Destination guide

An oceanfront playground in the Mid-Atlantic

Set along a 10-mile sandy spit jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, Maryland Beach is paradise for those who love to frolic in the surf. While the population of Ocean City may officially be less than 10,000, during the summer it becomes the second most populous spot in the state, with an estimated 8 million visitors annually, thanks in no small part to its fun beach life and carnival atmosphere. Whether you prefer to hang ten, take a spin on the rides, or just soak up the sun, Maryland Beach has something for you.

Things to do

Amusements for the young, or simply young-at-heart

Aside from the ocean itself, the main draw at Maryland Beach is the famous Ocean City Boardwalk, where you'll find plenty of restaurants, shops, and arcades to explore. It's also home to both Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Trimper's Rides, an amusement park dating from 1893 and featuring Trimper's Carousel, one of the oldest operating carousels in the world. The boardwalk has some treats for history buffs, too, like the historic Atlantic Hotel, the Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum, built in 1891, and the two-and-half-ton anchor from the 1870 Sailboat Wreck.


Boardwalk fun in the summer sun

If your idea of the perfect vacation is listening to the crashing waves with the sand beneath your toes, a Maryland Beach vacation rental is your place. From swimming, to surfing, to fishing, the Atlantic Ocean offers it all. Dust off your skateboarding skills (or just watch the pros) at Ocean Bowl Skatepark, or challenge your friends to a round of mini-golf. No vacation would be complete without a visit to Ocean City's famous boardwalk, where you'll find amusement parks, arcades, and enough quality people-watching to keep you busy for days.


Summertime, and the living is easy

Given Ocean City's popularity as a summertime playground, it's no surprise that Maryland Beach vacation rentals are in highest demand from June to September, when the weather is hot and humid, with highs typically in the 70s and 80s. Just be sure to pack the sunscreen if you plan to spend the day on the beach or roaming the boardwalk. You're likely to have the sands to yourself during the cool winter months of November to March. December to February can even see some snow and below-freezing temps, so bundle up if you plan to face the cold wind coming off the water.

Natural features

A tiny strip of sand in a vast, vast ocean

Set on a spit of land that runs up from Maryland into Delaware, Ocean City - as its name suggests - has the Atlantic on one side, plus Assawoman Bay on the other. This means you'll never be far from the water at your Maryland Beach vacation rental. The sandy strip also offers a prime spot for watching stunning sunrises over the ocean. Just be careful if you're venturing too far into deep water, as the area is no stranger to shark sightings.

Can I find a vacation rental around Maryland Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,724 vacation rentals near Maryland Beach. From 793 Houses to 3,119 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Maryland Beach are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Maryland Beach?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maryland Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rehoboth Beach: 3,438 vacation rentals
  • Bethany Beach: 6,192 vacation rentals
  • Dewey Beach: 2,046 vacation rentals
  • Midtown Ocean City: 1,903 vacation rentals
  • Fenwick Island: 5,506 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Maryland Beach! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Maryland Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maryland Beach:

  • Rehoboth Beach: 3,438 rentals
  • Bethany Beach: 6,192 rentals
  • Dewey Beach: 2,046 rentals
  • Fenwick Island: 5,506 rentals
  • Lewes: 3,340 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Maryland Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Maryland Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk: 2,922 rentals
  • Bethany Beach Boardwalk: 3,408 rentals
  • Assateague Island National Seashore: 5,305 rentals
  • Delaware Seashore State Park: 7,169 rentals
  • Bayside Resort Golf Club: 7,083 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Maryland Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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