Montauk is a fisherman’s village turned beach resort town, 118 miles east of Midtown Manhattan, located at the tip of the South Fork peninsula of Long Island. It is known to promote itself as “The Living End” or “The Last Resort” and has become one of the busiest tourist locations within the town of East Hampton.
Montauk has become a major tourist destination and is host to many restaurants, bed and breakfasts, six state parks and numerous outdoor activities. It is famous for its surfing and particularly for its fishing, claiming to have more saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world. It is home to the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in New York. Despite being known as a summer destination, it is home to famous seasonal events such as the Montauk Fall Festival, the Lighting of the Lighthouse, the Montauk Music Festival and the Annual Shark Tournament. In 2015, TravelMag’s survey ranked Montauk as the most expensive destination in the United States for the summer months.
Montauk has long been the Hamptons destination for those looking to have a more well-rounded summer vacation experience while avoiding the summer heat and distractions of a New York City lifestyle. Second home to many families and with few house shares, it is to many people the heart of the Hamptons. It is known for its high-end vacation homes and its summer residents comprised of celebrities and business moguls. Here the summer population is estimated to swell to well over 250,000 on the weekends. The town has several high-end shops, such as Tiffany & Co., Cynthia Rowley, Hermes, Tory Burch and Gucci.