These People Visited Montauk Last Weekend And Here’s What They Liked About The Place That’s Also Called “The End”

Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

Montauk is a hamlet located on the the southeastern-most part of Long Island.

It is home to the first-ever lighthouse in New York state (Montauk Point Light) and is famous for fishing (home to the largest recreational fishing fleet in NYS).

A mostly sleepy town, it attracts tourists from all over the country, enticed by its natural beauty as well as the debris-free beaches, friendly people, and the wealth of having six state parks located in its 17.5 square mile area.

This past weekend, we went out to Montauk and asked people — locals, visitors, animals — what their favorite thing about “The End” was.

Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

Mary, Jacqueline, and Maxxi

Jacqueline: “I really like Ditch Plains Beach. It’s the best.”

Mary: “Getting away from NYC is really nice.”

Maxxi: “Yeah, it’s nice to get away from that concrete jungle.”


Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

Robert and Aaron

Aaron: “We come back here every year with the family. It’s like a family reunion…except sort of not. [laughs] We see them every day.”

Robert: “I like how I can walk from the hotel to the beach and it’s just right there. I like to be near water. Montauk has some fantastic restaurants. We’ve been coming here 30 years and it’s always been great.”


Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

David

“I like surfing in Montauk.”


Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

The waves were pretty nice.


Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

Patrick and Naoko

Patrick: “I like hanging on the beach. It’s relaxing.”

Naoko: “I really like the shabby chicness here. [laughs]


[Asked not to be photographed]

Gabby and Jesse

Gabby: “I like the nightlife out here. It gets really crazy.”

Jesse: “I was going to say that! Oh well, I guess I really like the beach then.”


Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

Jordan and Melissa

Melissa: “What do I like about Montauk? Well, the air. It’s so fresh and clean out here. Not like the city, you know?”

Jordan: “Ah, that was my answer too. [laughs] I like the air out here. But I’ll go with the beach.”


Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

Kristen, Amber, and Kristin

All in unison: “Surf lodge!”


Photo by Devon Hartman
Photo by Devon Hartman

Omar and Julie

Omar: “I like the sea. You don’t get to appreciate it enough.”

Julie: “The people here, they are really nice. I really like that about Montauk. It’s also so different from other places!”


Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

Devon

“My favorite thing about Montauk? I’d say it has to be the clean beaches. It’s definitely not like Rockaway or Brighton. The people are really nice out here and I really like the area.”


Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

It had a very “Main Street” vibe, but also felt very different.


Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

Michael

“I like the relaxed atmosphere of the town. The food was great. The fish was especially fresh and delicious! Shoutout to Joni’s for making the best breakfast burrito ever! And to Solé East for making the weekend pleasant and worry-free!”


Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

Seagull

“I really like the presents you leave out for me when you vacate your nest, you know? Very nice. Very considerate. Sometimes, I’ll find treasures, like shiny things. I like shiny things a lot. Here on Big Rock — what do you mean this isn’t “Big Rock”? You want me to call it “Montauk”? I can’t pronounce that. Are we done here? Oh, yes, sorry about that. My favorite thing about this place is ziploc bags. The shaking and the biting I have to do, it’s a great way to kill time and get presents.”


Photo by Michael Koh
Photo by Michael Koh

It was also a full moon that Friday night. TC mark

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