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Spring Air In Montauk Lures Visitors Earlier Than Ever

Originally Posted: March 30, 2012


Montauk - The record early warm temperatures in the winter months are luring visitors to Montauk earlier than ever, according to the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. Montauk's seasonal hotels, restaurants and retail business have gotten back in the swing earlier this spring. Hotel rooms are being booked now and travelers anticipating a busy summer season in Montauk are securing their rooms now for those peak months. School vacations are coming up, and the April spring break in Montauk is a great time for family-bonding at the beach or on a fishing boat, at pre-season rates And fishing enthusiasts know that some of the best charters sell out just about every weekend in summer so they are making reservations now to hold their spots on the boats. Wedding clientele who are planning to celebrate their special day in Montauk are securing blocks of rooms for their friends and family well in advance.

Whether you're looking for a blast of bright sunlight to recharge your soul until summer, or an inexpensive way to enjoy some of Montauk's resorts at pre-season rates, now is the time to visit Montauk and take advantage of specials that are being offered.

Springtime activities include strolling on pristine, uncrowded beaches. Nature lovers can take pleasure in viewing the annual migration of birds returning to Montauk to breed and nest in places such as Camp Hero, Hither Woods and The Walking Dunes. At sunset, near the wetlands and marsh listen to the mating call chorus of thousands of "Spring Peepers."

Visit the Montauk Lighthouse which this year finally has been designated as a national landmark. Seal hikes also continue through the end of April at the lighthouse. Enjoy great biking tours on roads with practically no traffic. Take an exciting trail and beach ride on horseback. Book a charter boat for a day's fishing expedition at sea.

Visit the Montauk Chamber's Harbor Information Center for updates on marine recreational fishing regulations and "open Season" dates this year. Flounder and fluke season opens now in Spring. Great meals can be had at cozy, local restaurants with plenty of tables available. And if you've never experienced an Easter Sunrise service at the lighthouse, now is the time to attend an ecumenical celebration this year on Sunday, April 8. A concert to benefit this Summer's "Concerts on The Green" will be held on Sunday, April 15. Earth Day will be celebrated in Montauk on April 22 with a beach cleanup party and environmental talk. There is so much to do in April, and plenty of incentives to come out to dine and stay at very special rates now. For information on deals and specials, visit the Chamber's website and go to the "Specials" tab.

Montauk is expecting an earlier than ever surge of fishing fanatics hitting the waters this spring. The good news is there are potential changes in store regarding more relaxed quotas and regulations for recreational fishermen - more information will be known soon and it will be posted to the Chamber's Facebook page. The much awaited Striped Bass season is now officially underway. Catches are expected to be excellent due to the warmer than usual waters this spring. Summer Flounder season opens on May 1 and Porgy season opens on May 24. Cod, Hake, Ling and Monkfish are still in the mix through end of April, with best catches reported in the early morning hours. There's also Tilefish action out in the Wrecks. You can find more detailed information from the NY State DEC on this season's fishing dates, sizes and limits at our Harbor Information Center, which is adjacent to the Chamber's office in the heart of town.

Available are schedules and information on charter boats available for springtime fishing excursions and overnight trips. Some charter boats and Captains will also advise on up-to-the-minute catches and conditions on Twitter; so make sure you follow them now to stay in the loop and find the fish. Some of the most popular charters sell out just about every weekend in the peak of summer, so reserve now to hold a spot. Visit the website and navigate to the "Fishing & Marinas" tab, to find your lucky charter or party boat.

The Montauk Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 631-668-2428.


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