Montauk hotels

People dine on the deck overlooking the sea

(Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Put Long Island in your rear-view mirror and escape to ... Montauk. Sure, it's still Long Island, but this fishing village on the South Fork is worlds away from the hustle and bustle just to the west.

Say "Montauk" and most people first think of emerald green golf courses, dazzling white beaches and fishing excursions from Sound to sea. But there are plenty of other activities: camping, hiking, horseback riding, tennis and, of course, a visit to the historic Montauk Lighthouse. Many Long Islanders "do" Montauk in a day, but to experience the character of the place, it's worth an extended visit. Only then can you begin to understand "The End."

Making sense of hotel and motel rates in a place as buzz-worthy and as seasonal as Montauk is a lot like trying to figure out your monthly cell-phone bill. There are lots of variables. Room prices vary according to the season, and the differences can be significant. Then there are weekday rates and weekend rates as well as required minimum-night stays around holidays and summer weekends. All that said, call each option individually for up-to-date costs.

Here are some accommodation options in the area, from standard motels to luxury boutique hotels to sprawling beachfront resorts.

-- Compiled by Beth Decarbo

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