Maryland Beach, Ocean City, MD, USA

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Maryland Beach, Ocean City, MD, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.