Long Island: Places to Explore

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Montauk

Twelve long miles of windswept road, aptly named the Napeague Stretch, separate Montauk from the Hamptons, and as you roll into the small seaside village it becomes immediately apparent that here is a place apart in other respects as well. Surrounded by water on three sides, Montauk is known for its distinct natural beauty. The spectacular undeveloped beaches and parks attract surfers and hikers, and the waters are superb for fishing.

Continue east past the village center and you arrive at land's end, where the Montauk Lighthouse, commissioned by President George Washington in 1792 and the oldest operating lighthouse in the state, perches on a rocky bluff overlooking the wild surf and craggy coastline of Montauk Point State Park.

More than 50 hotels, inns, and guesthouses, along with top-notch restaurants and shops, are concentrated in two distinct sections of Montauk—the village center, including Old Montauk Highway, and the harbor area, which is home to the local fishing fleet as well as dozens of party, charter, and whale-watching boats.

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