Sports & Recreation

Montauk is a perfect place to enjoy a day’s surfing, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing or just sitting back and staring at a great sunset. Here’s a quick list of places to go, things to do and people to help.

Beaches

Montauk beaches are in general welcome to all but parking is heavily restricted. As an example, Ditch Plains is by far the most popular surfing spot on the East End. But park there without a valid East Hampton Town Permit and you will be heavily fined and/or towed away! You will however find free parking in the village at Kirk Park located next to the IGA on the western end of Main Street and in the village itself along the side streets between Main Street and the ocean are largely free, too. Just be sure to check for any 2 hour limits before you hit the beach for the day.

Need facilities to go with your beach day? Drive  4 miles west along the Old Montauk Highway to Hither Hills State Park where you can park for $10 a day and enjoy access to play grounds, picnic areas, rest rooms and a convenience store.

Beach Driving

When you feel the need to cruise the sandy shore remember two things. First: a tried and true, four-wheel drive SUV or truck. And no, Martha, you can’t just drive the old Olds onto the sand and expect anything good to happen. Before you know it you’re hub deep in sand and hollering for help!

Second: make sure you have the right to ride the high-water mark. Whether you live in East Hampton or South you need a permit to drive the public beach. You’ll find them at either the East Hampton Town Clerk’s Office 631-324-4143 or Southampton Town Clerk’s Office 631-287-5740.

Surfing

Air & Speed Surf

Montauk’s resident board shop celebrates 20 years of helping pros and grommets find the right gear. Located on Main Street, they carry the brands you need, the accessories you crave and most importantly, the knowledge to tame the wild, wet yonder that makes up the local scene. Left your gear at home? No problem, they’ve got rental boards and wet suits to get you into the game.

  795 Main Street, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-0356
www.airandspeedsurf.com

Boat Rentals

Powerboats: Uihlein’s

Explore local waters on anything from a simple skiff to an off-shore cruiser. Don’t know starboard from port? Not to fret. They also have certified staff that can run your boat, too.

  444 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-3799
www.uihleinsmarina.com

Sailboat Rentals: Puff n Putt

Enjoy an hour or more cruising on Ft. Pond from the cockpit of a Sunfish or Hobie Cat. You can also rent pedal boats, kayaks and dinghies at their Main Street location next to 7-11.

  659 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-4473
  www.puffnputt.com

Jet Skis: Uihlein’s

Roar across the waves on a thoroughbred iron rides. Available for rent by the hour or day you’ll enjoy an exhilarating ride across local waters. Never done it before? They’re happy to show you the ropes.

444 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
631-668-3799
www.uihleinsmarina.com

Kayaking: Amagansett Beach and Bike

Enjoy a placid paddle through the East End’s many coves and protected waters. Located midway between Amagansett and East Hampton on the main drag they carry the best from Hobie, Wilderness, Evoke, and the hottest brand in the land, FeelFree. They also organize group paddles on a regular basic from their scenic Accabonac Harbor launching point in East Hampton.

  222 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930
  631-267-6325
  www.amagansettbeachco.com

Whale Watching

Viking Fleet

See some of nature’s most magnificent creatures from a seat on these marine watching cruises. Sailing Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays 2-7PM join guides from the CRESLI (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island) as you search Montauk waters for whales, dolphins, sea turtles and seabirds.

  462 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-5700
  www.vikingfleet.com

Trails & Biking

Montauk Cycle Company

With over 7500 acres of woodland and parking you have an unlimited supply of trails, roads and lanes to roam. If you know how to go, great. If not and need some help head here. They have a great selection of on-road bikes for sale or rent. Bent your bike? No problem, they fix every make and model on-site.

  463A West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-8975
www.montaukcyclecompany.com

Horseback Riding

Deep Hollow Ranch

Take a thrilling ride across Montauk hills and valleys.  Just amble three miles east of Montauk village to start a relaxing trek trough the Teddy Roosevelt State Park to the bay and back. Never ridden? They can quite literally show you the ropes.

  8 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-2744
www.deephollowranch.com

Sports

Montauk Downs Tennis

Located at the Montauk Downs State Park you‘ll find a half dozen outdoor, har-Tru courts and professional instruction for a well-rounded program. Open to the public for daily play, with seasonal membership available they also offer a tennis camp and clinic open to kids and adults.

  50 South Fairview Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-238-7160
www.ehit.club

Montauk Downs Golf

One of the best public courses in NY State this 6500 yard Robert Trent Jones designed course is complete with pro shop, putting green, driving range, locker rooms and snack bar. $43 weekdays, $48 Saturday and Sunday for NYS residents, double that for non-residents. Juniors and Seniors play at half price.

  50 South Fairview Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-238-7160
www.parks.ny.gov/8/details.aspx

Puff n’ Putt Mini Golf

If you are into small ball, multiple holes-in-one and a game the whole family will love this is your kind of place. Located at the western end of Montauk’s Main Street next to 7-11.

  659 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
  631-668-4473
www.puffnputt.com

© 2019 Montauk Life Magazine

© 2019 Montauk Life Magazine