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Beach Wedding Ocean City

Plan a Magical Beach Wedding in Ocean City, MD

Beach Wedding Couple Ocean City
Ocean City, MD, is a romantic place to tie the knot

The sound of the waves, the sun on the horizon, the smell of the salt and feeling of the sand—there are few locales more romantic and appropriate for a wedding than the beach. And Ocean City, MD, makes for a perfect destination wedding for you, your family and your closest friends.

Here are the top tips to plan a beach wedding to remember in Ocean City, Maryland.

Plan well in advance

Every ceremony requires plenty of prep, and that’s especially true for a destination wedding in a popular location like Ocean City, MD. Couples from all over the East Coast flock to Ocean City to tie the knot.

The first thing you’ll need to consider when planning your Ocean City wedding is the timing: Are there any special events, which could draw big crowds and interfere with your plans?

Planning a Beach Wedding
Start by contacting the Town of Ocean City

Then you’ll want to apply for a local marriage license. Contact Worchester County Clerk of Court Office at 410-632-5500 to make sure you know what documents you’ll need to bring. You should discuss your plans with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office (410-289-8931).

Be sure you also have an officiant ready to go: Ocean City, MD, has no Justice of the Peace to oversee your ceremony. Once you have all of your plans set, you must also notify the city.

You may also want to attend the annual Ocean City Bridal Show (held at Seacrets!) to meet with local vendors and professionals who can help you navigate the process of planning a beach wedding. This year’s event will be April 7, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Decide on a location—public, private or resort-style

Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City
Beach Wedding Venue Ocean City

Once you have the red tape out of the way, your first big question is where are you going to hold your ceremony and reception? A public beach might be the most affordable option, but that means anyone can crash your wedding photos. You might be able to reserve sections for yourself, however, so check with the Ocean City Mayor’s Office.

A private beach offers a perfect amount of seclusion, and a restaurant or hotel right near or even on the beach can provide views of the ocean plus a reception venue—but at a higher cost than if you say, “I do” on a public beach.

Enjoy the sunrise (or sunset)

During peak season, it’s going to be hot in the afternoon, so consider a morning or sunset ceremony for a cooler alternative. Your guests—especially the older and younger ones—will be thankful. Your photos will likely come out better, too, as everyone will be glistening less.

Besides, nothing’s more romantic than the sun rising or setting as you enjoy your first kiss as a newlywed couple.

Choose appropriate attire

You want to be comfortable when you’re strolling down the sandy aisle, so opt for lightweight fabric and leave behind the cumbersome (and hot) ball gown. Likewise, the groom and members of the wedding party should don lighter than usual colors and material—linen and cotton make for good options. Groomsmen could even opt out of sport jackets for a more casual look that matches the locale—so no black tuxes.

It could also get windy, so consider leaving behind the lengthy veil. And avoid heels so you don’t sink into the sand: Instead, wear flat sandals or wedges—or go barefoot to feel the sand between your toes for the full beach wedding experience.

Make waves with a sound system

You’re going to spend hours perfecting your vows and the rest of the ceremony, so make sure all of your guests can hear them. The waves of Ocean City, MD, will be loud, and you don’t want them to drown out your proclamations of love. Look into renting a sound system to amplify your pronouncements—especially if you’re filming the proceedings.

Mind your meals

From the hors d’oeuvres to mains and dessert, you’re going to want to put some thought into what you serve at your reception. Outdoor dining on the water demands lighter foods, and you’ll want to keep all cheeses and cream-based items out of the sun. Make sure you serve plenty of water in addition to the champagne so your guests stay hydrated, and choose bubbly wines that will feel refreshing.

Finally, the cake—no wedding is complete without it. Consult with your baker about what fillings and other ingredients will work best under the sun—often, fondant is a better choice than buttercream, and red velvet will do well.

Make sure your flowers can handle the heat

Not all blooms are meant for the high heat and humidity of Ocean City, Maryland, during the summer. When you’re planning your dream beach wedding, you’ll want to keep in mind what’s in the bridal bouquet and what varieties the flower girl will be traipsing down the aisle with. Select ones that do well in tropical weather: orchids, chrysanthemums, plumeria, calla lilies and king protea are all good choices.

Start planning today

Now that you’re ready to plan your beach wedding in Ocean City, Maryland, contact a friendly Vantage reservation specialist today at (410) 723-2002 to book accommodations for you and all of your guests. 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.

Sunset Island 1 Beach Side Mews View

Sunset Island 2019: Luxury Amenities, Exciting Activities

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

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

Marisol’s Market & Café

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

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

Marisol’s Beach Shuttle

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

Sanibel’s at Sunset Island—NEW for 2019!

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

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

Events and activities galore

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book Your Sunset Island Stay Today

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

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

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

About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit VantageOceanCity.com, EasternShoreVacations.com and VantageMB.com.

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day Getaways in Ocean City, MD

With all due respect to flowers and candy, 80% of people in a 2018 Groupon survey said they’d prefer to receive a Valentine’s Day gift in the form of an experience—something they could share with their partner. Few experiences equal a romantic getaway at the beach!

Spending Valentine’s Day weekend in Ocean City, Maryland, gives you the best of all worlds: a carefree couples’ escape with long walks on a quiet beach, fresh ocean air and unique restaurants and activities you won’t find at home.

To make planning your experience easy, the Vantage team has put together some Ocean City property and activity recommendations perfect for couples.

Acropolis 4

Acropolis 4 View
View from the Balcony of Acropolis 4

Spacious, luxurious and made for romance, the Acropolis 4 is a stunning penthouse paradise overlooking the ocean. Featured as a “Prestigious Property” in Coastal Style magazine, this home feels more like an upscale residence than a beach rental.

The owners have spared no expense to ensure your comfort. Exquisite finishes and opulent details abound, from the Old World-style stonework and custom lighting to the gourmet chef’s kitchen with Viking Professional Services appliances.

Best of all, guests of the Acropolis 4 have exclusive access to a rooftop patio under the stars, complete with a five-person hot tub offering gorgeous views of the ocean and the bay.

Additional amenities include:

  • Free linen service
  • Gas fireplace
  • HDTVs throughout
  • Private elevator and entrance

Belmont Towers 701

Living Room of Belmont Towers 701
Living Room of Belmont Towers 701

Wake to the sun rising over the ocean. Drift off to a serenade of waves on the shore. Spend the hours in between having the time of your life.

This gorgeous oceanfront end-unit condo puts you in one of the most sought-after locations in Ocean City—the world-famous Boardwalk. You’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Boardwalk and the beach from your private gazebo balcony at Belmont Towers 701.

The gourmet kitchen features everything you need to prepare a romantic dinner for two. The fireplace and large HDTV give you a great excuse to spend a cozy night in.

Additional amenities include:

  • Soaking tub
  • Gated, covered parking garage
  • Fitness center and sauna

High Point North 3E

Dining Area/Kitchen of High Point North 3E

This newly updated one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo in North Ocean City makes for a quiet Valentine’s hideaway. Though it may be February, it always feels like summer inside High Point North 3E thanks to the beach-themed décor and furnishings with a tropical flair. Huge glass doors off the living room offer a perpetually alluring view of the ocean below.

One quick elevator ride takes you down to the beach for a sandy stroll. You’re also within walking distance of Ocean City, Maryland’s favorite shops and restaurants, including the original Greene Turtle and Candy Kitchen—where you’ll find endless sweets for your sweet.

Additional amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Two HDTVs and DVD players
  • Washer/dryer

Maresol 309

View from Balcony of Maresol 309

Breathtaking. That’s the only way to describe the sunsets awaiting you at this updated bayfront condo in peaceful midtown Ocean City, Maryland. From your balcony at Maresol 309, you can enjoy morning coffee with your partner while watching the herons and egrets that visit the marsh.

Staying in this popular part of Ocean City means you’re close to some of the best restaurants and favorite nightspots. Make sure you book a sunset dinner for two at nearby Fager’s Island. They celebrate the setting sun each day by synching it to the War of 1812 Overture. Share a toast as the final cymbals clash once the light disappears below the horizon.

Additional amenities include:

  • Four HDTVs
  • Soaking tub
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Rivendell 607

Living Room of Rivendell 607

Prepare to fall in love—with the ocean views from one of Ocean City, MD’s newer buildings. Rivendell 607 is a three-bedroom condo that’s ideal for spending quality time together away from it all. The plush furnishings invite you to share a blanket and a movie. Cook a special candlelight dinner in the fully equipped gourmet kitchen. In the mood for some Valentine’s Day cocktails? Make full use of the wine cooler, ice maker and wet bar.

You’re also welcome to use the community’s resort-style indoor pool as well as the state-of-the-art fitness center.

Additional amenities include:

  • Secured lobby and lounge area
  • Controlled access covered parking
  • Four HDTVs

Makai 201

Makai Indoor Pool Solarium

In Hawaiian, makai means “toward the sea.” It’s a name that suits this 42nd Street bayside community to a tee. In Makai 201, you’ll find a condo with extraordinary charm made for beach lovers. Your private furnished balcony provides panoramic views of the Ocean City, Maryland, skyline.

Best of all, your stay entitles you to Makai’s many community amenities. Go for a swim in the beautiful indoor pool solarium, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow you to look out onto the bay. Get your heart pounding in the fitness center and enjoy some friendly competition in the billiards room. When it’s time to venture out, you’re a short walk or drive from many popular shops and restaurants, including Seacrets and the Dough Roller.

Additional amenities include:

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Bayfront deck
  • Elevator

Valentine’s Day in Ocean City

Ocean City, MD, is a popular destination for lovers all year long. Valentine’s Day is extra special. Here are a few ideas Cupid himself would approve of:

  • Take your sweetheart to the southernmost point of Ocean City, where you can gaze across the inlet to Assateague Island in the distance. Bring some coins for the binoculars that bring the wonderful island into clearer view.
Ocean City Carriage Ride
Ocean City Carriage Ride
  • Why not surprise your partner with a horse and carriage ride on the Boardwalk? Valentine’s packages are available February 15–17, weather permitting. This excursion includes a rose, a small box of candy and a glass of bubbly to enjoy on the ride. For reservations and pricing, contact Randy at (410) 783-1409.
  • Sample craft beer and wine from one or all of Ocean City’s own breweries.
  • Many area restaurants offer dinner specials just for Valentine’s Day. You can contact a Vantage reservationist to help you find restaurant options near your rental home.

Book your Valentine’s Getaway Today

Vantage has hundreds of vacation rental properties to satisfy whatever your heart desires. Let us help you plan an Ocean City, Maryland, getaway you’ll both love. Reach out to one of our friendly Vantage reservation specialists 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.

Key Largo 401

Top 5 Reasons Why Vacation Rentals Are Better than Hotels

When it comes time to plan your Ocean City getaway, you may face a common travel conundrum: vacation rentals vs. hotels. Actually, the choice may be easier than you think, especially when you factor in advantages like cost and the square footage available in a vacation home rental.

To help you make a decision you’ll feel good about, we’ve put together the top five reasons why vacation rentals are the better choice for your stay in Ocean City.

Benefit #1 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals are more cost effective.

Sunset Island 14 Shore Point Dr.
Sunset Island 14 Shore Point Dr.

When you book a vacation rental directly through a property management company, there are no hidden fees or costs that get tacked on during your stay. You’ll know what’s included from the beginning, and the price doesn’t change.

Planning a vacation with multiple families? Stay in a private home that accommodates more people, then save money by splitting the cost. Expenses can become overwhelming at a hotel where you’d need to book multiple rooms for all your guests.

The number one expense when you’re on vacation: daily meals. At short-term rental homes, kitchen and dining areas give you the freedom to cook meals instead of visiting restaurants three times a day in Ocean City, saving you ample money and time.

Benefit #2 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals are more flexible.

The perfect vacation doesn’t include timed schedules. Book a vacation home and sleep when you want, take your time eating meals, go for a midnight swim—you operate on your time. On the other hand, staying in a traditional hotel means you run the risk of room service interrupting your nap, waiting in line for continental breakfast and missing out on restricted pool hours—to name a few inconveniences.

And while most hotels offer costs per night, vacation rentals in Ocean City have more flexibility with your length of stay, whether it’s a few nights, a week or longer.

Benefit #3 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals offer more space.

Gateway Grand 213

The average size of a vacation rental is 2,000 square feet. A hotel room? More like 400 square feet. Not ideal.

Keep your family vacation stress-free at a rental property where you can enjoy time together but retreat to your own space when you need some privacy. (Did we mention no fighting over the bathroom?)

Benefit #4 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals give you more for your money.

Today’s travelers have certain expectations and preferences for amenities. Among those frequently on the wish list:

• Fast (free) Wi-Fi connections
• Kitchens
• Hot tubs, pool and game tables
• Free parking

Sound good to you? Clearly, all these amenities are much more common in vacation rentals than hotels.

Perks like washing machines and coffee makers help you feel more at home during your stay and often come standard in vacation rental properties. Hotels, however, often charge extra for things like Internet connectivity and movie players.

Benefit #5 of a Vacation Rental vs a Hotel: Rentals offer peace and privacy.

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Even if you book a rental beachfront property in Ocean City, you’re likely to have more breathing room than travelers who opt for hotels. Spare yourself from noisy guests across the hall in a busy hotel and stay in a rental property where you’re free to get a little noisy yourself.

Whether you’re interested in a lazy getaway or an exciting family vacation, make the easy choice to book a rental property—the perfect balance of seclusion and activity.

The team at Vantage is standing by now to help you find an Ocean City rental property that delivers all these benefits and more. Call one of our friendly reservationists at (410) 723-2002 or book direct at www.VantageOceanCity.com.

Vacation Rental Owners

10 Ways Vacation Rental Owners Can Upgrade for Instant Value

Small Upgrades that Create Big Value for Vacation Rental Owners

While many vacation rental owners may not have the funds or resources for major structural changes to their rental properties, there are several types of easy upgrades that can instantly add value. Below are our top recommendations for inexpensive improvements that will help maintain your vacation rental, impress your guests, and pave the way for repeat business in the future.

  • A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any vacation home – nothing improves your home’s appearance more than this. Painting is easy and inexpensive and sets the tone throughout the property. Consider adding an accent wall for a splash of color and an interesting design element.
  • Replacing older light fixtures not only improves lighting quality, but also gives your home an updated look and aesthetic appeal.
  • New cabinet doors, knobs and contact paper for shelves and drawers freshen up kitchens and make guests feel at home during their stay.
  • Upgrading to hardwood or tile flooring makes your property easier to maintain and gives it an updated look in online photos.  You will score big points with guests, as well!
  • Contemporary showerheads, toilet paper holders, towel racks or faucets may seem like small details, but they can give bathrooms a clean, personalized touch like that of an upscale hotel.
  • Flat-screen TVs add a modern, streamlined look to your home and greatly improve the viewing experience for guests while they relax on vacation.  With the cost of flat-screen TVs having come down dramatically in price, this is a great opportunity to swap out any older, boxy TVs that may be making your vacation rental look dated.
  • Programmable thermostats can add money-saving and functional elements to the home. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • While it may not be possible to add square footage to your property – especially if it’s located in a condo building – storage within the home can be maximized by installing vertical shelving in workrooms, pantries, closets and garages.
  • Little touches, like updating light switches and doorknobs, can add a fresh feel to any room. Routinely upgrade the bedrooms with hotel-quality bedding, pillows, and mattresses or mattress toppers – all things that guests have come to expect when they travel. New door handles and locks can improve security, as well.
  • Save on energy costs by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, routinely cleaning your refrigerator coils, and replacing older air conditioning or furnace filters.

Helping vacation rental owners succeed in Ocean City, MD and at the Delaware beaches is our passion. For more tips or to get a free proposal on your next project, contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 877-319-5808 or email deb@vantageresortrealty.biz. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page to learn more about how Vantage can help you maximize your vacation home.






Ocean City Boardwalk

Spring into Fun Ocean City Events

So many reasons to come to Ocean City this Spring!

If you’ve never visited Ocean City in the Spring, you don’t know what you’re missing. Beyond the beauty of the ocean and the tranquility of the beach, you’ll find music, art, food and events large and small for couples and families.  Vantage Vacation Rentals invites you to get your toes in the sand and enjoy this wonderful time of year when there are less crowds, mild temperatures, and low off-season rates.

Vantage boasts a wide variety of condos, townhomes, and houses throughout town — from North Ocean City and nearby Fenwick Island, DE to the Boardwalk Area at the southern tip of the island.  We also have rentals in West Ocean City and Ocean Pines, as well as properties that are within walking distance of all the action at the Inlet Parking Lot and Roland E. Powell Convention Center — where many of Ocean City’s most popular events are held.  Here are just a few of the great events happening between now and Memorial Day.  To find more, visit http://ococean.com/events.

February

Reach the Beach Nationals: Rec & School
February 23-25 – Dance teams compete for a national championship title.

St. Patrick’s Soccer Tournaments
Feb 23-Mar 18 – Over 170 teams will play over four weekends at the 30th annual indoor soccer tournament.

March

Home, Condo & Outdoor Show plus Art & Craft Fair
March 16-18 – Hundreds of remodeling pros, as well as artists and crafters with gift ideas.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
March 17 – Ocean City’s famous parade featuring marching units, floats, local celebrities — and yours truly, the Vantage Vacation Rentals staff (riding on our very own float this year)!  Festivities include a fun festival with food, drink and merriment.

Reach the Beach Nationals: All-Star Prep
March 24 – Dance teams compete for a national championship title.

Easter Art & Craft Show and Kids Fun Fair
March 30-31 – Art & Craft Show exhibitors will display unique handcrafted items. The fair will feature continuous activities, including a visit from Beany the Easter Bunny.

April

Reach the Beach Nationals: All-Star College
April 6-8 – Dance teams compete for a national championship title.

Komen MD Ocean City Race for the Cure
April 14 – Seventh annual walk/run to benefit local breast health programs and national research.

Spring Restaurant Week
April 15-29 – Local restaurants feature special, fixed-price menus.

Maryland International Kite Expo
April 27-29 – Three days of kite flying, exhibitions, demonstrations and children’s games on the beach.

OC Island to Island Half Marathon/5K
April 28 – Half Marathon runners will start on Assateague Island and finish their 13.1 miles at the Ocean City Inlet, while 5k runners will run on the Ocean City Boardwalk, finishing in the same location as the Half Marathon runners.

May

Springfest
May 3-6 – Huge annual event with live music (Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and Rolling Stones cover band Satisfaction), crafts, food and more.

Crab Soup Cook-off & Festival
May 12 – This family event includes local professional chefs competing for the title of “Best Crab Soup.” As well as live entertainment and exhibits.

Beachfest Volleyball Festival
May 12-13 – Indoor volleyball tournament that drew over 200 teams in 2017.

Cruisin’ Ocean City
May 17-20 – This popular car show, now in its 28th year, will feature over 3,400 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars, as well as live entertainment, celebrity guests, boardwalk parades and a manufacturers’ vendor midway.  Classic 60s band Herman’s Hermits, led by Peter Noone, will make an appearance during the weekend on May 17th.

Spring Arts & Crafts Show
May 26-27 – Weekend craft show featuring arts and crafts, as well as handmade chocolates, fudge and dip mixes.

Plan your Spring 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!






Book Now Pay Later

Book Now, Pay Later | Ends Feb. 28th

Book Now to Hold Your Perfect Spot

With five weeks of winter still to go, chances are you’re dreaming about a summer vacation in Ocean City, MD this year. Why let a little thing like your bank account get in the way? That’s why we’re rolling out our unique Book Now, Pay Later offer. After all, if you’re going to be enjoying your vacation later, why should you have to pay for it now? So now through the end of February, you can reserve your dream vacation with just a $500 deposit.

Here’s How it Works:

    • Choose the vacation rental you’d like with a $500 deposit (per week booked)
    • Pay the remainder of your deposit by April 1st
    • The balance of your reservation is due 30 days prior to your arrival date

At this time of year, many guests are waiting for their tax refund to arrive (or maybe even still saving up for vacation). But we want to help make your vacation dream a reality without having to wait.

Please note that the Book Now, Pay Later special is valid only on select weekly rentals during the period of June 23-September 1, and some properties may be excluded. Feel free to speak with a vacation coordinator at (410) 723-2002 to see if your desired vacation rental is included. Hurry – this offer ends February 28th. The sooner you book, the more choices you’ll have!

Check out a few of our top communities below, or browse our entire inventory of vacation rentals HERE.

Sunset Island

Sunset Island is gated community located at 67th St. and the bay. Brightly colored homes on peaceful, tree-lined streets welcome guests with high-end decor and tons of modern upgrades. Accommodations range from 3-bedroom condos to 6-bedroom homes/townhomes. This fun, family-friendly resort is known for its quaint island atmosphere and some of the area’s best amenities such as indoor/outdoor pools, state-of-the-art fitness center, community clubhouse, library, on-site restaurant (The Landing), interactive fountains, and fishing/crabbing pier. There is even a private bayfront beach, which is great for little ones who love to play in the water, but aren’t big enough to brave the ocean waves yet.

Gateway Grand

The pinnacle of luxury and comfort, the Gateway Grand resort is one of Ocean City’s best oceanfront locations. Situated along a peaceful stretch of coastline on 48th St., these luxurious 3- and 4-bedroom condos feature ocean and bay views, high-end decor, and resort-caliber amenities such as beautiful indoor and outdoor pools, large fitness center, parking garage with 24-hour security, on-site concierge, and kids’ game room (with the latest video games, board games and flat-screen TVs). Head down to the beach to play in the sand and surf, or venture out to explore all the hot spots in this part of town such as Seacrets, Macky’s, Fager’s Island, Dumser’s Dairyland, Odyssea Watersports, Maui Golf, and more! All of this, and just a short drive or bus ride from the north end of the Ocean City Boardwalk (about one mile away).

Belmont Towers

Guests who like to be right where the action is will love Belmont Towers. Conveniently located directly on the Ocean City Boardwalk and along the Atlantic Ocean, Belmont Towers is within walking distance of hundreds of shops, restaurants, rides & activities. Park your car once when you arrive in Belmont’s secure parking and then walk everywhere you need to go. Guests can choose from elegant, 2- and 3-bedroom units with great views of the Ocean, Inlet, Bay, and Assateague Island. Amenities include a rooftop pool, spacious sun deck, fitness center, on-site sauna, and even a putting green. Thanks to Belmont’s Boardwalk location, this is one of the perfect spots for guests attending events that are held in the Inlet area such as Springfest, Cruisin’ Ocean City, OC Air Show, OC Car & Truck Show, Ocean City Jeep Week, OC Bikefest, Sunfest, and so much more.

Don’t wait another day to get your 2018 Ocean City vacation lined up and take advantage of our Book Now, Pay Later campaign. Search VantageOceanCity.com using your desired dates, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, location within town, and so much more. Or give us a call at (410) 723-2002, and we would be happy to suggest some vacation rentals that fit your needs and budget.






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.






Assateague Island

OC’s Hidden Gem: Assateague Island

Escape to Island Life at Assateague

Looking to leave bustling Ocean City for the day? Take a trip across the Sinepuxent Bay Bridge and enjoy the island life! Just 10 miles south of Ocean City lays Assateague Island. At a quick glance, Assateague seems like any other state park with beautiful nature trails and an impressive nature center. However, this Island’s beaches are home to over 80 wild horses. While no one knows the true history of the “Assateague Ponies,” many myths have circulated – from being ship wrecked on the island to colonial farmers hiding the ponies from tax collectors. Yet, these ponies are just the beginning of the adventures in store at Assateague Island.

Delightful Day Trips

Just visiting the island for a day?  Stop by Assateague’s “Day‐Use” beach to enjoy pristine natural beauty and a variety of wildlife such as sika deer and waterfowl.  But a fair warning: with a full concession stand, qualified beach patrol, warm showers and bathrooms, you will never want to leave! Additionally, the state park offers 3 miles of multi-recreational beach that not only allows but encourages surfing, kayaking, and fishing. Open from 7:00 a.m. until sunset, in-state visitors pay $4 a person and out-of‐state visitors pay $6 a person for a day of fun.

Outstanding Overnight Stays

If one day is not enough for your family, check out the park’s 350 campsites, including pet-friendly areas.  Advanced reservations for campsites at ParkReservations.Maryland.gov are highly recommended, as these spots fill up fast.   In addition, Vantage has just added a new rental property to its inventory that is located directly across the Sinepuxent Bay from the island called Assateague Bay Retreat.  This expansive 4-BR, 4-BA, 5,000-SqFt, home is located on a beautifully-manicured 3-acre waterfront lot in the renowned golf community of Rum Pointe.  Completely luxurious inside and out, this pet-friendly property sleeps 14 and comes with lots of little extras such as kayaks, media room with gaming center, and beautiful views of the bay (and even the ocean from the top floor!)  While you’re here, be sure to check out all the wonderful activities available through the Assateague Island Visitor Center and the National Park Service that the whole family will enjoy:

  • Information sessions, including animal interactions
  • Kayaking tours
  • Paddleboard tours
  • Bird watching
  • Clamming, crabbing and fishing in the marina
  • Biking trails
  • Off‐road vehicle use
  • Junior beach patrol programs

So leave your worries behind and take a short drive from Ocean City to Assateague Island (10 miles) to see the wild ponies and enjoy a relaxing and adventurous island getaway.  Speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 or search over 500 vacation rentals of every size and budget at VantageOceanCity.com to reserve your perfect spot!






Mini-Weeks FlexStay Vacation

Escape for an Ocean City Mini Vacation

Customize Your Vacation

Storing decorations, cleaning up sparklers, and heading back to work – do the post-4th-of-July-blues have you wishing for a vacation? Continue the celebration and freedom with a mini vacation to Ocean City. Between work, activities and kids, it’s becoming more difficult to escape for a traditional Saturday to Saturday vacation rental. Vantage’s unique Mini-Week and FlexStay rental properties provide more flexibility, allowing you to customize a vacation that fits your timeframe and budget. Whether you dream of getting away for 3 days or 10,  plan your trip around YOUR schedule, not the other way around!

• 3-Night Mini-Week (Thurs-Sun or Fri-Mon): Perfect for a last minute Romantic Getaway
• 4-Night Mini-Week (Sun-Thurs or Mon-Fri): Enjoy Ocean City like a local – avoid the traffic & skip the lines!
• FlexStay: Check-in/check-out any day of the week and enjoy stays shorter or longer than a traditional weekly visit

Check Out a Few Flexible Properties


Balmoral 107C
3-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Just 2 blocks from the beach, this property makes it easy to relax in the sand or splash around in Balmoral’s refreshing Outdoor Pool. Balmoral 107C is located in North Ocean City within walking distance of many popular restaurants, including Pizza Tugos and Ropewalk!


Diamond Bay 5
2-BR, 2-BA, Sleeps 6 – Leave your worries behind and relax in this peaceful North Ocean City Neighborhood! This condo offers an updated kitchen, large fully-furnished balcony, and short walk to the beach.  Not wanting to cook?  Stroll to nearby restaurants, including the Greene Turtle and The Crabcake Factory.


Harbour Island 306K
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, a pool, tennis, an on-site restaurant (the Reel Inn), and a short walk to the Boardwalk.


Jockey Beach 314
Bi-level, 1-BR, 1-BR, Sleeps 6 – Enjoy the best of both worlds! This canalfront condo offers beautiful bay views and is only a short, three-block walk to beach North Ocean City (123rd St.). After a day in the sun, relax in the Outdoor Pool or watch the sunset at nearby Northside Park, which features walking paths, a playground, and long fishing and crabbing pier.


Makai 404
Studio, 1-BA, Sleeps 4 -Just 1.5 blocks from the sun and surf, this bayside condo is a cute-as-a-button efficiency condo.  This unit is located in Mid-town Ocean City (42nd St.) close to the Convention Center and comes with all the Makai amenities, including a Pool, Fitness Center, and a Bayfront Deck.


Sunset Beach 103
3-BR, 3-BA, Sleeps 9 – Unwind with a drink on your private bayfront balcony or take a refreshing swim in the Rooftop Pool. Located in Midtown Ocean City on 46th St., this bayfront condo has it all, with gorgeous sunset views, quality furnishings, and updated kitchen. Enjoy the 2-block walk to splash in the surf or go for drinks at Seacrets (right next door)!

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.