The Hamptons is a quintessential New York summer escape. We try to spend a few weekends every summer there or in Montauk. It’s one of our favorite places to go. If you’re visiting New York City, this is worth the extra trip. Here’s our Montauk travel guide.
How To Get There
Fly into one of the three NYC area airports: LGA, JFK or EWR. From there you can rent a car, take the train, hop on the bus, or if you are feeling a little fancy, take a helicopter. Montauk is roughly 120 miles from the city.
It typically takes 3 hours plus to get to Montauk. You drive all the way through Long Island including The Hamptons to the very eastern tip of the island to get there. Most of the time there is some kind of traffic at most points along the way. It’s worth it, but don’t be surprised if it takes close to 4 hours.
The Hampton Jitney is the way to go when it comes to buses. It’s clean, comfortable, and it’s quiet. There is free wi-fi onboard and for $10 you can travel with your pet. However, your furry friend must remain in its carrier. It costs $34 one way or $29 if you book online. There are many pick-up points all over NYC for you to choose from. Be sure to check if your pick-up-point goes all the way to Montauk. Some don’t and their final stops are in The Hamptons.
You can travel on the Long Island Railroad as well. From the city, hop on at Penn Station. You can get out there in a little more than 2.5 hrs. A one-way ticket is the same as the bus; $34 at the station or $29 online.
Blade takes you from midtown Manhattan to East Hampton in 50 minutes. Seats start at around $700.
Where To Stay
Gurney’s has the two best resorts in Montauk. The Resort & Seawater Spa has been our second home the last couple years. It’s gorgeous and so relaxing.
This was our most recent stay and we really enjoyed it. Sebastian absolutely loved the pool. It’s a beautiful property. You can’t go wrong with Gurney’s.
What To Do
This is the oldest cattle ranch in the USA! It is a gorgeous property. This is the spot for horseback riding. They have beach and trail rides available. I can’t wait to take Sebastian!
We found this spot on our first trip out there this summer. It is such a neat place. They have a pasture that runs along the parallel street filled with animals; horses, ponies, and donkeys. It was just so much fun to see Sebastian interact with all of them. They have horseback riding as well.
This is at the most eastern point of Long Island. It’s where the famous lighthouse resides. It’s a neat place to walk around and snap photos.
This is a great spot to go on a hike and catch some amazing scenery. There are a number of trails to choose from and one leads you down to the beach. The trails aren’t too steep or treacherous. This makes it perfect for a sunset stroll.
If you want to catch a glimpse of the stunning coastline that is Montauk, look no further. They have public and private charters. Rates start around $65/person. This is for sure the best way to capture Montauk and spend some time on the water.
Where To Eat
If you are looking to eat by the beach, this is the spot. Its beachy picnic table set patio on the sand is perfect, especially at sunset. This place screams Montauk and the fish is absolutely delicious. Try the local tilefish and grilled scallops.
If you are from NYC than you definitely know about Tacombi. It’s one of our favorite Mexican spots in the city and they have a location in downtown Montauk. If you crave good Mexican while in town, swing by and grab some crunchy fish tacos.
We are big time breakfast people. We have been to John’s now the last couple trips and love it. It’s a simple local pancake house with the feel of a diner. It’s perfect to swing in with Sebastian and grab some pancakes before hitting the beach. Oh, if John’s has a wait, walk across the street to Anthony’s Pancake House. Yes, that’s two pancake houses on the same block!
Another outdoor spot right on the water. It’s gorgeous. A little more upscale to Navy Beach and just as stunning. The menu is packed with seafood and they have a great wine selection. Split the Sunset Tower! It’s phenomenal.
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