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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.

Ocean City Beach Soccer

Ocean City Sports & Dance Competitions for 2019

Stay & Play in Ocean City in the New Year

Do you love the thrill of competition plus fun in the sun? Then you’ll find plenty of Ocean City, Maryland, events for you in 2019. From baseball, lacrosse and fishing tournaments to all-star dance competitions, the action along the coast starts in the spring and lasts all summer long.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the hottest events for participants and spectators alike coming to Ocean City in 2019.

Ocean City Fishing Tournaments

Mako sharks, tuna and the coast’s famous white marlins are just a few of the catches you might reel in during the many marquee Ocean City, Maryland, fishing tournaments throughout summer 2019. People come from all over the country to the White Marlin Capital of the World to compete for cash prizes and to cheer on their favorite fishermen.

Test your mettle during one of these competitions:

Dance Competitions in Ocean City

When the weather heats up, so do the Maryland dance competitions. Dance competitions in Ocean City, MD, are nearly unrivaled, as the town hosts some of the most popular contests, including the Reach the Beach dance competition and the Turn It Up Dance Challenge. Whether you’re dancing your heart out or cheering on the squad, these performances bring the excitement:

Ocean City Lacrosse Tournaments

No one knows lacrosse like the East Coast, and Ocean City is the center of it all come summer 2019. Hundreds of top area lax teams of all ages will hit the beach to do battle for bragging rights and championships. Check out all the action during:

Ocean City Soccer Tournaments

There’s nothing like scoring a goal in a beachfront tournament—especially the largest Ocean City, Maryland, sand soccer event: the Sand Duels Beach Soccer Challenge. In the cooler months, young athletes and adults alike continue the 30-year tradition of competing indoors:

Ocean City Baseball Tournaments

The calming sound of waves crashing, seagulls overhead, the distinctive “ping” of a baseball against aluminum—it must be game time at the beach. When it’s time to play ball, teams from across the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast congregate at these Ocean City, Maryland, events. These Ocean City baseball tournaments tend to be a big hit, drawing 85 to 100+ teams:

  • 6th Annual OC Spring Opener | April 6–7
  • 6th Annual Shore Slam | May 11–12
  • 6th Annual Surfrider Slug Fest | June 1–2
  • Youth Baseball Nationals | June 21–27
  • 7th Annual Summer OC Beach Blast | July 12–14

Where to Stay When You Play

Everyone wins when you choose the right place to stay in Ocean City. Let the team at Vantage Vacation Rentals make your trip easy and enjoyable. Want to be right where the action is? Vantage has a variety of properties that are perfectly situated for sports, dance, and fishing groups.

Our Belmont Towers condos are conveniently located on the Boardwalk next to the beach lacrosse and soccer tournaments. We also have a large number of homes in North Ocean City near Northside Park where baseball tournaments are held, as well as dance competitions at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Mid-Town Ocean City – such as our Makai and Summer Beach condos.  Or if you’re coming into town for a fishing tournament, we have a great selection of properties in Downtown and West Ocean City that are close to the marinas and fishing event venues. 

Contact one of our MVP reservationists today at 410-723-2002 or book direct at www.VantageOC.com.

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.

Vantage’s Top 10 Ocean City Attractions

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

Top 10 Ocean City Attractions

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

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


The White Marlin Open 2016


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Let the countdown begin…only 19 days until the world’s biggest & richest billfish tournament, The White Marlin Open, the week everyone has been waiting for. Anglers will set out early Monday morning August 8, 2016 in search for the big papa…the White Marlin. In old days, this majestic creature was known as Skilligalee. People from all over gather in Ocean City in search for the riches this fish brings. Last boat-parade-years prize money for the tournament was close to $2,000,000.

Experience Ocean City’s White Marlin Open in some of the best ways. Wake up before the sun and head down to the inlet to watch the parade of boats set out to sea. For the not so morning people, Harrison’s Harbor Watch has the best view in town and not to mention their fantastic menu! Enjoy lunch or dinner as 2_2b90b5f6-c1e9-476c-b21b-47fbb456eac4the fishing boats make their way back to land and for us not so experienced fishing enthusiasts, the folks at Harbor Watch will gladly give us insight to what each flag means on the boats. The most popular place by far to watch this event is live from the weigh-ins at Harbour Island Marina located on 14th St and the bay. The scale opens at 4pm Monday-Friday, be sure to get there early to beat the crowd and get the best views of the huge sea creatures coming in to be weighed. Walk around and visit all the vendors, grab a delicious meal at the Reel Inn, and enjoy the great atmosphere. For information on how to register for the tournament, go to http://whitemarlinopen.com/entry-info and good luck to all anglers, may the odds be forever in your favor.

Fun Fishing

For those who are not entering the Big Fish Tournament, there areoc-fishing-pier plenty of great areas to fish around Ocean City. The OC pier and the bulkhead on the bay between 2nd and 4th St are a premier destination for fishermen and a MD fishing license is not required. Time it perfectly to catch the drift between tides and the fish are swarming. Flounder, sea bass, spot, croaker, or bluefish are bound to be caught. Another popular spot to fish in OC is the route 50 bridge, although a MD fishing license is required, one can be bought for an affordable price. Let the games begin in OCMD,  Fish On!


Need a place to stay? Check out our available inventory for the week of August 6-12:
Nowalk to the Inlet A – 4-BR/3.5-BA/sleeps 10
White Marlin 103A – 1-BR/1-BA/sleeps 5
Key Largo 103 – 5-BR/4.5-BA/sleeps 12
Bay Cove 7 – 2-BR/1.5-BA/sleeps 6

Assateague Island National Park

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Pack up the camper and hit the road, it is time to escape to the wilderness. Enjoy a stay on Marylands famous Assateague Island where you will surely enjoy a one of a kind fun family experience. Camping on Assateague for a week is still not long enough for all the fun & activities they have to offer. Spend your days fishing, surfing and enjoying the sun.  Don’t forget to bring your bikes and explore the National Parks 4 mile long trail. Be sure to explore the large 28682024-155D-451F-67193EAB0B4C5151-largeIsland,  where you will find tons of wildlife including the famous wild ponies who are always strutting around, beautiful scenic nature trials, and breathtaking sunrises & sunsets. Rent a canoe or kayak & spend the day exploring the waters on the bayside or you can go crabbing or clamming for the freshest dinner. Walk along the beaches and you will stumble upon beautiful delicate shells that make for the perfect souvenir to take home.  Assateague is the perfect place to get away and relax, there is nothing but beach, wildlife, and trees.

No tent? No problem, take advantage of the 12 mile long beach that aec4c44f275a29b8fe3e77eb13259b21is reserved for vehicles to drive on. Permits must be purchased before entering the beach. There are great programs held in the Nature Cneter where you can learn all about the national Parks wildlife and environment. One trip to Assateague will have you going back for more. Great beach, one of a kind wildlife, and the best memories.  For More Information Visit: Assateague Island National Park


Reel ‘Em In | White Marlin Open 2015

The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open is just around the corner and Vantage Vacation Rentals is proud to be a sponsor of the world`s largest billfish tournament. The competition takes place August 3rd 7th. Over $1.29 million was awarded in 2014 and the stakes are even higher this year. Prizes will be awarded for largest White Marlin as well as Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Shark. There are also a variety of added-entry skill levels that boats can partake in to make the event even more exciting.

This event is just as entertaining for the spectators as it is for the Anglers. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 3:30 p.m. Weigh-ins take place every evening from 4- 9 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, on 14th Street and the bay. This is free to watch and definitely worth a few hours of your vacation.

Keep in mind that most boats will be coming in between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day, so if you`re trying to decide the best time to join the fun this would be your best bet. Not able to make it to the big event? No problem. There will be a White Marlin Cam so you can stay caught up on all the action. This will be available for Iphone/Ipad and Android as well.

For more information on registering, rules, and the event, go to http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/.

Vantage Sponsors White Marlin Open

The 41st Annual White Marlin Open is quickly approaching and Vantage Vacation Rentals is proud to be a sponsor of this thrilling event. From August 4th to 8th, Anglers from all over will compete right here in Ocean City for prizes totaling over $2 million! Prizes will be awarded for largest White Marlin as well as Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Shark.

This event is just as entertaining for the spectators as it is for the Anglers so be sure to pencil this in during your vacation. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 3:30 p.m. Weighing will take place every evening from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, on 14th Street and the bay.

Keep in mind that most boats will be coming in between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day, so if you`re trying to decide the best time to join the fun, this would be your best bet. Not able to make it to the big event? No problem. There will be a White Marlin Cam so you can stay caught up on all the action. This will be available for iPhone/iPad and Android, as well.

For more information on registering, rules, and the event, go to http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/.