Montauk Beaches

Montauks wide ocean beaches rank among the top in the country. Great rolling breakers move in on miles of white gleaming sand. No boardwalks or development here, its all natural In some places low rolling dunes rim the beach, in others high cliffs. Montauk is known for its spectacular 70-foot high bluffs, which stretch all the way to the point. On the north side of Montauk the protected waters of Block Island Sound are much gentler than the ocean. Here the beaches can be rocky or sandy and provide the best beachcombing treasures. 

Lifeguarded Beaches

surfing Beaches

beaches to launch kayaks SUPs and canoes

parking rules

Dogs on the Beach

driving on the beach

beach fires




lifeguarded beaches

Lifeguards are on duty at all public beaches from 10 – 5 weekends starting Memorial Day weekend, then daily from Mid-June – Labor Day, and then on weekends until the end of September, except as noted for certain beaches.


Ditch Plains Beach

The surfers’ beach is two miles east of the Village on the ocean with parking by permit only at the two parking areas. This popular ocean beach has beautiful cliffs rising at its western end at Rheinstein Park, restrooms, outdoor showers, and two concession trailers that serve more than just snacks. Come here to surf or watch the surfer.

Gin Beach

Found at the end of East Lake Drive on Block Island Sound; great for families with children, with gentle water and sandy beaches. You can watch the boats come in and out of Montauk Harbor, or take a walk on the jetty. Parking by permit only. Restrooms, outdoor showers.

Hither Hills State Park

Four miles west of the Village on the ocean, with lifeguards on duty Memorial Day weekend, and then daily from June 27–Labor Day. Non-campers pay an $10 parking fee. Facilities include a playground, picnic tables, outdoor showers, restrooms, a changing area, and a general store.


Kirk Park Beach

West of the Village by the IGA supermarket, this sandy beach stretches over 500 feet. There are public restrooms in the parking lot and many restaurants and stores are within walking distance, along with a park and picnic area across the street.


South Edison Beach

Located right in the heart of the Village at the end of South Edison Street, this popular beach has a lifeguard on duty during the summer months. No public parking. There are public restroom. Restaurants and stores are within walking distance.

surfing beaches

Ditch Plains Beach

This is the heart of the Montauk surfing community. Both experienced surfers and newbies come her to ride the swells into the shore. Others come to watch the surfers. The beach can become crowded in the summer, but that too makes for interesting watching. Surfing here is not limited to the summer, it's a year-round sport. There are two parking lots with parking regulations in force in the summer months. Also two concession trailers that serve great food.

turtle cove

Considered more difficult than Ditch Plains, Turtle Cove is just west of the Montauk Lighthouse on the ocean side. You can park at the parking lot at the lighthouse and walk to the cove. This is a spot for experienced surfers, with consistent swells and powerful wave action. Be careful of rocks and rips.

The Other Beaches

Montauk, surrounded by water on three sides, has many more beaches, but most of them are not protected by lifeguards. For those who enjoy waking the beach, there are many options, as all beaches are public up to the high tide mark. It is possible, for example, to walk the ocean beaches from the village to the lighthouse, although it is a long (5 mile) walk and some spots may be impassable at high tide. A popular walk is from the village to Ditch Plains beach, where you see the cliffs of Shadmoor on the way.   

beaches for launching kayaks, canoes, and SUPs

fort pond bay

Montauk’s newest town beach is located right on beautiful Fort Pond Bay and a favorite beach to launch ocean kayaks and other small boats. This is also a popular beach for kids, picnics, and sunsets over the water. The beach is pebbly, so take those swim shoes. Parking by permit only. No restrooms.

Beach Regulations

Public Parking

Parking at the beaches is restricted, with town permits required at all beaches except Kirk Park Beach in the Village and Hither Hills State Park. A beach permit is free for town residents and a non-resident permit costs $375 per year. Many hotels and motels provide permits for their guests. Purchase these permits at the Town Hall Annex at the Montauk Playhouse.


Lifeguards are on duty at all public beaches from 10 – 5 weekends starting Memorial Day weekend, then daily from Mid-June – Labor Day, and then on weekends until the end of September, except as noted for certain beaches.


Dogs are not allowed on the beaches between 10am and 6pm from May 15 through the end of September. No restrictions apply for the remainder of the year. Montauk has no leash laws and dogs may run on the beach with supervision when permitted. Owners are expected to exercise control, particularly on crowded beaches, and to clean up after their dogs.

driving on the beach

Permits to drive four-wheel drive vehicles on the town beaches can be obtained at the Town Hall Annex in the Montauk Playhouse. Free to East Hampton Town property owners who have proof of residency, they cost $275 per year for non-residents. By law, vehicles must stay off the beaches between 7am-5pm from May-September on specifically designated bathing beaches. Permits to drive at the state park beaches are for sale at Montauk Downs.

Beach Fire Regulations

You are permitted to have beach fires on most beaches, however East Hampton Town has a list of regulations here


The best times to go are after low tide, or right after a storm, to find the shells and sea glass that just washed up. The best places to go are on the sound side of Montauk, where many shells, beach glass, and other treasures can often be found.

parties on the beach

The Town of East Hampton requires any assembly of over 50 people to submit an assembly permit in advance to the town. Tents and other structures are not allowed on the beach except for food service. Amplified music is also not allowed on the beach. For other regulations go to the town of East Hampton web site:

Ocean swimming and rip tides

Ocean swimming can be dangerous. A rip tide, also called a rip current, is a narrow, powerful current of water running perpendicular to the beach. Rip tides move along the surface of the water, pulling swimmers straight out into the ocean. Rip tides account for more than 80% of water rescues on our beaches. To minimize the risk, swim at the beach with a lifeguard, but if you do swim on an unprotected beach, never swim in the ocean alone.