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What Do Renters Want: A Vacation Rental Checklist

Guests want all the comforts of home mixed with some added amenities that come with a relaxing, carefree vacation.

The vacation rental home market is a competitive one, especially in Ocean City, Maryland. Property owners seeking steady bookings at the highest rates have to keep up with what guests are looking for and, in some cases, offer a little more to stand out from the crowd.

As property management experts, we’ve discovered one overarching theme to what guests want: all the comforts of home mixed with some added amenities that come with a relaxing, carefree vacation. We know the ins and outs of making your vacation rental guests leave with a smile, give positive reviews and personal referrals, and come back next year.

We’ve put together a vacation rental checklist to help you improve the allure of your property.

A home that’s clean and pristine

Renters want their vacation homes to be spotless.

It almost goes without saying (but we’d be remiss not to bring it up here) that renters want their vacation homes to be spotless. Your best bet to ensure an immaculate property is to enlist a professional cleaning service, or a property manager who uses one. Keep basic cleaning supplies on hand as well—like all-purpose sprays and disinfectant wipes—so guests have the ability to clean as they go.

Speedy connectivity

Consider investing in a powerful wireless router that serves only your unit.

Renters of all ages have a need for internet speed. And can you blame them? Sure, lounging on the beach or trying new restaurants are ways to relax on vacation. But plenty of guests don’t like to unplug completely. They want to catch up on all the articles they’ve been meaning to read for months, share their wonderful vacation experiences on social media or binge the latest show on a streaming channel.  

If you haven’t already, consider investing in a powerful wireless router that serves only your unit, rather than the whole building. Wi-Fi interruptions are anything but relaxing!

TVs with all the trimmings

Renters expect at least one high-quality TV along with a channel package beyond the bare minimum.

If you don’t have a flat-screen high-definition TV for your rental property, you’ll want to catch up with the times. For rainy days, downtime and just hanging out, renters expect at least one high-quality TV along with a channel package beyond the bare minimum. Like their cable or streaming service back home, your guests will look for major network stations along with channels airing news and sports, lifestyle and kids’ programming and movies.

You may want to include a streaming system, like a Roku Streaming Stick or a smart TV. Perhaps you might get a subscription to Netflix or another streaming option for renters to use. You could also add a video game console for an easy way to win over kids, and kids at heart.

A dreamy night’s sleep

Making sure you have excellent mattresses—like those with memory foam, perhaps—goes a long way.

We’ve all been there. You’re thrilled to have found the perfect vacation spot, only to plop down on a mattress that’s too firm, two soft or too old. You can’t please every kind of sleeper, but making sure you have excellent mattresses—like those with memory foam, perhaps—goes a long way. If you offer linens to your guests, don’t skimp on quality. Comfortable sheets, fluffy towels, good pillows and a selection of cozy blankets can help to put your Ocean City, MD vacation home above the rest.

A fully equipped kitchen

Amenities like a coffee maker (including the coffee!), tea kettle (including the tea!) and a blender for smoothies and cocktails are also thoughtful touches.

For some, vacation means a reprieve from cooking. But plenty of guests prefer fixing their own meals to save money and bond with their families. They are very appreciative of owners who provide pots and pans of all sizes, more than enough cooking utensils, dishes, silverware, cups, mugs and, of course, wine glasses.

Amenities like a coffee maker (including the coffee!), tea kettle (including the tea!) and a blender for smoothies and cocktails are also thoughtful touches. For maximum appeal, consider upgrading to granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Here’s an easy one: Check your cabinets regularly for clutter. Renters want space to store their own food.

Hooks, hangers and racks

Provide multiple strong hooks and towel bars in bathrooms and other strategic locations for hanging damp bathing suits and towels.

During the summer in Ocean City, MD, your renters will surely be heading to the beach and the pool. That means everyone comes home wet. What your guests want here is quite simple: multiple strong hooks and towel bars in bathrooms and other strategic locations for hanging damp bathing suits and towels. After all, balconies and chairs are for sitting and relaxing, not for hanging laundry.

Outdoor comfort

Who doesn’t want to sip a cool beverage in lounge chairs?

Speaking of balconies, vacation guests appreciate (and often expect) rental homes with a well-furnished outdoor space. Who doesn’t want to sip a cool beverage in lounge chairs, do some quality people watching or crack crabs at an outdoor table? An umbrella for shade is a top priority if your property gets lots of sun, and if you have a yard, a grill for barbecues can score you bonus points.

Experience-based items ready to go

Stock your rental home with a selection of board games.

Some of your guests may come to Ocean City, MD, with their own fishing poles or bikes. It’s less likely they’ll arrive with their own crabbing equipment, kayaks and paddleboards. They’ll certainly appreciate having these and similar items at their disposal to enhance their experience during their stay.

The same principle applies to less-intense activities. Stock your rental home with a selection of board games, binoculars for viewing birds and dolphins, playing cards and a library. (Guests will love these options on rainy days.)

Personal recommendations

Craft a welcome letter you can tape to the fridge or leave on the kitchen counter.

Use your familiarity with Ocean City as an advantage by providing guests with recommendations. For example, craft a welcome letter you can tape to the fridge or leave on the kitchen counter. Include your favorite places to eat, can’t-miss family activities, day trip ideas and the best takeout restaurants nearby.

Essentials and extras

Stock your home with basic supplies like soap, shampoo, and toilet paper,

One of the most basic things vacation rental owners can do to please guests is stock their homes with basic supplies like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, paper towels and dishwashing and laundry soap. You get the idea.

Think about going above and beyond. It doesn’t have to be expensive. You can provide bottled water for the beach or pool, a basket of fresh fruit or baked goods, maybe a bottle of wine—all personal touches that mean a lot to renters. Just be sure to let them know they are gifts from you and not leftovers from previous guests.   

Luxury amenities like robes, lotions, face masks and flowers make renters feel pampered in your home. And you’d be surprised how leaving a few phone chargers around can shape a renter’s experience.

Steady communication

Let your guests know that you or your property manager are available at any time by email, text or phone.

Your guests will probably have questions before they ever arrive at your property. They may have an issue during their stay. In any case, they should always know who to contact—and that they’ll receive a prompt response. Let your guests know that you or your property manager are available at any time by email, text or phone. If you don’t live near your property or you don’t want to try fixing a leaky sink at 3 a.m., team up with a property management partner with 24/7 availability and a history of outstanding guest service.

Give your renters more of what they want

The Vantage team specializes in helping vacation rental owners offer exceptional experiences for guests.

This vacation rental checklist only scratches the surface of ideas to attract and satisfy guests at your Ocean City rental property. The Vantage team specializes in helping vacation rental owners offer exceptional experiences for guests—increasing bookings and revenue as a result. To learn more about how we can help you improve the allure of your property, contact us at 800-555-4099, option 5, or visit www.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.

  

 

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.


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.


Fun and Free Things to do in Ocean City

Looking to squeeze in a vacation before the kids go back to school? Don't miss out on all the fun that Ocean City has in store for August!
Ocean City offers plenty of options for fun things to do on a budget

These days, it’s hard to go on vacation without dropping serious cash—unless you’re visiting Ocean City, Maryland. There’s no shortage of free activities, which is a huge reason families return year after year.

Whether you’re vacationing with a big group or a few close friends, Ocean City offers plenty of options for fun things to do on a budget. Fitness enthusiasts, education junkies, or beach bums—Ocean City, Maryland, has free activities abound for all ages.

Of course, you’ll want to book a pristine place to stay that provides a home base for outings in Ocean City, MD. Browse your options for Ocean City from Vantage that put you near these activities:

Options for active folks



Explore one of the county’s scenic nature trails.

After spending winter indoors, there’s nothing like stepping outside for some fun in the sun. Break a sweat—and show your competitive side—at one of Ocean City’s outdoor basketball courts. Or challenge friends to a game of volleyball at Dorchester Beach and spend the afternoon serving it up on the sand. 

Family Beach Olympics are one of Ocean City’s most popular events. Held every Tuesday throughout the summer at 27th Street Beach, Family Beach Olympics draw participants of all ages to compete in sand castle contests, relay races, tug-of-war and other contests. 

If you’re looking for a less competitive activity, head to one of Worchester County’s scenic nature trails. Grab a jogging partner or stroll with kids. With varying levels of difficulty and terrain, these trails offer the perfect opportunity to get some fresh air without spending a dime.

Unwind in Ocean City, Maryland

Movies on the Beach

Movies on the Beach

What’s a vacation without a little downtime? Pack a few snacks and head to one of Ocean City’s parks for a picnic in the shade. Of course, you can’t go wrong spending a day at the beach either. Cool off in the water and boogie board with the kids, hunt for sand crabs or hang out under an umbrella with a good book.

When evening rolls around, catch a movie on the beach at one of two locations in Ocean City, MD: 27th Street and 117th Street. Throughout the summer, you can bring a blanket and snacks and enjoy a family-friendly film on the sand.

Sundaes in the Park are another attraction that’s fun and free for everyone. Bring the whole crew to Northside Park on Sunday nights for a free concert—country, rock, cover bands and classics. Kids have plenty of options for free activities and entertainment, and of course, sundaes! Watch the sun set over Assawoman Bay and enjoy fireworks to close the evening.

For more musical entertainment, kick off your shoes and dance on the beach every Tuesday throughout the summer at the OC Beach Dance Party. At the prime location of Caroline Street Stage, get the perfect combination of beach and boardwalk. Kids and adults alike won’t be able to get enough of local DJs’ jams.

Annual events you can’t miss

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 24-27 in Ocean City, MD.

Celebrate the end of the summer season at Sunfest Weekend, Sept. 17-22 in Ocean City, MD.

Come to the Jellyfish Festival, June 21–23, 2019 in downtown Ocean City stretching to North Division Street, right off the Boardwalk. These three days and nights are all about music, hosting top-level regional as well as national musicians. Beside the main stage, explore five blocks of free family activities, including a fitness challenge, a skateboard and bike zone, as well as vendors. Other venues for the Jellyfish Festival extend throughout Ocean City, including the Ocean Bowl Skatepark.

Another free option—that doesn’t skimp on the fun—is the July 4th Concert and Fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day in Ocean City at North Division Street Beach or Northside Park with fun for all ages.

If you’re visiting Ocean City, Maryland, during the off-season, enjoy a whole weekend of food vendors, arts and crafts, hayrides and music at Sunfest. From September 17–22, 2019, soak up one of the last few weekends of sunshine at the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s Boardwalk.

Educational activities by the beach

Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum
The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a unique and popular learning opportunity.

A favorite among Ocean City vacationers, Assateague Island is a peaceful escape that’s just 15 minutes from downtown. The Visitors Center has marine aquariums, a touch tank, exhibits and information about the island’s famous wild horses. You can even see the horses for yourself! 

The Ocean City Life-Saving Museum is a unique and popular learning opportunity, offering free family programs throughout the summer. Bring the kids to watch feedings at the aquarium and learn about beach safety, sharks and beyond.

Let out your creative side at Ocean City’s newest showcase of the arts, ArtX. Browse artists’ work throughout Northside Park, catch a flick at the OC Film Fest and enjoy live music and food vendors. Kids can create their own works of art, and adults can attend workshops as well.

Find a place that fits your budget 

Find a vacation home to remember for your whole family.

When you book your Ocean City vacation with Vantage, we’ll help you find the right rental home for the right price. Check out our special promotions and deals. Or see our full selection of properties and select your favorite. Then book direct through Vantage to make sure you get the best rate. If you have any questions, our friendly reservationists are standing by with answers. Just call 410-723-2002. You can also browse our properties and book direct at www.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.



Fireworks in Ocean City MD

When Can You See Fireworks in Ocean City, MD?

There’s something special about watching fireworks in Ocean City, MD. You gather with your closest friends and family members after a fun-filled day and gaze upward, waiting patiently for that first spark of color. Finally, the night sky lights up with a series of fireworks, each more stunning than the last. There’s no better finale for a day in Ocean City! If you’d like to witness these magnificent displays during your next getaway, we’d love to make it happen. Find out when and where you can see fireworks in Ocean City and reserve your vacation rental to experience a truly magical getaway this year.

Check out the Fireworks in Ocean City, MD

Summer Series

Sundaes in the Park | Sundays from June 16 – September 1

Northside Park Pier
Northside Park’s beautiful setting for Sundaes in the Park

Northside Park is a beautiful setting for an afternoon in Ocean City, and it gets even more spectacular on Sundays after sunset. Stick around in the evening for Sundaes in the Park, a free event series with live music at 7:00 p.m. and fireworks at 9:00 p.m. There are activities for kids and plenty of ice cream to go around, making it perfect for families!

Talbot Street Beach | Mondays from July 8 – September 2

Talbot St. Stage
Talbot Street Stage and Beach Area hosts weekly fireworks

Don’t worry if you plan on staying in the downtown area. You can catch some fireworks there as well! After a day of strolling along the Ocean City Boardwalk with tasty treats and amusement rides, look to the skies for a remarkable display over Talbot Street. It takes place on Mondays at 10:30 p.m.

Special Holidays

Independence Day | July 4

Festive Flags on the Beach in Ocean City, MD
Festive flags on the beach in Ocean City, MD

Independence Day isn’t complete without fireworks, and you’ll find no shortage of them in Ocean City this year! Here, you can celebrate our nation’s birthday with free concerts and fireworks at not one, but two locations. You’re welcome to join the fun at Northside Park or downtown on the beach at N. Division Street. Either way, this is one 4th of July you won’t forget! The music begins at 8:00 p.m. and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve | December 31

New Years Eve Fireworks Ocean City MD
Ring in the New Year in Ocean City, MD

You don’t have to visit in the summertime to enjoy fireworks in Ocean City, Maryland. Feel free to join us for the holiday season and end the year with a bang! Northside Park comes to life with twinkling lights and holiday cheer for the Winterfest of Lights, and it all leads up to a festive finale with fireworks and entertainment. Make it your new family tradition!

See Them for Yourself!

Belmont Towers 601 in Ocean City MD
Experience the fun in Ocean City, MD
(pictured is the balcony of Belmont Towers 601)

You don’t need us to tell you that witnessing the fireworks in person is much better than reading about them. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your Ocean City getaway today! We make the first step simple with a list of excellent vacation rentals in the area. Whether you’d like to jump into the heart of the excitement or secure a cozy, quiet retreat a little further away, we have a property for you. Explore all of the options and find 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.

Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

Vantage property owner Richard Waibel & family celebrate at Sunset Island’s Fourth of July parade.

School’s out and summer’s in full swing—and it’s time to celebrate another Fourth of July. Nobody throws a birthday party for America like Ocean City, Maryland.

You can feel it in the air around town: A festive, patriotic atmosphere takes over the beaches, the Boardwalk and the local hotspots. Families enjoy long days playing in the warming ocean and then gather on blankets at night for free concerts and fireworks displays that fill the sky with brilliant colors. 

To help you make the most of every second, our team put together a guide to Fourth of July festivities in OC. We also have a variety of properties to make your stay special—including several on or near the Boardwalk with unbeatable views of the fireworks.

And because the fourth of July falls on a Thursday, you may be able to create a long weekend using few or no vacation days!

Check out what’s available in Ocean City, MD, for your July 4th holiday.

Free Fireworks and Concert

Ocean City Fireworks
Ocean City Fireworks

Grab your beach chairs and blankets and head to one of Ocean City’s two free concerts and fireworks displays.

If you’re in the Downtown area, the fun takes place right on the beach at North Division Street. If you’re Uptown, find your spot at the gorgeous Northside Park on 125th Street—Ocean City’s most popular park facility.

At both locations, a free concert starts at 8:00 p.m. The fireworks get booming at around 9:30 p.m.

A friendly reminder: Ocean City, Maryland, prohibits the personal use of any fireworks, even ground-based devices that are legal in other parts of the state. Stay safe!

8th Annual Freedom 5K in Ocean Pines

Show your patriotic pride in the Freedom 5K!

On your mark, get set, go show your patriotic pride in the Freedom 5K! Runners of all ages are welcome and treated to some gorgeous scenery along the course in quiet Ocean Pines. The better scenery may be your fellow runners, many of whom get all decked out in their craziest 4th of July garb. You’re almost guaranteed to see a few Uncle Sams along the way. The organizers even give out an award for the best Independence Day outfit.

Of course, there are also awards for running, honoring first, second and third place in each age group for men and women. You can register online right now. If you’re among the first 250 runners to register, you’ll get a free Freedom 5K t-shirt!

Seacrets 4th of July Beach Bash



Enjoy an entire day full of sun, fun and music!

One of the most popular spots in Ocean City, MD, doesn’t disappoint on one of the biggest weekends of the summer. Come out to “Jamaica USA” for an entire day full of sun, fun and music. Dance and sing along with bands and DJs on multiple stages from 11:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.

DIY Seafood Dinners

The Fourth of July is one of Maryland’s free fishing days!

The Fourth of July is one of Maryland’s free fishing days, meaning you don’t need a fishing license to try your luck in the local waterways. Bring your tackle or rent some from one of the many local shops and see if you can catch something to go along with those hamburgers and hotdogs.

Come Celebrate with Us on the 4th


Summer to remember for your whole family.

Ocean City and July 4th go together like stars and stripes. Let Vantage help you find a vacation home certain to make this summer one to remember for your whole family.  

Get in touch with a friendly Vantage reservationist at 410-723-2002. You can also browse our properties and book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com. Remember, booking direct through Vantage gets you the lowest possible rates.

Happy Fourth of July!

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.

Sunset Island 36 Sunset Island Dr. Updated Living Room

New Vacation Rentals for 2019 in Ocean City, MD


For Ocean City, Maryland, guests, a new year means exciting new vacation rentals. From cozy two-bedroom condos to luxurious 6-bedroom townhomes, Vantage Vacation Rentals provides plenty of choices to satisfy a variety of preferences. Here’s a sampling of our latest properties newly available in 2019.

The Rainbow

The Rainbow building, located oceanfront on 112th St.

Create a vacation to remember at this property on condo row. The Rainbow community features an outdoor pool, a sun deck and direct access to the beach. Located in North Ocean City, you’ll be within walking distance of plenty of popular restaurants and shopping venues, like Gold Coast Shopping Mall, The Greene Turtle, Pizza Tugos and Candy Kitchen. And you’re mere minutes from the famous Boardwalk. We have two new vacation rentals available at the Rainbow, each with Wi-Fi access, building elevators and two-car parking.

Rainbow 505

Oceanfront balcony of Rainbow 505

Welcome home to a three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo that sleeps eight and maximizes comfort with a fully equipped kitchen, three TVs, a washer/dryer and central air conditioning. Your private balcony affords an exquisite oceanfront view worthy of a postcard—and a few posts on your social media. Rainbow 505’s master bedroom features a queen-size bed, while the other bedrooms have two doubles and two singles, so the property is perfectly suited for large or multiple families.

Rainbow 306

Renovated kitchen & living room of Rainbow 306

Exciting property-wide renovations are on tap for this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo. We’re talking new furniture and décor, new flooring and paint, new cabinets and countertops, new appliances, remodeled bathrooms—the works. What’s not changing? The peace, quiet and view available from your private balcony. There’s no need to bring linens, chairs or umbrellas, because this rental provides it all for 10 guests.

Other amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Washer/dryer
  • Outside shower
  • Four TVs

Sunset Island

Aerial View of Sunset Island
Aerial view of Sunset Island on 67th St.

If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation in one of our new vacation rentals, the Sunset Island gated community is the place for you. Away from the hustle and bustle of the Boardwalk, these 37 acres still offer plenty of amenities and activities.

The private beach and shoreline paths for walking and biking offer a simply serene beach town experience. Interactive fountains and a kiddie pool give the little ones their own space to splash around while you enjoy expansive indoor and outdoor pools. Plus, the fishing pier and boat docks offer easy access to the best of the bay. If you need a break from sand and water, escape to the library, fitness center, club house or party room. When you’re hungry, you won’t have to go far. Sunset Island has a general store and snack bar, as well as the bayfront Sanibel’s restaurant.

Two magnificent townhouses are waiting for you here:

36 Sunset Island Drive

Living room of 36 Sunset Island Dr. in Sunset Island

Sip on a refreshing beverage and take in your own personal, impressive view of the ocean from the private beach. And feel free to invite the whole family: This sweeping five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom unit comfortably sleeps 11 people. There’s plenty to enjoy outdoors—including from the beautiful balcony—and indoors, where you can unwind with Netflix on one of the unit’s six TVs.

15 Beach Walk Lane

Dining area of 15 Beach Walk Ln. in Sunset Island

Balconies bookend this five-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bathroom beach rental that sleeps 12 guests. It’s an ideal place for large families—or multiple families—to spend time together. Find relaxation along the townhouse’s quiet tree-lined street or fun at the nearby clubhouse, pool and fountains.

Each property comes with:

  • Central air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Dishwasher
  • Full-size refrigerator
  • Washer and dryer
  • Three-car parking

Not far from the Sunset Island community, you’ll find the best food, shopping and sports that Ocean City, MD, has to offer.

Sunset Landing 46

Bay view from the balcony of Sunset Landing 46

What’s special about this two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo? Its unbeatable bayfront location and stellar sunset views. It also comes with a fully equipped kitchen, so you can enjoy home-cooked meals while taking in the ocean air. This rental sleeps eight and offers dedicated eating and play areas for the kids. Board games will be waiting for you when you arrive!

Swim laps in the complex’s outdoor pool, walk just two blocks to the beach or take your family for a night out at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park. The Ocean City, MD, Boardwalk is also easily accessible.

Other amenities include:

  • Dishwasher
  • Outside shower
  • Balcony
  • Washer/dryer

Sunset Beach 109

Sunset Beach 109
Updated kitchen and living room of Sunset Beach 109

This oceanside vacation rental features an open floorplan for family and friends to make memories, plus an expansive balcony to watch classic models on car show weekends. Six can sleep comfortably in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo, which comes with a stunning rooftop pool for private unwinding time.

Located on the bayside in vibrant Midtown Ocean City, you’ll be only a short stroll away from the beach, a variety of favorite restaurants, 48th St. Watersports, mini-golf and the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

You’ll also enjoy:

  • Full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Two flat-screen TVs
  • Washer/dryer
  • Balcony
  • Two-car covered parking

Ocean Colony 2

Ocean Colony 2 Oceanfront View
Oceanfront view from Ocean Colony 2

Treat yourself to an exceptional Ocean City vacation rental located right on the beach. This newly renovated four-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse sleeps 10 and includes two balconies with spectacular ocean views. Take the steps down to the sand for easy access on and off the beach.

You can also relax at the outdoor pool and enjoy the convenience of being only a walk away from Seacrets, mini-golf and Odyssea Watersports.

Additional amenities include:

  • Three-car private parking (including garage and driveway)
  • Three TVs
  • Washer/dryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Thunder Island 46B

Thunder Island Pool
Relax by the pool at Thunder Island 46

The beach, Seacrets, Jolly Roger Amusements, the Convention Center—walk to your favorite Ocean City, Maryland, destinations from your two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at the center of it all. This unit sleeps eight and comes with a full kitchen and dishwasher. You can easily rent a boat or simply soak up rays around the outdoor pool.

Other amenities to enhance your stay include:

  • Washer/dryer
  • Three TVs
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Harbour Towne 301D

Harbour Towne 301D Living Room
Cozy living room & dining area of Harbour Towne 301D

Enjoy the serenity and sunlight of this spacious two-bedroom, two-bathroom corner unit. High ceilings, an open floorplan and a balcony to watch boats pass by along the bay are just a few of this top-floor unit’s perks. You’ll be walking distance from the beach and Downtown Ocean City, putting you in proximity to the area’s top attractions. Leave busy traffic behind and enjoy convenient access to the Boardwalk, Phillips Crab House, Fish Tales, Embers, mini-golf and amusement parks.

Other amenities include:

  • Three flat-screen TVs
  • Outdoor pool
  • Private balcony
  • Washer/dryer
  • Parking for two vehicles

Book Your Next Vacation Rental Now

Are you ready to plan your next Ocean City, Maryland, summer getaway in one of our newest vacation rental properties? Want to explore additional options? We’re here to help. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002, or book direct at www.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.

Sunset Island 1 Beach Side Mews View

Sunset Island 2019: Luxury Amenities, Exciting Activities

Life moves at a slower pace at Sunset Island, a serene 37-acre gated bayfront community just blocks from the ocean on 67th Street in Ocean City, MD. Surrounded by water on three sides, Sunset Island features a variety of vacation rental property options, including spacious townhomes, single family homes and condos. The community caters to guests of all ages and interests with private beaches, scenic shoreline paths, multiple pools, a fishing pier and so much more.

Here’s a look at what’s waiting for you when you choose vacation rentals at Sunset Island—including some exciting new additions!

Marisol’s Market & Café

Marisol's Market in Sunset Island
Grab a bite to eat at Marisol’s Market in Sunset Island

If you’re looking for quick pool snacks, a morning latte before your workout at Sunset Island’s first-class gym or a bottle of wine to bring to the beach to toast a breathtaking sunset, Marisol’s Market & Café has you covered. Located across from the interactive fountains, this grab-and-go gem puts everything at your fingertips. Along with sandwiches, salads, ice cream, pastries and even Starbucks coffee, Marisol’s stocks general store items and beach sundries for your convenience.

Marisol’s Beach Shuttle

Marisol’s Beach Shuttle was a big hit at Sunset Island for 2018—and it’s back this year by popular demand. Forget about lugging heavy loads of beach chairs, coolers, toys and gear or fighting for a parking spot. Just catch the shuttle running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week (fee required). You can pick up your ride to the beach every 30 minutes in front of Marisol’s—pastry in hand, of course. When it’s time to return to your oasis, simply hop on the shuttle as it drops fellow vacationers off, every 30 to 45 minutes.

Sanibel’s at Sunset Island—NEW for 2019!

Brand-new, full-service, all-day long—Sanibel’s at Sunset Island is making a splash this summer. With indoor and outdoor seating, this serene waterfront restaurant is serving up delicious fare come rain or shine. It’s a prime spot for people watching and gazing at Ocean City’s gorgeous sunset. Sanibel’s has both a tiki bar and a full-service upstairs bar, the Island Pub, which features large screen TVs for watching your favorite teams on the diamond. Enjoy happy hour food and drink specials as well as live entertainment all week.

If you’d rather savor your meal in the comfort of home, Sanibel’s delivers by golf cart right to your door.

Events and activities galore

The Waibel family at Sunset Island’s annual 4th of July Parade

There’s so much to do at Sunset Island, you don’t even have to venture outside its gates to enjoy a full vacation. The calendar of activities for 2019 includes movies on the beach, painting classes, an ice cream social and a 4th of July parade where guests decorate their bikes, wagons, strollers. The special Maryland Coastal Bays Program SIENE (Sunset Island Explore, Navigate, Educate) takes guests on an investigation of the critters around Sunset Island’s main beach.

Sunset Island is also famous for its array of resort-style luxury amenities available to guests every day. For instance, you have your choice of three private, pristine bayfront beaches around Sunset Island’s perimeter. Visit the on-site library before you head out and borrow a riveting beach read. Whenever the mood strikes, take a refreshing dip in the indoor and outdoor pools. There a special pool just for kids, who will also love splashing around in the interactive fountains.

Sunset Island Indoor Pool
Take a swim at Sunset Island’s indoor pool

Some of the best moments at Sunset Island are the quietest ones. Take in the full natural beauty of the property during a leisurely stroll or bike ride along the peaceful one-mile shoreline path. Try your luck fishing and crabbing on the 100-foot pier extending into the bay.

If you’re serious about staying in shape, help yourself to Sunset Islands’ state-of-the-art fitness center. You’ll find treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free weights and Nautilus equipment—along with a series of flat-screen TVs—for a complete workout.

Book Your Sunset Island Stay Today

Sunset Island Nature Path
Walk, jog or bike on Sunset Island’s nature path

Already excited about these wonderful amenities? Plan your trip to Sunset Island now. Vantage offers a large selection of Sunset Island vacation properties, including condos, townhomes and single family homes. To get started, simply contact our team at (410) 723-2002, or visit https://www.vantageoceancity.com/search-by-resort/sunset-island.

And remember to book direct through Vantage to get the lowest rates.

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.

Welcome to Ocean City Water Tower

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.