What better way to get our minds off the continuous snow and cold that most of the country has been experiencing than to think of the sizzling summer sun. At cost starting about $7000 weekly summer rentals in Montauk are not for shallow pockets. With guest houses usually filled to capacity the prospect of having some fun in the sun out in Montauk seems almost daunting.
Alas, a day trip might be the way to go. There is the LIRR and also the Jitney, the latter being the more frequent mode of transport between NYC and the sleepy fishing town. Though LIRR's schedule is pretty sparse, at $37 round trip, it is the cheaper of the two. The Jitney costs a pretty penny at $56 round trip but in my opinion is a more comfortable ride.
So now that transportation has been discussed, lets see what's there to do in Montauk. For starters get yourself to a really great restaurant. Of course your meal of choice should include seafood unless you have shellfish allergies. Why would anyone venture to a great fishing village and not sample the fresh caught fare. Can someone say "lobster rolls!" Besides the prices are reasonable and the food is to die for. The pie from fish market...yes I said the fish market, is heavenly, do pick one up as you purchase a pound or two of the day's catch. One day a week you can peruse the farmer's market for interesting finds such as the purple peppers below. And if you're in for more than just a day trip, breakfast is readily available in the town's food establishments
The beaches are great. How does a bonfire with friends or family sound to you? Trust me, with miles and miles of shoreline, there are no crowds. In Montauk its almost like having a private beach to yourself (quite unlike Long Beach, which I happen to like as well).
To cap off your trip, do drive to Montauk's famous light house for a truly picturesque view.
So pack your beach bags, grab some good company, make room for lunch, and hit the beach this summer. You're guaranteed to like it in Montauk.