If there's anything that Montauk has over other Hamptons destinations, it is the opportunity to explore the unspoilt, natural beauty of a tucked-away seaside town. Water lovers will delight in the dozens of boat charters available for fishing, watersports (waterskiing, wakeboarding), or just sight-seeing. For those planning to bring their own boat, do not forget to apply for a permit beforehand, as it is required in Montauk. Jet skis are plentiful and easy to rent, or for those who prefer travel by land, bicycles are an ideal vehicle choice if traveling downtown. Beach lovers will find the highest waves at the popular Ditch Plains, but remember to get there early during the peak season to secure a spot for your towel. There are also several lakes where one can catch a little sun and sand and most are located within one of the six state parks in Montauk: Hither Hills, Montauk Point, Theodore Roosevelt, Shadmoor, Montauk Downs, and Kirk Park. Most of the parks have extensive camping grounds and hiking trails as well, and although camping is not what initially comes to mind when one thinks of the Hamptons, the parks are extremely popular during the summer and can even be crowded at times, so it's best to make a reservation several months ahead of time if you plan to pitch a tent and settle in for a few days. Montauk also boasts the #2 rated public golf course in New York, Montauk Downs, as such, the avid golf player should plan on packing his clubs. Greens fees are modest, at $30 for weekdays and $36 for weekends, thus tee times are in demand and should also be reserved well in advance. There is also plenty to do on a rainy day: a day at the seawater spa at Gurneys is about $ 25 and they have special hours for kids. Use of all the spa facilities is included and they have an indoor and oudoor SPIN zone.