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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.

Large Group Family Vacations

How to Plan an Easy Large Group Vacation

Get the Whole Gang Together Stress-Free

Travel planning takes lots of coordination and flexibility—especially when your group spans multiple generations. With our advice, everyone from your kids to grandma to your second cousin once-removed can experience a stress-free Ocean City vacation.

Plan your itinerary together—and write it all down

It’s bound to happen in large groups, especially with lots of kids, teens and tweens in the mix. Some will want to ride go-carts or hit the waterslide while others want to play mini-golf or do some shopping. (Adults can have their own preferences, too!)

Taking the time to create an itinerary together early in your stay will help to ensure that all involved get a chance to do something they want. Sure, there will be compromises, but all parties will be well-aware beforehand. And knowing their activity is part of the plan should make younger family members more willing participants.

Plan outings suited for large groups

Assateague Island National Park

It just takes a little digging to find destinations that will interest (almost) every family member. Surely there is something that’s new and surprising to everyone at Ocean City’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Tanger Outlets has enough stores and restaurants to appease double-digit families. And the horses of Assateague Island National Park are sure to captivate your whole crew. Wherever you go, remember to allow some extra time. Getting large groups ready and out the door can be a challenge.

Go your own way

When vacationing with extended family members or multiple families, you may feel pressured to do everything as one large group, from morning to night. But some separation can make vacation memories sweeter. Make sure everyone understands at the beginning of the trip that it’s perfectly acceptable to break off into smaller groups for activities and meals. If you and another family have children, consider taking turns doing things with all the kids and giving the other grownups some alone time. You’ll all end up at the same place at the end of the day, and you’ll definitely have plenty of time to spend together.

Expect the unexpected—and roll with it

All the planning in the world can’t account for bad weather, a closed attraction or a kid with a cold. Being flexible, especially with the youngest and oldest members of the group, will ease tension on your vacation. Adapting to changing situations will also help the family stay in the present moment, rather than lamenting what may have been missed or rushing toward the next thing. Going back to the itinerary idea, you may want to prepare a special list of things to do on rainy days or extremely hot days.

Choose a property with amenities that make life easier

Living room of St. Kitts 403

When vacationing with a large group, opting for space is one of the smartest things you can do. Make sure there are enough bedrooms, extra bathrooms, a comfortable living space where everyone can sit—or even multiple living spaces—and a designated area for kids to play by themselves.

Don’t underestimate the conveniences of home, either. Especially for an extended stay, having a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer/dryer, central air conditioning, Wi-Fi access and TVs will ensure everyone has their own space and comforts—and a stress-free time.

Determine a budget that works for the whole family

Before the trip planning process even begins, you need to talk budget. Vacationing in volume means some family members might be able to open their wallets wider than others. Determining—at least roughly—the amount you’ll spend when embarking on activities together will alleviate the stress of feeling pressured or having to make big choices in the middle of your getaway.

Share meal responsibilities

With a fully stocked kitchen, you may not want to eat out for every meal. To avoid breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner prep falling on one family member, plan to share the cooking. You can divide by days or particular types of meal. Having everyone chip in for pizza or crabs is always a winner.

Ask older kids to babysit

Evening out with friends

Just because you’re on a family vacation doesn’t mean you can’t have an evening away. If the kids in your group are a variety of ages, have the teenagers babysit! In addition to allowing you a nice, quiet adult meal, the kids—perhaps cousins who don’t see each other often—can make a night of it, too, with popcorn and a movie.

Book your big family vacation today

Now you’re ready to plan your next Ocean City, Maryland, stress-free getaway. Vantage Vacation Rentals has plenty of rental properties ideally suited to large and multiple families. Contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002, or browse 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.

Supersize Your Ocean City Vacation

Supersize Your Ocean City Vacation

A Trip with Your Tribe Means Big Vacation Options

Does your vacation plan involve your clan? Will this year’s trip include your large family or a whole bunch of your closest friends?

Whether it’s girls’ week at the beach, a guys’ golf getaway or the extended family with in-laws and a few cousins, we’ve got big places for all the faces. Choose a townhome with a bunch of bedrooms and room for a dozen. Or get a few condos side-by-side, in case you need to escape the crowd and grab a nap during a marathon Monopoly game.

We’ve got vacation properties that are surrounded by things to do, restaurants, bars and shopping, so your group can scatter in different directions. We also have some that are tucked away off the beaten track, if your crowd prefers serenity to speedboats. Take a look at a few ideas we have for your next big adventure, then book online or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002.

Check Out a Few of Our Biggest Vacation Rentals

  • Happy House 2 – 4-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 11 – Wake up to the sun rising over the ocean!  This spacious Oceanfront condo in peaceful North Ocean City (142nd St.) has its own little pathway leading down to the sand.  Recently updated with new decor, this lovely  property features refinished hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms.  As a duplex unit, it can also be rented together with Happy House 1 on the floor below, which is almost an exact replica of this unit.  When rented together, the entire house sleeps 22!

  • Sunset Island, 36 Seaside Drive – 6-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Located on a quiet and quaint tree-lined street, this single family home has everything you need to feel at home on your vacation – including tons of space to stretch out and relax!  The heart of the home is a beautiful gourmet kitchen with living room on one side, dining room on the other, and unique architectural feature in the ceiling that allows you to see all the way to the fourth floor.  The result is a wonderful feeling of openness.that is truly special.  Guests have a short walk to Sunset Island’s pools, clubhouse, fitness center, and on-site restaurant (The Landing).

  • St. Kitts 101 – 5-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Vacation in complete luxury in this pristine ocean block condo.  Located on 87th St. in Mid-Town Ocean City, this property has the feel of a home in that all bedrooms are tucked away from the living space for maximum privacy and tranquility – great for multiple families vacationing together.  Floor-to-ceiling windows and coastal colors create a bright and airy atmosphere.  Additional features include elegant upscale decor, flat-screen TVs, and an extra large furnished balcony off of the living room that even has a peek of the ocean in the distance.

  • Meridian 903W – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Enjoy beautiful ocean-to-bay views from your perch on the balcony.  Located ocean block on 87th St., this luxury condo has a stunning vantage point from the 9th floor.  Look east to see the sunrise, look west to see the sunset, or look south towards the Inlet to take in the gorgeous Ocean City skyline.  Inside, the sight is equally beautiful, with high-end furnishings, tile flooring, gourmet kitchen, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms (with extra HD channels).  Guests also have the benefit of a Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center, and walking distance to restaurants like Fager’s Island, Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill, and Seacrets.

  • Belmont Towers 302 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 12 – One of the best views in town!  This beautiful oceanfront condo is located directly on the Ocean City Boardwalk, offering gorgeous views of the ocean, beach, rides – even live music and fireworks in the summertime.  Guests have everything they need to feel at home, such as a gourmet kitchen and flat-screen TVs, as well as a Rooftop Pool and Fitness Center.  Thanks for Belmont Towers’ Downtown location and gated Parking Garage, this is a great spot for guests visiting during popular events like OC Air Show, Cruisin’ Ocean City, Endless Summer Cruisin’, Springfest, Sunfest, and Wine on the Beach.

Don’t wait!  With summer just around the corner, our biggest Ocean City vacation rentals are filling up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 732-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.






Mini-Weeks & FlexStay

Fun & Flexible Mini Vacations in OCMD

Vantage’s Mini-Week & FlexStay Rentals

Just because you can’t get away for the traditional week-long stay doesn’t mean you can’t plan relaxing mini vacations in Ocean City, MD. Vantage’s unique “Mini-Week” and “FlexStay” rentals allow more flexibility for guests, giving them the freedom to customize their stay to fit both their timeframe and budget. This is a great option for families that have busy schedules due to work, school, activities, and the hectic pace of life. It can also be a great option for guests just looking for a weekend getaway, or guests who prefer to avoid peak traffic periods. Choose from the following convenient rental options at select units in our Mini-Week and FlexStay inventory:

  • 4-Night Mini-Weeks (Mon-Fri/Sun-Thu) – Helps avoid peak traffic and rates
  • 3-Night Mini-Weeks (Fri-Mon/Thu-Sun) – Great for weekend getaways
  • Flex Stay (Check-In Any Day/3-Night Min) – Ideal for busy schedules

Check Out These Mini-Week & FlexStay Rentals

  • 36 Seaside Dr. (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon) 6-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Enjoy this spacious and comfortable house on a quaint tree-lined street in Sunset Island (67th St.). The property features upscale décor, a gourmet kitchen, and all the first-class amenities of this bayfront community, such as pools, a fitness center, and a private bay beach.
  • Belmont Towers 509 (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)
    3-BR, 2.5-BA, Sleeps 9 – Relax in this north-facing side unit condo along the Ocean City Boardwalk. Amenities include a rooftop pool, sun deck, sauna, fitness center, and views of both the beach and bay. Park your car once when you arrive and walk everywhere you need to go!
  • Flying Cloud 803 (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)

    3-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 10 – Breathe in the fresh sea air at this well-kept oceanfront condo with panoramic views looking north and south along the coast. This property is located on 94th St. in peaceful North Ocean City and within walking distance of popular restaurants.
  • Harbour Island 306K (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon)

    2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Located in downtown Ocean City on 14th St., this freshly remodeled bayfront condo has views of the bay and Assateague Island in the distance. Guests enjoy all new furnishings, pool, tennis, on-site restaurant (the Reel Inn) and short walk to the Boardwalk.
  • Makai 206 (FlexStay)
    2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Enjoy beautiful views of boats going by during the day and breathtaking sunsets at night from this lovely bayfront condo on 42nd St. Go for a swim in the refreshing indoor pool solarium or take a short walk (1.5 blocks) to the beach or Roland E. Powell Convention Center.
  • Meridian 703W (Sun-Thu/Thu-Sun)

    3-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 10 – Located on 60th St., this luxurious ocean block condo features high-end décor and partial views of the ocean and bay. The building features a heated rooftop pool and a fitness center, and is just a short walk from popular restaurants, such Fager’s Island, Dead Freddies, and Macky’s Bayside.
  • Seaside Village 2SBL (FlexStay)
    4-BR, 3.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Big and bright, this three-story townhome is in a newly-built West Ocean City community near the foot of the Route 50 Bridge and is conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Ocean City. Guests will enjoy new upscale décor, an outdoor pool, and expansive views of the bay and Ocean City skyline.
  • St. Kitts 101 (Mon-Fri/Fri-Mon)
    5-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Make your vacation memories in this spacious and elegant condo that feels more like a house than a condo located in Mid-Town Ocean City. Only ½-block from the beach on 87th St., this property has professional decor, a gourmet kitchen, and a huge wrap-around balcony.

Ready to book your Ocean City vacation rental?  Browse our entire Mini-Week and FlexStay inventory and search for the dates and amenities that you need, or speak with one of our friendly Vacation Coordinators today at (410) 723-2002.






Travel Smarter, Not Harder

Travel Smarter, Not Harder in OCMD

Travel Smarter, Not Harder


If you’ve ever driven to Ocean City in summer on a Saturday, you know that traffic is a given. Over 8 million visitors a year flock to the area in search of beach bliss, transforming the normally quiet town of only 7,100 year-round residents into a vibrant resort. Yet, the fact remains that Ocean City is only 4.5 square miles in size and a skinny 10 miles in length, with just three ways on and off the island. If you’re traveling during peak days or peak hours, you will likely find yourself crawling along like a group of slow-motion sea turtles. Not exactly the most peaceful way to start (or end) your vacation!

Think Like a Local – Beat the Peak

What’s a determined beach-goer to do? All you’re trying to do is enjoy your vacation, right? As many locals & long-time visitors know, the key to avoiding traffic is arriving and departing during off-peak times. That’s why select homes in Vantage’s inventory offer Sunday-Sunday and Friday-Friday rentals, which allow guests to arrive and depart on days of the week that typically have a lower traffic volume. That means while all the other visitors are battling the masses on a Saturday afternoon, you can be relaxing in your beach chair, eating french fries on the Boardwalk, or crabbing and fishing on the bay. See below for some of our favorite properties that offer great alternatives to the traditional Saturday rental:

Let Vantage help you travel smarter, not harder!  Browse our website today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (800) 555-4099 (opt. 2) to discover the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.