Summer is over but i'm still dreaming about my time spent in Montauk. If you aren't familiar, Montauk is a magical little beach town at the very tip of Long Island just past the Hamptons. It's literally "The End." There’s nothing quite like summer in New York City, but personally I can't bare the heat. Montauk is close enough to get away and really feel like you are on vacation. Just a few hours by car, train or the Jitney bus. Growing up in New York I have cherished summers in Montauk with my family; it's been my families home away from home since I was born. I recently went back to visit and Montauk was one of the highlights of my trip. I would love to share some of my favorite spots.
Ditch Plains Beach is by far the best beach in town. It's known for killer waves and surfing but great for swimming too. The Ditch Witch is a food wagon/truck, located in the parking lot. Great wraps and iced beverages. The perfect place to grab a little something to eat while at the beach.
There are loads of great restaurants. But to name a few favorites... Joni's is an amazing breakfast/brunch spot. It's a cute little organic cafe with a wonderful diverse menu. When I was little I loved John's Drive-In. It’s basically a fast food burger joint with a vintage vibe. They also have good ice cream too. For lunch I love The Clam and Chowder House at Salivar’s Dock - amazing sushi and fish and chips. The seafood literally comes off the boats docked outside, and goes into the kitchen. Gosman's Dock is a favorite, we have always bought fish at their market to cook at home and it's a great place to just shop around.
If it's your first time visiting Montauk definitely go to the lighthouse. It's a beautiful landmark and worth checking out. If you don't feel like paying the fee to climb to the top I recommend taking a hike to the beach and along the rocky dunes.