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Benefits of the Off-Season in Ocean City, MD

Everyone knows how great Ocean City is during the summer months, but not many realize how fun it can also be during the off-season. The weather may be a bit chilly, but there is still plenty to do, such as weekly events, shopping, and tourist attractions. It’s a little bit like having the beach to yourself, with less traffic, fewer crowds, and an all-around slower pace.  Head down to the Boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite breakfast shop for a cup of coffee.  Most Boardwalk shops and restaurants are open daily, and especially on weekends.  There are no restrictions for bike riding on the Boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day (excluding Springfest and Sunfest weekends).  Parking is also free April 1st through October 31st.  Feel free to bring your pets along, as leashed dogs are welcome on the beach and Boardwalk from October 1st through April 30th.  (Browse our Pet-Friendly Rentals page to view homes that permit pets.)

Fantastic Dining, Shopping and Activities

Snow and sand do not mix, but there is just something about seeing Ocean City in all seasons of the year that is so peaceful and wonderful to experience. Beachcombers love the off-season since it’s the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore (especially after storms in the spring or fall).  It is also not unusual to see rare marine life make an appearance every now and then, such as migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.  If retail therapy is what you seek, Ocean City offers a variety of great shopping options – from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, which features discount shopping at big name stores like American Eagle, Under Armour, and more.  Ready for a bite to eat?  There are many town favorite restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside.  Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St., which is open on weekends and features a beautiful bayfront beach with a playground for the kids.  Off-season fishing trips are also available there on the weekends. Reel in winner rock fish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal.

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

Acropolis 1 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Stay oceanfront on 63rd Street in one of Ocean City’s finest buildings.  Previously featured in Coastal Style Magazine as a “Prestigious Property,” this 3,000-square foot condo offers opulent décor, access to a rooftop hot tub, and beautiful views of the ocean and beach.

Sunset Island 6 Hidden Cove Way 2E – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Escape to this quaint bayfront island off of 67th Street.  Located along the water, this upscale condo features peaceful bay views and access to first-class amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, a community clubhouse, private bayfront beaches, and more.

Belmont Towers 710 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – Relax on your balcony while enjoying cool breezes and fantastic views of the ocean, inlet, and Assateague Island in the distance.  This spacious condo is situated on the south side of the popular Belmont Towers building located downtown on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Beach Getaway – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Bring your canine kids along to this spacious pet-friendly home located on the bayside of Coastal Highway on 86th Street.  Guests will enjoy all of the upscale finishes at this property, as well as a backyard deck, fire pit, grill, and private fenced-in yard.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Ocean City escape today.  Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.

Vantage’s Top 10 Ocean City Attractions

We want you to help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by having the best summer yet! Ocean City, MD offers the best and most exciting attractions around, and we are giving you the Top 10 that are a must in our book.

Top 10 Ocean City Attractions

  1. The Beach – With all the fun things there are to do in Ocean City, MD, the real star of the show is the beach! Spend you days under the sun on ten miles of clean, warm, sandy beaches that stretch from the Delaware state line to the Ocean City Inlet. Enjoy a day of relaxation while boats and jet skis dance around in the ocean and dolphins play in the waves. Our beach are free to use, and umbrella and beach chair rentals are available for rent every day during the summer season.
  2. Ocean City Boardwalk – Day or night, the Ocean City Boardwalk provides two and a half miles of pure fun and delicious food. A public tram runs from the north end on 27th St. to the south end at the Ocean City Inlet area from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, as well as various events weekends. Browse hundreds of shops and boutiques for apparel, jewelry, beach gear, and the perfect souvenir to take home. While you’re here, be sure to explore the Inlet area which boasts games, arcades, and amusement rides for the young and young-at-heart.
  3. Seacrets, Jamaica U.S.A. – Take a trip to the Caribbean without leaving the state of Maryland. Seacrets is one of Ocean City’s most popular waterfront dining spots, offering delicious food, drinks, entertainment, and nightlife. Located along the bay on 49th St., Seacrets is known for its laid-back island atmosphere – complete with palm trees, a sandy beach, and a waterfront bar. Be sure to wear your bathing suit on a warm day, so you can relax in a floating tube while sipping on a cool drink
  4. Assateague Island National Park – Become one with nature for the day at Assateague Island National Park, which is located across the Inlet from Ocean City and just a 20-minute drive away from the downtown area. Assateague is home to an abundance of wildlife, including wild ponies that roam the island freely. Enjoy bike and dune trails, camp sites, grilling areas, fishing, and  kayaking. Assateague is also a popular spot for surfers, as its coastline frequently has some of the best breaks in the area. Be sure to stop by the Assateague Island Visitors Center on the mainland just before arriving or leaving Assateague to check out the touch tank, artifact displays, gift shop, and small movie theatre for viewing short films about the island.
  5. Jolly Roger Amusement Park – With two locations, one at 32nd St. and Coastal Hwy. and the other in the Inlet area, Jolly Roger Amusement Park features classic amusement rides for kids of all ages. Guests who feel the need for speed can also check out Jolly Roger’s Speed World, which recently introduced a five-story race cart coaster call the Cyclone. If you’re looking to beat the heat, bring your bathing suit for a day of fun at Splash Mountain Water Park, which features 17 watersides, a lazy river, and multiple pools for the whole family. Vantage guests can save up to 30% on Splash Mountain tickets. Click HERE for more info!
  6. Parasailing – Parasail your way around the island and experience the best views in town. Guests can choose from several height and speed levels depending on their thrill level, and you may even have the option to go up in the air with a friend at the same time! Parasailing is offered in the bay area as well as in the ocean.
  7. Golfing – Whether you are an experienced or amateur golfer, the Ocean City area offers many popular courses for all skill levels. Spend a day out on the links in various golf courses located along the bay and marshlands opposite the island of Ocean City, such as Lighthouse Sound, Eagle’s Landing and Glen Riddle. If putt-putt is the variety of golf that’s more your speed, bring the whole gang for a round of miniature golf at one of Ocean City’s many courses throughout town. Old Pro Golf’s 68th St. and 136th St. locations also offer indoor courses – a great place to spend any rainy or hot days that may come up during your visit.
  8. Tanger Outlets – Never fear a rainy day when you can shop until you drop. The Tanger Outlets are located in West Ocean City and are just a short drive over the Route 50 Bridge from Downtown Ocean City. This beautiful center has been recently renovated with a new facade and landscaping, making for a pleasant shopping experience. Popular stores at the Tanger Outlets include Under Armour, Coach, Gymboree, Famous Footwear, American Eagle, Bass Factory Outlet, and more.
  9. Fishing – Known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, Ocean City has much to offer when it comes to fishing trips and charters. Spend a few hours out on the bay catching flounder, sea bass, and
    crabs, or wake up early to catch the tide just right for surf fishing. If you’re looking for a fun day trip, charter a sport fishing boat at Bahia Marina or Ocean City Fishing Center and venture out into the ocean. You will come back with the freshest dinner for everyone and tales of your day at sea.
  10. Watersports – While there are many things do on land while in Ocean City, many guests don’t realize how much is also available to them on the water. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, sports enthusiast, or just enjoy being outdoors, there are many watersports rentals and services throughout town to keep the fun going on vacation. Hop on a jet ski and cruise around the bay, where you’ll find dozens of little islands and various dockside bars & restaurants to stop along the way. If you’d rather take it slow, try kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding – a great way to get some exercise while exploring the many canals and the waterways in Ocean City. In addition, there are various boating options available such as sailing, windsurfing, pontoon boats, banana boats, and more.

All the fun, excitements, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner!  If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it.  Browse our website to find your perfect vacation rental, or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 today.

 

Summer Beach Dune Crossing

New! On-Site Check-In at Summer Beach

Summer Beach’s New Rental Manager

Vantage Resort Realty is excited to introduce Ocean City’s best-kept secret, Summer Beach – a beautiful oceanfront building on 35th St. that’s eight blocks from the north end of the Boardwalk. As the new on-site rental manager, Vantage is pleased to offer convenient on-site check-in and worry-free linen service for every rental in our portfolio. Over the coming weeks, we will be renovating our Summer Beach office space so that guests and property owners have a brand new, updated check-in desk to welcome them when they arrive. We want to make your experience amazing from check-in to check-out. Photos coming soon!

Ideal Location in Downtown Ocean City

Guests of Summer Beach will love how easy and affordable it is to enjoy the area’s top attractions from this spot in town. This property is conveniently located in downtown Ocean City and within short walking distance of dozens of hot spots. If you’re looking for fun activities, check out Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Splash Mountain Water Park, Old Pro Golf, Planet Maze, or the Roland E. Powell Convention Center – home to hundreds of events throughout the year, such as Cruisin’ OC, Endless Summer Cruisin’, OC Bikefest, and more. Dozens of popular dining options are also just steps away, such as Higgins Crab House, OC Wasabi, Fractured Prune, Tony Luke’s, Barn 34, and Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, this area of town has many unique shops – such as K-Coast Surf Shop, Ish Boutique, and Endless Summer Surf Shop.

Great Guest Amenities

Summer Beach guests can feel at home on vacation thanks to on-site amenities that make your stay easy and relaxing. Choose from 1, 2 or 3-bedroom oceanfront and ocean block condos with full and partial views of the ocean, beach, and bay from private balconies. Additional amenities include:

  • Outdoor Pool (seasonal)
  • Multiple Elevators
  • 3-Level Parking Garage
  • Central A/C
  • Fully-Equipped Kitchens
  • Private Balconies
  • Direct Beach Access
  • 8 Blocks from Boardwalk
  • On-Site Check-In
  • Free Linen Service

Check Out a Few of Our Summer Beach Rentals

Ready to book an amazing vacation in one of Ocean City’s best oceanfront buildings? These popular vacation rentals are filling up fast! Visit our Summer Beach page and browse through our entire inventory of Summer Beach properties, or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to speak with a Vacation Coordinator today.

From the Beach, With Love

Valentine’s Weekend Getaway

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means planning the perfect experience for that special someone starts right now. Why go the traditional route with just a dinner and a movie when you can plan an unforgettable Valentine’s weekend at the beach? Ocean City will provide a peaceful getaway with less crowds, no traffic, shorter lines and cheaper rates. Have a weekend full of relaxation, quality time, and a whole lot of romantic fun! The island is waiting and is yours to explore.

Love Is In The Air

Wake up early and enjoy the beauty of nature; take a stroll along the beach and search for shells washed up on the shore, all while watching the sunrise. Treat your sweetheart to a relaxing spa day at one of the local spas around town and if it’s not too chilly, enjoy a relaxing sunset boat cruise. Plan a romantic dinner for two at one of many local favorite restaurants like The SharkHarrison’s Harbor WatchSunset Grille or Ristorante Antipasti. End the night by picking up a delicious sweet treat from Wockenfuss for dessert.

Another option is a special Valentine’s horse and carriage ride, which will be offered from 2/11-2/12 and 2/18-2/19. For only $40 per couple, enjoy a carriage ride down the Boardwalk with a glass of bubbly, box of chocolates, and red roses! To make reservations or for more information, call Randy Davis at 443-783-1409. The options are endless and will have you leaving with new memories and happy hearts.

Treat you and your loved one to a stay at one of our stunning properties with breathtaking views and luxurious amenities:

Belmont Towers 301 ~ A gorgeous 3-BR, 3-BA, oceanfront condo. This unit has the best views in town! Enjoy a private balcony/gazebo, FREE Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and a master suite soaking tub. Be sure to visit the on-site fitness center and sauna too.
Calypso 702 ~ This 2-BR, 2-BA sleeps eight. The unit is situated in a great location and comes equipped with a full kitchen, FREE Wi-Fi, and a private double balcony with ocean views!

Cure for Spring Fever | OCMD Spring Events

Ocean City Spring Events are About to Heat Up!

As January comes to an end, we can’t help but daydream about the upcoming spring season. In just a few short weeks, the weather will start to break, the school year will begin winding down, and an energetic atmosphere will set in.  From outdoor fun to indoor arts and craft shows, once March rolls around, Ocean City will be bustling with events.  If you have a bad case of spring fever, then the place to be is down by the beach where you can relax, unwind and recharge.  Sounds like music to our ears!

Check Out Our Favorite Upcoming Events

  • March 11th – St. Patrick’s Day 5K – Join Ocean City locals at this annual 5K taking place on 4th St. & the Boardwalk. The run will start around 9 a.m., and post-run celebrations will take place at Shenanigans Irish Pub on 4th St. Take advantage of this awesome event to get out in the fresh air and channel your inner Leprechaun.
  • March 11th – St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Even if you are not a runner, you can still enjoy some St. Patty’s Day fun at this annual parade on the Boardwalk. There will be countless floats, local celebrities, food and marching units. Everyone is Irish for the day! Parade begins at 12 p.m. and will run from 58th St. to 44th St.
  • March 17th – Home, Condo and Outdoor Show – Held at the Convention Center on 40th St. and Coastal Highway, visitors can walk through countless vendors with decor, remodeling ideas, and more! The show will be held throughout the weekend. For more information, please visit http://oceanpromotions.info.
  • April 8th – Rescues Rock the Runaway Show – Bring yourself and all your furry friends for some fun. The event includes informational seminars, pet vendors – and for the main event – a fashion show for both pets and owners to walk in! Enjoy shopping, prizes and plenty of free goodies.  Your four-legged BFF will never want to leave!
  • April 15th – Easter Bunny Fun Shop – This is a great holiday event to share with friends and family. Arts and crafts, face painting, egg hunts, games, entertainment and food will all be available. Don’t forget to get your picture with the Easter Bunny! This spring event will be taking place at Northside Park (125th St.)
  • May 4th-7th – Springfest – This is the best part about the spring season at the beach. The 27th annual FREE festival will be filled with awesome food, live entertainment, and the best vendors to shop from! Springfest is held at the Inlet parking lot, located on the south end of the Boardwalk. Eat, shop, and then take a nice stroll on the beach for the perfect ending to your day.
  • May 18th-21st – Cruisin’ Ocean City – Don’t miss one of the East Coast’s most popular car shows, with over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars and more.  Enjoy live entertainment, celebrity guests, vendors, and Boardwalk car parades on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Vacation Rentals for the Perfect Spring Getaway

Don’t let the stress of finding a place to stay that accommodates everyone stop you from having fun. Vantage has you covered, and we will work with you to find the perfect place that fits your needs. So, mark your calendars and start planning the best spring getaway in Ocean City, Maryland!  Here are a few of our popular spring rentals:

  • Sunset Island 2 Hidden Cove Way 3D – Nestled in the beautiful gated community of Sunset Island (67th St.), enjoy a 3-BR, 2-BA condo that sleeps six. The unit comes with a private balcony with gorgeous water views, a fully-equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, a gas fireplace, and parking.
  • Belmont Towers 205 – This 3-BR, 3-BAoceanfront condo is big enough for 10. Located on 2 Dorchester St., this is the perfect downtown location! Step out of your condo right onto the Boardwalk, just steps from the warm sand. The unit is equipped with a private balcony, rooftop pool, fitness center, and Wi-Fi.
  • Gateway Grand 314 – Located on 48th St., this 3-BR, 3-BA condo sleeps eight. Enjoy all the comforts of home and great amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, fitness centers, game room, private parking, FREE Wi-Fi, and ocean views!

To explore more properties, visit our website and customize your own search, or speak with a Vacation Coordinator to discover your perfect spring vacation rental!

 

Stress-Free Guaranteed Rental Program

Enrollment Ends 2/28 for Our Guaranteed Rental Program

Are you a vacation rental owner? Do you feel overwhelmed trying to get your property rented?  Would you like to relax more?   If you answered yes to any of these questions then Vantage is here to help!  We have been successfully renting out vacation homes for 10 years and are one of the fastest growing agencies in the region.  We are constantly looking for quality properties to join our portfolio, and your property may be a good fit for our Guaranteed Rental Program through Travel Advantage Network (TAN).

TAN is one of the most well-respected travel programs in the country.  Based in Millersville, MD, they have been leasing properties in Ocean City, MD, Southern Delaware, and the S. Jersey Shore for the last 25 years. The benefits of joining our Guaranteed Rental Program through TAN (at no cost to you) include:

  • Pre- and Post-Season Deep Cleans & Carpet Cleaning
  • Weekly inspections & Basic Maintenance
  • Dedicated Property Manager Assigned to Your Unit
  • Exclusive Travel Benefits at TAN properties throughout U.S., Caribbean, Hawaii & Dominican Republic
  • GUARANTEED INCOME – Receive Monthly Checks Whether Home Rents or Not!

Vantage Resort Realty is proud of its long history of bringing this outstanding tenant to our clients. Space is very limited, so don’t hesitate to call and learn more about this awesome opportunity!  Hurry – enrollment for the 2017 season ends 2/28.

For more information, contact Cindy Boluk at (800) 555-4099, ext. 5467 or Cindy@VantageOC.com.

Senior Week Rentals

Now Booking Senior Week Rentals

High School graduation only happens once and is the beginning of their journey to adulthood. This is a pretty big deal that should be celebrated.  What better way to celebrate than being at the beach with all your friends? Parents, this is the perfect time to get a little rest & relaxation so start thinking about senior week plans. We are now taking reservations for select weeks in June for High School graduates.There are countless things to do here in Ocean City, from boardwalk games and rides to paddle board or jetski rides! One of the best parts of senior week is the Play It Safe program. They sponsor a months full of safe FREE activities like beach dodge ball and pizza eating contests.Students also get to ride the bus all week long for just $5. I couldn’t think of a better place to experience senior week.

Check out some of the available senior week rentals ~
Alexander Mini Mansion Townhome 202B – 3-BR, 2.5BA, sleeps 10. Located downtown just blocks away from the beach!
Talbot Street Beachwalk 5 – A cute 4-BR, 2-BA oceanfront condo, accommodates 10. Located downtown on Talbot St., wake up to beautiful beach & boardwalk views.
The Driftwood Suite 1 – A large 4-BR, 2-BA condo, sleeps 14. Just one block from the beach and boardwalk.

For More Properties, go to http://www.vantageoceancity.com/rentals/group-rentals

 

Don’t Settle for Vacation Leftovers

Good People, Great Food & Better Memories

There are only 3 more days until Thanksgiving and 33 days until leftovers5Christmas! This is the most wonderful time of the year to spend your days with great family and friends. It’s an even greater time when at the beach! Join in on all our fun celebrations from festive parades to Christmas craft shows.  It’s also a great time of year to book your summer vacation – don’t settle for the leftovers!

When everyone is together for the Holidays it is never too early to start looking ahead to next year. You know what they say…settle for holiday leftovers but never for vacation leftovers! Our biggest and best properties tend to fill up fast, it’s time to get a head start so the vacation home you want is yours. Give yourself the luxury of cooking Thanksgiving in a stunning gourmet dream kitchen and having all the extras of being at the beach.

There are so many reasons to give thanks this year; lets start by making next years Holidays even better! Here are a few properties that would be absolutely perfect for 2017 Holidays:

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St. Kitts 101 ~ 5-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12,

Sunset Island 1 Beachside Mews ~ A huge 6-BR/4.5-BA single family home, sleeps up to 12.

180_-_belmont_towers_701_balconyBelmont Towers 701 ~A stunning 3-BR/3-BA oceanfront condo, sleeps 10!

**COMING SOON**
Vantage’s Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Sofa Sunday/Cyber Monday deals ~ stay tuned to our Specials Page

 

Investment Property Early Listings

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Attention homeowners… Now is the perfect time to list your vacation home for 2017! The cold front is rolling into town and guests are already thinking ahead to warmer weather. Bookings for 2017 have doubled in such a short time, assuring the success for next summer season is looking up. Homeowners can generate an average of  $7,000 more in rental income by listing the latest by December 1st. Booking early also gives you the advantage of filling up for Ocean City’s best celebrations like Fourth of July and OC Air Show. In faboardwalk-home-imgct, homes that are already listed all have at least one booking for next year and some have many as eight! Whether it is a larger or smaller property, guests look for it all. Put your investment property in the hands of Vantage and we will get the job done. We encourage both current and prospective owners to list your vacation home for 2017 and don’t wait, guests are eager to book!

Point Central Smart Home Technology

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In an effort to improve the rental experience for our guests & property owners, Vantage is pleased to partner with one of the industry’s leading Smart Home system providers, Point Central. This cellular-based technology has a high-tech keyless lock system, the ability to manage and monitor thermostats, refrigerators, water systems, electricity & more! Point Central can be set up to allow specific occupancy rules, but can also be easily adjusted at a moment’s notice. It also has been shown to help extend the life of systems & appliances in the home & prevent disasters by alerting owners and our staff when there is a problem. Guests can enjoy their time more and worry less about losing unit keys or getting locked out. It is more secure, efficient and the next leader in innovation and technology. Point Central is optional for homeowners but highly encouraged as more homes are bustling for installation! Learn more about Point Central System featured in the Fall Intel Magazine https://issuu.com/vrmintel/docs/vrm_intel_magazine_fall_2016/29?e=19363421/39738126