From the beach to the bay to the Boardwalk and beyond, Ocean City, MD, offers countless activities and attractions that appeal to a range of ages, tastes and lifestyles. Does your ideal day come with some Thrasher’s French Fries, a ride on the go-carts and shopping for a t-shirt or two? Or would you rather play a round of golf and grab some local seafood while watching the sunset? Vacationers come to Ocean City year after year because there’s something for everyone.
And since every neighborhood has a distinct feel, your experience depends largely on where you stay: Boardwalk/Downtown, Mid-Town or North Ocean City. Before you book your Ocean City rental, decide which location offers exactly what you’re looking for in a vacation.
Get Lost in the Excitement Near the Ocean City Boardwalk/Downtown (Inlet – 30th Street)
Ocean City was a sleepy fishing village until the Bay Bridge brought an influx of vacationers in the 1950s. Ocean City Downtown has retained a lot of the “old Ocean City” character, with ornate Victorian homes, plus charming restaurants and shops. Ocean City’s iconic Boardwalk, built in 1902, stretches from the inlet north to 27th Street, lined with many tourist attractions like souvenir shops, games, tasty treats and Trimper’s rides. Visitors who love Maryland Boardwalk condo rentals enjoy being in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
Note: The Ocean City Boardwalk draws crowds, so parking can be difficult—especially during large events like Sunfest or Cruisin’ OC. For a more convenient way to get around, take the Ocean City Beach Bus, which you can ride all day for $3. The system accepts EMoney, and you can keep track of arrivals with a handy app. The Boardwalk Tram is another option, although prices vary.
Some of Vantage’s popular vacation rentals in the Downtown area include properties in:
Harbor Breeze is another popular destination right in the action of the Ocean City Boardwalk—perfectly suited for a getaway with a group of friends.
Meet in the Middle at Mid-Town (31st – 93rd Street)
Mid-Town Ocean City offers the best of both worlds: It’s an ideal option if you want to be close to the excitement of the Boardwalk but also just secluded enough to be on the quieter side.
Mid-Town’s character changes as you head further north, starting with smaller homes and progressing to more high rises. No matter what you’re looking for—mini-golf, a frozen drink, a water park, suntan lotion—you’ll probably find it within a five-minute walk of where you’re staying in Mid-Town. You can even catch a concert at the new Ocean City Performing Arts Center.
And whether you’re up for a romantic night out or a meal for the whole family, Midtown has plenty of options, including Seacrets, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, Fager’s Island and Dead Freddies Island Grill. You can always grab some carryout and enjoy your vacation rental amenities, like pools and private balconies.
A few of our breezy beach getaways in the Mid-Town area include properties at:
Indulge in Privacy in North Ocean City (94th – 145th Street)
North Ocean City is made for guests who want a little peace and quiet—but no shortage of fun activities. Some high rises dot the North Ocean City seascape, but many properties are on the smaller side. North Ocean City condo rentals are a popular pick for families.
Northside Park between 125th and 130th Streets is home to a 58-acre public recreation area with sports fields, playgrounds and an indoor facility with a gym—the only establishment of its kind in the area. Head to any of Northern Ocean City’s parks for a morning jog or a picnic with family. If rain moves in, you can grab tickets to a movie at Sun & Surf Cinema.
Of course, since you’re a few miles away from the Boardwalk, it’s quiet enough to relax on your balcony with a book or cool off in your homey, open floor plan condominium. You’re certain to enjoy more privacy—even in oceanfront condos—whether you’re on the beach or going for a stroll. Delaware beaches and the Discover Sea Shipwreck Museum are close, with Fenwick Island just across the border.
Check out our North Ocean City retreats, including those in:
- Braemar Towers
- English Towers
- Golden Sands
- Harbour Club
- High Point
- Sea Watch
Explore Even Further for More OC Fun
West Ocean City and Ocean Pines also offer plenty of activities and perks.
Once empty farmland, West Ocean City now thrives with new real estate and growing businesses. It’s located across the bay from the Boardwalk, with recreational opportunities abound—golfing, yachting, boating, you name it. Groups of all sizes who stay near Ocean City Bayside rent jet skis or kayaks and have fun on the water, or go crabbing and feel the rush of bringing in dinner.
The nearby Tanger Outlets are a popular shopping destination, and there’s a local market where you can grab some fresh seafood to prepare in your vacation rental kitchen.
Lastly, Ocean Pines is a residential community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with 3,000 acres of wooded areas and nine miles of waterfront property.
Have You Found the Neighborhood That’s Right for You?
There’s truly something for everyone in Ocean City, MD. Choosing where you stay all depends on what kind of vacation experience you’re after. If you’d like some help deciding which location is right for your stay, just give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to book a property. You can also browse our selection of vacation rental properties.
Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.