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The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Ocean City, MD, in October

Temperatures drop, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had when you visit Ocean City, MD, in October. In fact, it might just turn into your favorite time to unwind in our coastal paradise! October offers an opportunity to take advantage of the peaceful beaches, fewer crowds, free parking, and so much more. We could go on and on listing the benefits! Learn everything you need to know about Ocean City in October and look to Vantage Ocean City Rentals to find the ideal property for your upcoming trip.

Know Before You Go: Ocean City, MD, in October

Weather

On average, temperatures in Ocean City hover between 65 to 75 degrees during the day and 40 to 50 degrees in the evenings. So, you can still enjoy several warm days in the sun as you stroll along the beach and Ocean City Boardwalk! Just remember to dress in layers or bring a light sweater if you plan on staying outside to enjoy the sunset views or outdoor dining spots. 

Activities

It might be the off-season and a few seasonal attractions like the Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® close, but don’t worry. There are still so many fun activities to enjoy and businesses to check out in October. Here are some ideas that you can experience without all the crowds of peak season:

Events

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is in Ocean City, MD. There are always reasons to celebrate, and you’re welcome to join all of the excitement with us! Whether you’re into car shows or beer fests, there’s an event for you in October. Of course, there are several Halloween festivities, too! This is just a tiny taste of what to expect:

Additional Tips and Info

  • Pets are welcome on the Ocean City Boardwalk and beach beginning on October 1 as long as you keep them on a leash.
  • You’re also free to enjoy a bike ride along the boardwalk at any time starting on October 1.
  • There are no lifeguards on duty in October, so be careful when swimming.
  • Please visit the websites or call ahead before visiting a specific attraction since some of them close in October.

Make the Most of Your Visit


Enjoy exclusive deals and special two-night rentals that aren’t available in the summertime.

Are you ready to experience Ocean City, MD, in October this year? Take the first step with us at Vantage Ocean City Rentals! We have over 500 excellent properties, and you can enjoy exclusive deals and special two-night rentals that aren’t available in the summertime. Plus, with such a wide variety of rentals in locations throughout the area, you’re sure to find the perfect option for you. Whether you’re planning a romantic anniversary or a large family reunion, finding your happy place is simple!

Browse our vacation rentals and reserve your favorite today!

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 Makes the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum so Fascinating?

If you take a journey to the southern end of the Ocean City Boardwalk, you can begin another journey back in time at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. It overlooks the inlet, making it perfect for either a starting or ending point for your boardwalk adventures. Best of all, it’s an incredible attraction, in itself, that only costs $5 for adults and $3 for children from 12 to 18 years old (children under 11 enjoy free admission!) Take a look inside the next time you’re in the downtown area and discover a whole world of artifacts and information you never knew existed. 

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum makes for a great afternoon, and booking your property with Vantage Ocean City Rentals makes for a remarkable vacation. Browse our collection of properties today!

What You’ll See at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum

1. The Permanent Collection

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is open every day May through October from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the off-season. No matter when you visit, you can count on seeing some spectacular exhibits. You can enjoy a piece of international beaches with the “Sands From Around the World” exhibit, step into a time machine and enjoy attractions from years ago on the boardwalk of the past, see how surfing evolved in Ocean City, and so much more. 

2. Special Exhibits

Of course, sometimes, you get to enjoy special exhibits as bonus treats. These include rotating artifacts and displays on topics such as the commercial fishing industry and the history of Native Americans on Lower Delmarva. You never know what you’ll find the next time you visit! You can also learn about the United States Life-Saving Service, other Life-Saving Stations, and take a deep dive into the timeline and genealogical records of our historically rich destination.

3. Free Summer Programs

Once the warm weather arrives, so do free events and programs throughout Ocean City, Maryland! The Ocean City Life-Saving Station has plenty of free programs during peak season, and they’re perfect for family vacations. Some of the examples include nautical knot-tying lessons from US Coast Guard Auxiliary, aquarium feedings, and even educational programs about the wildlife that soars overhead and swims throughout our local waters.

Plan Your Ocean City Vacation Today!

We have over 500 beautiful properties to choose from.

You don’t have to worry about the stress of finding the perfect vacation rental for your next trip because we make the process simple! We have over 500 beautiful properties to choose from, and a whole team of vacation experts ready to speak with you and turn your dream into a reality. Plus, many of our properties are located right along the Ocean City Boardwalk, so you can walk to your favorite attractions, like the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum!

Don’t wait for your happy place to come to you. Explore our list of properties and find it today!

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.


5 Benefits of Visiting Ocean City, Maryland, in the Off-Season

Have you ever dreamt about having the beach all to yourself? It’s not necessarily wishful thinking! Most travelers know that Ocean City is great during the summer months, but not many people realize how fantastic it can be during the rest of the year. The weather cools down, but the different seasons also add a variety of benefits to your stay. You can take scenic, serene strolls on the beach and pick up seashells, avoid road traffic, and escape the crowds that the summertime attracts. Plus, the all-around slower pace is perfect for relaxing retreats and extended getaways. No matter when you visit, you can count on Vantage Ocean City Rentals to help you make the most of it. Browse our properties today and find your happy place!

The Top 5 Reasons to Visit Ocean City, Maryland, in the Off-Season

1. Fewer Crowds

One of the top benefits of going to Ocean City in the off-season is that there are fewer people at the beach, boardwalk, and local attractions. That means you can take your time and enjoy your favorite things to do without dealing with crowds or feeling rushed. If you’re seeking retail therapy, you won’t have any trouble finding excellent spots for shopping in Ocean City, MD. There are options for everyone, from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to the Outlets Ocean City, which offers big-name brand items at major discounts.

Are you ready for a bite to eat? There are several local restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside Bar & Grill. Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St. It’s 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 some impressive rockfish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal!

Tip: The off-season is the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore, especially after storms. Rare marine animals also make an appearance every now and then, like migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.

2. Cooler Weather

Of course, if you’re a fan of milder temperatures, visiting Ocean City in the off-season is a clear choice. Fall and spring still offer decently warm, but not too hot, days with those cool, coastal breezes. It’s the ideal environment to spend a day outside enjoying your favorite outdoor activities without having to take all those breaks to duck inside for shade. You might need a warm jacket in the wintertime, but all of the festivities at Northside Park and holiday cheer throughout Ocean City is sure to warm your heart. Sipping on a cup of hot cocoa while you admire the display at the Winterfest of Lights helps, too!

3. Free Parking

Not only is it easier to find parking spots than in the summer, but parking is also completely free from November 1st through March 31st! Even though we’re happy to help you find the ideal Ocean City vacation rental within walking distance of your favorite activities and attractions, it doesn’t hurt being able to enjoy free parking if you’d like to mix it up and drive somewhere a little further away. It might seem like a minor benefit, but you’re sure to appreciate it at some of the more popular spots, especially in the downtown area of Ocean City, MD.

4. Boardwalk Bike Rides

While there are several regulations in place for riding a bike on the Ocean City Boardwalk in the summertime, the same rules aren’t enforced during the off-season. There are no restrictions for bike riding on the boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day. Head down to the boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite cafe for a cup of coffee. Or, enjoy a romantic bike ride with your sweetheart in the evening!

Tip: Springfest and Sunfest are the only exceptions in the off-season — you’re only allowed to ride on the boardwalk from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

5. Pet-Friendly Beaches

What’s a family vacation without Fido? Another wonderful benefit of visiting in the off-season is that you can bring your loyal, furry, four-legged pal along with you on the beach! Dogs are welcome to stroll the beach and boardwalk with you from October 1st through April 30th, as long as you keep them on a leash. They’ll love exploring the coastline with you! We even have a variety of pet-friendly vacation rentals that are perfect for your getaway with the whole family.

Bonus Benefit: Budget-Friendly Vacation Rentals


Enjoy a quick getaway with our two-night rentals in the off-season!

We’ll let you in on one more secret before you decide what your ideal time to visit Ocean City, MD, is. You can grab some great deals on your vacation rentals during the off-season! Vantage Ocean City Rentals has a long list of options, and you get to enjoy our top-notch properties at a fraction of what they cost in peak season. Plus, you’re welcome to enjoy a quick getaway with our two-night rentals in the off-season! Browse our current specials, budget-friendly properties, and book direct with us to make the most of your next vacation!

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.



Best Rainy Day Activities in Ocean City

It’s raining, it’s pouring—but lucky for you, there’s no shortage of indoor activities in Ocean City, Maryland. Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying family-friendly activities, whether you’re looking for something active or just want to take it easy.

Of course, there’s no better excuse to sleep in than a rainy beach day. Browse Vantage’s cozy abodes for the perfect place to take shelter from the storm.

Family fun, minus the sun

Catch a flick and munch on some popcorn.

Rainy day activities for kids happen in Ocean City, MD, and beyond. Just a short drive away in Fenwick Island, Delaware, DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is a favorite among Ocean City visitors year after year. Home to about 10,000 artifacts, the museum preserves the area’s maritime heritage through hands-on experiences like visits, lectures and programming. As new artifacts are recovered, the museum expands and changes over time, giving you something new to look forward to next year.

For a distinct and engaging afternoon, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! never fails to disappoint. Conveniently located on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, this quirky hub of galleries and activities includes a mirror maze, laser race and other newly renovated attractions. Use the code SUMMER19 for 20% off your visit!

Who doesn’t love a trip to the movies? Catch a flick and munch on some popcorn at one of Ocean City’s popular theaters: Sun & Surf on 143rd, Fox Gold Coast on 113th or Flagship Premium Cinemas in West Ocean City.

Friendly competitions aplenty

Head to OC Lanes for a game!

Bowling is a classic among rainy day activities in Ocean City, MD. Head to OC Lanes for a game, some food or even a drink on 72nd Street, open year-round.  

Ocean City’s indoor mini golf courses promise just as much fun—if not more—as those that are outdoors. Old Pro Golf’s two indoor course locations at 68th and 136th Streets are top rated on Yelp, giving adults and kids alike the chance to showcase their skills. 

Escape Rooms have risen in popularity as a fun way for families to work together and find a way out! Ocean City, Maryland’s Escapomania has three locations with a variety of themed rooms and levels of difficulty. Bring the whole gang for a rainy day brain workout.

Activities for adults on rainy beach days

Test your luck at the Ocean Downs Casino.

Visiting Ocean City without kids? Head to Berlin, Maryland, to test your luck at the Ocean Downs Casino when weather keeps you off the beach. To get there, you can catch their free shuttle service at hotels throughout Ocean City, Maryland. Whether you’re a pro at poker or slots is more your speed, Ocean Downs Casino gives grownups the chance to let loose on rainy days.

Additionally, for those 21 years and older, the Seacrets Distilling Company provides tours with a historical twist. For $10, you get three free samples—and an afternoon of fun and relaxation.

Rain or shine, take it slow

Browse boutiques on rainy days at the beach.

Shopping on 67th Street has a little bit of everything: food, clothing, toys and more. Browse boutiques and taste some treats at your own pace on rainy days at the beach. The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, MD, are another great option to explore your favorite stores. 

Even on a rainy day, the Boardwalk is full of energy and activities. Stop at one of Flashback Old Time Photos’ two locations for a trip to the past, or play for the prize at Marty’s Playland. 

The Art League of Ocean City’s Center for the Arts features a two-story gallery, a pottery studio, classrooms, an art library and five working artist studios. Every month, the gallery displays new exhibits of regional and local artists where visitors of all ages can immerse themselves in the arts.

Book a Vantage vacation today


Make sure you book direct with Vantage!

Vantage has plenty of places for you to stay during your Ocean City, MD, getaway. Make sure you book direct with Vantage for the best prices and availability. Call 410-723-2002 or check out 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.

How to Have the Best Time at Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® in Ocean City, MD

Yo ho, yo ho — a fun-filled life for me! Excitement and enjoyment come easily at the pirate-themed Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® in Ocean City, MD. Are you ready to walk the plank and plunge into a world of wonder and entertainment? Read through our complete guide and learn everything you need to know before you go. We included essential information as well as some tips and tricks to make the most of your afternoons. And, for the ultimate Ocean City experience, reserve one of our vacation rentals nearby so you can walk to the parks!

The 5 Jolly Roger Amusement Parks® in Ocean City, MD

Jolly Roger Amusement Parks

If you think that there’s only one amusement park to enjoy here, think again! There are five separate Jolly Roger Parks®. They offer several different experiences, and they’re all incredible — especially for memorable family vacations! Here’s an overview of your options:

Jolly Roger at the Pier®


Save plenty of time to enjoy the amusements at Jolly Roger at the Pier®

If you’re in the downtown area near the Ocean City Boardwalk, make sure you save plenty of time to enjoy the amusements at Jolly Roger at the Pier®. It’s the perfect attraction for before or after a stroll along the boardwalk. (Although, maybe you should wait to fill up on Thrasher’s French Fries and carnival treats until after going on all of the rides.) 

The highlights of this park include the sea-monster themed Kraken, the Looping Star Roller Coaster with multiple upside-down loops, and the Slingshot for brave visitors. If you prefer a more kid-friendly, relaxing ride, don’t worry. There’s also a huge Ferris wheel that offers incredible views of the Ocean City skyline. It’s especially fun when you ride it at night, and the Ferris wheel is fully illuminated with colorful lights!
Tip: Don’t forget to check out Trimper’s Rides nearby, too. This historic park might be small, but you can have a ton of fun here!

Jolly Roger at 30th St.®

Amusement Rides Ocean City
Fun for all ages!

Another fantastic amusement park awaits your arrival a little to the north. Jolly Roger at 30th St.® has plenty of rides for the younger ones in your family as well as the adults. It’s fun for all ages! You can win prizes at the carnival games, challenge each other to miniature golf, or stick to the rides. Go for a spin on the Wild Cat roller coaster, the Flying Dutchman, the mini motorcycles, or fall in love with the popular Heart Flip. There’s also a concession stand with some tasty treats and a free circus that occurs twice a day!
Tip: Feel free to check out the Jolly Roger Amusement Park® maps online ahead of time so that you can plan your perfect day.

Splash Mountain®

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

There are so many watersports and ways to cool off during those hot, summer days in Ocean City, Maryland. Splash Mountain® is a wonderful option where you can splash and slide your way to lasting memories. There are 16 different rides here, including a lazy river, kiddie pool, and the Rain Forest that’s an ideal hangout spot for families. Of course, if you’re searching for excitement, you just need to know where to look. Keep an eye out for the Master Blaster water roller coaster, Aqualoop, Rapids Ride, and the Black Hole.
Tip: Purchase your tickets through Vantage Vacation Rentals to save up to 30% on admission! It’s just one of the many ways we like to treat our lovely guests.

Speedworld®

Grab a seat in a go-kart, release your inner speed demon!

The name says it all. Grab a seat in a go-kart, release your inner speed demon, and put the pedal to the metal! It’s the largest park of its kind on the East Coast with ten different tracks to choose from. Can you conquer them all and become the ultimate champion? You can even take a ride in a Kaiser Jeep M715 with a 1600 horse-power engine at the Shaker Experience!
Tip: Keep in mind that there are height minimums to ride on certain go-karts and tracks, but children are always welcome to enjoy the Kiddie Carts.

Jolly Roger Mini Golf®

Try mini-golf for a family-friendly experience.

There are several excellent golf courses in the Ocean City area — some of them are just miniaturized for a more bite-sized, family-friendly experience. Jolly Roger Mini Golf® actually features two mini-golf courses for twice the fun and two opportunities to prove your skills. One of them has a tropical rain forest theme while the other leads you all on a captivating treasure hunt. The courses are delightfully challenging, and the charming atmospheres add an extra layer of fun to the experience.
Tip: Consider purchasing a convenient Passport to Fun for your upcoming vacation. There are different tiers that give you access to both mini-golf courses as well as all the other parks and rides!

Make Memories at Them All With Vantage Ocean City Rentals!

You can choose a beautiful property near your favorite park and local attractions!

Do you know what these amusement parks are missing? They’re missing you! We’ll help you change that with our wide variety of available vacation rentals in Ocean City, Maryland. You can choose a beautiful property near your favorite park and local attractions, so you can walk to them all and return for some pure relaxation after exciting days in the area. 

Whether you’re traveling with a large group or your sweetheart for a romantic getaway, we have the perfect property for you. Plus, we have several special promotions and budget-friendly rentals available to help you get the most out of your vacation! Explore the possibilities today and find your happy place!

Tip: Book direct on our website for the best deal!

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.


Thrilling Things to Do in Ocean City

Your heart races. Your pulse pounds. You feel your stomach drop.

You live for moments like this.

If this sounds like your idea of a perfect vacation, Ocean City, Maryland, is full of experiences just for you. Thrill-seekers have their choice of terrain: air, water and land. Some activities, like parasailing, combine domains. No matter what adventure you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of options for you and your fun-loving friends and family to explore.

Find the right place to catch your breath after a long exciting day. Browse Vantage’s current listings to choose the rental that suits your style.

The sky’s the limit

With tandem skydiving, a fully trained instructor will be in the harness with you.

Nothing screams “thrill” more than jumping out of a plane, strapped to another person, free falling at 120 MPH. At Skydive OC, adrenaline addicts can get their fix while taking in breathtaking views of the east coast and Atlantic Ocean.

Never been skydiving before? Not a problem. With tandem skydiving, a fully trained instructor will be in the harness with you to operate the parachute equipment securely. Tandem is a great option if you’d like to skip the full day of training and be ready to go in just an hour!

Take in even more of Ocean City, MD’s beautiful skyline by strapping yourself in for a wild ride with OC Parasail. You and up to two friends or family members can soar through the sky together at the altitude of your choice, from 400 to 800 feet.

Ride the wave of excitement

Hit full throttle and hang onto your hats!

Prefer the seas to the skies? We’ve got you covered. Bring your family aboard the OC Rocket, the fastest speedboat in Ocean City, Maryland. This is easily one of the best ways to spend an hour cooling off from the summer’s heat. You may even be joined by a pod of curious dolphins.

Under the Bridge Watersports offers a unique thrill: the fastest Banana Boat rides in Ocean City, MD. Peel off from the OC inlet, zooming north along Maryland’s coastline toward Delaware and back. You can also rent Jet Skis and zip around the bay behind Assateague Island at speeds of up to 55 MPH.

Speaking of speed, there’s plenty more of it when you head to Bayside Boat Rentals. Their Jet Boats are the fastest on the bay, equipped with 175 or 200 HP Mercury engines. Hit full throttle and hang onto your hats as you zoom around their eight square mile riding corridor.

Loops, spins, twirls and drops

A wet and wild time without leaving the land.

If you want a wet and wild time without leaving the land, stop by Jolly Roger Splash Mountain Water Park. Home to Popular Mechanics’ pick for #1 water slide in the country, the, Aqualoop, Splash Mountain is a must for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush.

While you’re at Jolly Roger, be sure to visit the largest go-cart facility on the East Coast: SpeedWorld. Take a wild ride in one of the 140 brand new carts debuted in the past two years. For the ultimate thrill, check out the Cyclone Cart Coaster. Combining the action of go-carts with the exhilaration of roller coasters, this one-of-a-kind ride is five stories and 1,500 feet of pure fun.

There’s even something for the budding thrill-seekers in your group. Trimpers Rides on the boardwalk offers family-friendly fun with everything from bumper cars to backwards roller coasters and teacups to tilt-a-whirls. Don’t get the wrong idea: This isn’t all kids’ stuff. If you’re feeling brave, try taking on the Tidal Wave or freefalling from the Freakout—just a few of the park’s craziest rides bringing intensity to the inlet.

Get scared silly

This is no ordinary haunted house.

What was that sound? Who’s there? If you’re ready to jump out of your flip flops, take a trip to Ocean City Screams Haunted House—an immersive experience full of fright unlike anything ever seen before at the beach. This is no ordinary haunted house. If you dare, you’ll climb aboard the mysterious S.S. Steelhead and discover what has happened on the ship in the past 50 years since it went missing. This is most definitely not for the faint of heart. Prepare to be shocked as you investigate the horrors that await within the haunted vessel.

See what all the excitement’s about

Find your place with Vantage and let the adventures begin!

What’s the biggest thrill of all? Hunting for and finding an Ocean City, MD, beach rental that keeps you close to the action and attractions. Find your place with Vantage and let the adventures begin! Make sure you book direct with Vantage to ensure you’re getting the best rates and selection. Call 410-723-2002 or check out 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.

Ocean City, Maryland, vs. Virginia Beach: Which One Is the Best for You?

When it comes to your vacation, every detail is important from when you travel to who you invite to tag along for the fun. Of course, where you go is possibly the most important decision for your upcoming trip. Are you trying to compare Ocean City, Maryland, vs. Virginia Beach? We’re happy to offer some assistance. It can be a difficult decision, but we have local knowledge and insights to make sure you head in the right direction this year. If you decide that Ocean City is the ideal destination, we invite you to browse our properties and find the perfect retreat for your upcoming visit!

An Overview of Ocean City, Maryland, vs. Virginia Beach

Ocean City

Family-friendly, laid-back, coastal, and perfect for tourists!

This 10-mile long, scenic stretch of coastline is family-friendly, laid-back, coastal, and perfect for tourists. In fact, many vacationers make an annual tradition of coming to Ocean City because it’s such a special place. It’s easy to walk to the beach, bay, boardwalk, and popular restaurants, so you never have to worry about driving long distances or finding parking at your favorite attractions. Don’t forget to check out all of the incredible Ocean City events, like the White Marlin Open, OC BikeFest, and Sunfest. Several of our local celebrations are completely free and fun for the whole family!

Top Attractions and Activities

You never have to worry about driving long distances or finding parking at your favorite attractions.

Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach shares a lot of characteristics in common with Ocean City, MD.

Virginia Beach actually shares a lot of characteristics in common with Ocean City, MD. It’s fantastic for families, has beautiful beaches, and is home to multiple unique communities. One of the most popular areas is the Oceanfront District with its three-mile-long boardwalk, shops along Atlantic Ave, and the ViBe area with stunning wall murals and an arts scene. Plus, you’re welcome to join the excitement with a variety of summer concerts and events in Virginia Beach as well as Ocean City.

The Top Attractions


Statue of King Neptune in Virginia Beach

Why We Prefer Ocean City, Maryland

Mini-Weeks & FlexStay
The options are nearly endless for making memories in Ocean City, MD!

There are a few major differences when we compare Ocean City, MD, versus Virginia Beach. Here are a few:

Although the Virginia Beach Boardwalk has a convenient, separate path for cyclists and rollerbladers, it is mostly cement and features hotels and only some restaurants. The Ocean City Boardwalk, on the other hand, offers a more immersive and exciting atmosphere. It’s made out of wooden planks and leads you along a 2.5-mile pathway of amusement park rides, carnival treats, gift shops, and eateries. Both offer fantastic views of the shoreline, though.

Also, it’s easy to feel right at home here even if it’s your first visit with the variety of atmospheres of the neighborhoods in Ocean City, MD. You can jump into the excitement of the boardwalk and events in the downtown area, Plan the perfect, family-friendly vacation in the quieter Mid-Town area that’s full of waterfront restaurants, or escape to Uptown Ocean City for pure relaxation and pristine beaches. (It really doesn’t matter where you end up here — a remarkable experience awaits you!)

Plus, there are simply so many different activities and attractions here. There’s truly something for everyone, and depending on where you stay, you can usually walk to all of your favorites. Learn something new at a museum, savor the cuisine and views at local restaurants, dance the night away at Seacrets, or catch a wave with the variety of top-notch watersports rental companies in the area. The options are nearly endless for making memories in Ocean City, MD!

See for Yourself With Vantage Ocean City Rentals!

Experience it all with one of our convenient, comfortable, affordable vacation rentals in the area.

We think that Ocean City, MD, is the clear choice over Virginia Beach, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Head over to our east-coast paradise and experience it all with one of our convenient, comfortable, affordable vacation rentals in the area. We have options for all budgets and group sizes, and you can customize your experience depending on your ideal location. You can wake up to oceanfront sunrises, fall asleep to bayfront sunsets, stay steps away from the boardwalk, and so much more.

Check out the possibilities and reserve your Ocean City property today!

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 Day of Fishing in Ocean City, Maryland

Are you ready to reel in some lasting memories? Fishing in Ocean City, MD, is a fantastic way to spend a day, and we’ve got some info to help you make the most of it. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that you get a trophy catch worth bragging about, but you’re sure to have a remarkable time no matter what. (Plus, you can always exaggerate about your catch to your friends — we won’t tell!) Check out our complete guide to Ocean City fishing to give yourself the best chances, and plan the perfect fishing trip when you book one of our waterfront vacation rentals!

Everything You Should Know About Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Types of Fish in Ocean City, MD

Learn the hottest fishing spots!

If you’re hoping to catch a certain species of fish, it’s important to time your visit according to the seasons. Springtime typically brings a rise in mackerel and bluefish. When summer arrives, don’t be surprised to see more crowds at the hottest fishing spots. This is due to the warm weather and a variety of fish like Yellowfin tuna, sea bass, and flounder. Of course, Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, and you’ll find plenty of them in the water during the summer months. Fall is similar to spring in that you can catch sea bass and bluefish as well as some trout and croaker. It might not be surprising that winter is one of the less ideal times for fishing in Ocean City, but you can still catch some migrating stripers during your visit in the offseason.

Surf Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Have you ever tried surf fishing?

Some of your first memories of fishing may be from the banks of small rivers, lakes, and streams, but have you ever tried surf fishing? Ocean City, MD, is an excellent place to give it a shot. You’re welcome to set up on the pristine, sandy shoreline with your preferred bait and cast into the rolling waters. 

We’d just like to remind you to stay at least 50 yards away from swimmers and beachgoers on public beaches and abide by all other surf-fishing laws set forth by the town of Ocean City. There are certain times and seasons when surf fishing is prohibited. As long as you follow the local rules and the weather is nice, you’re in for a beautiful day of fishing at the beach!

Bay Fishing in Ocean City, MD

Feel free to enjoy some bay fishing in Ocean City, MD.

Of course, if you prefer to take your angling talents to the other side of the strip, feel free to enjoy some bay fishing in Ocean City, MD. There are plenty of fish to catch here as well and several trusted charter companies to take you out onto the water, like Miss Ocean City Fishing that’s great for catching flounder, the Bay Bee which is great for families due to their special children’s rates, Happy Hooker Bay Fishing on Talbot Street, and many more. Some of them offer excursions in the Assawoman Bay as well as down to the Sinepuxent Bay by Assateague Island.

Not only is bay fishing in Ocean City, Maryland, a great opportunity to catch fish, but it’s also a lovely way to enjoy the beauty of our region. Sit back and relax on a scenic boat ride, cast your line, and take in the bay views as you wait for that highly anticipated nibble from a fish. It’s an incredible experience in so many different ways. You’ll have a whole list of memories to look back on by the time you get back to the mainland.

Ocean City Inlet Fishing

Try your luck with Ocean City inlet fishing!

So, now you know about surf fishing on the beachfront and fishing on the bayside. There’s one more option you should know about before embarking on your fishing trip to Ocean City, MD. Consider bringing your poles and tackle box along to the southern end of the downtown area and try your luck with Ocean City inlet fishing! It’s an excellent option if you’re staying near the boardwalk or want to explore some of the shops, restaurants, and rides after a morning of fishing. Here, you can cast from the jetties for a chance at reeling in bluefish, trout, tautog, and flounder, depending on the type of bait you use.

If you don’t have any luck from the jetties at the inlet, consider relocating to the Ocean City Fishing Pier or the Oceanic Fishing Pier nearby. In fact, the Oceanic Fishing Pier is open 24 hours a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day with ample lighting so that you can try some nighttime fishing! It’s one of the many reasons why it’s one of the most popular fishing spots in the area.

Annual Fishing Competitions

People come from all over to test their skills in Ocean City’s fishing tournaments.

Do you believe you have what it takes to compete against some of the best anglers in the country? People come from all over to test their skills in Ocean City’s fishing tournaments each year. The fun times and impressive cash prizes are more than enough to attract participants as well as curious spectators!

Ocean City Tuna Tournament | July 12 to 14

The original tuna tournament in the area.

It’s the original tuna tournament in the area, and it’s been bringing competitive anglers together for over 30 years! The 2018 Ocean City Tuna Tournament featured a total of over $850,000 in winnings! You’re welcome to see it all from the docks this year or dive into the action with a variety of competition categories. There’s even live entertainment and tasty refreshments.

White Marlin Open | August 5 to 9

Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World!

We mentioned earlier that Ocean City is known as the White Marlin Capital of the World, so it’s fitting that we host a tournament featuring these fish that are fast-moving and tend to put up quite a fight when you hook them. And, if you think the prize money for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament is impressive, you’ll be shocked to find out that the 2018 White Marlin Tournament paid out over two and a half million dollars!

Where to Get Gear and Licenses



There are several tackle shops in Ocean City

You can’t plan the ultimate fishing trip without the right gear and a local fishing license, so we’re happy to help you find those as well! There are several tackle shops in Ocean City, MD, including at Bahia Marina and a store at the Oceanic Fishing Pier with rods, reels, bait, and more. Atlantic Tackle is another fantastic option over in West Ocean City with an impressive selection of gear and employees that are always friendly and happy to help you have a successful day by the water.
For licenses, you can usually pick them up at local tackle shops in the Ocean City area. Also, you’re welcome to go down the more convenient route and get your Maryland fishing license online!

Find the Ideal Retreat for Your Fishing Trip

Explore all of the possibilities – book direct and enjoy your happy place!

The ultimate guide to fishing in Ocean City, MD, isn’t complete without tips on finding the perfect property in the area. That’s where we come in! We have over 500 beautiful properties throughout Ocean City, allowing you to select your preferred spot along the beach, bay, or near the inlet and boardwalk. All you need to do is wake up after a restful night’s sleep, step outside, and walk to the waterfront for a delightful day of fishing or other popular watersports and local activities.

If you catch something tasty, you can cook it up yourself in one of our vacation rentals with fully equipped kitchens. Or, if you weren’t as lucky one day, you can still enjoy fresh seafood at the restaurants within walking distance of several of our properties. Take the first step toward a memorable getaway by browsing our current promotions and special deals on Ocean City properties. Then, explore all of the possibilities and book direct on our website to enjoy your happy place!

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.






Here’s Why You Should Visit Ocean City, MD, in September

The vacation of a lifetime starts right here!

As the heat of summer makes way for the cool ocean breeze of fall, it’s time to start thinking about your next beach getaway! From stunning beaches to exciting attractions, the best of Ocean City is now discoverable. Everything you need to know about visiting Ocean City, MD, in September is right here. While you’re here, make the most out of your stay by booking with Vantage Vacation Rentals. Our gorgeous rental properties are featured on every corner of Ocean City, giving you easy access to the best that the area has to offer. Whether it’s a bayside abode or an oceanfront villa that catches your eye, the vacation of a lifetime starts right here!

Benefits of Visiting Ocean City, MD, in September

Gorgeous Weather

A pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!

At the peak of summer in some area’s of the country, sitting on the beach for too long can get pretty uncomfortable. Luckily, temperatures in Ocean City in September hover around 65-75 degrees. This means you can lounge on the beach all day if you want! While the air temp is a bit cooler, the water is actually at its warmest average temperature of the year. The crisp ocean air also makes taking a stroll down the Ocean City Boardwalk a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!

Less Traffic

Have more of the beach for yourself.

A lot of people assume that the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, is in June or July, but this is also when the beach is the most crowded. If you want to avoid the traffic and have more of the beach for yourself, September is the quietest time of year to visit. The weather is still warm, and all of the area’s best things to do are still open, but you won’t have to fight your way through umbrellas and beach chairs to find your spot in the sand!

Exciting Events

Finding things to do will never be an issue.

One of the best reasons to visit Ocean City, MD, in September is the number of exciting events that the area hosts during this time of year. From the Ocean City Sunfest to the OC BikeFest, September is packed with incredible ways to accent your trip! Finding things to do will never be an issue. Explore the full list of fall events and start planning your trip today! 

Where to Stay in Ocean City, MD


Find the perfect home with Vantage Vacation Rentals.

No matter where your next Ocean City adventure takes you, find the perfect home every time with Vantage Vacation Rentals. Our properties are sprinkled throughout Ocean City and feature stunning waterfront views, instant access to area attractions, and a long list of world-class amenities. Whether you’re looking for a home that will put you seconds away from the beach or a property that’s big enough to fit the entire family, we have just the place. 

Make your next visit to Ocean City, MD, one that you’ll never forget. Take a peek at our special rates and find your happy place today! 

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.


Everything You Need to Know About Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, MD

Take your next beach getaway to new heights!

Take your next beach getaway to new heights — literally! The thrill of Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, MD, is waiting to be discovered. Everything you need to know about this historic amusement park, from purchasing tickets to what to expect during your visit, can be found right here. While you’re planning your next Ocean City getaway, don’t forget to explore our stunning vacation rentals. Our properties are featured on every corner of Ocean City, making it easy to find all of the area’s most exciting attractions and things to do. Take the next step toward the vacation of a lifetime and book your stay today!

Your Guide to Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City, MD

About Trimper’s Rides

There’s something for everyone!

Trimper’s Rides is one of Ocean City’s best attractions! The park has been in the same family for over 100 years and began with just a small carousel in the early 1900s. The Ferris wheel was added in the 1920s, and the rest is history.

Since then, the park has slowly added one attraction after another. Today, the amusement park features nearly 50 rides, including the famous Zipper ride. You can also enjoy carnival and arcade games if you need a break from the coasters! Whether you’re a thrill seeker or searching for a quieter way to enjoy the park’s attractions, there’s something for everyone. Don’t leave a visit to Trimper’s Rides off of your Ocean City Itinerary.

Buying Tickets

There are several different options.

There are several different options that visitors have when it comes to purchasing tickets to the park. You can purchase a wristband for 28 dollars, which gives you unlimited game and ride access for the entire afternoon (1:00 to 6:00 p.m.). Alternatively, You can buy a sheet of tickets for 23 dollars. This gives you 40 tickets to be spread out between people and can be used on any combination of rides and games. Individual tickets can also be purchased for 75 cents a piece.

Hours of Operation

Trimper’s Rides vary depending on the time of year.

The hours for Trimper’s Rides in Ocean City vary depending on the time of year. For clarification, call 410-289-8617. Summer hours (mid-June through Labor Day) are from 12:00 p.m. to midnight on weekends and 1:00 p.m. to midnight on weekdays. Outdoor rides open at 3:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Spring hours include only weekends, where indoor rides are open from 12:00 p.m. to close.

Discover the Best Place to Stay in Ocean City, MD

Find your happy place today!

Your ideal vacation rental is waiting for you! Remove the stress from planning your next getaway by booking with us at Vantage Vacation Rentals. We have over 500 properties, with options for all travelers. Whether you’d like to stay near the boardwalk, the beach, or the bay, paradise is just one click away. Explore the possibilities and find your happy place today! Just make sure you book direct and visit our specials page to get the most value out of your vacation.

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.