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Which Ocean City Neighborhood Are You?

Thrasher’s French Fries on the Boardwalk

From the beach to the bay to the Boardwalk and beyond, Ocean City, MD, offers countless activities and attractions that appeal to a range of ages, tastes and lifestyles. Does your ideal day come with some Thrasher’s French Fries, a ride on the go-carts and shopping for a t-shirt or two? Or would you rather play a round of golf and grab some local seafood while watching the sunset? Vacationers come to Ocean City year after year because there’s something for everyone.

And since every neighborhood has a distinct feel, your experience depends largely on where you stay: Boardwalk/Downtown, Mid-Town or North Ocean City. Before you book your Ocean City rental, decide which location offers exactly what you’re looking for in a vacation.

Get Lost in the Excitement Near the Ocean City Boardwalk/Downtown (Inlet – 30th Street)

Ocean City was a sleepy fishing village until the Bay Bridge brought an influx of vacationers in the 1950s. Ocean City Downtown has retained a lot of the “old Ocean City” character, with ornate Victorian homes, plus charming restaurants and shops. Ocean City’s iconic Boardwalk, built in 1902, stretches from the inlet north to 27th Street, lined with many tourist attractions like souvenir shops, games, tasty treats and Trimper’s rides. Visitors who love Maryland Boardwalk condo rentals enjoy being in the middle of the hustle and bustle.

Belmont Towers 601 Balcony
Belmont Towers 601 on the Boardwalk

Note: The Ocean City Boardwalk draws crowds, so parking can be difficult—especially during large events like Sunfest or Cruisin’ OC. For a more convenient way to get around, take the Ocean City Beach Bus, which you can ride all day for $3. The system accepts EMoney, and you can keep track of arrivals with a handy app. The Boardwalk Tram is another option, although prices vary.

Some of Vantage’s popular vacation rentals in the Downtown area include properties in:

Harbor Breeze is another popular destination right in the action of the Ocean City Boardwalk—perfectly suited for a getaway with a group of friends.

Meet in the Middle at Mid-Town (31st – 93rd Street)

Outdoor dining area at Fager’s Island

Mid-Town Ocean City offers the best of both worlds: It’s an ideal option if you want to be close to the excitement of the Boardwalk but also just secluded enough to be on the quieter side.

Mid-Town’s character changes as you head further north, starting with smaller homes and progressing to more high rises. No matter what you’re looking for—mini-golf, a frozen drink, a water park, suntan lotion—you’ll probably find it within a five-minute walk of where you’re staying in Mid-Town. You can even catch a concert at the new Ocean City Performing Arts Center.

And whether you’re up for a romantic night out or a meal for the whole family, Midtown has plenty of options, including Seacrets, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, Fager’s Island and Dead Freddies Island Grill. You can always grab some carryout and enjoy your vacation rental amenities, like pools and private balconies.

A few of our breezy beach getaways in the Mid-Town area include properties at:

Outdoor pool at Gateway Grand resort

Indulge in Privacy in North Ocean City (94th – 145th Street)

North Ocean City is made for guests who want a little peace and quiet—but no shortage of fun activities. Some high rises dot the North Ocean City seascape, but many properties are on the smaller side. North Ocean City condo rentals are a popular pick for families.

Northside Park in North Ocean City

Northside Park between 125th and 130th Streets is home to a 58-acre public recreation area with sports fields, playgrounds and an indoor facility with a gym—the only establishment of its kind in the area. Head to any of Northern Ocean City’s parks for a morning jog or a picnic with family. If rain moves in, you can grab tickets to a movie at Sun & Surf Cinema.

Of course, since you’re a few miles away from the Boardwalk, it’s quiet enough to relax on your balcony with a book or cool off in your homey, open floor plan condominium. You’re certain to enjoy more privacy—even in oceanfront condos—whether you’re on the beach or going for a stroll. Delaware beaches and the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum are close, with Fenwick Island just across the border.

Century I 1411 in North Ocean City

Check out our North Ocean City retreats, including those in:

  • Atlantis
  • Braemar Towers
  • Capri
  • Century
  • English Towers
  • Golden Sands
  • Harbour Club
  • High Point
  • Irene
  • Lorelei
  • Quay
  • Sea Watch

Explore Even Further for More OC Fun

West Ocean City and Ocean Pines also offer plenty of activities and perks.

Evening on the harbor in West Ocean City

Once empty farmland, West Ocean City now thrives with new real estate and growing businesses. It’s located across the bay from the Boardwalk, with recreational opportunities abound—golfing, yachting, boating, you name it. Groups of all sizes who stay near Ocean City Bayside rent jet skis or kayaks and have fun on the water, or go crabbing and feel the rush of bringing in dinner.

The nearby Tanger Outlets are a popular shopping destination, and there’s a local market where you can grab some fresh seafood to prepare in your vacation rental kitchen.

Lastly, Ocean Pines is a residential community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with 3,000 acres of wooded areas and nine miles of waterfront property.

Have You Found the Neighborhood That’s Right for You?

Boardwalk Downtown
Ocean City’s Downtown Boardwalk area

There’s truly something for everyone in Ocean City, MD. Choosing where you stay all depends on what kind of vacation experience you’re after. If you’d like some help deciding which location is right for your stay, just give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to book a property. You can also browse our selection of vacation rental properties.

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.

Procrastination Has Its Perks

Last-Minute Vacation? We’ve Got You Covered.

It Pays to Procrastinate

Did you wait until the last minute to book your Ocean City vacation rental?  Not to worry.  That means you can take advantage of reduced rates and last-minute deals at select homes in our inventory.  Browse below for a few of our homes featuring drastically reduced rates on summer weeks, or visit our Specials Page for a complete list.

Our Top Last-Minute Deals


Mariner I 1N – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – SAVE up to $400 in July! Wake up to the beach right in your backyard!  This lovely oceanfront condo offers a private balcony with beautiful ocean views and steps that lead right down into the sand.  Convenient 45th St. location is just a short walk from Seacrets and the Convention Center.

Meridian 704W – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Remaining weeks have been REDUCED up to $400 at this luxurious Mid-Town condo (60th St.). New to our inventory for 2017, this property has never been rented! Relax on one of two spacious balconies with expansive beach-to-bay views of Ocean City. Additional features include a Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center, and short walk to the beach and dozens of popular restaurants – such as Fager’s Island and Dead Freddie’s Bar & Grill.

Tamarindo 5608-4 – 4-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – SAVE up to $400 on select week-long stays at this spacious townhome in Mid-Town Ocean City (57th St.). Located just a half-block from the beach, this end-unit property features an Outdoor Pool, Netflix accessibility, partial ocean view, and 2-car garage with plenty of storage.  Guests can walk to popular restaurants in this part of town – such as Seacrets and Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill.

Lorelei II 402 – 3-BR (+Den)/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – SAVE up to $800 on select weeks!  Located in North Ocean City (125th St.), this spacious penthouse offers fantastic views of the bay and Northside Park from its 1,100-SqFt private balcony.  Balcony is perfect for hosting large family gatherings, with plenty of seating and even a private hot tub where you can relax after a fun day on the beach.  Northside Park hosts hundreds of fun events throughout the year, including fireworks every Sunday night – meaning, guests of this home have a front-row seat!

Sunset Beach 103 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 9 – Now FlexStay!  Plus, SAVE 15% on weekly and nightly rates on summer vacations.  Located in mid-town Ocean City (46th St.) in close proximity to Seacrets and the Convention Center, this beautiful bayfront condo offers gorgeous views, upscale appliances, a rooftop pool, a community dock, and a beach area.

Now is the time to book your Ocean City vacation so you can take advantage of these amazing deals at Vantage Vacation Rentals! For assistance finding the vacation rental that’s right for you, speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 today.






Movies on the Beach

Fun & Free Activities in Ocean City, MD

Don’t Miss these Fun & Free Activities

With all the expenses involved in planning a vacation, it’s great to know that there are lots of fun things to do once you get to Ocean City, MD that don’t cost anything at all. In addition to our free beaches, the town of Ocean City and the surrounding area offer a variety of free activities ranging from exciting to educational. Several areas around town that you definitely don’t want to miss are our parks and piers that are great sources of recreation. Be sure to check out Northside Park located bayside on 126th St. in North Ocean City, which is home to scenic walking paths, ball fields, a huge playground, an outdoor fitness area, a fishing and crabbing pier, and hundreds of events throughout the year. If you’re staying in the downtown area, then spend an afternoon at the 3rd Street Park, which features basketball courts, ball fields, a playground, a bayfront fishing pier, and the Ocean Bowl Skate Park (small fee required). Stuck with a hot or rainy day? Ocean City also has some fun free activities of the indoor variety, such as Ocean City Center for the Arts, the Assateague Island Visitors’ Center, and the Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Free Activities Every Day of the Week

No matter what days of the week you are visiting, Ocean City has you covered with fun and free activities that will get you out and about to enjoy the area and your time together.

Daily

  • Family Program at Lifesaving Station Museum – Located on the south end of the Boardwalk, the Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum holds a different family activity every morning at 10:00 a.m. with interesting topics about marine life, history, and more.
  • 100 Nights of Lights – NEW!  Boardwalk-goers will be treated to a beautiful light display as high-powered searchlights accent the sky with color while dancing in time to music.

Sundays

  • Sundaes in the Park – Bring a blanket or beach chair to Northside Park for Live Music and Entertainment followed by fireworks while enjoying your own ice cream sundae creation (small fee for ice cream).
  • OC Cruzers Car Display (Downtown) – Cruise down memory lane at this classic car show on Somerset St. accompanied by live music or entertainment.  Owners of the vehicles will be available to mingle and educate spectators about their cars.  Held from 2:30-6:00 p.m. on 6/4, 6/18, 7/16, 8/13, 9/10 & 9/24.

Mondays

  • Movies on the Beach (27th St.) – Pull up a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a full-feature family movie on the beach.  Some of the popular movies on the Movie Schedule this summer are Frozen, Finding Dory, Moana, and more.
  • Beach Fireworks (Downtown) – Join us for a festive fireworks display along the boardwalk at 10:30 p.m. in the area of N. Division Street (July 10-Sept. 4).

Tuesdays

  • Family Beach Olympics (27th St.) – Come out for some family fun and competition on the beach, such as sand castle contests, tug-of-war, and relay races. For more info, call (410) 250-0125.
  • OC Beach Dance Party (Downtown) – Bring your dancing shoes or just relax and enjoy the show as Ocean City presents free live entertainment hosted by DJ Batman on the Caroline Street Stage.

Wednesdays

  • Movies on the Beach (118th St.) – Pull up a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a full-feature family movie on the beach.  Some of the popular movies on the Movie Schedule this summer are Back to the Future, The Secret Life of Pets, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and more.
  • Beach Fireworks (Downtown) – Join us for a festive fireworks display along the boardwalk at 10:30 p.m. in the area of N. Division Street (July 10-Sept. 4).

Thursdays

  • Sunset Park Party Nights – Enjoy free live entertainment while watching the sun set over the Isle of Wight Bay (food and beverages available for sale).

Fridays

  • Movies on the Beach (27th St.) – Pull up a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a full-feature family movie on the beach.  Some of the popular movies on the Movie Schedule this summer are Frozen, Finding Dory, Moana, and more.

All the fun, excitement, 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 VantageOceanCity.com to find your perfect vacation rental, or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 today.






Fourth of July

Top 4 Reasons to Celebrate July 4th at the Beach

Red, White & You | July 4th in Ocean City, MD

What could be more all-American than spending July 4th at the beach in Ocean City, MD? Recently named one of the Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Beaches in the U.S. by TripAdvisor (the only one on the list not in Florida or Hawaii), Ocean City is known for its clean beach, family-friendly atmosphere, and multitude of activities and events. Read on to find out why you need to spend your holiday here:

  1. Freedom

    Celebrate your freedom in the place that makes you feel free! There’s nothing like having the sun on your face and sand between your toes to help you appreciate the freedom we have here in the U.S.A.  Enjoy a moment of solitude as you listen to the waves and remember those who have fought for our freedom and continue to defend it today.

  2. Fireworks

    Bring a chair or a blanket and you’ve got the best seat in the house for fireworks in Ocean City, MD. Fireworks displays will be held at several locations around town on July 4th. Visitors staying in the downtown area will be dazzled all along the Boardwalk as fireworks light up the night in the area of North Division Street at 9:30 p.m. If you’re staying in North Ocean City, then Northside Park (126th St.) is the place to be. This scenic 58-acre recreation area has plenty of grassy areas to view fireworks over the bay. In mid-town Ocean City, Seacrets will have its own fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m. Relax in the sand with a drink in your hand as live music plays across multiple stages and fireworks are shot from a barge on the bay. Guests staying in Ocean Pines can also watch fireworks on July 3rd at 9:15 p.m. at nearby Berlin Falls Park in quaint Berlin, MD. This classic event also features activities and vendors across the street at the Burley Oak Brewing Company.

  3. Festivities

    The Ocean City area keeps the party going all day long with fun entertainment and activities. Start the day at 8 a.m. in Ocean Pines at the Freedom 5K, a family-friendly race around Veterans Memorial Park to benefit “Athletes Serving Athletes.” After the race, participants can stay for the Ocean Pines July 4th Celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with waterslides, carnival games, and concessions. Assateague Island State Park will join in the fun with a 4th of July Bike Parade from the Ranger Station to the Nature Center, followed hot dogs and prizes for the best bike decorations (call 410-641-2918 for info). Finally, guests can finish the day with free live entertainment taking place prior to the Ocean City fireworks displays at 8:00 p.m. The Northside Park celebration will feature “Mike Hines and The Look” (high energy pop, hip hop, R & B, Motown and more), while the downtown celebration on N. Division St. will feature “Triple Rail Turn” (modern country).

  4. Food

    What’s a birthday party without the food? Ocean City offers ten miles of restaurants, from fine dining to casual cuisine. For some fresh Eastern Shore crabs, stop by Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City for a classic crab-picking experience or a bushel of crabs to eat at home. If you’re looking for a fun and family-friendly island atmosphere, check out Fishtales in the downtown area of Ocean City (21st St. and the bay) for delicious appetizers, entrees and drinks. At 1:00 p.m., Fishtales will also host contestants competing for $1,500 and the title of “Top Dog” at their annual Hot Dog eating contest. When it comes to nightlife, check out Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill’s Red-White-Blue themed party at 10:00 p.m. on 54th St.

The 4th of July is only five short weeks away and our vacation rentals are filling up fast! If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it. Visit VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.






Holiday Deals & Events at the Beach

Upcoming Deals & Specials

Guests who visit over the holidays can have a beautiful, pre-lit tree in their rental. We'll handle the hard stuff (setting it up, taking it down) — all you do is relax & enjoy.It may be November, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit the beach in Ocean City, MD. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, our coastal area is starting to get a holiday makeover of lights and garland. Why not plan a weekend away, and enjoy fun events and low, off-season rates? Or take advantage of the following Deals & Specials that are going on now at Vantage:

2-Night Rentals – Select properties in our inventory are now allowing 2-night rentals during the off-season. Less crowds, mild temps, fun events & low nightly rates make Ocean City, MD’s “second season” a great time to visit. See our website for details and list of participating homes.

Thanksgiving on Us – Focus more on relaxing than fussing over Thanksgiving details this year. Get a FREE dinner for up to 10 guests ($49.99 value), prepared fresh by Harris Teeter Food Market. Come enjoy gorgeous fall color & laid-back coastal atmosphere in Ocean City, MD. Valid with Promo Code GOBBLEOC on rentals of $199/night & up with a 3-night minimum. Check-in between 11/25/14 & 11/29/14.

Holiday Rental with Pre-Lit Tree – Make our home YOUR home for the holidays! For $49, guests who visit over the holidays have the option of a beautiful, pre-lit tree in their rental. We’ll handle the hard stuff (setting it up, taking it down) all you do is relax & enjoy. Plus, get a festive starter amenities bag with special surprise inside!

Fun Events & Activities – While you’re in town, join in on these great festivities:

Nov. 8th – Wicomico Street Winter Festival (3 p.m.-7 p.m.)
Free family event in downtown Ocean City! Enjoy outdoor shopping tables, kids’ games & prizes, gift drawings, visit from Santa at 4:30 p.m., and live music by Transfusion and the Stephen Decatur H.S. Show Choir. Nearby restaurants – The Pour House, Cork Bar & Bearded Clam – will also be having food $amp; drink specials and Billiards Tournament with cash prize (register at Cork Bar at 3:00 p.m.). Proceeds to Donate to Decorate, a program dedicated to bring the holiday spirit back to Downtown OC.Horse & Carriage Rides in Ocean City, MD

Sat/Sun until April 26th – Horse & Carriage Rides (10 a.m.-4 p.m.)
Enjoy a quaint horse & carriage ride along the Boardwalk while looking out at the sand & surf. Ride starts at Thrasher’s Fries near the Inlet Parking Lot, heads north on the Boardwalk to 4th St., and then south back to the Inlet Lot. Carriage is heated. Cost is $10 per person. Kids 3 years and under are free. Rides are dependent on weather and/or ridership). More info, call Randy Davis at (443) 783-1409.

Nov. 20th-Jan. 4th – Winterfest of Lights
Experience a winter wonderland – more than one million holiday lights will shine throughout the town. Northside Park will have hundreds of animated light displays to enjoy while you sit back and sip hot cocoa while riding the Winterfest Express (aka Boardwalk tram cars, which are handicapped accessible). Browse the Yukon Cornelius Gift Shop and have your photo taken with Santa. Sunday Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Age 12 and older are $5. Age 11 and younger are FREE.

Nov. 27-28 – Black Friday Shopping at Tanger Outlets in W. OC
Shop Tanger Outlets’ biggest sale of the year, with Moonlight Madness starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Night and going until 2 a.m. Stores open back up at 6 a.m. on Black Friday for their After Thanksgiving Sale.

For more upcoming events in Ocean City, MD, visit our Area Events Calendar.