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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!






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.






Procrastination Has Its Perks

Last-Minute Vacation? We’ve Got You Covered.

It Pays to Procrastinate

Did you wait until the last minute to book your Ocean City vacation rental?  Not to worry.  That means you can take advantage of reduced rates and last-minute deals at select homes in our inventory.  Browse below for a few of our homes featuring drastically reduced rates on summer weeks, or visit our Specials Page for a complete list.

Our Top Last-Minute Deals


Mariner I 1N – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – SAVE up to $400 in July! Wake up to the beach right in your backyard!  This lovely oceanfront condo offers a private balcony with beautiful ocean views and steps that lead right down into the sand.  Convenient 45th St. location is just a short walk from Seacrets and the Convention Center.

Meridian 704W – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Remaining weeks have been REDUCED up to $400 at this luxurious Mid-Town condo (60th St.). New to our inventory for 2017, this property has never been rented! Relax on one of two spacious balconies with expansive beach-to-bay views of Ocean City. Additional features include a Rooftop Pool, Fitness Center, and short walk to the beach and dozens of popular restaurants – such as Fager’s Island and Dead Freddie’s Bar & Grill.

Tamarindo 5608-4 – 4-BR/3.5-BA/Sleeps 10 – SAVE up to $400 on select week-long stays at this spacious townhome in Mid-Town Ocean City (57th St.). Located just a half-block from the beach, this end-unit property features an Outdoor Pool, Netflix accessibility, partial ocean view, and 2-car garage with plenty of storage.  Guests can walk to popular restaurants in this part of town – such as Seacrets and Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill.

Lorelei II 402 – 3-BR (+Den)/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – SAVE up to $800 on select weeks!  Located in North Ocean City (125th St.), this spacious penthouse offers fantastic views of the bay and Northside Park from its 1,100-SqFt private balcony.  Balcony is perfect for hosting large family gatherings, with plenty of seating and even a private hot tub where you can relax after a fun day on the beach.  Northside Park hosts hundreds of fun events throughout the year, including fireworks every Sunday night – meaning, guests of this home have a front-row seat!

Sunset Beach 103 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 9 – Now FlexStay!  Plus, SAVE 15% on weekly and nightly rates on summer vacations.  Located in mid-town Ocean City (46th St.) in close proximity to Seacrets and the Convention Center, this beautiful bayfront condo offers gorgeous views, upscale appliances, a rooftop pool, a community dock, and a beach area.

Now is the time to book your Ocean City vacation so you can take advantage of these amazing deals at Vantage Vacation Rentals! For assistance finding the vacation rental that’s right for you, speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 today.






Movies on the Beach

Fun & Free Activities in Ocean City, MD

Don’t Miss these Fun & Free Activities

With all the expenses involved in planning a vacation, it’s great to know that there are lots of fun things to do once you get to Ocean City, MD that don’t cost anything at all. In addition to our free beaches, the town of Ocean City and the surrounding area offer a variety of free activities ranging from exciting to educational. Several areas around town that you definitely don’t want to miss are our parks and piers that are great sources of recreation. Be sure to check out Northside Park located bayside on 126th St. in North Ocean City, which is home to scenic walking paths, ball fields, a huge playground, an outdoor fitness area, a fishing and crabbing pier, and hundreds of events throughout the year. If you’re staying in the downtown area, then spend an afternoon at the 3rd Street Park, which features basketball courts, ball fields, a playground, a bayfront fishing pier, and the Ocean Bowl Skate Park (small fee required). Stuck with a hot or rainy day? Ocean City also has some fun free activities of the indoor variety, such as Ocean City Center for the Arts, the Assateague Island Visitors’ Center, and the Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Free Activities Every Day of the Week

No matter what days of the week you are visiting, Ocean City has you covered with fun and free activities that will get you out and about to enjoy the area and your time together.

Daily

  • Family Program at Lifesaving Station Museum – Located on the south end of the Boardwalk, the Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum holds a different family activity every morning at 10:00 a.m. with interesting topics about marine life, history, and more.
  • 100 Nights of Lights – NEW!  Boardwalk-goers will be treated to a beautiful light display as high-powered searchlights accent the sky with color while dancing in time to music.

Sundays

  • Sundaes in the Park – Bring a blanket or beach chair to Northside Park for Live Music and Entertainment followed by fireworks while enjoying your own ice cream sundae creation (small fee for ice cream).
  • OC Cruzers Car Display (Downtown) – Cruise down memory lane at this classic car show on Somerset St. accompanied by live music or entertainment.  Owners of the vehicles will be available to mingle and educate spectators about their cars.  Held from 2:30-6:00 p.m. on 6/4, 6/18, 7/16, 8/13, 9/10 & 9/24.

Mondays

  • Movies on the Beach (27th St.) – Pull up a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a full-feature family movie on the beach.  Some of the popular movies on the Movie Schedule this summer are Frozen, Finding Dory, Moana, and more.
  • Beach Fireworks (Downtown) – Join us for a festive fireworks display along the boardwalk at 10:30 p.m. in the area of N. Division Street (July 10-Sept. 4).

Tuesdays

  • Family Beach Olympics (27th St.) – Come out for some family fun and competition on the beach, such as sand castle contests, tug-of-war, and relay races. For more info, call (410) 250-0125.
  • OC Beach Dance Party (Downtown) – Bring your dancing shoes or just relax and enjoy the show as Ocean City presents free live entertainment hosted by DJ Batman on the Caroline Street Stage.

Wednesdays

  • Movies on the Beach (118th St.) – Pull up a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a full-feature family movie on the beach.  Some of the popular movies on the Movie Schedule this summer are Back to the Future, The Secret Life of Pets, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and more.
  • Beach Fireworks (Downtown) – Join us for a festive fireworks display along the boardwalk at 10:30 p.m. in the area of N. Division Street (July 10-Sept. 4).

Thursdays

  • Sunset Park Party Nights – Enjoy free live entertainment while watching the sun set over the Isle of Wight Bay (food and beverages available for sale).

Fridays

  • Movies on the Beach (27th St.) – Pull up a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a full-feature family movie on the beach.  Some of the popular movies on the Movie Schedule this summer are Frozen, Finding Dory, Moana, and more.

All the fun, excitement, and relaxation of summer is just around the corner! If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it. Browse VantageOceanCity.com to find your perfect vacation rental, or speak with a Vacation Coordinator at (410) 723-2002 today.






Fourth of July

Top 4 Reasons to Celebrate July 4th at the Beach

Red, White & You | July 4th in Ocean City, MD

What could be more all-American than spending July 4th at the beach in Ocean City, MD? Recently named one of the Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Beaches in the U.S. by TripAdvisor (the only one on the list not in Florida or Hawaii), Ocean City is known for its clean beach, family-friendly atmosphere, and multitude of activities and events. Read on to find out why you need to spend your holiday here:

  1. Freedom

    Celebrate your freedom in the place that makes you feel free! There’s nothing like having the sun on your face and sand between your toes to help you appreciate the freedom we have here in the U.S.A.  Enjoy a moment of solitude as you listen to the waves and remember those who have fought for our freedom and continue to defend it today.

  2. Fireworks

    Bring a chair or a blanket and you’ve got the best seat in the house for fireworks in Ocean City, MD. Fireworks displays will be held at several locations around town on July 4th. Visitors staying in the downtown area will be dazzled all along the Boardwalk as fireworks light up the night in the area of North Division Street at 9:30 p.m. If you’re staying in North Ocean City, then Northside Park (126th St.) is the place to be. This scenic 58-acre recreation area has plenty of grassy areas to view fireworks over the bay. In mid-town Ocean City, Seacrets will have its own fireworks display at approximately 9 p.m. Relax in the sand with a drink in your hand as live music plays across multiple stages and fireworks are shot from a barge on the bay. Guests staying in Ocean Pines can also watch fireworks on July 3rd at 9:15 p.m. at nearby Berlin Falls Park in quaint Berlin, MD. This classic event also features activities and vendors across the street at the Burley Oak Brewing Company.

  3. Festivities

    The Ocean City area keeps the party going all day long with fun entertainment and activities. Start the day at 8 a.m. in Ocean Pines at the Freedom 5K, a family-friendly race around Veterans Memorial Park to benefit “Athletes Serving Athletes.” After the race, participants can stay for the Ocean Pines July 4th Celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with waterslides, carnival games, and concessions. Assateague Island State Park will join in the fun with a 4th of July Bike Parade from the Ranger Station to the Nature Center, followed hot dogs and prizes for the best bike decorations (call 410-641-2918 for info). Finally, guests can finish the day with free live entertainment taking place prior to the Ocean City fireworks displays at 8:00 p.m. The Northside Park celebration will feature “Mike Hines and The Look” (high energy pop, hip hop, R & B, Motown and more), while the downtown celebration on N. Division St. will feature “Triple Rail Turn” (modern country).

  4. Food

    What’s a birthday party without the food? Ocean City offers ten miles of restaurants, from fine dining to casual cuisine. For some fresh Eastern Shore crabs, stop by Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City for a classic crab-picking experience or a bushel of crabs to eat at home. If you’re looking for a fun and family-friendly island atmosphere, check out Fishtales in the downtown area of Ocean City (21st St. and the bay) for delicious appetizers, entrees and drinks. At 1:00 p.m., Fishtales will also host contestants competing for $1,500 and the title of “Top Dog” at their annual Hot Dog eating contest. When it comes to nightlife, check out Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill’s Red-White-Blue themed party at 10:00 p.m. on 54th St.

The 4th of July is only five short weeks away and our vacation rentals are filling up fast! If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it. Visit VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.