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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.



Benefits of the Off-Season in Ocean City, MD

Everyone knows how great Ocean City is during the summer months, but not many realize how fun it can also be during the off-season. The weather may be a bit chilly, but there is still plenty to do, such as weekly events, shopping, and tourist attractions. It’s a little bit like having the beach to yourself, with less traffic, fewer crowds, and an all-around slower pace.  Head down to the Boardwalk for a morning bike ride and stop in at your favorite breakfast shop for a cup of coffee.  Most Boardwalk shops and restaurants are open daily, and especially on weekends.  There are no restrictions for bike riding on the Boardwalk from the Tuesday after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day (excluding Springfest and Sunfest weekends).  Parking is also free April 1st through October 31st.  Feel free to bring your pets along, as leashed dogs are welcome on the beach and Boardwalk from October 1st through April 30th.  (Browse our Pet-Friendly Rentals page to view homes that permit pets.)

Fantastic Dining, Shopping and Activities

Snow and sand do not mix, but there is just something about seeing Ocean City in all seasons of the year that is so peaceful and wonderful to experience. Beachcombers love the off-season since it’s the perfect time to search for seashells as they wash up onto the shore (especially after storms in the spring or fall).  It is also not unusual to see rare marine life make an appearance every now and then, such as migrating seals that stop to rest on the beach.  If retail therapy is what you seek, Ocean City offers a variety of great shopping options – from small shops like Ish Boutique and South Moon Under to The Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City, which features discount shopping at big name stores like American Eagle, Under Armour, and more.  Ready for a bite to eat?  There are many town favorite restaurants that offer daily lunch and dinner specials, such as OC Wasabi, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, and Harborside.  Be sure to check out Fishtales next to Bahia Marina on 18th St., which is 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 winner rock fish and enjoy your own freshly caught meal.

Budget-Friendly Vacation Rental Rates

Last, but not least, the best part about the off-season is low rental rates! Our best properties are waiting to offer you luxurious accommodations for a fraction of what it would cost in the summertime.  Here are some recommendations for awesome off-season getaways.

Acropolis 1 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Stay oceanfront on 63rd Street in one of Ocean City’s finest buildings.  Previously featured in Coastal Style Magazine as a “Prestigious Property,” this 3,000-square foot condo offers opulent décor, access to a rooftop hot tub, and beautiful views of the ocean and beach.

Sunset Island 6 Hidden Cove Way 2E – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Escape to this quaint bayfront island off of 67th Street.  Located along the water, this upscale condo features peaceful bay views and access to first-class amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, a community clubhouse, private bayfront beaches, and more.

Belmont Towers 710 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – Relax on your balcony while enjoying cool breezes and fantastic views of the ocean, inlet, and Assateague Island in the distance.  This spacious condo is situated on the south side of the popular Belmont Towers building located downtown on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Beach Getaway – 4-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Bring your canine kids along to this spacious pet-friendly home located on the bayside of Coastal Highway on 86th Street.  Guests will enjoy all of the upscale finishes at this property, as well as a backyard deck, fire pit, grill, and private fenced-in yard.

Don’t wait – plan your off-season Ocean City escape today.  Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.






Dog Days of Summer

Beach, Dine, Relax & Play

Everyone knows the best vacation is when everyone is there, DCIM100GOPROincluding the oh so loved furry members of the family. They bring so much joy into our lives, it is tough leaving them behind but here in OCMD we love our four-legged companions too much to ever leave them at home. Although during our busy summer season dogs cannot be on the main public beach, there are still plenty of activities & places they are allowed. Assateague Island is pet-friendly and perfect for a day on the beach! Enjoy tons of wildlife, clean beaches and long scenic nature trails.

happydogAfter your day long beach day, take your friends, family & pup to happy hour! Fortunately there are quite a handful of restaurants that allow dogs to join in on the fun and pretty much any place that has outdoor seating available is happily pet-friendly…ask just in case:) Fishtales, Belly Busters, On The Bay Seafood, The Green Turtle,  Sunset Grille and Smokers BBQ pit are just a few of the great happy hour & dinner destinations that you will love! If you plan on making a trip to the boardwalk,  unfortunately dogs have to stay at home. During the off season, anytime between October and April you can bring your dog to the beach & boardwalk all you want! In the mean time, there are great dog parks located in Ocean City and Ocean Pines where your dog can run free & have a great time..they are on vacation too.

Before planning your trip to OCMD, ask about our pet-friendly A_DSC_3928properties which tend to fill up pretty fast. We still have select weeks available in Beach Getaway. A beautiful 4-BR/3-BA single family home located in peaceful North OC and has plenty of room for the whole gang! Enjoy a nice fenced-in backyard with a fire pit, washer/dryer, private driveway, and more great amenities. Or you can start planning ahead for next year already to make sure you and your pet get the perfect place for you. Here is a list of Vantage pet-friendly properties: