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The 8 Best Beaches in Montauk, NY

ditch plains beach in summer. ocean sand and dunes with beach goers on beach mid July Montauk NY

Some of the best beaches in the world are in Montauk, New York. I might be biased, since I’ve grown up here, but I’ve also traveled quite a bit to know that the beaches in Montauk are some of the best.

Keep reading to find out the 8 beaches in Montauk I recommend for every type of ideal beach day. Anyone can find their perfect beach in Montauk with this guide!

Heading to Montauk for a weekend getaway? Read my 3-Day Weekend Itinerary here! Full of the best things to do if you are visiting for one weekend.

FAQ – Where is Montauk Beach?

Montauk isn’t just one beach but many beaches located at the very end of Long Island in Montauk, NY. Montauk has miles of coast exposed to the Atlantic ocean on the southern side and the Block Island Sound on the north side. Keep reading to find out the best Montauk Beaches.

8 Best Montauk Beaches

Ditch Plains Beach

One of the best beaches in Montauk and famous for surfing, Ditch Plains is my personal favorite Montauk beach. The cliffs in the background to the right are dramatic and beautiful with the summer haze. There’s also a great walk up on top of these cliffs – read about it here!

It’s also a great family beach! However, the beach isn’t huge and it gets pretty crowded in the summer. If you walk farther down near the cliffs you will find more sitting room.

Click here to read about the Best Things to do in Montauk this Summer!

What to do in Montauk - ditch plains
ditch plains beach in summer. ocean sand and dunes with beach goers on beach mid July Montauk NY


There are a few different places where you can surf at Ditch: the line up, trailer park, or down the other end of the beach at Poles. The lineup is the most popular place to surf in the summer with great beginner waves that break on a small rock reef. This is a great place to learn – but read up on surf etiquette first!

Don’t forget to sign up for a surf lesson! There are a few different companies that offer group and private lessons.

There are three parking lots, all of which you need a town permit or parking pass from your hotel. Otherwise you will need to take a cab or a bike ride here.

At two of the three parking lots there are food trucks, the Ditch Witch being one of my favorite places to eat!! Down at the first parking lot (when driving in on Ditch Plains Road) there are bathrooms, showers and two food trucks. The farthest lot, called Dirt Lot, isn’t paved and is usually full of surfers.

*Town of East Hampton parking permit required at this beach.

Read my about my 4 Favorite Montauk Hotels on the Beach to help plan your Montauk vacation!

Gin Beach

On the Long Island Sound, Gin Beach is a great place to take little ones for a family day at the beach. There are bathrooms available in the parking lot and a food truck during the busy summer months.

It is popular to walk the jetty along the inlet and watch the boats come in and out of the harbor or cast a line out and do a little fishing yourself.

womans legs wearing jeans, walking on jetty in montauk harbor at sunest

*Town of East Hampton parking permit required at this beach.

Sunset Beach

On the other side of the inlet from Gin Beach, Sunset beach (located at Gosman’s) is similar in likeness. However, bathrooms are a little farther away! There is a great food truck at this beach as well called Sammy’s.

The beach is definitely smaller on this side of the inlet and the beach can be very small at high tide. There are many restaurants and shops you can walk to from the beach though! Maybe an afternoon ice cream cone at Gosman’s Ice cream stand 🙂

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Navy Road

Another favorite Montauk beach of mine and definitely one of the best beaches in Montauk! Navy Road is on Fort Pond Bay, a huge U shaped bay that was occupied by the US Navy in WWII.

The beach is very family friendly but be aware that Navy Road is rocky! You may want to bring a blanket down to lay out on for a little extra layer of comfort. The water is super calm and you can bring floats down, paddle boards or a boat and spend the day on the water.

This is also one of my favorite places to watch the sunset in Montauk. Read about the Top Places to Catch the Sunset in Montauk here!

couple watching sunset on navy road beach

Just down the road, at the hangar dock, there is a dog park as well as great walking trails on the north side of Montauk! (Click here for my guide to the Best Hikes in Montauk)

*Town of East Hampton parking permit required at this beach.

Anywhere on the Old Montauk Highway

If you are staying at a rental house, condo or hotel on the Old Montauk Highway you are in luck! These are the nicest beaches and the least crowded! You’ll have to walk down a small grassy path surrounded by beach plums and beach grass where you’ll be greeted with white, soft sand and a stretch of beach as far as your eye can see in either direction!

couple looking out at the Atlantic Ocean on the beach in Montauk


Nick’s, named after the old Nick’s Bar that Bounce Beach now occupies, is right on the beach and is a great place to spend the day at the beach in Montauk. There are lifeguard stands… and a bar when you need a cold refreshment. Also, town is just a quick walk away so you are close to everything!

This beach is a mix of families and younger 20 somethings ready to day party. Park right on the road if you can find a place to park!

Kirk Park Beach

Located across the street from the IGA and 7-Eleven in Montauk, Kirk Park beach (also called Umbrella Beach) has a large paid parking lot for beach goers. The beach here (in my opinion) is the nicest Montauk beach. It’s a large beach with really white, fluffy sand. There is plenty of room and a bit quieter than the other end of the beach in town. (Nick’s)

Woman wearing striped shirt and blue jeans on the beach in montauk new york at sunset in the summer


If you are staying at Gurney’s Montauk, coming to the beach here is a no brainer. If you’re not, you may reserve a lounge chair or day bed for the day. These will cost you money and you may have to spend a certain amount to be able to sit down. It’s very boujee but also lives up to the hype.

Read more about staying at Gurney’s Here!

woman wearing black one piece swimsuit at Gurney's Resort cabanas on beach


  • A parking ticket without a town permit is expensive! (over $100)
  • Lifeguard stands are located at Nick’s, Kirk Park, Gin Beach, Gurney’s and Ditch Plains.
  • Be respectful of the beautiful beaches and take your trash home with you!!
  • Drinking on town beaches is permitted (yay)
  • May-September dogs aren’t allowed on beaches from 9a-6p
  • You are able to drive onto the beach with a special town permit but only after 6p or before 10a (May-September)
  • You are allowed to have a bon fire on the beach! But follow these rules.

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  • Danyela Gotcher

    Hi! I was looking to travel to Montauk before February ends, but just for a day trip. I don’t have a car and live in NYC, so I am wondering how do I get around the village? Is it easy to get from the bus or train station to Montauk Point and major areas of Montauk?

    Thank you!
    Danyela G

    • ariana

      Hi Danyela – I’m so sorry i’m too late in responding to you about this! If you happened to not make the trip out yet.. I would say a car is recommended but not impossible to get around without one. Town is very walkable but if you wanted to get to the lighthouse, other hikes, get down the the dock area you would need to call a cab. x Ariana

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