The Surf Lodge
- Planes Montauk Airport (+1 631 668 2484) is three miles from the centre of town, and East Hampton Airport (+1 631 537 1130) is 19 miles away in Wainscott; both allow private aircraft. The closest commercial airport is Long Island’s MacArthur (+1 631 467 3210; www.macarthurairport.com), about an hour and a half away, which carries domestic services to Chicago and the east coast. New York’s trio of airports are the best bet for international. Call Lindy’s Taxi (+1 631 668 8888) for a lift to the lodge, it’ll cost about US$18 from Montauk Airport; US$75 from East Hampton; and US$250 from MacArthur.
- Trains The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) takes three hours from NYC. The local station is located at the intersection of Edgemere Street and Fort Pond Road (+1 718 217 5477; mta.info/lirr), a minute from the hotel by car.
- Automobiles The Hampton Jitney will get you to Montauk in about three hours, depending on traffic. For a cushier trip, reserve a seat on the Hampton Ambassador, offering fewer passengers, more legroom and free WiFi (+1 631 283 4676; www.hamptonambassador.com). It’s handy but not necessary to have a car here unless you plan on exploring Shelter Island, Amagansett or the Hamptons. During high season, from June to September, you will face traffic on Interstate 495 East and Montauk Highway (Route 27A). If you’re staying put, the best mode of transportation is a bike. Rent one at the Surf Lodge for US$10 an hour or US$50 for the day. If they’ve all been snapped up at the hotel, try Montauk Bike Shop (+1 631 668 8975; www.montaukbikeshop.com). Get a car at Enterprise at 32 Star Island Road (+1 631 283 0055; www.enterprise.com), about five minutes from the hotel. You can park for free at the Surf Lodge.
The Surf Lodge 183 South Edgemere Street, Montauk, New York NY 11954