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In the Hamptons, it’s common to brake for Martha Stewart’s dogs or stand in line for fish tacos behind Robert De Niro. But in Montauk, the scene is decidedly less pretentious; an air of hippie chic clouds the snobbery of other Hampton locales. The laidback lot is due in part to the year-round waves—it’s often considered one of the best places to surf on the East Coast. After all, in the end it’s only about the gnarly surf, bro. It’s one of the few Hampton hamlets that has yet to let sand in its shorts rub it the wrong way. Of the nearly 17-square-mile peninsula, 40 percent is undevelopable parkland—a god-send to those fighting gentrification. Ditch Plains, Montauk’s legendary beach, is cliffy and quaint; and shoes and shirts aren’t required for service. It’s the Hamptons without what made the Hamptons famous.

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