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Last-Minute Family Getaways Before Summer’s Gone

You’re not letting summer 2019 get away that easy. There’s still several weeks left—and plenty of time to squeeze in one last family trip to Ocean City, Maryland, before school, sports and all the extracurriculars take over your calendar. These last-minute trips are often among the best. No overthinking, no over planning, just simply enjoying time together at your happy place. Use this trip to cross off everything on your beach bucket list, like racing go-karts at SpeedWorld, conquering all the water slides, taking morning bike rides on the Boardwalk, crabbing and fishing in the bay and watching a movie together on the beach.As a bonus, Ocean City’s event schedule stays packed well into the fall. The engines are revving from August 22 –25 with OC Jeep Week and OC Bikefest September 12 –15. Take in all the fun at the 45th annual Sunfest, September 19 –22, with arts, crafts, food and live music. Check out the wonderful properties Vantage has available for your last hurrah. Many are offering discounted end-of-summer rates and Flex Stay options, which allow you to check-in any day of the week with a three-night minimum. You can find even more at VantageOceanCity.com.

Bahia Vista I 104


Fantastic views of the bay from the first floor and cool off in the refreshing pool onsite.

You don’t have to decide between a peaceful bayfront setting or proximity to all the action in Ocean City, Maryland’s bustling downtown. This luxurious three-bedroom condo lets you enjoy the best of both worlds. Take in the fantastic views of the bay from the first floor and cool off in the refreshing pool onsite.

You’re mere minutes from the beach and the Boardwalk plus some of downtown’s favorite eateries, including Hammerheads Bar & Grill, Pickles Pub, Pizza Mambo and the Candy Kitchen. Bahia Vista is the place to stay for Sunfest and other events happening near the Ocean City Inlet area.

509 Philadelphia Ave.

Gorgeous, spacious and pet friendly huge single-family home just two blocks from the beach and Boardwalk.

Gorgeous, spacious and pet friendly—make yourself right at home in this huge single-family home just two blocks from the beach and Boardwalk on 6th Street in downtown Ocean City, MD. Bring friends, extended family, everyone, because this home sleeps 19 guests quite comfortably. You get privacy and perfect places to congregate—including the front porch looking out onto Philadelphia Avenue. Fire up the backyard grill for a surf and turf cookout, followed by a cornhole tournament. There’s even more fun nearby at the public park, skate park and public crabbing spot.

Carmel Ave. 4

Spacious balconies, a fully equipped kitchen and your own private elevator.

Get away from it all in this brand-new four-bedroom townhome in West Ocean City’s “The Plantations” community. Be among the first to surround yourself with the luxuries not commonly found in a vacation home, including high-end furnishings throughout, spacious balconies, a fully equipped kitchen and your own private elevator.

If you love fresh seafood, cold drinks and good entertainment, take the short walk to Harborside Bar & Grill and the Sunset Grille. A quick drive or bus ride puts you in downtown Ocean City. Your rental also includes a pass to the nearby Assateague Island National Seashore, home of the famous wild horses. Spend a day on pristine beaches and hike the trails. At night, enjoy different kinds of horses with live harness racing at the Ocean Downs Casino.

Harbour Island View 203

This brand-new bayfront condo sleeps 10.

There’s a fabulous show waiting for you every evening at Harbour Island View, as the waters beyond your balcony glow in the crimson of a stunning sunset. This brand-new bayfront condo sleeps 10 and is conveniently located between 10th and 11th Streets. You’re only four blocks away from your day at the beach and all the popular shops and restaurants on the Boardwalk. Of course, you may decide to stay put and refresh yourself in the crystal-clear onsite pool.

Key Largo 403


A penthouse unit with over 2,600 square feet.

Guests rave about Key Largo 403, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, it’s a penthouse unit with over 2,600 square feet—a paradise for large groups. The wraparound balcony looks out over the ocean and the bay, and you even have an ocean view from the two soaking tubs. The Midtown location is hard to beat: Not only are you just half a block from the beach, you’re within easy walking distance of Ocean City, Maryland’s top restaurants and hotspots, like Seacrets, Fager’s Island and Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill. The kids will love being so close to Maui Golf and Action Watersports!

Sunset Island 10 BSD

You’ll have access to indoor and outdoor pools, private beaches, a fishing pier, fitness center, library, general store, onsite restaurants and pool bars!

From floor to ceiling, everything in this four-story townhome is brand-new and high-end. The bayside property is flush with luxurious amenities—as is the private community of Sunset Island. Across 37 lush acres, you’ll have access to indoor and outdoor pools, private beaches, a fishing pier, fitness center, library, general store, onsite restaurants and pool bars. You could spend your entire time right here in the resort. If you do want to venture out, you’re only two blocks from the ocean and a variety of Midtown dining and shopping options.

Catch summer before it’s gone!

Book a last-minute vacation rental with Vantage!

You still have time for an Ocean City, MD, vacation, but these properties won’t be available much longer. Book a last-minute vacation rental with Vantage and get every last drop of summer goodness. You can find even more properties at VantageOceanCity.com. Book direct online for the best rates or call our friendly reservationists at 410-723-2002 to get started now!

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.

Thrilling Things to Do in Ocean City

Your heart races. Your pulse pounds. You feel your stomach drop.

You live for moments like this.

If this sounds like your idea of a perfect vacation, Ocean City, Maryland, is full of experiences just for you. Thrill-seekers have their choice of terrain: air, water and land. Some activities, like parasailing, combine domains. No matter what adventure you’re in the mood for, there are plenty of options for you and your fun-loving friends and family to explore.

Find the right place to catch your breath after a long exciting day. Browse Vantage’s current listings to choose the rental that suits your style.

The sky’s the limit

With tandem skydiving, a fully trained instructor will be in the harness with you.

Nothing screams “thrill” more than jumping out of a plane, strapped to another person, free falling at 120 MPH. At Skydive OC, adrenaline addicts can get their fix while taking in breathtaking views of the east coast and Atlantic Ocean.

Never been skydiving before? Not a problem. With tandem skydiving, a fully trained instructor will be in the harness with you to operate the parachute equipment securely. Tandem is a great option if you’d like to skip the full day of training and be ready to go in just an hour!

Take in even more of Ocean City, MD’s beautiful skyline by strapping yourself in for a wild ride with OC Parasail. You and up to two friends or family members can soar through the sky together at the altitude of your choice, from 400 to 800 feet.

Ride the wave of excitement

Hit full throttle and hang onto your hats!

Prefer the seas to the skies? We’ve got you covered. Bring your family aboard the OC Rocket, the fastest speedboat in Ocean City, Maryland. This is easily one of the best ways to spend an hour cooling off from the summer’s heat. You may even be joined by a pod of curious dolphins.

Under the Bridge Watersports offers a unique thrill: the fastest Banana Boat rides in Ocean City, MD. Peel off from the OC inlet, zooming north along Maryland’s coastline toward Delaware and back. You can also rent Jet Skis and zip around the bay behind Assateague Island at speeds of up to 55 MPH.

Speaking of speed, there’s plenty more of it when you head to Bayside Boat Rentals. Their Jet Boats are the fastest on the bay, equipped with 175 or 200 HP Mercury engines. Hit full throttle and hang onto your hats as you zoom around their eight square mile riding corridor.

Loops, spins, twirls and drops

A wet and wild time without leaving the land.

If you want a wet and wild time without leaving the land, stop by Jolly Roger Splash Mountain Water Park. Home to Popular Mechanics’ pick for #1 water slide in the country, the, Aqualoop, Splash Mountain is a must for anyone looking for an adrenaline rush.

While you’re at Jolly Roger, be sure to visit the largest go-cart facility on the East Coast: SpeedWorld. Take a wild ride in one of the 140 brand new carts debuted in the past two years. For the ultimate thrill, check out the Cyclone Cart Coaster. Combining the action of go-carts with the exhilaration of roller coasters, this one-of-a-kind ride is five stories and 1,500 feet of pure fun.

There’s even something for the budding thrill-seekers in your group. Trimpers Rides on the boardwalk offers family-friendly fun with everything from bumper cars to backwards roller coasters and teacups to tilt-a-whirls. Don’t get the wrong idea: This isn’t all kids’ stuff. If you’re feeling brave, try taking on the Tidal Wave or freefalling from the Freakout—just a few of the park’s craziest rides bringing intensity to the inlet.

Get scared silly

This is no ordinary haunted house.

What was that sound? Who’s there? If you’re ready to jump out of your flip flops, take a trip to Ocean City Screams Haunted House—an immersive experience full of fright unlike anything ever seen before at the beach. This is no ordinary haunted house. If you dare, you’ll climb aboard the mysterious S.S. Steelhead and discover what has happened on the ship in the past 50 years since it went missing. This is most definitely not for the faint of heart. Prepare to be shocked as you investigate the horrors that await within the haunted vessel.

See what all the excitement’s about

Find your place with Vantage and let the adventures begin!

What’s the biggest thrill of all? Hunting for and finding an Ocean City, MD, beach rental that keeps you close to the action and attractions. Find your place with Vantage and let the adventures begin! Make sure you book direct with Vantage to ensure you’re getting the best rates and selection. Call 410-723-2002 or check out 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.

Here’s Why You Should Visit Ocean City, MD, in September

The vacation of a lifetime starts right here!

As the heat of summer makes way for the cool ocean breeze of fall, it’s time to start thinking about your next beach getaway! From stunning beaches to exciting attractions, the best of Ocean City is now discoverable. Everything you need to know about visiting Ocean City, MD, in September is right here. While you’re here, make the most out of your stay by booking with Vantage Vacation Rentals. Our gorgeous rental properties are featured on every corner of Ocean City, giving you easy access to the best that the area has to offer. Whether it’s a bayside abode or an oceanfront villa that catches your eye, the vacation of a lifetime starts right here!

Benefits of Visiting Ocean City, MD, in September

Gorgeous Weather

A pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!

At the peak of summer in some area’s of the country, sitting on the beach for too long can get pretty uncomfortable. Luckily, temperatures in Ocean City in September hover around 65-75 degrees. This means you can lounge on the beach all day if you want! While the air temp is a bit cooler, the water is actually at its warmest average temperature of the year. The crisp ocean air also makes taking a stroll down the Ocean City Boardwalk a pleasant way to spend an afternoon with the whole family!

Less Traffic

Have more of the beach for yourself.

A lot of people assume that the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, is in June or July, but this is also when the beach is the most crowded. If you want to avoid the traffic and have more of the beach for yourself, September is the quietest time of year to visit. The weather is still warm, and all of the area’s best things to do are still open, but you won’t have to fight your way through umbrellas and beach chairs to find your spot in the sand!

Exciting Events

Finding things to do will never be an issue.

One of the best reasons to visit Ocean City, MD, in September is the number of exciting events that the area hosts during this time of year. From the Ocean City Sunfest to the OC BikeFest, September is packed with incredible ways to accent your trip! Finding things to do will never be an issue. Explore the full list of fall events and start planning your trip today! 

Where to Stay in Ocean City, MD


Find the perfect home with Vantage Vacation Rentals.

No matter where your next Ocean City adventure takes you, find the perfect home every time with Vantage Vacation Rentals. Our properties are sprinkled throughout Ocean City and feature stunning waterfront views, instant access to area attractions, and a long list of world-class amenities. Whether you’re looking for a home that will put you seconds away from the beach or a property that’s big enough to fit the entire family, we have just the place. 

Make your next visit to Ocean City, MD, one that you’ll never forget. Take a peek at our special rates and find your happy place today! 

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.


7 of the Best Restaurants in Ocean City, MD, on the Water

If you’d like to pair your meals with waterfront views, Ocean City is the place to be! Our coastal resort town is full of excellent restaurants where you can eat delicious food as you drink in the beautiful scenery. Whether you prefer to sit inside and gaze out the window or dine outside with the cool breezes, we’ll help you get there. See what’s on the menu at these Ocean City, MD, restaurants on the water to begin your scenic dining experience. It’s a treat for all of your senses! Plus, you can stay in one of our waterfront vacation rentals for even more views near your favorite restaurants!

Savor the Scenery at These Waterfront Restaurants in Ocean City, MD

Fager’s Island Restaurant and Bar

Savor the Waterfront Scenery

Fager’s Island is known for its summer deck parties, delicious seafood, and unbeatable sunset views. Every evening as the sun is setting, Fager’s plays the War of 1812 Overture and times it just right so that the sun disappears as the final cymbals clash. Head over to 60th Street in the Bay to see what makes it such a special destination for cuisine and entertainment! You can choose from a fine dining experience inside or a more casual meal on their outdoor decks. Don’t forget to check out their happy hours every day from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for some great deals!

Seacrets




The food is always delicious at Seacrets

Another fantastic place for nightlife and waterfront dining is Seacrets Jamaica USA. Here, the parties never end, and the food is always delicious. Before you dance the night away to your favorite tunes in the Nite Club, grab some grub at their bayfront restaurant on 49th Street. Feel free to try some of their tropical-themed drink specials, too!

The Hobbit

Sunset at The Hobbit
Sunset at The Hobbit

Are you looking for the perfect spot to take your special someone? Consider enjoying a romantic evening at The Hobbit on 81st Street. This elegant establishment features beautiful architecture, gorgeous decor, and stunning bay views. You’re welcome to dine in the contemporary dining room or unwind in the lounge with a fifteen-seat bar and open seating area. Arrive early for some tasty early-bird specials!

Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill

Casual dining experience on their private beach

Bring your dancing shoes and an appetite for seafood! Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill is a haven for hungry visitors looking to soak up some sun in Ocean City. Customers rave about their happy hour menu, and you can’t beat the casual dining experience on their private beach. Their menu features everything from Maryland style crab cakes to smoky Texas BBQ ribs.

BJ’s on the Water

This waterfront restaurant is open year-round!

No matter when hunger strikes, you can head to BJ’s on the Water to satisfy your craving. This waterfront restaurant is open year-round from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. with a brand new dining area! One of the highlights here is the raw bar with fresh mussels, clams, oysters, and steamed shrimp. You might be able to catch a performance by a local band while you enjoy your meal! Don’t miss the daily 1:00 PM duck feedings at BJ’s on the Water. It is fun to watch, and the ducks are there like clockwork every single day of the year!

Fish Tales

Fish Tales overlooks the Ocean City bay from the Bahia Marina on 21st Street

Fish Tales has been delighting customers since 1983, and it shows no sign of slowing down. This family-friendly restaurant overlooks the Ocean City bay from the Bahia Marina on 21st Street. Adults can enjoy a drink at the bar, kids can run around in the enclosed playground, and everyone can indulge in fresh seafood! Fish Tales has limited seating in the dining area, so make sure you arrive early to secure a table. The views are worth it!

Sunset Grille

Lovely indoor area and great outdoor seating

Last but not least, we recommend visiting the Sunset Grille in West Ocean City. They have something for everyone with a lovely indoor area, great outdoor seating, and plenty of live entertainment. Make sure you check out The Bridge Rooftop Bar while you’re there! It provides an excellent vantage point of the Sunset Marina with a large bar and cozy seating by the fireplaces.

Walk to Your Favorite Waterfront Restaurants

Stay near your favorite restaurants with Vantage

Do you have some restaurants in mind that you’d like to try? Stay near your favorites with Vantage Vacation Rentals! After filling up on delicious food, you can simply walk back to your vacation home to unwind and rest up for another fantastic day. Plus, many of our properties feature waterfront views of their own! Explore our list of over 500 vacation rentals and find your happy place today!

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.

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.

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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.

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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!