Last week, we talked about how Montauk, New York, is the self-proclaimed surfcasting capital of the world. Today, Tribeca holistic dentist and Tango-dancing Montauk frequenter Dr. Lewis Gross wants to take a look at what makes Montauk such a great place for fisherman, families, and tourists alike.
Geography of Montauk
We’re talking about the geography, of course! Located on the eastern end of Long Island, New York’s South fork, the small town of Montauk is the furthest eastern point on Long Island. This position has earned Montauk the nickname “The End,” which can be seen all over bumper stickers, t-shirts, and around the city.
Just over 100 miles from New York City, Montauk is a frequent weekend getaway for New Yorkers, which—although convenient—can lead to some heavy traffic and delays on Friday and Sunday afternoons. According to the United States Census Bureau, Montauk is a hamlet, simply meaning a type of unincorporated settlement within a larger town. In total, the hamlet of Montauk has an area of 19.8 square miles, of which 17.5 square miles are land and 2.3 square miles are water.
Climate of Montauk
Of course, geography and climate go hand-in-hand, and Montauk’s moderate climate makes it no surprise that it’s such a popular vacation spot all year round. Regulated by the Atlantic Ocean, which helps prevent large temperature fluctuations and extreme temperatures, Montauk usually experiences moderately cold winters and moderately hot summers.
With it’s small size, exclusive feel, beautiful scenery, and temperate climate, it’s easy to see why Montauk is such a popular destination and the perfect setting for Dr. Lewis Gross’ novel Montauk Tango.