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Vacation Rental Forecast for 2019: Ocean City, Maryland

Vacation Rental Outlook 2019: 6 Predictions from Experts

The New Year is almost here, and with it comes our vacation rental forecast for 2019. What are guests looking for in a vacation home? What’s hot in condo rentals and beach rentals? What tactics should property owners try for the greatest return on their investment? Here are six top trends and predictions for owners to watch in the Ocean City, Maryland, 2019 vacation rental market.

1. Bigger (and bigger-feeling) homes


More and more, people booking a vacation rental want room to move—to gather for holiday or milestone celebrations, to give adults and children their own separate space and more. This is playing out for the in a trend toward larger rental homes, especially as multigenerational travel becomes more popular.

For extended family groups, a larger vacation rental property makes sense, according to Forbes writer Christopher Elliott, who extolled the virtues of a California wine country estate that sleeps 10. Such a property might feature outdoor living areas for drinks and conversation, outdoor kitchen areas for group cooking, a pool, onsite spa and more.

Fortunately, you don’t have to own a palace to give guests room to spread out and feel comfortable. With beach rentals, condo rentals and beyond, you can create multiple sitting areas in the space you have. For Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes, consider marketing such areas as:

  • A game room for those rainy days when the kids can’t go to the beach
  • A crafts station for making art and jewelry out of collected shells
  • A quiet space for napping children (and adults!)
  • A patio for enjoying a crab feast
  • A porch for ice cream socials and wine tastings

If you’re considering making renovations to your property, think about opening up kitchens and dining rooms for more expansive gathering areas.

2. The Millennial traveler


In addition to large, multifamily gatherings, be on the lookout for young singles and couples seeking accommodations for events, sightseeing or just getting away from it all.

Millennials (think later 20s, early 30s) are proving to be avid travelers. Many have stayed at condos and beach houses with their families growing up. They’re comfortable both branching out from hotels for vacation lodging and finding and booking these stays online. So they’re familiar with vacation homes and ready to create some new experiences on their own.

How can property owners adapt to this trend in the vacation rentals market? Offer short term rentals that accommodate entry-level budgets and fewer vacation days. To accommodate large groups of friends on vacation, consider offering multiple properties in the same complex. And treat these younger travelers to the amenities they crave. Beyond the must-have of lightning-fast Wi-Fi, with ample bandwidth for YouTube and streaming content, consider:

  • Spaces ideal for socializing
  • Online/mobile services for booking, billing and beyond
  • Access to bike, scooter and car sharing stations and services

Be sure to mention local venues in your descriptions. If a Millennial traveler remembers a specific boardwalk, beach or crab shack from a childhood vacation in Ocean City, Maryland, you’re likely to jog a fond memory—and possibly inspire a booking.

3. Local outdoor and dining attractions


Along with Argentina, Italy and Egypt’s Nile Valley, Lonely Planet listed two nature sites in the Eastern United States—Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains and the Catskills— among its top destinations for 2019.

This trend is good news for the Ocean City, MD, vacation rental market as well. Travelers looking for adventure will find themselves just a short drive away from:

  • The famous ponies of Assateague Island and National Seashore
  • The boating and camping of Pocomoke River State Park
  • Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, recently named “One of the 10 Best Amazing Places for Wildlife” by USA Today

After a busy day of exploring, vacationers will be looking for culinary adventures as well. Increasingly, travelers of all ages have become discerning foodies, and fortunately Ocean City’s food and beverage scene has grown to accommodate their palates and Instagram feeds

New venues to consider promoting include:

For committed foodies, the OC Foodie Tour provides a 3.5 hour walk through Ocean City dining past and present, with samplings at five locally owned restaurants. The July Greek festival treats travelers to local dolmathes, keftedes, spanakopita and more. And Fall Restaurant Week offers fixed-price menus for the range of budgets and palates.

4. Reliability and consistency


In a world full of apps, texts and tech gadgets, customer service matters more than ever—especially in the vacation rental industry.

“Booking a vacation rental is more of a ‘considered purchase’ than booking a hotel room,” in the words of a report recapping this year’s VRMA Conference.

So don’t forget the basics, like giving customers what they expect in terms of quality, amenities and service as they book a vacation home year after year.

This can mean:

  • Dependable upkeep with prompt, effective repairs
  • Consistent (and well-functioning) conveniences such as key-based entry and digital thermostats
  • Perks guests can look forward to stay after stay, such as free gym passes, mid-week cleanings and grocery delivery services

Guests book a vacation rental to decrease—not add to—the stress in their lives. They want to know what to expect as they book a reservation, settle in, enjoy the amenities and wrap up their trips.

It’s important that you never forget the human element: the people making your guests feel at home. Make sure you choose a property management partner that consistently wows vacationing guests with great customer service, which hospitality consultant Debby Hudspith defines as: “Knowing why the customer is there in the first place, making them feel important, building a relationship, responding to requests out of the ordinary and ensuring someone is always available for them, no matter which department.”

5. Value for the vacation dollar


As more and more travelers vacation in large groups, they’re discovering that splitting the cost of a vacation home is a great way to get extra space at an affordable price. Remember that California wine estate mentioned earlier? The rental cost, averaged out across 10 people, comes down to $68 per person per night—far less expensive than most hotels in the area could offer.

In our opinion, typical renters aren’t always on a quest for luxury at the very highest end. They’re on a quest for value. And owners of all sizes and types of properties—from condo rentals to beach home rentals—can fulfill this quest by giving their guests a little extra bang for their buck. For property owners in Ocean City, Maryland, this includes not only space to relax but upgraded amenities and complimentary treats.

Need inspiration? Successful Meetings highlighted:

  • Record players, with music guests can “check out” from a vinyl library
  • A live goldfish as the official property pet
  • Cocktail packages delivered by a personal bartender

Special skincare products, linens and robes have been a rising trend in the hospitality industry overall—especially when they come with a unique story or local hook. But you don’t have to break the bank to make your guests feel special.

Consider providing them with practical perks like blenders and coffeemakers, water bowls and treat baskets for pet owners, or bottled water and energy bars for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Or try homey treats like fruit baskets, plates of cookies, or homemade soups and breads.

6. A shift to direct bookings


At the VRMA International Conference, which explored the rental market for 2019, several managers of large properties reported a decreased, even eliminated, reliance on online travel agencies (OTAs). Customer service and ability to communicate with guests throughout the booking process were big reasons. And if vacation rental property managers are feeling this difference, you can bet that guests, are, too.

So as the new year begins, remember that you as a local owner of a vacation home can offer many advantages that a global OTA or customer service rep in a faraway call center cannot. This includes things like:

  • Who to contact for a spur-of-the-moment crab fest—or a last-minute registration for the holiday fun run
  • What parks and beaches are most kid-friendly—and what nightclubs have lined up the hottest new DJs
  • What local shops have the best deals on beachwear—or the best under-the-radar happy hours on the boardwalk
  • When to see the wild horses at Assateague Island National Seashore—or to take to the seas for the best white marlin
  • How to catch crabs in the bay—or spot the most elusive gulls and loons during a bird watching hike

And as more travel and hospitality trends emerge for Ocean City, Maryland, vacation homes in 2019, you can be sure that Vantage will be there on the forefront, ready to help you delight your guests and position your properties for success.

Let’s start a great new year together! To make the most of your Ocean City vacation property in 2019, visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page — then contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 410.723.1780 x 5 or ListingInfo@VantageOC.com.

Vacation Rental Manager Questions

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager

Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager? Be Sure to Ask these 4 Questions.

Do you own a vacation rental in Ocean City, MD or at the Delaware beaches? You may want to consider hiring a property management company to oversee its operations when you are unable to handle maintenance, communicate with guests and answer various questions. You do not want to end up with a management company that does not understand you and your needs, so here are some questions to ask every prospective organization.

1. What Are Your Fees?

You always want to know how much you will need to pay a property management company before signing a contract. The fees can range anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the total rent. Consider how much you can afford to pay and still make a profit from your vacation rental.

2. What Do Your Other Clients Have To Say?

It is always advisable to seek out references. The management company should have no problem putting you in touch with current clients. These clients will offer their sincere opinions, and you will know whatever they say is the truth.

3. What Services Are Included in the Fees?

The fees you pay should cover most of the maintenance costs. Some aspects that should be included consist of marketing, maintenance, cleaning, in-person visits and pre-stay walk-throughs. Ask about everything, so you do not get caught off-guard about any extra fees that pop up.

4. What Is Vacation Rental Performance Like in the Area?

An experienced vacation rental property management company should be able to tell you everything about that industry in a specific city. They should be able to tell you when the slow and busy seasons are. You should also ask about any local regulations that could impact who you can rent to.

If you have a Maryland or Delaware rental property and are looking for a vacation rental manager to partner with, Vantage Vacation Rentalscan help. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page for more information about how we make the experience smooth and successful for property owners. Questions? Call (410) 723-1780 (opt. 5) or send a message through our online form, and be sure to request a Free Rental Market Analysis of your property. We will get back to you shortly!

Sunset Island

What’s New at Sunset Island?

Sunset Island: A Premier Vacation Spot is Now Better than Ever

Sunset Island, a private vacation community at 67th Street on the bay side, was already one of Ocean City’s most upscale spots for vacationers.  Now, with a three-year construction project complete, this enclave has even more to offer the discerning traveler.

Marisol’s Market & Cafe (with Beach Shuttle!)


New this season is Marisol’s Market & Café. This combination deli, café, grab ‘n go market and convenience store features Boar’s Head deli sandwiches, Starbuck’s coffee, Hershey’s ice cream and much more. In the morning, stop by for a donut, bagel, pastry or breakfast sandwiches. Later in the day, grab a fresh sandwich or salad. And any time pick up beer, wine or convenience items. Don’t forget to ask about the new Marisol’s Beach Shuttle, which offers daily and weekly passes for easy transportation to and from the beach.

(As Always) Sunset Island’s First-Class Amenities


Some things haven’t changed. You can still enjoy the pools, the clubhouse, the fitness center and the spectacular views of the bay, wetlands, or quaint island atmosphere. Be sure to take a stroll past the interactive fountains or along bayfront beaches on Sunset Island’s shoreline walking path. And enjoy the convenient location of being at 67th Street. Don’t forget, Ocean City’s famous boardwalk, challenging golf courses and great restaurants are still nearby.  Below are a few of the highlights of vacationing in Sunset Island:

  • Huge variety of condos, townhomes, and single family residences with 3-6 bedrooms – (click here for our entire inventory of Sunset Island Vacation Rentals)
  • Gated private bayfront community surrounded by water on 3 sides
  • Indoor/outdoor pools (open seasonally)
  • Bayfront beaches (especially great for little ones who aren’t ready for the ocean)
  • Community clubhouse/library
  • On-site restaurant (The Landing – overlooks the bay)
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Shoreline walking/biking path (around perimeter of the island)
  • Fishing/crabbing pier
  • Interactive fountains (that “dance” as you play in them)
  • Steps away from The Longboard Cafe, Sweetfrog, The Bonfire, Dead Freddie’s Island Grill, Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli and many other great restaurants and shops


If you’ve enjoyed a vacation at Sunset Island before, come back and see what’s new. If you’ve never been to our private 37-acre island, you’re in for a treat.

And vacation memories that will last forever.

book direct

Book Direct & Save on Your Vacation

Five Reasons Why Smart Travelers Book Direct

Browsing travel websites is a great way to get an overview of the types of places to rent in various vacation spots. You can see a whole bunch of places at once and sort by price, distance, availability, amenities and other factors.  But smart travelers know that the next step isn’t to click on “Book Now” on those sites but instead to book direct from the property owner or agency that manages the rental.  Here’s why:

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant traveler fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or manager to book direct.
  • Direct contact with the owner or manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” This provides you with a faster, smoother experience.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites because these listings are expensive for property owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and managers offer helpful insider’s knowledge that can enhance your experience and save you valuable vacation dollars. Many have special offers, flash sales, and off-season discounts  that they don’t list on the major sites.
  • If you’re looking for a local’s perspective, property owners and managers can give you the most updated information on their rentals and community. They can tell you about new amenities, lesser-known area events, the best restaurants, and hidden gems around town.

In short, if a particular property management or vacation rental firm has a property – or a few properties – that look good to you, go to that company’s website (such as VantageOceanCity.com!) to book direct. Chances are you’ll find more options, avoid hidden fees on travel websites, and have a smooth experience as you gear up for a great vacation.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save on your vacation and have a much better experience.

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Post Tax-Time Oceanfront Vacations

Taxes Done? Trade Your 1040 for SPF 40

Here’s an idea even your accountant would approve of: trade your primary residence for a sandcastle, and put the stress of tax time behind you with an oceanfront vacation.

Nothing is more relaxing than ocean waves and salt air, and we have great oceanfront properties that are a perfect way to reward yourself for getting your taxes done. (And if you’ve already received your refund, this is a great way to treat yourself.)

Bring that special someone, or invite all of your little deductions to come along. You’ll find a wide variety of vacation choices throughout Ocean City, and we promise you won’t have to fill out any forms.

So put down that calculator, pick up your beach toys and reward yourself for a job well done. To deduct your tax-time stress, book online or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002.

Check Out these Oceanfront Rentals

  • Flying Cloud 803 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Wake up to ocean views in every direction from your private 8th floor balcony.  Newly updated with flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms, this oceanfront condo in North Ocean City (94th St.) is well-equipped for the vacationing family.  Additional features include free Wi-Fi, updated kitchen, and short walking distance to popular restaurants such as Bull on the Beach, Trattoria Lombardi’s, and Liquid Assets.

  • Belmont Towers 603 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 9 – Located directly on the Ocean City Boardwalk, this luxury condo is right where the action is.  Relax on your oceanfront balcony and soak up the atmosphere and breathtaking views.  You can even watch the fireworks or hear live music throughout the summer.  Amenities also include a gourmet kitchen, rooftop pool, fitness center, and gated parking garage.  This is a great spot for guests attending Cruisin’ Ocean City, Endless Summer Cruisin’SpringfestSunfest, and Wine on the Beach – all of which take place at the Inlet just 2 blocks away.

  • White Sands Village 5 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 12 – Ever wondered what it would be like to have the beach in your backyard?  Located in North Ocean City (142nd St.), this spacious oceanfront townhome features an extra large deck and balcony overlooking the sand and surf.  Spend some time working on your tan or relax in the shade under the covered tiki bar.  Guests also have access to an outdoor dining area and gas grill.  This property is also just a short walk from Sun and Surf Cinema, Phillips Seafood, Lost Treasure Golf, and the historic Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Don’t wait!  Our oceanfront vacation rentals are in high demand and fill 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.

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.

Vacation Time

Start Your Vacation When You Want

Flexible Vacation Options that Work for You

A lot of vacation spots only rent from Saturday-Saturday. With everyone coming and going at the same time, your vacation doesn’t exactly start out … like a vacation.

Maybe you’d like to start your vacation a little sooner and arrive on Friday. Maybe you have family activities on Saturday and can’t get away until Sunday. Or maybe you just can’t imagine leaving for vacation before you fix that dripping faucet.  That’s why many of our vacation properties offer you the option of a Friday-Friday or Sunday-Sunday vacation. After all, it’s your vacation. Shouldn’t you be the one who decides when it starts?

To enjoy the vacation you want when you want and avoid the Ocean City Saturday changeover,  simply search our website for alternate check-in dates or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002.  Or scroll down for a few of our featured properties!

Fantastic Friday-Friday Rentals

  • Acropolis 4 – 3-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 8 – Previously featured as a “prestigious property” in Coastal Style magazine, this opulent 3,000-SqFt oceanfront penthouse (63rd St.) has upgrades galore and is the perfect spot for watching sunrises! Step outside of the luxurious living room or master bedroom onto an extra-large oceanfront balcony. There are exquisite finishes at every turn, including “Old World-style” stone work, tumbled-travertine floor tiles, and custom Hubbardton Forge lighting – so gorgeous! Additional amenities include a private elevator, gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking Professional Series appliances, and rooftop deck with hot tub.  Guests have direct access to the beach from over the dune crossing.

  • Belmont Towers 708 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Located along the south end of the Boardwalk (side unit), this updated condo has beautiful, south-facing views of the ocean, inlet, bay, and Assateague Island in the distance.   Guests enjoy an upgraded kitchen, flat-screen TVs, Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center, Sauna, Putting Green, and secure Parking Garage.  You are just a 1/2-block from the beach, boardwalk, rides, and restaurants – a perfect spot when visiting during Cruisin’ OC, Endless Summer Cruisin’, Springfest, Sunfest, OC Bikefest, Wine on the Beach, and more.  This unit is also available to rent for 3- or 4-night stays from Mon-Fri or Fri-Mon.

  • Sunset Island, 17 Sunset Island Dr. – 4-BR/3 Full & 2 Half-BA/Sleeps 10 – Enjoy laid-back island living in this gated bayfront resort on 67th St.  Located next door to the Corner Store and the Pond and Fountains, this spacious townhome would be a great spot for a relaxing family vacation.  Sunset Island’s Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Clubhouse, Private Bayfront Beach, Fitness Center, Restaurant, and more are less than 3 blocks away.  This unit is also available to rent for 3- or 4-night stays from Mon-Fri or Fri-Mon.

Super Sunday-Sunday Rentals

  • Sunset Island, 14 Shore Point Dr. – 6-BR/4.5-BA/Sleeps 12 – Gorgeous decor, comfortable furnishings, and spacious rooms make this home the perfect place for vacation memories.  Located on a quaint, tree-lined street just a few homes from the bay, this part of the island is peaceful and relaxing.  Amenities include an extra large gourmet kitchen, 7 flat-screen TVs, private garage and more.  Just a short walk from Sunset Island’s Indoor/Outdoor Pools, Clubhouse, Private Bayfront Beach, Fitness Center, and Restaurant.

  • Meridian 504W – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 10 – Located ocean block in Mid-Town Ocean City (60th St.), this luxurious condo features 2 Master Bedrooms and 2 extra large balconies with beautiful beach-to-bay views.  Enjoy upscale decor, a gourmet kitchen, and flat-screen TVs in the living room and all bedrooms.  Guests of Meridian also have the benefit of an Outdoor Pool, Fitness Center and short walk to some of the area’s best restaurants and night-life such as Fager’s Island, Seacrets and more.  This unit is also available to rent for 3- or 4-night stays from Sun-Thur or Thur-Sun.

  • Top View 2N – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 7 – Stay Oceanfront in this updated condo on 43rd St.  Wake up to beautiful sunrises on the private balcony while sipping your morning coffee.  Amenities include a modern kitchen, fresh decor, big flat-screen TV, and direct access to the beach over the dune crossing. Also just a short walk from the Convention Center, Seacrets, and dozens of shops and restaurants.

With summer just around the corner, our Ocean City vacation rentals are filling up fast. Browse VantageOceanCity.com today or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 73-2002 to find the perfect spot for your Ocean City vacation.

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Book Direct and Save BIG

Vacation Smarter – Book Direct with Vantage

Wednesday, February 7th is #BookDirect day, and whether you’re planning a spring getaway or a summer trip, here are five reasons why reaching out to vacation rental managers to book direct is the strategy of smart travelers.

  • Websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway and TripAdvisor add significant fees when you book through them. So do many online travel agencies. You can save substantially by contacting the owner or property manager directly.  These precious vacation dollars can be used for other fun things on your vacation like amusement rides, dinner at a local restaurant, or souvenirs on the boardwalk.
  • Direct contact with the owner or property manager makes it easy to communicate special needs without your requests getting “lost in translation.” Here at Vantage we go the extra mile to accommodate our guests and make the experience a smooth one.  We can help you arrange for convenient services such as linen rental, grocery delivery, mid-week cleaning, and more.
  • Many of the best vacation rentals aren’t even listed on major sites, because listings are expensive for owners. Along the North Carolina coast, for example, only 30% of all rental properties are listed on the major sites. You could be missing out.
  • Owners and property managers know the vacation rental and the surrounding area. They can offer insider’s knowledge. Many have special offers they don’t list on the major sites. Visit our Specials Page to see Vantage Vacation Rentals’ current vacation rental deals.
  • Owners and property managers have the most updated information about their property and community. They can give you the inside scoop about new amenities, lesser-known area events and hidden gems that make your vacation memorable.

Book smarter. #bookdirect. You’ll save and have a much better experience. Ready to find your perfect vacation spot? Browse our diverse inventory of more than 500 of Ocean City’s finest vacation rentals at VantageOceanCity.com today!

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!

Fall in Love with the Beach

Fall in Love with Ocean City

Temperatures May Drop, but Fall Events Heat Up

Dusting off school books, raking up leaves, and enjoying football on TV – who says vacations are just for the summer? Fall is the best time of year and even better in Ocean City! Forget the traffic, skip the lines, and enjoy life at a slower pace. Ocean City offers fall vacation deals for every budget.  With off-season temperatures in the 60s-70s, the local events never stop. From food festivals to car shows to Halloween traditions, visitors will fall in love with the shore.

September

  • 9/11 Parade of Brothers Motorcycle Ride  – Join riders from across the country in a memorial boardwalk parade.
  • 9/14-17 OC Bikefest – From the Boardwalk to the Convention Center to the Inlet, Bikefest promises great times with bands, stunt bikes, vendors, food & beverages.
  • 9/21-24 43rd Annual Sunfest & Sunfest Kite Festival – Celebrate fall in style! Enjoy the four-day event full of delicious food, arts and crafts, live music, rides, activities for the kids & more.
  • 9/22-23 13th Annual Sand Castle Home Tour – Spend the day touring ten of Ocean City’s most beautiful homes for a great cause, the Art League of OC!
  • 9/29-30 22nd Annual Wine on the Beach – Treat your taste buds! Start off your stress free weekend wining on the beach.

October

  • 10/5-8 20th Annual Endless Summer Crusin’– Car enthusiasts will love this event with over 2,000 Hot Rods, Wild Customs, and Trick Trucks at the Convention Center.
  • 10/21 O.C.toberfest Howl-o-ween Pet Parade Show – Ocean City goes to dogs, cats & any other family pet! Break out your best costume and join over 140 pet and owners alike for the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade.
  • 10/21-22 & 28-29 O.C.toberfest Halloween Beach Maze – Test your navigation skills in Ocean City’s largest beach maze!
  • 10/28 Great Pumpkin Race – Take the whole family to the Great Pumpkin Race: OC Edition! Creating your finest pumpkin race car and take part in this wacky down-hill race.

November

  • 11/16 – 12/31 Winterfest of LightsHop aboard the Winterfest Express for the best tour of the one million Christmas light display. Enjoy festive music, hot chocolate, gift shops & pictures with Santa!

Plan your fall getaway to Ocean City at VantageOceanCity.com.  Or give our Vacation Coordinators a call at (410) 723-2002 – we would be happy to help you find the rental that’s just right for you!