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10 Watersports in Ocean City, MD, That You Need to Try

There’s nothing like cruising the waters of Ocean City as the sun glistens off the waves and warms your skin. Whether you’re traveling on a jet ski, paddleboard, or sailboat, the destination is the same — pure enjoyment! Check out some of the most popular watersports in Ocean City, MD, and experience them for yourself this year. By the time you get back to shore, you’ll have memories to last a lifetime! Just don’t forget to browse our vacation rentals before you go. We have a variety of properties along the beach and bay that are perfect for your adventures on the water!

Enjoy Fun in the Sun With These Watersports in Ocean City, MD

Paddleboarding

Enjoy paddleboarding at sunset.

Paddle your way to serenity! Paddleboarding is quickly becoming one of the hottest watersports in Ocean City, and you’ll soon find out why. It’s a lovely opportunity to slow things down and explore the beauty of the bay at your own pace. Don’t worry if you’re new to paddleboarding — our local guides will have you paddling like a pro in no time!

Paddleboard Rentals

  • 48th Street Watersports: Free basic lessons are included with your rental. Try their Sunset Paddle classes or Night Time Glow Boards Tours!
  • Odyssea Watersports: Their private beach with shallow water makes it easy to get a feel for the sport before venturing out further into the bay.
  • Walk on Water Paddleboard Company: Walk on Water has flexible rental options as well as lessons, tours, and even Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga!

Jet Skiing

Fun times jet skiing

Do you prefer a little excitement in your vacation? Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling jet ski adventure! Whether it’s your first time or your hundredth time riding a jet ski, you’re in for an incredible time. You can zoom along the water on your own or with up to three passengers, making it a fun family activity as well!

Jet Ski Rentals

  • Odyssea Watersports: Launch directly from their large, private beach and take a Kawasaki STX 15F for a spin. Or, rent one of their new Seadoo Trixx jet skis to try some fun tricks in the water!
  • Paradise Watersports: Hop on a Seadoo GTI jet ski and explore a section of the bay with plenty of room to roam around.

Kayaking

Kayaking fun on the water!

Grab a seat and get ready for some classic fun on the water! Kayaking is a great way to see nature, enjoy the sun, and get an upper-body workout. Of course, you’ll have a whole lot of fun in the process! Here are some local companies that can get you started:

Kayak Rentals

  • 48th Street Watersports: Rent single or double sit-on-top kayaks with free delivery to your favorite spot.
  • Odyssea Watersports: Explore the waters around small islands near Odyssea’s private beach area. Lessons are included with your rental of a single or double kayak.

Sailing

Enjoy the view.

Feel the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair as you cruise the coast in style! It takes some time to master the art of sailing, but it’s an incredible feeling once you get the hang of it. The guides at 48th Street Watersports can help!

Sailboat Rentals

48th Street Watersports: Make an appointment and get some quality practice on a single-sail catamaran or a 16-foot Prindle catamaran. Both beginners and experts are welcome!

Windsurfing

Enjoy the excitement of windsurfing!

You can also harness the power of the wind on a slightly smaller scale by windsurfing! It’s a combination of sailing and surfing, resulting in a spectacular experience for all who try it. Grab hold of your sail and zip along the rippling waters of Ocean City!

Windsurfing Rentals

48th Street Watersports: Select a board according to your skill level and experience the excitement of windsurfing! Basic and private lessons are available for beginners.

Deep Sea Fishing

Fishing Tournaments
Plan an Ocean City fishing trip.

Reel in a trophy catch worth bragging about with an Ocean City fishing trip! Our waters are home to a wide variety of fish, making it a paradise for anglers. Feel free to bring your boat or charter one with trusted companies in the area.

Fishing Charters

  • Bahia Marina: Choose from a variety of fishing boats with room for up to six passengers. Don’t forget to pack a cooler or stop by the tackle shop for food and drinks.
  • Ocean City Fishing Center: Select a charter based on the size of your group and what type of fish you’d like to catch. There are inshore boats for smaller fish and offshore boats for marlin, tuna, sharks, and more!

If you’re into competitive fishing, don’t forget to register for the Ocean City Tuna Tournament and White Marlin Open each summer!

Parasailing

Parasailing Rides

The Ocean City coastline is a beautiful scene to admire from the beach, and it gets even better when you have a bird’s eye view of it all. Take your excitement to new heights and try parasailing during your visit! See if you can spot some dolphins playing in the water below!

  • OC Parasail: Choose between bayside or oceanside views at varying heights.
  • Paradise Watersports: The boats at Paradise Watersports have room for up to 12 people, so you can share the experience with your friends and family members!

Boat Tours

We would be remiss if we didn’t include some of our favorite boat tours in the list of water activities. Step aboard and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime on these speedboat trips!

Tours & Cruises

  • OC Rocket: Keep an eye out for dolphins on this exciting ride! Private charters are also available for memorable group outings.
  • Sea Rocket: Listen to music and learn fun facts about Ocean City’s local marine life during your high-speed cruise.

Swimming

Cool off in the surf!

If you prefer a more relaxing experience on your vacation, feel free to enjoy a delightful day at the beach! You can cool off with a swim in the ocean, grab a boogie board and ride the waves, or simply dip your toes in as you walk along the sand.

Water Parks

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

Jolly Roger Amusements & Splash Mountain Water Park

It might not be considered a watersport, but there’s plenty of fun to be had at the Splash Mountain Water Park in Ocean City, MD! Make a splash on rides like the Aqualoop and Eye of the Hurricane or enjoy a peaceful journey down the 1,100-foot Lazy River!

Enjoy All of These Adventures with Vantage Vacation Rentals!


Walk to your favorite waterfront activities.

Get one step closer to your ideal vacation by selecting one of our beautiful properties! We have over 500 rentals in Ocean City’s most beloved communities, putting you within minutes of the bay, beach, or boardwalk. That means you can wake up and walk to your favorite waterfront activities. We even offer discounts at Splash Mountain Water Park, and many of our properties feature pools so you can have more fun in the water!

Browse our Ocean City vacation rentals today and find your happy place!

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.

Best time to visit ocean city MD

When Is the Best Time to Visit Ocean City, MD?

Deciding on the best time to visit Ocean City, MD, all depends on what you’re hoping to get out of your vacation. Are you looking to soak up some sun and enjoy thrilling watersports? Summertime might be for you. Do you dream of peaceful beaches without many crowds? Consider visiting in the spring or fall. We break down each season to help you choose what’s right for you. Take a look and get one step closer to an unforgettable Ocean City vacation!

Learn About the Best Times to Visit Ocean City, MD


Summer

Summer Ocean City MD
Experience a classic summer vacation in Ocean City

It may not come as a surprise that summertime is easily one of the top times to visit Ocean City, Maryland. Daily temperatures reach into the 80s, the beaches seem ever-so-inviting, and the boardwalk is always bustling with activity. You’ll find plenty of free events throughout the area, including fireworks, laser light shows, and live music. It’s truly Ocean City at its best. Since the summer is such a popular time for people to visit, make sure you book early and book direct for the best deal on your vacation rental!

Summer Events

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can always find something fun going on here. Here are some of the many events you won’t want to miss this summer!


Spring

Spring getaway in Ocean City, MD
Spring getaways mean warm days & less crowds

For many people, spring is their favorite time of year in Ocean City, MD. There are still plenty of warm days for afternoons at the beach, and with fewer crowds than summertime. It’s a great opportunity to pick your favorite spot, lay out in the sun, and enjoy the cool breezes. Most restaurants and businesses are still open, and you might be able to enjoy some discounts on the best things to do in Ocean City, Maryland.

Spring Events

Even though the weather cools down, the celebrations don’t! Check out some of the hottest springtime events!


Fall

Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, MD
Classic car-lovers enjoy Endless Summer Cruisin’

When summer ends, Ocean City’s popular “second season” begins. Similar to the spring, fall in Ocean City comes with mild weather, peaceful beaches, and must-see events like the Endless Summer Cruisin’ car shows. Some of the amusement park and watersport companies may be closed, but you can still explore the boardwalk and enjoy the beauty of Northside Park. If you’re road tripping from more inland areas, you get the added benefit of seeing fall foliage along the way!

Fall Events

Here are some annual events you’ll absolutely fall in love with. We sure have!


Winter

Winterfest of Lights
Ride through Winterfest of Lights at Northside Park

Save money and see how Ocean City celebrates the holidays when you visit in the wintertime! Several restaurants remain open, so you can always indulge in our local cuisine, and there are even some indoor mini-golf courses and an ice skating rink! You’ll find great deals throughout the winter, including on our long-term Ocean City, Maryland, rentals!

Winter Events

Watch our 10-mile strip of paradise come alive with holiday cheer at these Ocean City winter events!


Enjoy Year-Round Getaways With Vantage Vacation Rentals

Belmont Towers on the Ocean City Boardwalk
Find your happy place year-round in Ocean City, MD

Whenever you decide to visit Ocean City, Maryland, you can count on having a comfortable place to stay. Vantage is the area’s premier vacation rental provider with properties by the boardwalk, beaches, bay, and beyond! So, wherever — and whenever — you want to relax, we’ll help you get there. Find your happy place and start making memories in Ocean City, MD!

About Vantage

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

Ocean City Beach Soccer

Ocean City Sports & Dance Competitions for 2019

Stay & Play in Ocean City in the New Year

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

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

Ocean City Fishing Tournaments


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

Test your mettle during one of these competitions:

Dance Competitions in Ocean City


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

Ocean City Lacrosse Tournaments

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

Ocean City Soccer Tournaments

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

Ocean City Baseball Tournaments

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

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

Where to Stay When You Play

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

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

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

Ocean City Fireworks

Ocean City Events About to Heat Up

Don’t Miss These Ocean City Events!

Time to put away the snow boots and break out your flip-flops! Spring has returned to Ocean City, MD, bringing with it some glorious, unseasonably warm weather with quite a few days in the 80s and 90s. There is a happy buzz around town as the beach, Boardwalk, and all your favorite hot spots come back to life. Just like the temperature, Ocean City events are starting to heat up, as well. From car fests to art shows, visitors will be able to enjoy all of their favorite annual events in addition to some exciting new ones.

May

  • 5/4-7 Springfest – Kick off the season at this festival of music, food, crafts, and fun family activities.
  • 5/14 Mother’s Day Winecation *NEW! – Treat mom to an afternoon of wine tasting at Sunset Park while supporting several worthy causes.
  • 5/18-21 Cruisin’ Ocean City – Come out for some high-octane fun as over 3,500 hot rods, street machines, and classic cars cruise into town for this popular car show.
  • 5/27-9/4 100 Nights of Lights *NEW! – Introducing Ocean City’s new lighting attraction with high-powered lights that will dance and sway across the sky to musical selections.
  • 5/27-28 Spring Arts and Crafts Show – Stop by the Convention Center during Memorial Day Weekend to browse beautiful handmade items, such as jewelry, wooden crafts, candles, and home décor.

June

  • 6/10-11 OC Car & Truck Show – Car enthusiasts will love this event of cool custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities, and more at the Convention Center.
  • 6/17-18 OC Air Show – Don’t miss this adrenaline-inducing weekend of aerial feats by military and civilian performers, such as the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F-22 Raptor, and Geico Skytypers.
  • 6/18-21 MD State Firemen’s Association Convention – Attend four days of exhibits, seminars, and training opportunities that culminate in a parade (Wednesday, June 21st) celebrating 125 years of emergency service in Maryland.
  • 6/18 Father’s Day Fatherhood Beer Festival *NEW! – Take dad for an afternoon of ales, lagers, stouts, pilsners, and more at this beer-tasting event held at Sunset Park.
  • 6/24-25 Art’s Alive – Stroll around the lagoon at Northside Park to see (and buy) beautiful artwork displayed by over 100 artists. Enjoy food, live music, and free kids’ activities.

July

  • 7/4 July 4th Fireworks – Ring in America’s birthday in the nation’s best beach town. Ocean City will hold a free concert at 8:00 p.m. followed by fireworks at the Boardwalk and Northside Park.
  • 7/10-9/4 Beach Fireworks – Come out for a festive display of fireworks that will light up the sky every Monday and Tuesday night in the downtown Boardwalk area.
  • 7/14-16 OC Tuna Tournament – Over 100 boats will vie for over $500,000 in cash at the world’s largest tuna tournament. Stop by the docks to watch the boats come in for weigh-ins and enjoy some food and live entertainment.
  • 7/28-31 Greek Festival – The Convention Center will be transformed into a celebration of all things Greek, including delicious food, authentic dancing, and vendors displaying jewelry, art, and more.

August

  • 8/7-11 White Marlin Open – One of Ocean City’s claims to fame! Come watch all the excitement at Harbour Island Marina as over 300 boats compete at the world’s largest billfish tournament.
  • 8/9-13 Artists Paint OC: A Plein Air Event – Sponsored by the Art League of Ocean City, this creative event attracts artists from all over to set up their easels and paint scenic views of the area.
  • 8/19 Wings and Wheels Expo – Held at the Ocean City Airport, this annual event displays a variety of private aircraft, custom cars, and antique military vehicles.
  • 8/23 Beach Boys Concert – Join one of America’s most iconic musical groups – The Beach Boys – for some “good vibrations” at the beautiful new OC Performing Arts Center.
  • 8/24-27 OC Jeep Week – Experience Jeep culture at this family fun event that features vendors, entertainment, kids’ activities, off-road courses, vintage Jeep displays, and a 250-Jeep “beach crawl” along the sand.

Vantage properties are filling up quickly during these popular Ocean City events, so now is the best time to book! Browse VantageOceanCity.com or give us a call at (410) 723-2002 to let our Vacation Coordinators help you find the perfect vacation spot.






Reel ‘Em In | White Marlin Open 2015

The 42nd Annual White Marlin Open is just around the corner and Vantage Vacation Rentals is proud to be a sponsor of the world`s largest billfish tournament. The competition takes place August 3rd 7th. Over $1.29 million was awarded in 2014 and the stakes are even higher this year. Prizes will be awarded for largest White Marlin as well as Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Shark. There are also a variety of added-entry skill levels that boats can partake in to make the event even more exciting.

This event is just as entertaining for the spectators as it is for the Anglers. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 3:30 p.m. Weigh-ins take place every evening from 4- 9 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, on 14th Street and the bay. This is free to watch and definitely worth a few hours of your vacation.

Keep in mind that most boats will be coming in between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day, so if you`re trying to decide the best time to join the fun this would be your best bet. Not able to make it to the big event? No problem. There will be a White Marlin Cam so you can stay caught up on all the action. This will be available for Iphone/Ipad and Android as well.

For more information on registering, rules, and the event, go to http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/.






Looking to squeeze in a vacation before the kids go back to school? Don't miss out on all the fun that Ocean City has in store for August!

August Adventures Await in OCMD

Looking to squeeze in an Ocean City vacation before the kids go back to school? It’s hard to believe that half-way point of summer is already here feels like we just got started! Vantage vacation rentals are the perfect spot for making your end-of-summer memories. Check out some of the fun events that Ocean City has in store for August!

Aug 1-Sept 1 OC Tall Ship Event
Aug 4-8 White Marlin Open
Aug 8-10 Artists Paint OC – A Plein Air Event
Aug 18-Sept 1 OC Sandfest
Aug 22-24 Ocean City Jeep Week
Aug 29-31 Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Festival

Plus…FREE activities going on every day of the week:

Monday & Tuesday – Beach Fireworks on N. Division St. @ 10 p.m.
Tuesday – Family Beach Olympics on 27th St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Ends 8/5)
Wednesday – Movies on the Beach on 118th St. @ 8:30 p.m.
Thursday – Movies on the Beach on 91st St. @ 8:30 p.m.
Thursday – Sunset Park Party Nights on S. Division St. & Bay, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday – OC Beach Lights on N. Division St. @ 9:30, 10 & 10:30 p.m.
Sunday – Sundaes in the Park at Northside Park (small fee), 125th St. & Bay, 7-9 p.m.
Every Day – Free Family Program at OC Life-Saving Station Museum @ 10 a.m.
Every Night – Jolly Roger Amusement Park Free Circus @ 5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Browse our website to find your Perfect Beach Rental & discover more Upcoming Events.






Vantage Sponsors White Marlin Open

The 41st Annual White Marlin Open is quickly approaching and Vantage Vacation Rentals is proud to be a sponsor of this thrilling event. From August 4th to 8th, Anglers from all over will compete right here in Ocean City for prizes totaling over $2 million! Prizes will be awarded for largest White Marlin as well as Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Shark.

This event is just as entertaining for the spectators as it is for the Anglers so be sure to pencil this in during your vacation. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 3:30 p.m. Weighing will take place every evening from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, on 14th Street and the bay.

Keep in mind that most boats will be coming in between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day, so if you`re trying to decide the best time to join the fun, this would be your best bet. Not able to make it to the big event? No problem. There will be a White Marlin Cam so you can stay caught up on all the action. This will be available for iPhone/iPad and Android, as well.

For more information on registering, rules, and the event, go to http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/.