodge – Beautiful, white washed terrace overlooking the lake. We had brunch here and had the obvious avo toast and the not-so-obvious, scrambled tofu.

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Lobster Roll – After watching ‘The Affair’ this iconic road side joint summed up Montauk. We had two lobster rolls and a beer which came to $120.

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Clam Bar – Over the road from Lobster Roll is Clam bar. More easy going, less busy and delishous food to stay or to go.

Dinner

Arbor – Maybe it was the laid-back feel and the chic beach hut decor or maybe it was the best charcoaled octopus I’ve ever eaten, either way this was my favourite meal on the whole trip.

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Gosman’s Dock – Waterfront seafood eatery with dining room, rooftop deck, casual cafe & clam bar – go here to watch the sunset.

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Lady Grey – A stylish New England fare, local seafood & cocktails with a patio overlooking the lake.

Drinks

Swallow East – Rustic-chic waterside eatery offering elevated bar bites & seafood, plus weekly live reggae music.

Stay

Because of strict planning and building regulations, hotels are sparse and expensive – you must book before.

The Surf Lodge – White washed walls, sun bleached floors, private balconies, cozy beds, shady hammocks, outsized artwork by surfers and surf lovers throughout.

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Montauk Manor – Montauk Manor hotel, just east of the Hamptons, stands watch over 12 fabulous acres and features 140 apartments many with terraces offering fabulous panoramas.

Shop

Montauk OutpostThe Melet Mercantile outpost is a retail friendly beachside space, holding mens, women’s and children’s beachwear as well as a host of Montauk appropriate books, photography and art. Open from May through September and is home to some of the best events of the Montauk summer!

Crow’s Nest – Crows Nest Hotel and restaurant overlooking Montauk harbor. The shop reflects a worldly vibration with a well travelled selection that changes weekly. You can find art, books, textiles and jewellery pulled from the four corners of the world.

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