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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.

Ocean City Beach Soccer

Ocean City Sports & Dance Competitions for 2019

Stay & Play in Ocean City in the New Year

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

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

Ocean City Fishing Tournaments


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

Test your mettle during one of these competitions:

Dance Competitions in Ocean City


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

Ocean City Lacrosse Tournaments

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

Ocean City Soccer Tournaments

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

Ocean City Baseball Tournaments

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

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

Where to Stay When You Play

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

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

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

The Landing in Sunset Island, Ocean City MD

Taste the Best of Ocean City, MD

Perfect Day of Food in Ocean City

From fresh-off-the-boat seafood to tropical frozen drinks, take a trip to the Caribbean without leaving Ocean City.  As you cruise down Coastal Highway, you’ll notice no national chain restaurant.  Ocean City prides itself on fresh and local food! With hundreds of delicious local restaurants, the Vantage Team narrowed down a few of our favorite spots. Leave the pots and pans at home – let us be your guide for the perfect day of food!

Breakfast
  • Barn 34 – Treat your taste buds to delicious food! Located in a barn-styled building on 34th St., this one-of-a-kind restaurant will have you coming back for more. Try Vantage’s favorite Captain Crunch French Toast! Located just one block away, the community of Summer Beach (pictured) offers 1-, 2- and 3-BR oceanfront and ocean block condos. Leave your car in the garage and walk everywhere!
  • Sahara Café – Eat like a local! Known for its “Sunshine Breakfast” menu, Sahara Café is the perfect way to start your vacation day. After filling your bellies, ahead over to Harbour Island 102M! Whether you lounge on the private bayfront balcony or splash in the pool, this recently remodeled 2-BR/2-BA condo serves up a great time.
Lunch
  • Longboard Café – This casual surf-themed bistro (pictured) will have the whole family hanging 10! Make sure to taste Vantage’s favorite Baja Fish Tacos.  Nestled behind this local café is the premier gated community – Sunset Island. With brightly colored homes and upscale condos, your family will love Island Life!
  • The Landing – Guests staying at Sunset Island will also love the resort’s on-site restaurant (large picture at top of page), which is located next to the community’s private beach and pool area.  Relax with a drink or appetizers as the kids play, then treat the whole family to lunch while enjoying beautiful views of the bay.  The Landing’s menu includes delectable items that the whole family will enjoy, such as wraps, burgers, seafood, salads, and more.
  • The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grill – From the tasty Chesapeake burger to the old bay seasoned crab dip, no one does Maryland better than the Greene Turtle! Stop by the Original Greene Turtle in North Ocean City for fun-filled time. After your tasty lunch, grab your beach chairs and relax at Sea Drift 12A #101. Make this 2-BR/2-BA ocean block condo your home away from home!
Happy Hour & Drinks
  • Coconuts Beachfront Bar & Grill – Enjoy a taste of island life! Dip your toes in the sand and quench your thirst with Coconut’s signature drinks. No shoes encouraged! Stroll the beach back to Sovereign Sea 406 – a lovely 2-2R/2-BA condo with gorgeous partial beach view.
  • Fish Tales – Reel-in a great time! Located in the Bahia Marina, Fish Tales has something for the whole family. From a fun-filled playground to bay front hammock, enjoy your food in paradise. After a night at Fish Tales, swim over to Marlin Drive 1934 – a spacious 5-BR/3-BA bayfront home. Sleeps 16!
  • Seacrets – Welcome to Jamaica, USA! Located along the bay on 49th St., Seacrets (pictured) is known for its laid-back island atmosphere – complete with palm trees, a sandy beach, and a waterfront bar. You can’t visit Ocean City without enjoying a drink (or two) at Seacrets! Continue the luxury at Gateway Grand 207 – a 3-BR/3-BA oceanfront condo. Amazing amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center and kid’s game room!
Dinner
  • Fager’s Island – Whether you splurge with fine dining or sip on a tropical drink, stop by Fager’s Island (pictured) for Ocean City’s best sunset. Don’t miss more amazing views at Meridian 1001W. Whether you enjoy drinks on the balcony or dive into the surf, this 4-BR/3.5-BA penthouse promises luxury.
  • Ropewalk – Get hooked on amazing seafood! From the children’s playground to fire pits to the sunset views, good times are mandatory at Ropewalk. The relaxation continues at Osprey 2 – a gorgeous 4-BR/2.5-BA townhouse. With ocean views and beach décor, you will not want to leave!
Dessert
  • Dumser’s Dairyland – Make Dumser’s your new family tradition! Since 1939, this family owned restaurant has treated visitors to the best ice cream on the shore. After a food filled day, fall asleep to the waves at Caravelle 9. Beach-goers will love this oceanfront 4-BR/2.5-BA townhouse!

Don’t forget the missing ingredient for your perfect day of food: a fantastic vacation rental. Give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to speak with a Vacation Coordinators or browse VantageOceanCity.com today!






Early Bird Campaign

The Early Bird Catches the Deal

Early Bird Savings End Oct. 1st!

The end of summer is already in sight and that means transitioning into fall.  Storing away beach chairs, shopping for school supplies, returning to school – it’s enough to give any family a case of the post-vacation blues!  Start dreaming about next year’s vacation by reserving your Early Bird rental for 2018.  Now through October 1st, select Ocean City homes are offering “2018 Dates at 2017 Rates.” This is not only a great way to get the home that you want and dates that you need, but it’s also an opportunity to book before rental rates go up.  Speak with a Vacation Coordinator to see if your desired property is accepting 2017 rates!

Flexible Payment Plan Available

For a limited time, guests can also take advantage of our Flexible Payment Plan.  A $500 down payment can be made to reserve your vacation rental and desired dates now, with the balance of the deposit due by October 1st (and then the balance of the reservation due 30 days prior to arrival).  Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to save on your 2018 vacation and get it scheduled ahead of time.  We are already receiving requests for next year, so fly on over to our Early Bird Rentals page and book your vacation before another guest swoops in and steals your favorite spot!

A Few of Our Early Bird Properties


Belmont Towers 810
3-BR, 2.5-BA, Sleeps 6 – Situated right on the Ocean City Boardwalk, this luxurious condo boasts beautiful views and luxurious amenities including a rooftop pool. From Fisher’s Popcorn to de Lazy Lizard, enjoy the convenience of being close to popular restaurants and attractions in the downtown area.


Gateway Grand 508
3-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 9 – Unwind with a drink on your private oceanfront balcony or take a refreshing swim in the indoor and outdoor pools! Located on 48th St, this gorgeous property offers a gourmet kitchen, beautiful sunrises, a Free Linen Package, and lots of little extras (beach chairs, umbrellas, sand toys). At night, go for a drink at Seacrets (just 2 blocks away)!


Meridian 101 West
4-BR, 3.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Vacation in luxury! With beautiful décor, a rooftop pool, an expanded cable package, and a spacious balcony, this condo has everything you need for a  stress-free vacation. Owners also provide a beach cart, sun shade, puzzles, games, and more – perfect for a vacationing family.  Conveniently located on 60th St, guests can easily walk to Fager’s Island, Dead Freddie’s Island Grill & Fractured Prune.


Summer Beach 404
2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Location, Location, Location! Whether you make splash at Jolly Roger’s water park or lounge in the sand in front of this oceanfront building, Summer Beach makes it easy for guests to have a classic Ocean City experience. Summer beach is situated on 35th St. just ten blocks from the north end of the Boardwalk and close to popular restaurants like Barn 34 and Higgins Crab House.  Awesome amenities include a outdoor pool, private balcony & Free Linen Package.


Sunset Island 14 Shore Point Dr.
6-BR, 4.5-BA, Sleeps 12 – Escape to the beautiful bayside community of Sunset Island!  This spacious home features gorgeous decor, a gourmet kitchen, and four private balconies,  making 14 Shore Point Drive your home away from home. Sunset Island’s first-class amenities are just a short walk away, including indoor/outdoor pools, private bayfront beach, on-site restaurant “The Landing,” convenience store, and so much more!

Don’t wait, Early Birds – plan your 2018 Ocean City vacation today.  For more properties, speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 or search our entire selection of Early Bird Rentals that are already booking for 2018.






Tax Day Deal MD

Tax Day Deal | Save in May & June

We Put the ‘Fun’ in Refund!

Vantage Vacation Rentals is continuing its 10th Anniversary celebration with a present for you: savings at Ocean City’s top vacation rentals. With Tax Day only eight days away, we think there’s no better way to spend your tax refund than with a relaxing beach getaway!

Tax Day Deal – Promo Code 1040EZ

Now through April 18th, take advantage of our Tax Day deal and claim a $40 ‘deduction’ on your May or June rental of $1040 or more (before tax/fees). Simply enter promo code 1040EZ when booking online at VantageOceanCity.com or mention 1040EZ to your Vacation Coordinator when booking by phone at (410) 723-2002. This offer is valid on all reservations checking in between the dates of May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and can be used at any property on our website with at least a three-night minimum. (Offer does not apply to reservations made prior to April 10, 2017.)

Choose from Your Favorite Vacation Spots

May and June are two of the best months to visit the beach as there are fewer crowds, less traffic, and mild temperatures. Choose from all the locations that you love the most in Ocean City, Maryland and the Delaware beaches, whether its downtown near the Boardwalk, mid-town close to restaurants and nightlife, or the peaceful North Ocean City-Fenwick Island area. This includes many of the area’s most popular communities such as Sunset Island, Belmont Towers, Gateway Grand, The Meridian, and Summer Beach.

Hurry – this offer ends on Tax Day, April 18, 2017!  For more information on this deal and more, visit our Specials Page.






Summer Beach Dune Crossing

New! On-Site Check-In at Summer Beach

Summer Beach’s New Rental Manager

Vantage Vacation Rentals is excited to introduce Ocean City’s best-kept secret, Summer Beach – a beautiful oceanfront building on 35th St. that’s eight blocks from the north end of the Boardwalk. As the new on-site rental manager, Vantage is pleased to offer convenient on-site check-in and worry-free linen service for every rental in our portfolio. Over the coming weeks, we will be renovating our Summer Beach office space so that guests and property owners have a brand new, updated check-in desk to welcome them when they arrive. We want to make your experience amazing from check-in to check-out. Photos coming soon!

Ideal Location in Downtown Ocean City

Guests of Summer Beach will love how easy and affordable it is to enjoy the area’s top attractions from this spot in town. This property is conveniently located in downtown Ocean City and within short walking distance of dozens of hot spots. If you’re looking for fun activities, check out Jolly Roger Amusement Park, Splash Mountain Water Park, Old Pro Golf, Planet Maze, or the Roland E. Powell Convention Center – home to hundreds of events throughout the year, such as Cruisin’ OC, Endless Summer Cruisin’, OC Bikefest, and more. Dozens of popular dining options are also just steps away, such as Higgins Crab House, OC Wasabi, Fractured Prune, Tony Luke’s, Barn 34, and Coconuts Beach Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, this area of town has many unique shops – such as K-Coast Surf Shop, Ish Boutique, and Endless Summer Surf Shop.

Great Guest Amenities

Summer Beach guests can feel at home on vacation thanks to on-site amenities that make your stay easy and relaxing. Choose from 1, 2 or 3-bedroom oceanfront and ocean block condos with full and partial views of the ocean, beach, and bay from private balconies. Additional amenities include:

  • Outdoor Pool (seasonal)
  • Multiple Elevators
  • 3-Level Parking Garage
  • Central A/C
  • Fully-Equipped Kitchens
  • Private Balconies
  • Direct Beach Access
  • 8 Blocks from Boardwalk
  • On-Site Check-In
  • Free Linen Service

Check Out a Few of Our Summer Beach Rentals

Ready to book an amazing vacation in one of Ocean City’s best oceanfront buildings? These popular vacation rentals are filling up fast! Visit our Summer Beach page and browse through our entire inventory of Summer Beach properties, or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to speak with a Vacation Coordinator today.