lies on the easternmost tip of Long Island at the point where the Sound meets the Sea. As you cruise the Atlantic and Block Island Sound, Montauk’s gently rolling hills and steep sand bluffs make a picturesque backdrop against the deep blue sea. Surrounded by water on three sides, Montauk is the stepping off point to New England and passenger ferries depart daily from the harbor. Being close to the Gulf Stream has a favorable influence on the local climate, where it is generally ten degrees cooler in summer and ten degrees warmer in winter than the metropolitan areas. Montauk is also a fishing capital and holds 30 world records for sport fishing. Other popular outdoor activities include surfing, sunning on the white sand beaches of the ocean and bay, canoeing, swimming, golf, tennis, hiking and biking. There are two oceanside parks in Montauk; Hither Hills and Montauk Point State Park. One of the many local historical spots includes the Montauk Lighthouse, the first lighthouse in New York State and the fourth oldest in the country. It was commissioned by President George Washington in the 1790s and is open for public tours, with a museum and gift shop also on the premises. The Montauk Yacht Club Marina and the marina at Danfords on the Sound are both favorites among boaters, both offer first class accommodations and services.