Ditch Plains Beach is located out beyond the Hamptons in Montauk, New York, also known as “the other Long Island.”
The beach is famous for the nearby Montauk Point Lighthouse built in 1796, and is a place wealthy New Yorkers and celebrities flock to escape Manhattan’s traffic for a little rest and relaxation. It’s also a favorite spot for surfers with the super long break creating waves ideals for newbies and veteran long-boarders.
Less Crowded After Labor Day
The popularity of Ditch Plains Beach draws crowds during the summer, but after Labor Day, the crowds thin and the weather can still be pleasant. For those who enjoy the serenity of a more secluded beach, this is the time to visit.
However, it is important to note that many of the town’s seasonal shops and restaurants may be closed. On the plus side, you won’t experience long lines or need to make reservations at the shops and restaurants that do remain open.
Facilities at Ditch Plains Beach
During the busy time of year, parking at Ditch Plains Beach can be limited, but once the crowds thin to post-holiday traffic, you’ll find ample parking. Bathroom facilities are available and the Ditch Witch truck serves up some of the best beach grub around according to the locals.
Montauk Point Lighthouse
While you’re in the area, be sure to visit the nearby Montauk Point Light. It was the first lighthouse built in New York state and is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States.
In 1792, Congress authorized its construction under President George Washington, and it was completed in 1796. Today it has six state parks, and is famous for its fishing. In fact, it holds more saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world.
Many surfers wear a wetsuit year round when surfing Ditch Plains Beach, so if you plan to try your hand at surfing after Labor Day, be sure to pack a wetsuit. And even if you don’t plan to go in the water, be sure to bring your jacket.