This is one of the easiest beaches to get to using public transportation from Manhattan. It is also a clean beach with a boardwalk and a choice of food places near the train station. If it’s a sunny weekend in New York City and I am craving to lie down on a sandy beach and look out to the ocean, Long Beach is an easy decision to make without a lot of advanced planning.
The forecast for cloudiness and scattered showers gave way to sunny skies this Labor Day weekend, so we decided to explore Montauk, NY and see if we could do it in one day. Whether you’re getting up at 4am like we were to catch one of the early trains out of Penn Station, or leaving from the city, the three hour train ride along the coast dissuades some from making a trip to Montauk a day trip, but it can be done and it’s well worth the effort! Get the LIRR Montauk train schedule here.
Montauk is the last stop on the LIRR and the end of the Hamptons, at the tip of Long Island, and so is affectionately sometimes referred to as “The End”. The train station is about halfway between Montauk Harbor and the downtown village area. It’s easiest to get around by car or bike, however taxis and other on call car services are readily available. We took a taxi for $20 to the lighthouse and started our day there.
Montauk Point Lighthouse