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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.



5 of the Best Bars in Ocean City, MD

Sometimes, all you need is an ice-cold drink and gorgeous views to enjoy the perfect evening. The bars we listed below provide that and so much more! Whether you’re looking to unwind with your favorite cocktail or dance the night away to live music, there’s a local hotspot for you. Discover some of the best bars in Ocean City, MD, and get ready for several fun-filled nights during your vacation. You can even book one of our beautiful properties in the area and stay near your favorites!

Grab a Drink at One of the Best Bars in Ocean City, MD

Fager’s Island

Grab a seat outside among the cool breezes and bay views.

Fager’s Island offers fine dining, casual dining, live music, events, and more in a magnificent setting. What more could you ask for? Of course, Fager’s Island also boasts one of the top bars in Ocean City. Grab a seat outside among the cool breezes and bay views while you sip on your drink of choice. Their menu features several craft beers on tap and a selection of 32 wines by the glass!

Seacrets



You can easily spend an entire day here!

Seacrets in Ocean City, MD, is more than a bar. It’s a destination! This waterfront attraction serves as an endless source of fun with great food, refreshing drinks, and plenty of live entertainment. Make sure you take a trip to “Jamaica, USA” during your visit and see what makes it such a special place. After enjoying their happy hour specials, join the excitement at the Nite Club, Tiki Stage, or Beach Stage. With so much to do, you can easily spend an entire day here!

Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill

Sit back, relax, and drink in the coastal vibes.

Sit back, relax, and drink in the coastal vibes at Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill. Macky’s is nestled right along the bay with tasty drinks available all day long. The drink menu includes everything from beer and wine to frozen cocktails, perfect for cooling off after a morning at the beach. In the evening, you can celebrate with a variety of weekly events including Party Under the Palms on Saturday nights!

Fish Tales

Laid-back atmosphere with an extensive drink menu.

Bahia Marina isn’t just a popular spot for fishing charters. It’s also home to one of our favorite local bars! Fish Tales in Ocean City, MD, features a laid-back atmosphere with an extensive drink menu. Whether you’d like to sip on a chocolate mudslide or fresh-squeezed orange crush, their bartenders have you covered. Just make sure you try some of the delicious seafood while you’re there!

Teasers Bar

A fantastic place to unwind, enjoy the views!

Another fantastic bar awaits just across the bridge in West Ocean City. Teasers is the dockside bar of the Sunset Grille, located just outside of the restaurant. It’s a fantastic place to unwind, enjoy the views, and catch some live entertainment. Teasers Bar also provides unbeatable views of local fishing tournaments, like the White Marlin Open in August!

Stay Within Walking Distance of Your Favorite Bars

Simply walk over and enjoy drinks with family and friends.

Enjoy comfort and convenience in Ocean City with Vantage Vacation Rentals! We have a long list of properties throughout the area, with options for every traveler. Many of them are steps away from these local bars, so you never have to worry about parking! You can simply walk over, enjoy drinks with family and friends, then head back and rest up for more fun things to do in Ocean City, MD. Check out our current promotions and find your happy place today. Your future self thanks you!

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.


7 of the Best Restaurants in Ocean City, MD, on the Water

If you’d like to pair your meals with waterfront views, Ocean City is the place to be! Our coastal resort town is full of excellent restaurants where you can eat delicious food as you drink in the beautiful scenery. Whether you prefer to sit inside and gaze out the window or dine outside with the cool breezes, we’ll help you get there. See what’s on the menu at these Ocean City, MD, restaurants on the water to begin your scenic dining experience. It’s a treat for all of your senses! Plus, you can stay in one of our waterfront vacation rentals for even more views near your favorite restaurants!

Savor the Scenery at These Waterfront Restaurants in Ocean City, MD

Fager’s Island Restaurant and Bar

Savor the Waterfront Scenery

Fager’s Island is known for its summer deck parties, delicious seafood, and unbeatable sunset views. Every evening as the sun is setting, Fager’s plays the War of 1812 Overture and times it just right so that the sun disappears as the final cymbals clash. Head over to 60th Street in the Bay to see what makes it such a special destination for cuisine and entertainment! You can choose from a fine dining experience inside or a more casual meal on their outdoor decks. Don’t forget to check out their happy hours every day from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for some great deals!

Seacrets




The food is always delicious at Seacrets

Another fantastic place for nightlife and waterfront dining is Seacrets Jamaica USA. Here, the parties never end, and the food is always delicious. Before you dance the night away to your favorite tunes in the Nite Club, grab some grub at their bayfront restaurant on 49th Street. Feel free to try some of their tropical-themed drink specials, too!

The Hobbit

Sunset at The Hobbit
Sunset at The Hobbit

Are you looking for the perfect spot to take your special someone? Consider enjoying a romantic evening at The Hobbit on 81st Street. This elegant establishment features beautiful architecture, gorgeous decor, and stunning bay views. You’re welcome to dine in the contemporary dining room or unwind in the lounge with a fifteen-seat bar and open seating area. Arrive early for some tasty early-bird specials!

Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill

Casual dining experience on their private beach

Bring your dancing shoes and an appetite for seafood! Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill is a haven for hungry visitors looking to soak up some sun in Ocean City. Customers rave about their happy hour menu, and you can’t beat the casual dining experience on their private beach. Their menu features everything from Maryland style crab cakes to smoky Texas BBQ ribs.

BJ’s on the Water

This waterfront restaurant is open year-round!

No matter when hunger strikes, you can head to BJ’s on the Water to satisfy your craving. This waterfront restaurant is open year-round from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. with a brand new dining area! One of the highlights here is the raw bar with fresh mussels, clams, oysters, and steamed shrimp. You might be able to catch a performance by a local band while you enjoy your meal! Don’t miss the daily 1:00 PM duck feedings at BJ’s on the Water. It is fun to watch, and the ducks are there like clockwork every single day of the year!

Fish Tales

Fish Tales overlooks the Ocean City bay from the Bahia Marina on 21st Street

Fish Tales has been delighting customers since 1983, and it shows no sign of slowing down. This family-friendly restaurant overlooks the Ocean City bay from the Bahia Marina on 21st Street. Adults can enjoy a drink at the bar, kids can run around in the enclosed playground, and everyone can indulge in fresh seafood! Fish Tales has limited seating in the dining area, so make sure you arrive early to secure a table. The views are worth it!

Sunset Grille

Lovely indoor area and great outdoor seating

Last but not least, we recommend visiting the Sunset Grille in West Ocean City. They have something for everyone with a lovely indoor area, great outdoor seating, and plenty of live entertainment. Make sure you check out The Bridge Rooftop Bar while you’re there! It provides an excellent vantage point of the Sunset Marina with a large bar and cozy seating by the fireplaces.

Walk to Your Favorite Waterfront Restaurants

Stay near your favorite restaurants with Vantage

Do you have some restaurants in mind that you’d like to try? Stay near your favorites with Vantage Vacation Rentals! After filling up on delicious food, you can simply walk back to your vacation home to unwind and rest up for another fantastic day. Plus, many of our properties feature waterfront views of their own! Explore our list of over 500 vacation rentals 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.

The Landing in Sunset Island, Ocean City MD

Taste the Best of Ocean City, MD

Perfect Day of Food in Ocean City

From fresh-off-the-boat seafood to tropical frozen drinks, take a trip to the Caribbean without leaving Ocean City.  As you cruise down Coastal Highway, you’ll notice no national chain restaurant.  Ocean City prides itself on fresh and local food! With hundreds of delicious local restaurants, the Vantage Team narrowed down a few of our favorite spots. Leave the pots and pans at home – let us be your guide for the perfect day of food!

Breakfast
  • Barn 34 – Treat your taste buds to delicious food! Located in a barn-styled building on 34th St., this one-of-a-kind restaurant will have you coming back for more. Try Vantage’s favorite Captain Crunch French Toast! Located just one block away, the community of Summer Beach (pictured) offers 1-, 2- and 3-BR oceanfront and ocean block condos. Leave your car in the garage and walk everywhere!
  • Sahara Café – Eat like a local! Known for its “Sunshine Breakfast” menu, Sahara Café is the perfect way to start your vacation day. After filling your bellies, ahead over to Harbour Island 102M! Whether you lounge on the private bayfront balcony or splash in the pool, this recently remodeled 2-BR/2-BA condo serves up a great time.
Lunch
  • Longboard Café – This casual surf-themed bistro (pictured) will have the whole family hanging 10! Make sure to taste Vantage’s favorite Baja Fish Tacos.  Nestled behind this local café is the premier gated community – Sunset Island. With brightly colored homes and upscale condos, your family will love Island Life!
  • The Landing – Guests staying at Sunset Island will also love the resort’s on-site restaurant (large picture at top of page), which is located next to the community’s private beach and pool area.  Relax with a drink or appetizers as the kids play, then treat the whole family to lunch while enjoying beautiful views of the bay.  The Landing’s menu includes delectable items that the whole family will enjoy, such as wraps, burgers, seafood, salads, and more.
  • The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grill – From the tasty Chesapeake burger to the old bay seasoned crab dip, no one does Maryland better than the Greene Turtle! Stop by the Original Greene Turtle in North Ocean City for fun-filled time. After your tasty lunch, grab your beach chairs and relax at Sea Drift 12A #101. Make this 2-BR/2-BA ocean block condo your home away from home!
Happy Hour & Drinks
  • Coconuts Beachfront Bar & Grill – Enjoy a taste of island life! Dip your toes in the sand and quench your thirst with Coconut’s signature drinks. No shoes encouraged! Stroll the beach back to Sovereign Sea 406 – a lovely 2-2R/2-BA condo with gorgeous partial beach view.
  • Fish Tales – Reel-in a great time! Located in the Bahia Marina, Fish Tales has something for the whole family. From a fun-filled playground to bay front hammock, enjoy your food in paradise. After a night at Fish Tales, swim over to Marlin Drive 1934 – a spacious 5-BR/3-BA bayfront home. Sleeps 16!
  • Seacrets – Welcome to Jamaica, USA! Located along the bay on 49th St., Seacrets (pictured) is known for its laid-back island atmosphere – complete with palm trees, a sandy beach, and a waterfront bar. You can’t visit Ocean City without enjoying a drink (or two) at Seacrets! Continue the luxury at Gateway Grand 207 – a 3-BR/3-BA oceanfront condo. Amazing amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center and kid’s game room!
Dinner
  • Fager’s Island – Whether you splurge with fine dining or sip on a tropical drink, stop by Fager’s Island (pictured) for Ocean City’s best sunset. Don’t miss more amazing views at Meridian 1001W. Whether you enjoy drinks on the balcony or dive into the surf, this 4-BR/3.5-BA penthouse promises luxury.
  • Ropewalk – Get hooked on amazing seafood! From the children’s playground to fire pits to the sunset views, good times are mandatory at Ropewalk. The relaxation continues at Osprey 2 – a gorgeous 4-BR/2.5-BA townhouse. With ocean views and beach décor, you will not want to leave!
Dessert
  • Dumser’s Dairyland – Make Dumser’s your new family tradition! Since 1939, this family owned restaurant has treated visitors to the best ice cream on the shore. After a food filled day, fall asleep to the waves at Caravelle 9. Beach-goers will love this oceanfront 4-BR/2.5-BA townhouse!

Don’t forget the missing ingredient for your perfect day of food: a fantastic vacation rental. Give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to speak with a Vacation Coordinators or browse VantageOceanCity.com today!