About three hours east of the hectic, bustling craziness of New York City lies one of the most tranquil enclaves anywhere—Montauk.
Okay, so it's gotten a bit hipstery in the past few years, but there are spots that still remain unspoiled and untouched.
One such place is the stretch of beach on Block Island Sound from Gin Beach to the lighthouse. Here you can stroll along the shores for miles on end without seeing a soul.
Once you pass the trailer park and the tourists fishing, swimming, barbecuing and whatnot, the beach is all yours. Except for the occasional prop plane overhead and four-wheel driver on the ground, you are alone.
After about three miles you reach the piece de resistance, Shagwong Point, where the waters converge. Seagulls abound and the sand is as soft as powder. It's here that I usually stop to relax a while, maybe watch the sun set.
In this ever-shrinking world, it seems to be getting harder to find true serenity. This blissful spot is one of those rare gems.