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Highlights in Montauk
- Camp Hero State Park and other wildlife areas
- Cowboy skills at Deep Hollow Ranch
- Surfing at Turtle Cove
- Wildlife watching boat tours
- The historic Montauk Point Lighthouse
- Clam chowder at the Annual Montauk Fall Festival
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Vacation Rentals in Montauk
Every vacation rental in Montauk is close to the sea. With family-sized beach houses fronting the beach, seaside fun is only a few steps away. Beach houses range in design from character vintage cottages to architect-designed contemporary homes.A vacation rental in Montauk
Montauk has quaint wood-clad cottages and beach houses that are perfect for romantic breaks and honeymoons. Every vacation rental is fully equipped to provide a comfortable home from home and many have balconies offering sea views along with extra touches like barbecues and hot-tubs.
Holiday in Montauk
Known locally as 'The End', Montauk lies at the easterly tip of Long Island in New York State. In 1895 when the Long Island Railroad reached the town, there were plans to turn Montauk into the Miami Beach of the North. Much of the present town was laid out at this period, but the stock market crash of 1929 put paid to further development. Montauk really took off as a vacation resort in the 1960s when prefabricated leisure homes could be bought fully furnished. As well as being a tourist destination, Montauk has a large recreational fishing fleet and holds more saltwater fishing records than anywhere else in the world.A Long Island town with a long history
The town gets its name from the Native American Montaukett tribe that hunted, fished and raised cattle on the land. The first white settler was granted land by King Charles I in 1639 and lived amicably alongside the Montaukett people. In 1792, President George Washington ordered the building of the lighthouse that still stands today while Deep Hollow Ranch became the first cattle ranch in the USA.Getting there
Montauk is easily accessible from three airports, John F Kennedy and La Guardia Airports in Queens New York and MacArthur Airport in Islip. Only one road runs along Long Island as far as Montauk, this is the Sunrise Highway or Route 27 that starts in New York City.
Montauk is a great destination for beach lovers. Children can have fun building sandcastles during the day while families and friends can share beach barbecues in the evening. Ditch Plains Beach is great for surfers while kayaks can be launched from Fort Pond Bay.A destination for outdoor enthusiasts
With its coastal location and proximity to state parks, there are always plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy in and around Montauk. Former army and navy bases have been turned into the Camp Hero State Park with its hiking, cycling, and horseriding trails while Hither Hills State Park has a long beach frontage. Wetlands and ponds can be found at Amsterdam Beach State Park, a largely undeveloped area nicknamed the 'Montauk Moorlands'.A family-friendly destination
As well as family fun on the beach, Montauk offers other activities for the whole family. Deep Hollow Ranch takes you back in time to the early days of cattle ranching while local stables offer beach and countryside pony and horse trekking. Montauk also has tennis clubs, a miniature golf course, and children's playgrounds.
The Camp Hero military base was built during the war and disguised so that it appeared as a New England fishing village from above.
Top 5 things to do in Montauk
Being surrounded by water makes Montauk the perfect base for enjoying boat tours. These include sunset cruises, eco-tours, stargazing voyages, and wildlife watching trips.2. The Second House Museum
Montauk has been inhabited for many thousands of years with archaeological evidence showing large settlements at Fort Pond. The Second House Museum takes you on a journey through the lives and history of previous Montauk settlers.3. Riding back into the past
Montauk was once the final departure point for huge herds of cattle that had been driven across the state and Deep Hollow Ranch remains the oldest working ranch in the USA. Take a trail ride or enjoy a Western-riding lesson at the ranch.4. Riding the waves
If you are a surfing enthusiast head to Ditch Plains Beach where the waves are suitable for beginners as well as experts. Turtle Cove provides more wave excitement for experienced surfers.5. Montauk Point Lighthouse
The Montauk Point Lighthouse has been standing for well over 200 years. Climb to the top of this historic building for panoramic views of Long Island and the Atlantic Ocean.
Every Columbus Day weekend in October, the town celebrates the Annual Montauk Fall Festival. There is plenty of fun for the whole family that includes pumpkin decorating, historic trolley-bus rides, Oktoberfest beer tents, Long Island wine tasting, and live music along with plenty of delicious clam chowder made to local recipes.