montauk beaches



Ditch Plains BeachDitch 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.








kids logoFort Pond

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. The beach is pebbly, so take those swim shoes. Parking by permit only. No restrooms.



kids logoGin BeachGin 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,





kids logoHither HillsHither 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 withing walking distance.



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.


Dog laying on beach with sunbatherDogs

Dogs are not allowed on the beaches between 9am 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.


Four Wheel Drive Permits

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 10am-6pm from May-September. 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 that you can download here.

Beach Fire Regulations