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Vacation Rental Forecast for 2019: Ocean City, Maryland

Vacation Rental Outlook 2019: 6 Predictions from Experts

The New Year is almost here, and with it comes our vacation rental forecast for 2019. What are guests looking for in a vacation home? What’s hot in condo rentals and beach rentals? What tactics should property owners try for the greatest return on their investment? Here are six top trends and predictions for owners to watch in the Ocean City, Maryland, 2019 vacation rental market.

1. Bigger (and bigger-feeling) homes


More and more, people booking a vacation rental want room to move—to gather for holiday or milestone celebrations, to give adults and children their own separate space and more. This is playing out for the in a trend toward larger rental homes, especially as multigenerational travel becomes more popular.

For extended family groups, a larger vacation rental property makes sense, according to Forbes writer Christopher Elliott, who extolled the virtues of a California wine country estate that sleeps 10. Such a property might feature outdoor living areas for drinks and conversation, outdoor kitchen areas for group cooking, a pool, onsite spa and more.

Fortunately, you don’t have to own a palace to give guests room to spread out and feel comfortable. With beach rentals, condo rentals and beyond, you can create multiple sitting areas in the space you have. For Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes, consider marketing such areas as:

  • A game room for those rainy days when the kids can’t go to the beach
  • A crafts station for making art and jewelry out of collected shells
  • A quiet space for napping children (and adults!)
  • A patio for enjoying a crab feast
  • A porch for ice cream socials and wine tastings

If you’re considering making renovations to your property, think about opening up kitchens and dining rooms for more expansive gathering areas.

2. The Millennial traveler


In addition to large, multifamily gatherings, be on the lookout for young singles and couples seeking accommodations for events, sightseeing or just getting away from it all.

Millennials (think later 20s, early 30s) are proving to be avid travelers. Many have stayed at condos and beach houses with their families growing up. They’re comfortable both branching out from hotels for vacation lodging and finding and booking these stays online. So they’re familiar with vacation homes and ready to create some new experiences on their own.

How can property owners adapt to this trend in the vacation rentals market? Offer short term rentals that accommodate entry-level budgets and fewer vacation days. To accommodate large groups of friends on vacation, consider offering multiple properties in the same complex. And treat these younger travelers to the amenities they crave. Beyond the must-have of lightning-fast Wi-Fi, with ample bandwidth for YouTube and streaming content, consider:

  • Spaces ideal for socializing
  • Online/mobile services for booking, billing and beyond
  • Access to bike, scooter and car sharing stations and services

Be sure to mention local venues in your descriptions. If a Millennial traveler remembers a specific boardwalk, beach or crab shack from a childhood vacation in Ocean City, Maryland, you’re likely to jog a fond memory—and possibly inspire a booking.

3. Local outdoor and dining attractions


Along with Argentina, Italy and Egypt’s Nile Valley, Lonely Planet listed two nature sites in the Eastern United States—Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains and the Catskills— among its top destinations for 2019.

This trend is good news for the Ocean City, MD, vacation rental market as well. Travelers looking for adventure will find themselves just a short drive away from:

  • The famous ponies of Assateague Island and National Seashore
  • The boating and camping of Pocomoke River State Park
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, recently named “One of the 10 Best Amazing Places for Wildlife” by USA Today

After a busy day of exploring, vacationers will be looking for culinary adventures as well. Increasingly, travelers of all ages have become discerning foodies, and fortunately Ocean City’s food and beverage scene has grown to accommodate their palates and Instagram feeds

New venues to consider promoting include:

For committed foodies, the OC Foodie Tour provides a 3.5 hour walk through Ocean City dining past and present, with samplings at five locally owned restaurants. The July Greek festival treats travelers to local dolmathes, keftedes, spanakopita and more. And Fall Restaurant Week offers fixed-price menus for the range of budgets and palates.

4. Reliability and consistency


In a world full of apps, texts and tech gadgets, customer service matters more than ever—especially in the vacation rental industry.

“Booking a vacation rental is more of a ‘considered purchase’ than booking a hotel room,” in the words of a report recapping this year’s VRMA Conference.

So don’t forget the basics, like giving customers what they expect in terms of quality, amenities and service as they book a vacation home year after year.

This can mean:

  • Dependable upkeep with prompt, effective repairs
  • Consistent (and well-functioning) conveniences such as key-based entry and digital thermostats
  • Perks guests can look forward to stay after stay, such as free gym passes, mid-week cleanings and grocery delivery services

Guests book a vacation rental to decrease—not add to—the stress in their lives. They want to know what to expect as they book a reservation, settle in, enjoy the amenities and wrap up their trips.

It’s important that you never forget the human element: the people making your guests feel at home. Make sure you choose a property management partner that consistently wows vacationing guests with great customer service, which hospitality consultant Debby Hudspith defines as: “Knowing why the customer is there in the first place, making them feel important, building a relationship, responding to requests out of the ordinary and ensuring someone is always available for them, no matter which department.”

5. Value for the vacation dollar


As more and more travelers vacation in large groups, they’re discovering that splitting the cost of a vacation home is a great way to get extra space at an affordable price. Remember that California wine estate mentioned earlier? The rental cost, averaged out across 10 people, comes down to $68 per person per night—far less expensive than most hotels in the area could offer.

In our opinion, typical renters aren’t always on a quest for luxury at the very highest end. They’re on a quest for value. And owners of all sizes and types of properties—from condo rentals to beach home rentals—can fulfill this quest by giving their guests a little extra bang for their buck. For property owners in Ocean City, Maryland, this includes not only space to relax but upgraded amenities and complimentary treats.

Need inspiration? Successful Meetings highlighted:

  • Record players, with music guests can “check out” from a vinyl library
  • A live goldfish as the official property pet
  • Cocktail packages delivered by a personal bartender

Special skincare products, linens and robes have been a rising trend in the hospitality industry overall—especially when they come with a unique story or local hook. But you don’t have to break the bank to make your guests feel special.

Consider providing them with practical perks like blenders and coffeemakers, water bowls and treat baskets for pet owners, or bottled water and energy bars for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Or try homey treats like fruit baskets, plates of cookies, or homemade soups and breads.

6. A shift to direct bookings


At the VRMA International Conference, which explored the rental market for 2019, several managers of large properties reported a decreased, even eliminated, reliance on online travel agencies (OTAs). Customer service and ability to communicate with guests throughout the booking process were big reasons. And if vacation rental property managers are feeling this difference, you can bet that guests, are, too.

So as the new year begins, remember that you as a local owner of a vacation home can offer many advantages that a global OTA or customer service rep in a faraway call center cannot. This includes things like:

  • Who to contact for a spur-of-the-moment crab fest—or a last-minute registration for the holiday fun run
  • What parks and beaches are most kid-friendly—and what nightclubs have lined up the hottest new DJs
  • What local shops have the best deals on beachwear—or the best under-the-radar happy hours on the boardwalk
  • When to see the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore—or to take to the seas for the best white marlin
  • How to catch crabs in the bay—or spot the most elusive gulls and loons during a bird watching hike

And as more travel and hospitality trends emerge for Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes in 2019, you can be sure that Vantage will be there on the forefront, ready to help you delight your guests and position your properties for success.

Let’s start a great new year together! To make the most of your Ocean City vacation property in 2019, visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page — then contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 410.723.1780 x 5 or ListingInfo@VantageOC.com.

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Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Ocean City Holiday Events through New Year’s

Are you thinking of spending your holidays at the beach? With activities galore and no shortage of relaxation, Ocean City, Maryland presents the ideal getaway. Live music, winter lights, discounted shopping, parades, 5Ks—treat your family to a slate of Christmas and New Year’s events for an Ocean City holiday that they’ll remember.

Here’s what’s going on during Christmas and New Year’s in Ocean City.

Ocean City Christmas Events

  • Winterfest of Lights | November 15–December 31
    Ride the Boardwalk tram cars through this dazzling light display in Northside Park. Warm up with hot chocolate, get a snapshot with Santa, and explore the magical gift shop.
  • Light Up Downtown Winter Festival | November 17
    This is one Christmas event in Maryland you don’t want to miss. There’s tons to do for kids and adults alike, from crafts, carnival games, and prizes to live entertainment, vendors, and a tree lighting—and it’s all free!
  • Holiday Shoppers Fair | November 23–25
    Receive a door prize upon entry and find handmade gifts for your loved ones inside, including candles, jewelry, ceramics, and photography. This holiday event in Maryland includes face painting, too!
  • Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets | November 23
    Extended hours at Tanger Outlets means more time to save big on deals in over 30 stores. Plus, Shopper Services is offering a free Tanger gift card with qualified purchases in the morning hours.
  • Ocean City Christmas Parade | December 1
    This Christmas event in Maryland is the highlight of the holiday season. Get a prime view of more than 50 school bands, horses, antique cars, and holiday floats parading down Coastal Highway.
  • Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk | December 2
    Walk or run through more than a million lights at Northside Park in the fifth annual Jingle Bell 5K. After the race, snag your shirt, snack on cookies and hot chocolate, and ride through the sparkling lights on the Winterfest Express.

Ocean City New Year’s Eve Parties

  • New Year’s Eve Celebration | December 31
    One of the best Ocean City New Year’s Eve parties around, this celebration includes live entertainment, hot chocolate, and a fireworks show among the Winterfest of Lights. Watch the ball drop with your loved ones.
  • 25th Annual Penguin Swim | January 1
    Jump in the ocean to benefit the area’s Atlantic General Hospital. This New Year’s event in Maryland features a costume contest, carnival games, activities, prizes, and more.

Enjoy all these holiday events in Maryland and find a great home away from home this Christmas and New Year’s through Vantage Vacation Rentals. Book your vacation today!

Vacation Rental Owners

10 Ways Vacation Rental Owners Can Upgrade for Instant Value

Small Upgrades that Create Big Value for Vacation Rental Owners

While many vacation rental owners may not have the funds or resources for major structural changes to their rental properties, there are several types of easy upgrades that can instantly add value. Below are our top recommendations for inexpensive improvements that will help maintain your vacation rental, impress your guests, and pave the way for repeat business in the future.

  • A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any vacation home – nothing improves your home’s appearance more than this. Painting is easy and inexpensive and sets the tone throughout the property. Consider adding an accent wall for a splash of color and an interesting design element.
  • Replacing older light fixtures not only improves lighting quality, but also gives your home an updated look and aesthetic appeal.
  • New cabinet doors, knobs and contact paper for shelves and drawers freshen up kitchens and make guests feel at home during their stay.
  • Upgrading to hardwood or tile flooring makes your property easier to maintain and gives it an updated look in online photos.  You will score big points with guests, as well!
  • Contemporary showerheads, toilet paper holders, towel racks or faucets may seem like small details, but they can give bathrooms a clean, personalized touch like that of an upscale hotel.
  • Flat-screen TVs add a modern, streamlined look to your home and greatly improve the viewing experience for guests while they relax on vacation.  With the cost of flat-screen TVs having come down dramatically in price, this is a great opportunity to swap out any older, boxy TVs that may be making your vacation rental look dated.
  • Programmable thermostats can add money-saving and functional elements to the home. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • While it may not be possible to add square footage to your property – especially if it’s located in a condo building – storage within the home can be maximized by installing vertical shelving in workrooms, pantries, closets and garages.
  • Little touches, like updating light switches and doorknobs, can add a fresh feel to any room. Routinely upgrade the bedrooms with hotel-quality bedding, pillows, and mattresses or mattress toppers – all things that guests have come to expect when they travel. New door handles and locks can improve security, as well.
  • Save on energy costs by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, routinely cleaning your refrigerator coils, and replacing older air conditioning or furnace filters.

Helping vacation rental owners succeed in Ocean City, MD and at the Delaware beaches is our passion. For more tips or to get a free proposal on your next project, contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 877-319-5808 or email deb@vantageresortrealty.biz. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page to learn more about how Vantage can help you maximize your vacation home.

Vacation Rental Manager Questions

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager

Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager? Be Sure to Ask these 4 Questions.

Do you own a vacation rental in Ocean City, MD or at the Delaware beaches? You may want to consider hiring a property management company to oversee its operations when you are unable to handle maintenance, communicate with guests and answer various questions. You do not want to end up with a management company that does not understand you and your needs, so here are some questions to ask every prospective organization.

1. What Are Your Fees?

You always want to know how much you will need to pay a property management company before signing a contract. The fees can range anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the total rent. Consider how much you can afford to pay and still make a profit from your vacation rental.

2. What Do Your Other Clients Have To Say?

It is always advisable to seek out references. The management company should have no problem putting you in touch with current clients. These clients will offer their sincere opinions, and you will know whatever they say is the truth.

3. What Services Are Included in the Fees?

The fees you pay should cover most of the maintenance costs. Some aspects that should be included consist of marketing, maintenance, cleaning, in-person visits and pre-stay walk-throughs. Ask about everything, so you do not get caught off-guard about any extra fees that pop up.

4. What Is Vacation Rental Performance Like in the Area?

An experienced vacation rental property management company should be able to tell you everything about that industry in a specific city. They should be able to tell you when the slow and busy seasons are. You should also ask about any local regulations that could impact who you can rent to.

If you have a Maryland or Delaware rental property and are looking for a vacation rental manager to partner with, Vantage Vacation Rentalscan help. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page for more information about how we make the experience smooth and successful for property owners. Questions? Call (410) 723-1780 (opt. 5) or send a message through our online form, and be sure to request a Free Rental Market Analysis of your property. We will get back to you shortly!

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Experience Ocean City’s Luxury Side

Summer better than others. Sure, it’s great to be surrounded by powdery sand and ocean breezes, but granite countertops, wet bars and redwood saunas are nice, too. Luxury vacation rentals on the Eastern Shore are more in-demand than ever as the perfect backdrop for family memories, special experiences, and complete relaxation. It used to be that a luxury vacation experience could only be found in a hotel or an all-inclusive resort. But with the rise of extended family and multi-family vacations, guests are seeking out larger upscale spaces that can accommodate their whole group in style.

In fact, the Baltimore Sun recently did a story on luxury vacation rentals at the beach (“High-end rental homes in Ocean City, Rehoboth Beach offer luxury on vacation“) that featured one of Vantage Vacation Rentals’ top rentals called the Dream Palace.  It’s not hard to see why everyone’s buzzing about this one-of-a-kind, 4-bedroom oceanfront home.  Remodeled from top to bottom, this property boasts custom design features and high-end amenities such as exposed beams, 20-ft. ceiling, bamboo flooring, wine cooler, ultra modern appliances, gorgeous tile work, gas grill, and rooftop deck with unbeatable ocean views.  As high-tech as it is beautiful, this home even has a projection TV that drops down from the ceiling for the perfect family movie night.  Read what a recent Dream Palace guest wrote about their experience.

Looking for Luxury?  Take Your Pick.

If you’d like to surround yourself with the finer things in life, we have a wide variety of luxury vacation rentals that are all that and more in communities like Gateway Grand, Sunset Island, Belmont Towers, Meridian, and other luxe Ocean City locations.  But these over-the-top homes book quickly – especially during peak season – so don’t hesitate, or you may miss out on your desired dates.  Browse below for some of our top luxury vacation rentals with availability during the 2018 season.

Gateway Grand 1105 – 3-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 10 – Unwind with a drink on your private south-facing balcony with breathtaking views of the ocean, bay and Ocean City skyline. Located on 48th St., this gorgeous property offers fine decor, gourmet kitchen with wine cooler, jacuzzi tub, and lots of little extras (storage locker with beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys). Owner also provides Free Linens ($119 value) and covers the cost of the Building Registration at Gateway Grand ($72 value).  On-site amenities include Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Fitness Center, and Game Room with video and board games.  At night, go for a drink at the newly-built Red, Red Wine Bar (1/2-block away) or ever-popular Ocean City landmark Seacrets – Jamaica USA (2 blocks away)!


Sunset Island 17 Fountain Dr. W. – 5-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Enjoy laid-back island living in this gated bayfront resort on 67th St. Located a few doors down from Marisol’s Market & Cafe and directly across from the manicured grounds surrounding the Pond and Fountains, this newly-refurnished townhome is a great spot for a relaxing family vacation.  It features multiple living areas for guests to congregate together (perfect for family reunions or friend getaways), yet offers plenty of privacy throughout the home when you need it.  Additional luxuries include a gourmet kitchen (with gas cooktop), all new flat-screen TVs, and four private balconies – two with views of the Pond and Fountains.  All of this, and Sunset Island’s Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Clubhouse, Private Bayfront Beach, Fitness Center, and Restaurant (The Landing) are less than 3 blocks away.

Belmont Towers 605 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – One of the best views in town! This beautiful oceanfront condo is located directly on the Ocean City Boardwalk, offering gorgeous views of the ocean, beach, rides – even live music and fireworks in the summertime. As beautiful as it is functional, guests enjoy upscale design features like accent painting and tray ceilings while having all the conveniences of home – such as a gourmet kitchen and flat-screen TVs (with upgraded HD cable in the living room).  Building offers a Rooftop Pool, Sun Deck, Putting Green, Sauna and Fitness Center. Thanks to Belmont Towers’ Downtown location and gated Parking Garage, this is also a great spot for guests visiting during popular events like Cruisin’ Ocean CityEndless Summer Cruisin’Wine on the BeachOC BikefestSpringfestSunfest, and the OC Air Show.

Meridian 1002W – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 12 – Enjoy beautiful ocean-to-bay views from your perch on the balcony of this luxurious penthouse. Located ocean block on 60th St., this property a stunning vantage point from the 10th floor. Look east to see the sunrise, look west to see the sunset, or look south towards the Inlet to take in the gorgeous Ocean City skyline. Inside, the sight is equally beautiful, with high-end furnishings, tile flooring, gourmet kitchen, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms (with extra HD channels and Netflix). This immaculate property is tailor-made for entertaining or multi-family vacations, as there are two master bedroom suites and a dramatic spiral staircase that leads up to a sitting area and sleep loft.  Guests also have the benefit of a Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center, Beach Cart, and walking distance to restaurants like Fager’s Island, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, and Seacrets – Jamaica USA.  But don’t take our word for it – read reviews by Meridian 1002W guests.

Ready to feel like beach royalty on your Ocean City vacation?  Browse our luxury vacation rentals at VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 732-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.

Belmont Towers

Belmont Towers: Fun Central in Ocean City

Great Location = Great Vacation


If you can turn your head, you can enjoy a great vacation in Ocean City. Without ever leaving your private balcony at Belmont Towers, you’ll find you’re already in the middle of everything. Car shows. Fireworks. Concerts. Parades. Festivals. And the aroma of Fisher’s Popcorn and Thrasher’s French Fries drifting by on the breeze – tempting you to grab a bite to eat.  Located in downtown Ocean City, right next to the world famous boardwalk, this is Ocean City’s premier location.

Luxury Condos & Townhomes


Whether you’re staying on the oceanfront side of Belmont Towers or the north and south sides facing the Bay, Inlet, and Assateague Island, you are guaranteed to have a view like no other in Ocean City.  Relax, people watch, and soak up the sun, sea air, and classic nostalgia that this town is famous for. Choose from 2- and 3-bedroom rentals with gourmet kitchens, high-end decor, and spacious open floorplans that lead out onto furnished balconies.  Upscale amenities such as Wireless Internet, jetted soaking tubs, and wet bars enhance the experience.  Feels just like home, only better.

Head down to the beach and Boardwalk to enjoy shops, restaurants, seafood, arcade games, amusement rides, and popular events throughout the year such as Cruisin’ Ocean City, Endless Summer Cruisin’, Wine on the Beach, OC Bikefest. Springfest, Sunfest, and the OC Air Show.  During the summer months, Ocean City’s Lifesaving Station Museum located at the very south end of the Boardwalk also offers free family activities daily for young and young at heart.  These range from crafts to nautical activities to learning about local history.

Belmont Towers’ Exclusive Amenities


When you’re ready for a break in the action, stay home to enjoy Belmont Towers’ on-site rooftop pool, sundeck and putting green, as well as a sauna and 1,400 sq. ft. fitness center.  Best of all, Belmont Towers guests have the convenience of parking in a secure parking garage – no need to battle the crowds for hard-to-find parking spaces in Downtown Ocean City on a busy summer day.  Just park your car once when you arrive and walk everywhere you need to go.

  • Oceanfront and Ocean Block condos and townhomes – (click here for our entire inventory of Belmont Towers Vacation Rentals)
  • Rooftop Pool (open seasonally)
  • 11,000 sq. ft. Sun Deck with chairs and picnic tables
  • Rooftop Putting Green
  • Fitness Center/Sauna
  • Secure Parking Garage

Ready for a classic Ocean City experience?  Our Belmont Towers Vacation Rentals are in high demand and fill up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 732-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.

Sunset Island

What’s New at Sunset Island?

Sunset Island: A Premier Vacation Spot is Now Better than Ever

Sunset Island, a private vacation community at 67th Street on the bay side, was already one of Ocean City’s most upscale spots for vacationers.  Now, with a three-year construction project complete, this enclave has even more to offer the discerning traveler.

Marisol’s Market & Cafe (with Beach Shuttle!)


New this season is Marisol’s Market & Café. This combination deli, café, grab ‘n go market and convenience store features Boar’s Head deli sandwiches, Starbuck’s coffee, Hershey’s ice cream and much more. In the morning, stop by for a donut, bagel, pastry or breakfast sandwiches. Later in the day, grab a fresh sandwich or salad. And any time pick up beer, wine or convenience items. Don’t forget to ask about the new Marisol’s Beach Shuttle, which offers daily and weekly passes for easy transportation to and from the beach.

(As Always) Sunset Island’s First-Class Amenities


Some things haven’t changed. You can still enjoy the pools, the clubhouse, the fitness center and the spectacular views of the bay, wetlands, or quaint island atmosphere. Be sure to take a stroll past the interactive fountains or along bayfront beaches on Sunset Island’s shoreline walking path. And enjoy the convenient location of being at 67th Street. Don’t forget, Ocean City’s famous boardwalk, challenging golf courses and great restaurants are still nearby.  Below are a few of the highlights of vacationing in Sunset Island:

  • Huge variety of condos, townhomes, and single family residences with 3-6 bedrooms – (click here for our entire inventory of Sunset Island Vacation Rentals)
  • Gated private bayfront community surrounded by water on 3 sides
  • Indoor/outdoor pools (open seasonally)
  • Bayfront beaches (especially great for little ones who aren’t ready for the ocean)
  • Community clubhouse/library
  • On-site restaurant (The Landing – overlooks the bay)
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Shoreline walking/biking path (around perimeter of the island)
  • Fishing/crabbing pier
  • Interactive fountains (that “dance” as you play in them)
  • Steps away from The Longboard Cafe, Sweetfrog, The Bonfire, Dead Freddie’s Island Grill, Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli and many other great restaurants and shops


If you’ve enjoyed a vacation at Sunset Island before, come back and see what’s new. If you’ve never been to our private 37-acre island, you’re in for a treat.

And vacation memories that will last forever.

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Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation

Five Reasons Why Smart Travelers Book Direct

Browsing travel websites is a great way to get an overview of the types of places to rent in various vacation spots. You can see a whole bunch of places at once and sort by price, distance, availability, amenities and other factors.  But smart travelers know that the next step isn’t to click on “Book Now” on those sites but instead to book direct from the property owner or agency that manages the rental.  Here’s why:

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant traveler fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or manager to book direct.
  • Direct contact with the owner or manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” This provides you with a faster, smoother experience.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites because these listings are expensive for property owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and managers offer helpful insider’s knowledge that can enhance your experience and save you valuable vacation dollars. Many have special offers, flash sales, and off-season discounts  that they don’t list on the major sites.
  • If you’re looking for a local’s perspective, property owners and managers can give you the most updated information on their rentals and community. They can tell you about new amenities, lesser-known area events, the best restaurants, and hidden gems around town.

In short, if a particular property management or vacation rental firm has a property – or a few properties – that look good to you, go to that company’s website (such as VantageOceanCity.com!) to book direct. Chances are you’ll find more options, avoid hidden fees on travel websites, and have a smooth experience as you gear up for a great vacation.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save on your vacation and have a much better experience.

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Post Tax-Time Oceanfront Vacations

Taxes Done? Trade Your 1040 for SPF 40

Here’s an idea even your accountant would approve of: trade your primary residence for a sandcastle, and put the stress of tax time behind you with an oceanfront vacation.

Nothing is more relaxing than ocean waves and salt air, and we have great oceanfront properties that are a perfect way to reward yourself for getting your taxes done. (And if you’ve already received your refund, this is a great way to treat yourself.)

Bring that special someone, or invite all of your little deductions to come along. You’ll find a wide variety of vacation choices throughout Ocean City, and we promise you won’t have to fill out any forms.

So put down that calculator, pick up your beach toys and reward yourself for a job well done. To deduct your tax-time stress, book online or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002.

Check Out these Oceanfront Rentals

  • Flying Cloud 803 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Wake up to ocean views in every direction from your private 8th floor balcony.  Newly updated with flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms, this oceanfront condo in North Ocean City (94th St.) is well-equipped for the vacationing family.  Additional features include free Wi-Fi, updated kitchen, and short walking distance to popular restaurants such as Bull on the Beach, Trattoria Lombardi’s, and Liquid Assets.

  • Belmont Towers 603 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 9 – Located directly on the Ocean City Boardwalk, this luxury condo is right where the action is.  Relax on your oceanfront balcony and soak up the atmosphere and breathtaking views.  You can even watch the fireworks or hear live music throughout the summer.  Amenities also include a gourmet kitchen, rooftop pool, fitness center, and gated parking garage.  This is a great spot for guests attending Cruisin’ Ocean City, Endless Summer Cruisin’SpringfestSunfest, and Wine on the Beach – all of which take place at the Inlet just 2 blocks away.

  • White Sands Village 5 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 12 – Ever wondered what it would be like to have the beach in your backyard?  Located in North Ocean City (142nd St.), this spacious oceanfront townhome features an extra large deck and balcony overlooking the sand and surf.  Spend some time working on your tan or relax in the shade under the covered tiki bar.  Guests also have access to an outdoor dining area and gas grill.  This property is also just a short walk from Sun and Surf Cinema, Phillips Seafood, Lost Treasure Golf, and the historic Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Don’t wait!  Our oceanfront vacation rentals are in high demand and fill up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 732-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.

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