A 13-mile-long stretch of sand that sticks out into the Atlantic like a pointing finger, Montauk until recently was a windswept, sleepy beach town favored by those who prefer to fly under the radar.

Originally home to the Montaukett tribe, the area was settled by Europeans in the 1600s and for centuries has been beloved for its grazing land, lush forests, and access to excellent fishing and whaling. Its laid-back vibe, open landscape and spectacular natural beauty is what has drawn creatives to this part of the world over the past few decades, and is what makes Montauk the unique destination it is today.

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SIGHTS The beauty of Montauk is that you can be as active—or not—as you want to be. There’s great hiking, surfing, sailing, fishing and workout options, but there are also countless ways to veg out and enjoy a slower pace.

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TASTES Straight-off-the-boat seafood is the star of Montauk’s culinary options and most restaurants feature fresh fish (grilled striped bass), shellfish (lobster rolls), and raw bars (oysters on the half shell). But Long Island’s incomparable produce deserves honorary mention—especially summer’s tomatoes and corn. Here are some of our favorite nearby eateries.

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STYLE A once-sleepy seaside town at the end of Long Island, Montauk has—needless to say—become one of the East Coast’s hot spots. Its shopping options have followed suit, with more fashion and home décor boutiques springing up each season.

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SOUNDS For the journey out, to listen to as you’re taking a hike or lying on the beach, and to play while you get ready for dinner and drinks, here are the playlists that best evoke the sounds of Montauk.

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LEGENDS A collection of interviews & quotes from inspirational people who embody the spirit of Montauk, the beach, and the ocean.

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CULTURE A beautiful, mysterious town at the edge of the world, Montauk has long been a fascinating subject to writers and filmmakers… And there’s no better way to sink into a place than with a great read or a fantastic movie set here.

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