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Why Vacations Matter—and Why Americans Are Lagging

After a long commute, you arrive at work to 119 unread emails. While cleaning your inbox, your phone rings. It’s an unhappy customer—whom you struggle to hear because your chatty coworker is gossiping one cube over.

You hang up, rub your temples, and mumble to yourself, “I need a vacation.” We’ve all said it many times—but how often do we actually take that vacation?

Research suggests the answer is not very often. Americans wasted a whopping 768 million vacation days last year, and that’s a 9% increase from the year before. What’s keeping us from requesting time off? And why is it crucial that we take more vacation?

We’ll explore answers to these questions and others in this new blog series.

If you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of a much-needed vacation, Vantage has a rental waiting for you in Ocean City, MD. Book an offseason stay at lower rates, or get your top pick for next summer’s getaway.

Why Americans Take Less Time Off

The U.S. is the only advanced economy that doesn’t mandate paid vacation or paid holidays. By comparison, those in the European Union get at least 20 days of mandated leave, while many African countries get 30.

Nevertheless, American employers granted 90% of full-time workers paid vacation this year. Even when we are allotted vacation time, we’re still not taking it. Studies have shown a range of reasons (ahem, excuses) for our paltry vacation time.

According to the U.S. Travel Association, the No. 1 reason is cost. Many people also opt to stay on the clock because it’s hard leaving your duties to someone else while you’re away. Inconveniences related to travel are also cited as a deal breaker.  

Sadly, guilt is a factor as well. Allianz Travel Insurance Vacation Confidence Index found that 25% of Americans feel negative emotions when requesting time off. The majority of these folks, surprisingly, are millennials, even though they better understand the importance of vacation compared to Baby Boomers.  

This could explain why many Americans end up working during the vacations they do take. Glassdoor found that 29% of employees who took time off were contacted for a work-related matter while on vacation.

Some trend watchers attribute unused vacation to the expansion of the U.S. workforce. It’s possible that people are earning days off faster than they can use them. Whatever the reason, vacation time is important for you, your employer and the country (yes, you read that right) as a whole.

Why Vacations Matter

There’s no debating it: Vacations do the body and mind good. The Journal of the American Heart Association found that working 10-hour days for 50 days a year can increase your risk of a stroke by 45% after just a decade. The risk goes up if you have high levels of stress or work overnight shifts.

Researchers at Syracuse University, meanwhile, found that people who take vacations are less likely to experience metabolic syndrome—a combination of conditions like increased blood pressure, high blood sugar or excess body fat around the waist, that can lead to heart disease, stroke or diabetes. Those who vacationed regularly are also better at managing stress and avoiding burnout.

Contrarily, people who don’t take time off from work tend to have poorer physical health and mental health, along with low-quality sleep.

If you’re an unapologetic workaholic, consider that days off translate to higher productivity when you are at your desk. In 2015, nine of the top 10 most productive countries were in Europe. (Reminder: They’re the ones who take a lot of vacation.) This was measured by gross domestic product per hours worked. The United States ranked sixth.

It Pays to Get Away

What if we told you using paid time off to head to Ocean City can get you one step closer to that raise? Project: Time Off, a research group funded by the U.S. Travel Association, has been studying vacation’s effects for years. Their research shows that just 78% of those who forfeited days received a raise or a bonus in the past three years, compared to 84% of those who used all their paid time off.

Your decision to leave your work behind isn’t a selfish one: It has ripple effects on the entire economy. According to recent analysis, Americans used a little more than half of their paid time off work for traveling, equal to 9 out of 17.4 days. If they spent more days on trips, the travel industry would see an extra $151.5 billion in spending and upwards of 2 million new jobs created.

Find Healing in Ocean City

When you do make your getaway, do it in style with help from Vantage.

Need some more inspiration to unplug now and then? Or some good rationale for your boss and HR department? We’re just getting started on the benefits of taking a vacation. Keep your eyes peeled for the next posts in this series.

When you do make your getaway, do it in style with help from Vantage. We have Ocean City rentals for every type of vacation. Book direct online for the best selection and lowest rates.

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About Vantage

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.

Your Guide to the Best New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, MD

If you’re thinking about spending New Year’s Eve in Ocean City, MD, then you’re already on track for a remarkable time. Now, continue on that track by learning about the upcoming celebrations in town! We made a complete and convenient guide to it all with everything you need to know before you go. Take a look and join the excitement as we look back on wonderful memories and look forward to making many more in the new year! You can even browse our list of vacation rentals to find the perfect property in the area. Your happy place awaits!

Ocean City, MD, New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Northside Park

Have you ever heard of an event called the Winterfest of Lights? It’s well known to anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Ocean City, Maryland, in the off-season. This fantastic festival is a must-see for anyone looking to soak up a wealth of holiday cheer and get in the spirit of the season. It begins at the end of November and continues all the way until December 31 with a finale of fun activities and fireworks.

Head to Northside Park on New Year’s Eve to take part in all the excitement! You can still enjoy the Christmas-themed festivities up until midnight, like the highly anticipated Winterfest Express. This delightful, one-mile train ride leads you throughout a winter wonderland of twinkling lights in the park as you sip on hot cocoa and marvel at the magical atmosphere. Then, look to the skies at midnight for an enchanting fireworks display over Ocean City. It’s truly a sight to see!

Fager’s Island

The New Year’s celebration at Northside Park is one of the highlights of the evening, but it’s not the only one. You can also head over to the ever-popular Fager’s Island to ring in the new year in style with more fun and festivities. It’s a beautiful, bayside retreat that’s a haven for those seeking delicious cuisine, tasty cocktails, and waterfront views. Plus, Fager’s Island hosts a remarkable New Year’s Eve party of its own!

Take your pick from the celebration on the bar and deck with live music performances, dancing, and a Champagne toast, or settle inside for dinner seatings complete with gourmet food and drinks. (Please note that you need to purchase tickets for the bar and deck celebration or make reservations for the dinner seatings.)

Celebrate in a Beautiful Vacation Rental Nearby


We highly recommend reserving your favorite property well in advance!

Don’t forget to secure an Ocean City vacation rental if you plan on taking part in all the excitement this New Year’s Eve. In fact, we highly recommend reserving your favorite property well in advance! After all, these celebrations tend to be very popular among locals and visitors alike. Luckily, Vantage Vacation Rentals has you covered with a list of over 500 excellent options in the area. 

Whether you want to stay near Northside Park or Fager’s Island and walk to and from the celebrations or even unwind in a quiet setting further away, there’s a property with your name on it. Browse our collection of vacation rentals today and make it yours before someone else does!

About Vantage

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. 

Listing Your Vacation Rental Early in Ocean City, Maryland

In the world of vacation rentals, the early bird gets a lot more than the worm—he gets a great shot at a full rental calendar and more bookings at full-price rates.

The Vantage team is committed to helping you rent your property as frequently as possible, and after 12 years in the business, we know that listing early can make all the difference between how many peak season bookings you get. Our statistics show that listing early can not only help you get additional bookings and increased revenue throughout the year, but also is essential if you want to capture the valuable early bird guests who are ready to book for summer 2020 as soon as fall sets in.

Ocean City, MD, is one of America’s favorite summer destinations and many OC regulars check the box on their summer vacation planning as soon as possible, knowing that they’ll have a much wider choice of rentals if they look and book early. And for those new to OC, the peace of mind that they can book their dream accommodations for their first trip there will also push them to plan ahead.  

Why listing early makes a difference

We’ve told you that booking early can make a huge difference to your yearly revenue, but how early is early?

Listing by October 31, before the holidays roll around, will greatly help put your rental property ahead of the competition.

We recommend prior to November because the lead up to Thanksgiving, the day itself and then December holidays are peak times to get together with family and friends. One subject that’s sure to come up during such gatherings is when can everyone get together again. The answer? During a fantastic summer trip.

Instead of the dozens of back and forth emails that it takes to plan a group trip when everyone disperses, many families and friend groups will choose and book properties when they’re together during the holidays. So be sure that your listing is up and that you have your rates and calendar finalized before these planning conversations take place in November and December. Every additional week your property is on the market can make an impact. 

The numbers don’t lie

In recent years, those who relisted their property prior to October 31 earned an average of 9.6 more nights than those who relisted prior to December 31, and 16.22 more nights than those who waited until after January 1. This included not just summer bookings, but a noticeable increase in offseason bookings too. For those who relisted prior to October 31, they had an average of 31.2% more off-season bookings than those who relisted before December 31, and 35% more than those who waited until after January 1.

That’s a whole lot of worms for those who list early!

Early bird bookings: a trend that’s here to stay

At Vantage Ocean City, we already have multiple units with six full weeks booked, and this is a trend happening not just in spots along the Boardwalk, but all over.

It’s a trend for a reason. Listing early means you’ll benefit from:

  • More marketing exposure. An earlier marketing launch gets the property in front of more guests and gives you a big jump on the competition. It also allows the property to perform well in OTA algorithms and participate in more valuable Vantage campaigns and promotions.
  • Advanced reservations from early bookers. These reservations come particularly from guests who booked with Vantage in 2019 and are anxious to finalize their 2020 vacation plans. We’ve learned that it’s best to capture guests’ attention while the vacation memories are still fresh in their minds.
  • More bookings at your full-price rate. As a property owner, you know that early rentals mean better rates. If you list early, your chance at full-price bookings is much higher, and you can avoid discounted rental rates once the season arrives and guests begin negotiating prices. 
  • More off-season reservations. Listing early means you’ll be maximizing the home’s earning potential with more peak season reservations and more offseason reservations too. Here at Vantage, we’ve seen a trend of offseason guests booking last-minute getaways, thanks to the great offseason events that Ocean City, MD, hosts, even through the winter.

Don’t delay, relist today!

Book before October 31 and go into 2020 with peace of mind about your rental property.

Maximize your vacation rental’s earning potential by booking before October 31 and go into 2020 with peace of mind about your rental property. Here at Vantage Ocean City, we’re standing by to help you get a jump on the competition.

About Vantage

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.

How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Ocean City, MD, in December

A lot of people like to vacation in Ocean City, Maryland, during the summertime to soak up some sun and enjoy the warm weather. However, several savvy travelers know that our East Coast paradise is a wonderful winter destination as well. It’s especially enjoyable when you get the opportunity to visit Ocean City, MD, in December. Not only are there fewer crowds in the off-season, but you can also fill up on holiday cheer at a variety of festivities throughout the month. Check out our travel tips before you go and get ready for the trip of a lifetime this winter. Just remember to browse our Ocean City vacation rentals and reserve your favorite for the ultimate experience!

Helpful Information About Ocean City, MD, in December

The Weather

Of course, it likely won’t surprise you to find out that the weather cools down in the off-season. Daily temperatures in December typically range from the high 40s in the afternoon to the low 30s in the evening. Don’t let that deter you, though. It’s an opportunity to don your favorite cold-weather clothes and get cozy with mittens, scarves, and a warm jacket. It may even be a delightful change of pace for those of you who are tired of the heat of the summer!

The Festivities

If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays, then you’re in for the treat this December as Ocean City comes to life with cheer and festivities. ‘Tis the season, after all! Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are all of these incredible Ocean City, MD, events:

  • Winterfest of Lights
  • Light Up Downtown Winter Festival
  • Holiday Shopper’s Fair
  • Pizza Party With Santa
  • Holiday Artisan Fair
  • Christmas Parade

We hope you can extend your stay and join us for every festival this December, but we know you might have limited time or PTO days available. If you can only make it to one celebration, we highly recommend checking out the Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park that runs from the end of November through December 31. It’s truly a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, caroling, and holiday cheer. You’ll feel right at home and enjoy a strong sense of community even if you’re visiting from out of state!

Tip: Would you like to get some last-minute Christmas shopping done while you’re here? Check out our guide to some of the best Ocean City stores! You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Seasonal Activities

You don’t have to attend events to have a whole lot of fun — there are so many fantastic things to do in Ocean City, MD, in the off-season! You can bundle up in warm clothes and go for a stroll on the beach or Ocean City Boardwalk, play indoor miniature golf, and explore fascinating museums like the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum and the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in nearby Fenwick Island. There are plenty of activities for the whole family in December! Plus, you can always indulge in the delicious cuisine at our local restaurants. Many of them remain open through the wintertime!

Reserve Your Ideal Vacation Rental for December


Enjoy everything our town has to offer in December.

We are the area’s premier vacation rental provider, and that’s not just limited to the summer. Vantage Vacation Rentals is your go-to source for beautiful properties year-round, including the wintertime! In fact, you can score some incredible deals on properties throughout Ocean City and take advantage of our convenient rental options to enjoy everything our town has to offer in December. Whether you’re searching for a cozy condo along the beach or a beautiful townhouse by the bay, we’ve got you covered. 

Search through our full collection of vacation rentals today and take the next step toward the experience of a lifetime. Just remember to book direct on our website and take advantage of our current promotions!

About Vantage

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. 

6 of the Best Ocean City, MD, Christmas Events

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? We highly recommend adding an Ocean City vacation to the list if it’s not on there already! It’s truly a sight to see as our coastal paradise comes to life with holiday cheer and fun festivities every year. You’re invited to experience it all, so make sure you don’t miss out. Check out our guide to the top Ocean City, MD, Christmas events, and reserve one of our vacation rentals today!

Ocean City, MD, Christmas Celebrations

Winterfest of Lights | November 21 to December 31

Anyone who has been to Ocean City, Maryland, during Christmas time won’t be surprised to find the Winterfest of Lights at the top of our list. If you can only make it to one celebration, this is the one to choose. The festivities run from the end of November all the way through December 31 at Northside Park with twinkling lights, caroling, gift shopping, and photos with Santa Claus. Make sure you save plenty of time to grab a cup of hot cocoa and take a ride on the Winterfest Express. It’s a mile-long ride with absolutely stunning light displays — perfect for romantic dates or family fun!

Light Up Downtown Winter Festival | November 23

Don’t worry if you’d like to stay in the Downtown Ocean City area for your holiday getaway. There’s plenty of holiday cheer to go around, like at the Light Up Downtown Winter Festival in November. It’s completely free for attendees and features fun activities for all ages at the Inlet. You can discover the perfect presents for everyone on your list from a variety of vendors, listen to live music, and watch in awe during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. 

Holiday Shopper’s Fair | November 29 to December 1

Whether you’d like to shop til’ you drop or just pick up a few souvenirs, the Holiday Shopper’s Fair is a must. Over 150 vendors showcase their selections at Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Mid-Town! You’ll find so many eyecatching items here, like handmade candles, artwork, jewelry, and home decor. Plus, you can always put your shopping spree on pause to grab a bite and refuel at the food court!

Pizza Party With Santa | December 3

Kids love meeting Santa Claus and telling jolly old Saint Nick about all the gifts they want for Christmas. But, can you imagine how excited they’d be to hear they can have a pizza party with him? It’s the recipe for smiles, laughter, and lasting memories. And, that’s not all. Children can also celebrate their creativity with cookie decorating and arts and crafts activities!

Holiday Artisan Fair | December 6 to 7

It’s always a special feeling when you discover that perfect gift for a friend or family member. In addition to the Holiday Shopper’s Fair and the various local stores in town, you’re welcome to check out the Holiday Artisan Fair in early December. It’s a fantastic opportunity to pick up some last-minute gifts while supporting talented local artisans. 

Christmas Parade | December 7

Santa Claus is coming to town, and you can catch a glimpse of him during the annual Ocean City Christmas Parade! It starts at 11:00 a.m. when decorated cars, musicians, performers, and floats begin their festive journey from Old Landing Road up to 120th Street along Coastal Highway. The parade has been an Ocean City tradition for over 30 years, and it never disappoints spectators. Get there early to secure some prime real estate for watching it all!

Find Your Ideal Vacation Rental for the Festivities!


Make this year’s Christmas celebration truly memorable with Vantage Vacation Rentals!

Don’t all of these Ocean City, MD, Christmas events sound incredible? This list is a small taste of what you can expect here during the holiday season, and we don’t want you missing out! Make this year’s Christmas celebration truly memorable with Vantage Vacation Rentals. We have over 500 beautiful properties from Downtown to North Ocean City and beyond, so you’re sure to find the perfect option to suit your needs. Plus, you can score great deals with our current promotions and enjoy all of the benefits of visiting Ocean City in the off-season. Browse our vacation rentals today and get one step closer to your happy place for the holidays!

About Vantage

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. 


What Are the Different Sections of the Ocean City, MD, Beaches?

Are you ready to experience the ultimate vacation in Ocean City, Maryland? Before you purchase your plane ticket or pack the car and hit the road, make sure you have the perfect destination in mind. You might not realize how different each section along the Ocean City, MD, beach can be, especially if you’ve never visited our beautiful resort town before.

There are three distinct areas and neighborhoods, each with their own unique character and atmosphere. Which one is right for you? Read on to find out, and then book one of our vacation rentals to experience your favorite to the fullest!

A Guide to the Ocean City, MD, Beaches and Neighborhoods

Downtown

Dive into the excitement with a stay in Downtown Ocean City, Maryland! This southern section of the strip is overflowing with fun activities and tourist attractions from the Inlet up to 30th Street and offers the classic beach town experience. The main draw here is the Ocean City Boardwalk, a two-mile stretch with amusement parks, restaurants, shops, games, and views of the shoreline. You can easily spend an entire day here. And, after a fun-filled day, you might be able to catch some free fireworks displays and light shows. Don’t forget to go for a spin at Trimper’s Rides and try Thrasher’s French Fries!

It’s important to keep in mind that since the Downtown area has so many exciting things to do, it often attracts a lot of crowds. This is especially true during peak season in the summer. Arrive early to find parking or consider taking advantage of the Ocean City Beach Bus or the Boardwalk Tram to avoid the hassle of driving.

Tip: Some of the best events in Ocean City, MD, take place in the Downtown area. Keep an eye on the calendar and see if you can catch the excitement. There are several fantastic options year-round, like Endless Summer Cruisin’, Sunfest, Springfest, the OC Air Show, and many more!

Mid-Town

If you travel a little further to the north, you’ll find yourself in a slightly quieter section of the beach and Ocean City neighborhoods. Mid-Town is the ideal destination for those of you who want a more relaxing, family-friendly vacation with fewer crowds on the beach while still being a short distance from all the things to do Downtown. It’s truly the best of both worlds! Plus, it offers a unique atmosphere with smaller homes toward the south and high-rise buildings standing tall over the northern end.

This district runs from 31st Street to 93rd Street with plenty of attractions and eateries in between, including some spectacular waterfront restaurants where you can pair delicious cuisine with stunning views of the bay and beach. It’s home to the ever-popular Seacrets restaurant and entertainment venue as well as Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill and Fager’s Island. You can also play miniature golf with the family, try a variety of watersports, browse boutiques, and attend spectacular events at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center and Ocean City Performing Arts Center!

Tip: In contrast to Downtown, Mid-Town offers free and convenient on-street parking! (Although, you can usually walk to all the best attractions.)

North Ocean City

Pure relaxation awaits you in North Ocean City from 94th Street to 145th Street. This is the most peaceful section of town where you can really escape the crowds and unwind on the less-crowded beaches. Or, when the weather isn’t ideal for fun in the sun, you can always enjoy several indoor attractions. The list of options includes indoor miniature golf, the Sun & Surf Cinema, and the Art League of Ocean City. Plus, you’re right near Fenwick Island, which is home to even more beautiful scenery and fun activities!

Of course, when you’re not sunbathing on the quiet beaches of North Ocean City, you’re welcome to explore Northside Park. This sprawling, 58-acre park provides everything you need for a memorable day outside with friends and family members of all ages. There are picnic pavilions, walking paths, sports fields, and a playground area for the little ones. You can even try your luck at the crabbing and fishing pier by the bay!

Tip: Feel free to check out free events at Northside Park in the summer, like Sundaes in the Park with ice cream, live music, and fireworks!

Find the Perfect Ocean City Vacation Rental for You

We look forward to making your next vacation the best it can be!

What do all of the neighborhoods and sections of the beaches in Ocean City, MD, have in common? Vantage Vacation Rentals has excellent properties available in all of them! That means you can choose your favorite area of town and stay in the heart of it all for a remarkable vacation you won’t soon forget.

Whether you want to stay steps away from the boardwalk in Downtown or enjoy a relaxing retreat in North Ocean City with gorgeous views of the beach, we have the ideal vacation rental waiting for you. All you need to do is browse our collection of properties and reserve it. So, what are you waiting for? Get started today! Just don’t forget to look through our list of current promotions and book direct on our website for the absolute best deal on your stay. We look forward to making your next vacation the best it can be!

About Vantage

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. 

Spend Halloween in Ocean City, Maryland

Think Ocean City, Maryland, becomes a ghost town during the fall? It certainly does in October, when costumed revelers and chill seekers fill the streets and Boardwalk.

Plan a trip for your friends or family to experience all the Halloween events and attractions in Ocean City, from the weird and wild to the fun and frightening. Find treats with your kids on the beach or investigate paranormal activity in the dead of the night. As you’ll see below, there’s no shortage of spooktacular options to choose from.

The same is true when you book a rental with Vantage. We have lots of options that keep you near all the action. Browse our selection now. 

Ocean City Ghost Walks

Innkeepers, sea captains and other restless spirits may appear on your Ocean City Ghost Walk—a 1.7-mile tour taking you past sites along the Boardwalk and Baltimore Avenue. Stops include the Life-Saving Station Museum, the Henry Hotel, the Atlantic Hotel, the Tarry-A-While Guest House and the Shoreham Hotel, which is reportedly home to three ghosts.

Drive in Disguise and Trunk or Treat: October 19, 3 p.m.

In Ocean City, even the cars have costume contests! Drive in Disguise car shows are like no other. Participants deck out their vehicles and parade down the boardwalk for a roaring start to the Halloween season. Immediately after, many drivers hand out candy to the kids as part of Trunk or Treat.

O.C.toberfest Beach Maze: Open Weekends

What’s the best part about spending Halloween at the beach? The beach of course! Come experience the thrill of the giant Halloween Beach Maze during its two-weekend run. Kids can meander the sands of the maze encountering wicked witches, pirates, scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, zombies and more.

Paranormal Investigation: October 25-26, 7:30 p.m.

The paranormal investigation group, Dead of Night, will conduct an investigation in the notoriously haunted Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum using equipment like an EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) recorder and an EMF (Electromagnetic Frequency) meter to detect and communicate with the supernatural.

As you tour the museum, staff members will share past paranormal encounters that occurred inside and some chilling stories from when the station was active.

Seacrets Halloween Party: October 26, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

If you find yourself wanting a little more booos in your Halloween events, head to Ocean City’s most famous club. Live music, DJs, costume contests, bayside cocktails—this is one crazy monster mash!

Halloween Spook-Out Party: October 27, 1–3 p.m.

Come celebrate the spookiest season in Northside Park. Fun in the park and in the gym will include costume contests, carnival games, face painting, arts and crafts, hayrides, refreshments and lots and lots of candy. (Don’t worry, there’s enough room at Northside Park to run off all the sugar.)

Find your home for Ocean City Halloween events

Experience the thrills and chills for yourself.

Ocean City, MD, always puts on a good show, and Halloween season is no exception. Experience the thrills and chills for yourself. Let Vantage help you find the right rental at a low offseason rate worth screaming about!

Reach out to one of our friendly reservation specialists to find your Halloween happy place. Or browse all the options at www.VantageOceanCity.com

Remember to book direct through Vantage for the lowest possible rates and the best possible selection.  

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About Vantage

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.comEasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Book Now and Save in 2020 with Ocean City, MD, Early Bird Vacation Rentals

Nothing gets you through a cold winter like knowing you have an amazing summer vacation planned. At Vantage, we want to give you something to look forward to AND save you money in the process!

We’re in the final stretch of our Early Bird campaign. Reserve an Ocean City, MD, rental for summer 2020 before October 31 and you’re guaranteed low 2019 rates. 

In addition to the savings, booking early means you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to finding your favorite spot, the best dates and preferred amenities in Ocean City. Is a swimming pool essential? How about an ocean view, or plenty of room for 15? Reserve now and you can check off all your vacation must-haves.

Below are some of the amazing properties offering special Early Bird savings. You can find more at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Book yours and make this winter an easy one!

Acropolis 4


Your group will love the enormous rooftop patio, balcony and five-person hot tub.

Featured in Coastal Style magazine, this sprawling, well-decorated 3,000-square-foot penthouse is without question one of the most sought-after properties in Ocean City. Encompassing the entire top floor of the luxury building—making it feel more like an upscale residence than a beach rental—it sleeps eight and offers ocean views from every window.

Luxury abounds in the details. With a private elevator and entrance, stone finishes, tumbled-travertine floor tiles, custom lighting and a gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances, you may not want to venture outside. But when you do, your group will love the enormous rooftop patio, balcony and five-person hot tub.

Gateway Grand 609

Unobstructed views of the beach through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors span the entire unit.

If you prefer new builds, then you’ll love this Gateway Grand gem built just two years ago. The three-bedroom, three-bath oceanfront condo sleeps nine and has all the amenities on your wish list—soaring ceilings, a large open floor plan, professional interior design, memory foam mattresses, TVs in every bedroom and a huge 75-inch flat-screen in the living room. Then there’s the unobstructed views of the beach through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that span the entire unit. Step out onto your carpeted balcony for some salt air while taking in the views.

Located just across the street from Dumser’s restaurant and a stone’s throw from the tropically inspired Seacrets, you’re in the right spot for both fun and relaxation.

Belmont Towers 801

This oceanfront condo comes with a lovely sea breeze.

Hang on to your hats, because this oceanfront condo comes with a lovely sea breeze. The eighth-floor end unit sleeps 10, is right on the Ocean City Boardwalk and has a shaded gazebo-style balcony with panoramic views of the ocean, beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Pier, the bay and Assateague Island!

When you’re not taking in every sunrise and sunset, enjoy the condo’s gourmet kitchen, elegant furnishings and details like TVs with surround sound and Apple TV. Or head upstairs for a splash in the rooftop pool and dry off on the 11,000-square-foot sun deck.

Meridian 204E

This luxury condo has ocean views around every turn.

Are you ready to wake up to the sound of waves? This luxury condo has ocean views around every turn. Located just steps from the water, it can accommodate 10 and offers high-end finishes and plenty of little extras like make-up mirrors in all en suite bathrooms, a K-cup coffeemaker, flat-screen TVs in every bedroom and an enormous master bath complete with soaking tub.

Sun and surf are just a few steps away, as is the rooftop pool and dozens of the area’s most popular attractions, like Fager’s Island and Maui Golf.

Sunset Island 6 Seaside Mews


Enjoy a spacious open floor plan and a large gourmet kitchen with island bar.

This single-family Sunset Island beauty sleeps 12 and is located on a quiet tree-lined street in a premier gated community. Inside the six-bedroom home you’ll find tasteful furnishings and thoughtful touches on all four levels. With a spacious open floor plan and a large gourmet kitchen with island bar, you’ll feel like you’ve got a restaurant right in your home.

Though the beach beckons from only three blocks away, the resort amenities make leaving tough. Guests of this 37-acre private community are welcome to use indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, shoreline walking paths, private bayside beaches and interactive fountains.

St. Kitts 403

The 2,800-square-feet of space gives you the feel of a whole house with the convenience of a condo.

Taking a large family vacation or traveling with all your best friends? This beautiful condo in Midtown Ocean City sleeps 13, has parking for three cars and accommodates everyone on the huge wraparound balcony with magnificent ocean vistas!

The 2,800-square-feet of space gives you the feel of a whole house with the convenience of a condo. Your entire crew will feel pampered thanks to top-of-the-line furniture, bedding, appliances and electronics throughout the unit.

Last chance for Early Bird savings on your 2020 vacation!


Don’t wait, because Vantage’s popular Early Bird properties will go fast!

Book now and lock in 2019 rates for your perfect vacation rental in Ocean City, MD. Don’t wait, because Vantage’s popular Early Bird properties will go fast!

Be sure to book direct with Vantage online for the lowest rates and best selection. Or call one of our reservationists at 410-723-2002 to plan your trip. Find more information and properties at VantageOceanCity.com.

About Vantage

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Ocean City, MD, Boat Rentals

If you are looking for a way to explore beyond the beach, there’s an easy way to make the most of your vacation. There are plenty of incredible Ocean City, MD, boat rentals that make voyaging out into the Atlantic easier than the Ocean City breeze! Every great adventure has to start somewhere. Use Vantage Vacation Rentals to find the perfect home base. Our stunning rentals are featured on every corner of Ocean City, MD, which makes finding your ideal vacation rental extremely easy. Start planning your stay now and book one of our luxury condos right on the beach!

Ocean City, MD, Boat Rentals

A seabound adventure of epic proportions awaits! From deep-sea-fishing charters to family-friendly cruises, an unforgettable experience can easily be built with any one of these boat rental companies. Read on to learn more about planning your day on the water!

Bayside Boat Rentals

Bayside Boat Rentals claims to be “the most exciting thing on the water.” Their selection of rentals that includes jet skis, pontoon boats, and jet boats lives up to their bold claim. This is the closest and most reliable option in Ocean City, MD, and is perfect for families who want to rent for a couple of hours or even the entire day. Build the ideal outing every time by using Bayside to plan your time on the water.

Odyssea Watersports

If you’re searching for a rental company with a lot of options, Odyssea Watersports may be your best bet. They offer everything from kayak and paddleboard rentals to liquid limo and pontoon boats. No matter what kind of adventure you’re looking for, you’ll find it here! Paddle your way through the surf or take the family out for a day full of salty air and fantastic memories.

Bahia Marina

Bahia Marina is home to Ocean City’s largest collection of small boat rentals! Captain your own voyage or look to the experts for guidance. Either way, the perfect day on the water is waiting. Bahia Marina, as the anchor for Ocean City, MD’s, sportfishing scene, is also home to some of the best fishing charters on the East Coast. Spend the day out at sea, and use live bait to catch tuna, mako shark, mahi-mahi, and more from the deck of their state-of-the-art fishing vessels!

Where to Stay in Ocean City, MD

From beach-front villas to gorgeous homes with private pools, finding the right place to stay is never an issue.

No matter where your next Ocean City adventure takes you, Vantage Vacation Rentals is always available to help you complete your vacation. From beach-front villas to gorgeous homes with private pools, finding the right place to stay is never an issue. For instance, Gateway Grand 1012 is one of our properties that features beach access and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. We’re also currently running a promotion for this unit! For a limited time, get free linens, key fobs, and beach gear when you book your stay! An unforgettable getaway is just one click away

About Vantage

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.

Ocean City, MD, Thanksgiving Vacation Rentals

This year has already given you many reasons to be thankful—how about adding one more? Spend Thanksgiving—or Friendsgiving—in Ocean City, Maryland, and start building memories and traditions in a beloved coastal town.

The fall activities in Ocean City, MD, don’t slow down, but you’ll be able to enjoy them with less of a crowd. Whether it’s strolls on the Boardwalk, the cooler air, crabbing and fishing in gorgeous national parks, the serenity of nearby Assateague Island or just kicking back with a local craft beer, fall activities abound. Also, after October 1, dogs are allowed to traipse the Boardwalk and the beach, so you really can bring the whole family.

The event season is also still in full swing in late fall. Festival favorite Winterfest of Lights opens on November 21 with one million holiday lights and hundreds of animated light displays throughout Northside Park. Also a few days before Thanksgiving, on November 23, Light Up Downtown Winter Festival opens with holiday shopping, vendors, live music, games and prizes. On the big day, give yourself all the excuses to eat extra pumpkin pie by getting your jog on in the 12th Annual Fast and Furriest 5K Turkey Trot. Not looking to cook your turkey? Many popular restaurants offer Thanksgiving buffets and seasonal menus so you can enjoy the meal without the mess.

Keep on reading for a look at the great properties Vantage has available for your gathering. And take advantage of off-season rates and the many flex stay options, with shorter minimum stays and flexible check-in any day of the week. You can find even more options at VantageOceanCity.com

Sunset Island 2 Beachside Mews

This custom-built decorator’s showcase is perfect for your large Thanksgiving group.

This modern house was built with luxury and comfort in mind. There’s even a private elevator—the only one on Sunset Island! This custom-built decorator’s showcase is perfect for your large Thanksgiving group. With six bedrooms and four and a half baths, it’s great for large families. But if you need even more room, the property sits back-to-back with 1 Beachside Mews, which is also a six bedroom, four and a half bath luxury home. When booked together, these homes can sleep 24 and offer discount combined pricing.

Inside 2 Beachside Mews you’ll find upscale tropical décor including plantation shutters, soaring ceilings and dark stain tongue and groove wainscot porch ceilings. Add soaking tubs, seven flat-screen TVs, four floors, private balconies and a screened porch in a picturesque community and you’ve got a Thanksgiving to remember.

St. Kitts 201

You’ll love this large property right by the ocean on 87th Street.

If you’re looking for the convenience of a condo but the feel of a house, then you’ll love this large property right by the ocean on 87th Street. This five-bedroom has bright beachy décor and a large upscale kitchen with plenty of counter space, perfect for cooking your Thanksgiving meal. Double sinks make clean up easy too. The bedrooms are nicely arranged away from the living area and there are two master suites, making it easy for extended families. Best of all? It’s just half a block from the beach and walkable to neighborhood favorites like Bayside Skillet, Art League of Ocean City and Little Salisbury Neighborhood Park.

Ocean Bliss 404

Unique in its layout, the condo has two large levels, making it easy to find privacy even with large groups.

If you’re looking to be in the thick of the action this Thanksgiving, then the great Midtown Ocean City location of this five-bedroom, five-bath is perfect for your getaway. Right across the street from hotspot Seacrets and close to other popular restaurants like Fager’s Island and BJ’s on the Water, your group can happily leave the car behind. Unique in its layout, the condo has two large levels, making it easy to find privacy even with large groups. There are two master suites, a well-equipped kitchen with granite countertops, upscale appliances, custom lighting, ceramic tile and breathtaking views of the bay. Take them in from the comfort of the large living room or sip your coffee on the wraparound balcony.

Oceans Pointe 202


With its 12th Street location, you’re just a few steps away from OC favorites.

You can’t get more central than this oceanfront condo right on the Ocean City, MD, Boardwalk. With its 12th Street location, you’re just a few steps away from OC favorites like The Kite Loft, Candy Kitchen, Fisher’s Popcorn and Thrasher’s French Fries. Inside the condo, your sandy feet will appreciate upscale tile flooring in every room, including the bedrooms. Decorated in a neutral palette, there’s an open kitchen, a large master bath with separate jetted tub and shower and a large balcony perfect for people-watching. In November, you’ll be in the heart of the seasonal activity, with holiday markets right at your doorstep.

Southwinds A 

There’s a children’s room with four single beds, beanbag chairs and a bench reading nook.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with lots of little ones? This lovely duplex, newly built in 2018, sleeps 14 and has very kid-friendly sleeping arrangements. There’s a children’s room with four single beds, beanbag chairs and a bench reading nook. The adults will love the upscale décor—the apartment was recently featured in Metropolitan Magazine—and all the tech features like six flat-screen TVs, geothermal HVAC and Tesla solar panels. The unit has a large modern kitchen, making the Thanksgiving prep easy, and plenty of seating, between a large dining table and outdoor seating on the two balconies, both with partial ocean views. Parking for four cars—a rarity for condos—makes this perfect for a holiday celebration.

Celebrate Thanksgiving at the beach!

Book a Thanksgiving holiday rental with Vantage and enjoy everything the fall has to offer.

There are still great Ocean City, MD, rentals available, with all the space for your Thanksgiving family dinner or Friendsgiving feast, but these properties won’t last long. 

Book a Thanksgiving holiday rental with Vantage and enjoy everything the fall has to offer. You can find even more properties at VantageOceanCity.com. Book direct online for the best rates! 

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About Vantage

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.comEasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

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