Falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of the ocean always feels like a privilege.
Past the tony Hamptons as far east as you can journey on Long Island in New York is Montauk a laid back ocean community. Even during the high season in August its white sandy beaches weren’t over crowded.
Montauk’s shores are dotted by small no frills hotels and wood shingled beach homes. Thankfully it has not been overdeveloped due to the fact that much of its coastline is protected parkland.
Montauk is located on the South Fork of Long Island. The Block Island Sound flanks the north side. A harbor caters to boat owners and has a handful of seafood restaurants and non-pretentious watering holes. The waves from the Atlantic on the south side attract surfers and the white sandy beaches sun worshippers. In the small town center there are several diners where you can overdose on enormous pancakes. Mugs of strong coffee are refilled at no charge.
Beyond the beach the main attraction is the Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum. Built in 1792 it is the oldest lighthouse in New York State.
Montauk is a about a three hour drive or train ride from New York City.