Summer traffic in the Hamptons could quickly get out of control and the trip from East Hampton to Montauk might take an hour, but it you have a chance to stop by at this town, you should definitely do so. Generally speaking, Montauk is famous for scenic beaches and parties—that are happening there more often than in any other towns in the Hamptons. If you are planning on visiting the Hamptons for the first time, Montauk is one of the best places to start your exploration with.
Before we begin, make sure to check out my city guides for each town in the Hamptons: Southampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, Bridgehampton, and Sag Harbor. These guides are written in the same format where you receive information on where to stay, what to do, and what to see in each town.
Where to Stay: Best Hotels in Montauk
Gurney’s Montauk (290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk | 631.668.2345)
If you are looking for a truly luxurious experience, Gurney’s is the best option in Montauk. Not only this hotel features a private sand beach, lots of entertainment and dining options, but it’s also known for its amazing SPA. In fact, some people are heading out East just to experience luxury beauty offered at the Seawater SPA.
Montauk Beach House Hotel (55 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk | 631.668.2112)
Party-lovers will enjoy staying at the Montauk Beach House as there is always a party or friends gathering happening at the hotel. Sit at the pool, get a glass of rose, and enjoy all the amazing electronic music played by the pool.
Montauk Lake Club and Marina (211 E Lake Drive, Montauk | 631.668.5705)
This scenic hotel is one of the most popular places for weddings and it’s a no surprise why. This beautifully decorated hotel features some of the best views in Montauk.
Where to Go: Best Entertainment in Montauk
Montauk Point Lighthouse (2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk | 631.668.2544)
This is the signature Montauk destination and it’s a must visit location. Especially on a beautiful evening so you can take some amazing sunset photos.
Where to Eat: Best Restaurants in Montauk
Tacombi (752 Montauk Highway Montauk | 631.668.8338)
If you are into tacos, that’s the cafe you should definitely check out. It features a very retro-style interior (that reminds me of Soviet Russia) and a small menu of the most delicious tacos out East. I love this place!
Navy Beach (16 Navy Road, Montauk | 631.668.6868)
Gorgeous Montauk sunsets are so much better if you watch them while sipping exquisite cocktails from Navy Beach.
Arbor Montauk (240 Fort Pond Road, Montauk | 631.238.5430)
Wine lovers and foodies will enjoy this elegant restaurant that features European dishes and decor.
Where to Shop: Best Stores in Montauk
Cynthia Rowley (696 Montauk Highway, Montauk | 631.668.8077)
This boutique of a New York City based designer is a perfect stop for all the fashionistas loving whimsical-yet-sophisticated clothes.
Gansett Lane Home (6 South Etna Avenue, Montauk | 631.668.8050)
This is my absolute favorite decor store in Montauk where you could find pieces for your home that look glamorous and boho-style at the same time.
Where to Sweat: Best Fitness in Montauk
SoulCycle (15 South Edgemere Street, Montauk)
I actually never visited that specific location, bit there is no such thing as bad Soul Cycle class, right? I took just a few classes at this famous fitness club in the City and I’m a fan!
New York Pilates (649 Montauk Highway, Montauk)
While yoga is relatively popular in the Hamptons, there are not that many pilates studios out there. This new popular in the City studio is opening a new location on the Independence Day weekend so stay tuned and definitely check it out!