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Budget-Friendly Rentals

Budget-Friendly Rentals | OCMD

Awesome AND Affordable

One of the best things about Ocean City is that there’s something for everyone. Along this ten-mile stretch of coastline you’ll find activities that run from wild to mild, dining options that range from classy to casual, and accommodations to suit every budget – from extravagant to economical. If a budget-friendly vacation is what you’re looking for this year, then rest assured; a visit to Ocean City doesn’t have to break the bank. Vantage’s Bargain Rentals page highlights value-priced homes that rent for $1,995 per week or less (before tax/fees) in the summer months. We can find you a quality rental in a great location AND for a reasonable price! Take advantage of these budget-friendly rentals below and spend your days relaxing on the beach without a worry in the world.

    • Ocean City Suites Floor 3 – 2-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 8 – Enjoy an easy one-block walk to the beach and Boardwalk (10th St.), as well as upgraded appliances, quality furnishings, and a spacious private deck.

    • Balmoral 107C – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – One of the best values for a three-bedroom rental! Located along a bayside canal and just three blocks from the beach in North Ocean City, this property boasts an upgraded kitchen and an outdoor pool.

    • Jocelyn Manor 104W – 2-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 8 – Stay in Downtown Ocean City within walking distance of your favorite spots. Located next to the pool, this condo is only two blocks from the Boardwalk and three blocks from the park and fishing pier.

    • 9400 Building #903 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Located in an oceanfront building on 94th St. in North Ocean City, this bright and airy condo features an outdoor pool and partial views of the ocean and bay from the balcony.

    • White Marlin 103A – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 5 – Park your car once when you arrive and then walk everywhere you need to go. This cute bayfront condo is only two blocks from the beach and Boardwalk in Downtown Ocean City.

    • Braemar Towers 404 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Newly remodeled, this ocean block condo (131st St.) features new furnishings, hardwood flooring, flat-screen TVs, and an upgraded kitchen. Guests enjoy partial views of the ocean and pool from the balcony.

The first day of summer is less than two months away! If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it. For more budget-friendly rentals, visit our Bargain Rentals page, where you can book online easily and securely. Our Vacation Coordinators are also standing by at (410) 723-2002 to help you secure your summer vacation spot.

Sunset Beach

Life’s Better on the Bay | Ocean City, MD

The Bay – Ocean City’s Quieter Side

Many people love Ocean City for its beautiful beaches, exciting Boardwalk, and vibrant atmosphere. But, many also love Ocean City for its quieter side on the bay, where visitors can slow down and escape the hustle and bustle. This beautiful bay, separating the town from the mainland, has long been a source of tranquility and recreation for both visitors and locals alike. Stretching about ten miles from Fenwick Island, Delaware down to the Ocean City Inlet, the bay ranges from about a quarter-mile to two miles in width offering a safe haven for boaters, water sports, fishing enthusiasts, and nature lovers. Whether you like to watch boats and waterfowl from the comfort of your balcony or jump on a water taxi to explore bayfront bars and restaurants, the bay is Ocean City’s unsung hero and is the perfect spot for your next vacation.

The Best of Both Worlds

One of the best parts about vacationing along the bay is that you can enjoy a quiet, waterfront setting, but still have all of Ocean City’s fun and excitement right at your fingertips. Thanks to Ocean City’s long and skinny shape, even bayfront and bayside properties are still only a short walk from the beach and popular attractions, allowing for easy access and a hassle-free experience. Downtown properties along the bay are within walking distance of the Boardwalk where you can spend time browsing shops, riding on amusement rides, and checking out hundreds of events throughout the year. Mid-town properties have the benefit of dozens of fantastic restaurants and nightlife that will tempt your taste buds and help you unwind. Uptown properties are close to the beautiful Northside Park, a lovely bayfront area with walking paths, playground, sports fields, a picnic pavilion, and a long fishing and crabbing pier.

Life is Short. Watch More Sunsets!

The best part about vacationing on the bay is that you can always count on the sunset to take your breath away. Vantage Resort Realty offers bayfront and bayside properties that just so happen to come with the best views! Below are just a few of our beautiful vacation rentals along the bay:

  • Bahia Vista I 302 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Relax with a drink as boats and jet skis go by your balcony. This luxurious bayfront condo features panoramic bay views, and an outdoor pool.  Its location makes for an easy three-block walk to the beach and Boardwalk (11th St.).
  • Oasis on the Bay 103 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of mid-town Ocean City. This bayfront property features beautiful bay views, an outdoor pool, and is located next door to Fager’s Island, a local favorite known for its great food and nightly entertainment (59th St.).
  • White Marlin 111B – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 9 – Bay views and an outdoor pool make this well-equipped bayfront condo the perfect spot in downtown Ocean City.  It is conveniently located just two blocks from the Boardwalk (Somerset St.).
  • The Mooring C – 4-BR/3-BR/Sleeps 12 – This home is a rare find in North Ocean City! Located bayfront off of 94th St., this newly-decorated three-story townhome features bay views, a dock/boat slip, and a private game room with foosball, a pool table and more.

With summer just around the corner, our bayfront and bayside homes are filling up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (800) 555-4099 (opt. 2) to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.

Tax Day Deal MD

Tax Day Deal | Save in May & June

We Put the ‘Fun’ in Refund!

Vantage Resort Realty is continuing its 10th Anniversary celebration with a present for you: savings at Ocean City’s top vacation rentals. With Tax Day only eight days away, we think there’s no better way to spend your tax refund than with a relaxing beach getaway!

Tax Day Deal – Promo Code 1040EZ

Now through April 18th, take advantage of our Tax Day deal and claim a $40 ‘deduction’ on your May or June rental of $1040 or more (before tax/fees). Simply enter promo code 1040EZ when booking online at VantageOceanCity.com or mention 1040EZ to your Vacation Coordinator when booking by phone at (410) 723-2002. This offer is valid on all reservations checking in between the dates of May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and can be used at any property on our website with at least a three-night minimum. (Offer does not apply to reservations made prior to April 10, 2017.)

Choose from Your Favorite Vacation Spots

May and June are two of the best months to visit the beach as there are fewer crowds, less traffic, and mild temperatures. Choose from all the locations that you love the most in Ocean City, Maryland and the Delaware beaches, whether its downtown near the Boardwalk, mid-town close to restaurants and nightlife, or the peaceful North Ocean City-Fenwick Island area. This includes many of the area’s most popular communities such as Sunset Island, Belmont Towers, Gateway Grand, The Meridian, and Summer Beach.

Hurry – this offer ends on Tax Day, April 18, 2017!  For more information on this deal and more, visit our Specials Page.

Ocean City Restaurant Week

Ocean City Restaurant Week | April 23-May 7

Eat Your Way Through Ocean City

Mark your calendars for Ocean City Restaurant Week happening April 23rd – May 7th. Let Ocean City wine and dine you during this week of delectable culinary experiences that range from casual to fine dining. Satisfy your taste buds by venturing out to try some new cuisine, as well as finding comfort in your old favorites. Oysters, crabs, Italian cuisine, fried chicken, you name it – Ocean City has it. In addition to their regular menus, participating restaurants offer special fixed price menu options in the amounts of $10, $20, $30, or $40. This delicious week is very popular, so we highly recommend making reservations in advance. Below are just a few of the remarkable restaurants participating in Ocean City Restaurant Week (with more restaurants being added as the event gets closer):

Ocean City Restaurant Week Events


Bloody Mary Contest (April 23rd) – Join us in celebrating the best Bloody Marys around! From 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., party it up with Ocean 98.1 FM radio at Seacrets Jamaica, USA. Donate $10 and receive a chance to vote on the Best Overall Bloody Mary, the Spiciest Bloody Mary, and Best Presentation. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Phil Perdue “The Piano Man” (April 27th-28th) – Enjoy a fine dining experience with Phil Perdue “The Piano Man” on the grand piano at the Captain’s Table Restaurant. This venue is located in the Courtyard Marriott on 15th St. along the beautiful Ocean City Boardwalk. They have a great bar selection, and you must try the crab cakes! Guests will be treated to live music from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the missing ingredient for your Ocean City Restaurant Week getaway: a fantastic vacation rental at low, off-season rates. Give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to speak with a Vacation Coordinators or browse VantageOceanCity.com today!

Cruisin' Ocean City

Cruisin’ Ocean City Rolls in May 18th-21st

The 27th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City

Calling all car enthusiasts! One of Ocean City’s most popular spring events is just around the corner, and you don’t want to miss it. The Cruisin’ Ocean City car show event will be held May 18th-21st, with an exciting lineup of attractions, vendors, awards, and entertainment taking place at the Ocean City Inlet and Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Various local businesses in and around Ocean City will join in with their own car shows and events, as well, creating a high-octane atmosphere of fun.

Boardwalk Parades Thursday-Saturday

The highlight of the weekend, of course, is the cars! Over 3,500 hot rods, customs, street machines and classic cars will descend upon the area with chrome polished and engines revving. Be sure to check out the car parades on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings on the Boardwalk. Staging begins at 7:00 AM on 27th Street, with parades starting at 8:00 AM and running south to the Inlet. You’ll think you’ve traveled back in time as cars and trucks of all styles and time periods cruise on by.

Special Guests and Live Entertainment

This year’s special guests include Erik Estrada of classic TV show “CHiPs” and Ryan Evans of the hit TV show “Counting Cars,” who will both be signing autographs and greeting fans throughout the weekend. For guests visiting on Thursday night, there will also be a live performance at the Convention Center by musical guests “Under the Streetlamp.” Comprised of former members of the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys, this group will dazzle the crowd with a night of sweet harmonies as they perform everyone’s favorite Doo Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits.

Best Places to Stay When Cruisin’

If you’re looking to be right where the action is for Cruisin’ Ocean City, Vantage Resort Realty offers a variety of vacation rentals within walking distance of the Inlet and Convention Center. Guests who are bringing their own classic cars to the event will be glad to know that we also have a number of homes with private garages to keep your “baby” safe during the weekend.

  • Belmont Towers 607 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Watch car parades right from your private balcony. This luxurious condo offers beautiful north-facing views of the beach and boardwalk, and is just 2 blocks from the Inlet (Dorchester St.).
  • Nowalk to the Inlet A – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Stay in the heart of Downtown Ocean City just 2.5 blocks from the Boardwalk and Inlet area.  This lovely condo was recently updated with flat-screen TVs and newly-remodeled kitchen.  Park your car once when you arrive and then walk everywhere you need to go! (Dorchester St.).
  • Bradley on the Bay 132G – 1-BR/1-BA/Sleeps 6 – Conveniently located just a block from the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, this bayfront condo is well-equipped and features a bayfront dock area (38th St.).
  • Makai 106 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Enjoy a relaxing getaway in this lovely bayfront condo with beautiful bay views, indoor pool solarium, and easy access to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located just one block away (41st St.).
  • Sunset Island 8 Beach Walk Lane – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – Just a short drive from the Convention Center and Downtown area, this spacious four-story townhome features a private garage and is located in a gated bayside community with an indoor pool (67th St.).
  • Sunset Island 15 Fountain Dr. W. – 5-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Located within a gated bayside community with indoor pool, this exquisite four-story townhome has a private garage and beautiful views of the pond and fountains from the upper deck (67th St.).

Vantage properties are filling up quickly for Cruisin’ Ocean City, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot. Visit the Cruisin’ Ocean City website for more details about this popular event weekend.

Mini-Weeks & FlexStay

Fun & Flexible Mini Vacations in OCMD

Vantage’s Mini-Week & FlexStay Rentals

Just because you can’t get away for the traditional week-long stay doesn’t mean you can’t plan relaxing mini vacations in Ocean City, MD. Vantage’s unique “Mini-Week” and “FlexStay” rentals allow more flexibility for guests, giving them the freedom to customize their stay to fit both their timeframe and budget. This is a great option for families that have busy schedules due to work, school, activities, and the hectic pace of life. It can also be a great option for guests just looking for a weekend getaway, or guests who prefer to avoid peak traffic periods. Choose from the following convenient rental options at select units in our Mini-Week and FlexStay inventory:

  • 4-Night Mini-Weeks (Mon-Fri/Sun-Thu) – Helps avoid peak traffic and rates
  • 3-Night Mini-Weeks (Fri-Mon/Thu-Sun) – Great for weekend getaways
  • Flex Stay (Check-In Any Day/3-Night Min) – Ideal for busy schedules

Check Out These Mini-Week & FlexStay Rentals

  • 36 Seaside Dr. (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon) 6-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Enjoy this spacious and comfortable house on a quaint tree-lined street in Sunset Island (67th St.). The property features upscale décor, a gourmet kitchen, and all the first-class amenities of this bayfront community, such as pools, a fitness center, and a private bay beach.
  • Belmont Towers 509 (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)
    3-BR, 2.5-BA, Sleeps 9 – Relax in this north-facing side unit condo along the Ocean City Boardwalk. Amenities include a rooftop pool, sun deck, sauna, fitness center, and views of both the beach and bay. Park your car once when you arrive and walk everywhere you need to go!
  • Flying Cloud 803 (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)

    3-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 10 – Breathe in the fresh sea air at this well-kept oceanfront condo with panoramic views looking north and south along the coast. This property is located on 94th St. in peaceful North Ocean City and within walking distance of popular restaurants.
  • Harbour Island 306K (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon)

    2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Located in downtown Ocean City on 14th St., this freshly remodeled bayfront condo has views of the bay and Assateague Island in the distance. Guests enjoy all new furnishings, pool, tennis, on-site restaurant (the Reel Inn) and short walk to the Boardwalk.
  • Makai 206 (FlexStay)
    2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Enjoy beautiful views of boats going by during the day and breathtaking sunsets at night from this lovely bayfront condo on 42nd St. Go for a swim in the refreshing indoor pool solarium or take a short walk (1.5 blocks) to the beach or Roland E. Powell Convention Center.
  • Meridian 703W (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)

    3-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 10 – Located on 60th St., this luxurious ocean block condo features high-end décor and partial views of the ocean and bay. The building features a heated rooftop pool and a fitness center, and is just a short walk from popular restaurants, such Fager’s Island, Dead Freddies, and Macky’s Bayside.
  • Seaside Village 2SBL (FlexStay)
    4-BR, 3.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Big and bright, this three-story townhome is in a newly-built West Ocean City community near the foot of the Route 50 Bridge and is conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Ocean City. Guests will enjoy new upscale décor, an outdoor pool, and expansive views of the bay and Ocean City skyline.
  • St. Kitts 101 (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon)
    5-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Make your vacation memories in this spacious and elegant condo that feels more like a house than a condo located in Mid-Town Ocean City. Only ½-block from the beach on 87th St., this property has professional decor, a gourmet kitchen, and a huge wrap-around balcony.

Ready to book your Ocean City vacation rental?  Browse our entire Mini-Week and FlexStay inventory and search for the dates and amenities that you need, or speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators today at (410) 723-2002.

Real Senior Week

May is the “Real” Senior Week in OC!

Save Up to $50 – The “Real” Senior Week

High school and college seniors flock to the beach in June, but we like to think of May as the “Real” Senior Week!  Thanks to mild weather, low rates, and less crowds, May is the perfect time to visit Ocean City, MD.  Take advantage of our Real Senior Week promotion and save up to $50 on your May vacation when you book  by March 15th with the following promo codes (applies to travel 5/1/17-5/25/17 only; excludes Memorial Day weekend):

  • REAL25 – $25 off 3-night stays of $750 & up (before tax/fees)
  • REAL50 – $50 off 7-night stays of $1300 & up (before tax/fees)

Offers valid on May reservations from May 1, 2017 to May 25, 2017 (excludes Memorial Day weekend). Discount applies to rental before taxes and fees. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or credits, or applied to reservations booked prior to February 28, 2017. Please note that our properties do not permit group rentals to guests under age 25. Hurry – offer ends at 11:59 PM EST on 3/15/17! Visit our Specials Page for more information.

Enjoy Exciting May Events

One of the best reasons to visit Ocean City in May is for the events! The excitement begins with Springfest (May 4th-7th) – the town’s unofficial kickoff to the summer season. This popular event features four days of food, live music, craft vendors, and family-friendly activities.  Headlining acts this year include American rock icon Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, country music star Josh Turner, and 50s & 60s oldies classics from The Fabulous Hubcaps.

Spend quality time with mom by celebrating Mother’s Day weekend (May 12th-14th) at the beach.  Numerous restaurants throughout town have Mother’s Day specials – a great way to show how much you care.  If you’re looking for a fun activity, consider participating in the Mother’s Day Memorial 3-Mile Fun Run/Walk taking place on May 14th at Northside Park.  This is a memorial event for those who have lost their mother, as well as to honor mothers everywhere.  Race packet pick-up/registration will be held at The Abbey Burger Bistro starting at 7:30 AM before the event, in addition to a post-race party with drinks and food to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Rev up your engines at Cruisin’ Ocean City (May 18th-21st) at the OC Inlet Parking Lot and Roland E. Powell Convention Center.  This popular car show is a must-see event for the car-lover in your family with over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, and everything in between.  During this four-day event, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, celebrity appearances, attractions, and vendors.  One of the highlights that you won’t want to miss are the car parades that take place on the Boardwalk on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Ready to book your May getaway?  Search our website for the dates, location, and amenities you’re looking for.  For assistance, speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators at (410) 723-2002 today.

Protect Your Vacation Dollars with Travel Insurance

Protect Your Vacation with Travel Insurance

Protect Your Vacation Dollars

by Kirsten Brink, Regional Manager of Vantage Resort Realty

When it comes to traveling, it is best to expect the unexpected. In my experience as a Rental Agent, unexpected bumps in the road are inevitable. Most vacationers invest a lot of time and resources into picking out the perfect rental for their vacation, but they often overlook the importance of protecting that investment should an unfortunate event occur. The truth is that when you are traveling or planning to travel, you never know what is going to happen. Travel insurance can provide a cushion of comfort in terms of monetary compensation should an unforeseen circumstance arise.

So, What Exactly is Travel Insurance?

Most vacationers think that travel insurance is an extra fee paid which only covers reimbursement of vacation expenses should a major weather event occur. This is actually not true. While travel insurance does protect vacation expenses in the case of an unexpected weather event, it also provides reimbursement for unused, pre-paid non-refundable trip costs in the case of a trip cancellation for a variety of covered reasons. A typical vacation rental contract provides certain provisions for cancellation clauses and an outline of reimbursement. For example, if a guest cancels but then the property proceeds to be re-booked at the same rate by another guest, the guest that cancelled would be reimbursed the amount they paid less a cancellation fee. There is no guarantee that the property will be re-booked and if cancellation occurs at a date close to the planned arrival date, the chance of re-booking reduces even further. Travel insurance provides a level of comfort in offering the potential for reimbursement even if the vacation is cancelled at the last minute.

Additional Benefits of Travel Insurance

One of the best parts about travel insurance coverage is that it continues to protect travelers well into the vacation, meaning that it not only covers if a trip is cancelled prior to arrival, but it also protects travelers if a trip is interrupted. If an emergency arises and vacationers must cut their vacation short, travel insurance ensures that they will be reimbursed for losses at a rate of up to 150% of the insured trip cost to include additional expenses of returning home earlier than planned. Anyone that has ever had to leave a trip or event early due to an injured or sick child or other family member will understand the full value that this coverage has.

In addition to trip cancellation and interruption protection, should an injury or illness occur while on vacation, travel insurance provides for emergency assistance and transportation as well as financial recovery of medical expenses. Additionally, travel insurance includes coverage for travel delay, identity theft resolution services, legal expenses, personal liability, accidental death and other benefits. For full details regarding travel insurance coverage, please visit www.CSATravelProtection.com/plan-details.

10% Off

Today Only | 10% Off at Select Homes

Save 10% with Promo Code Hang10!

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, Vantage Resort Realty is offering a great deal when you book today, February 10th! Guests get 10% off any week-long stay from 7/1/17-8/31/17 at the Ocean City homes listed below. 7-night minimum required. Valid only at Broad Marsh 110E and 18 Island Edge Drive.

Offer cannot be combined with other promotions or credits, or applied to reservations booked prior to February 10, 2017. Must use Promo Code “Hang10” when booking online or speaking with a reservationist at 800.555.4099. Hurry – offer ends at midnight tonight, 2/10/17.

Valid at These Beautiful Homes:

Broad Marsh 110E – (Bayside/69th St.) 4-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Brand New Townhome, Prem. Cable, Netflix, Outdoor Pool, Private Garage

18 Island Edge Dr. – (Sunset Island/67th St.) 4-BR/3 Full & 2 Half-BA/Sleeps 10 – Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Private Garage, Resort Amenities

The Vantage team is excited to celebrate our 10th Anniversary with you.  Stay tuned throughout the year for more ways that we’ll be sharing our appreciation!

Travel Smarter, Not Harder

Travel Smarter, Not Harder in OCMD

Travel Smarter, Not Harder


If you’ve ever driven to Ocean City in summer on a Saturday, you know that traffic is a given. Over 8 million visitors a year flock to the area in search of beach bliss, transforming the normally quiet town of only 7,100 year-round residents into a vibrant resort. Yet, the fact remains that Ocean City is only 4.5 square miles in size and a skinny 10 miles in length, with just three ways on and off the island. If you’re traveling during peak days or peak hours, you will likely find yourself crawling along like a group of slow-motion sea turtles. Not exactly the most peaceful way to start (or end) your vacation!

Think Like a Local – Beat the Peak

What’s a determined beach-goer to do? All you’re trying to do is enjoy your vacation, right? As many locals & long-time visitors know, the key to avoiding traffic is arriving and departing during off-peak times. That’s why select homes in Vantage’s inventory offer Sunday-Sunday and Friday-Friday rentals, which allow guests to arrive and depart on days of the week that typically have a lower traffic volume. That means while all the other visitors are battling the masses on a Saturday afternoon, you can be relaxing in your beach chair, eating french fries on the Boardwalk, or crabbing and fishing on the bay. See below for some of our favorite properties that offer great alternatives to the traditional Saturday rental:

Let Vantage help you travel smarter, not harder!  Browse our website today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (800) 555-4099 (opt. 2) to discover the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.