Destination guide

Unleash your inner child at Maryland's biggest playground

On a barrier island jutting into the Atlantic Ocean just south of the Delaware/Maryland border, lively Ocean City is one of the eastern seaboard's top beach destinations, attracting more than eight million visitors every year. With miles and miles of white sand beaches, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more relaxing getaway than an Ocean City vacation rental. The crown jewel of it all is the vibrant boardwalk, full of amusement rides, entertainment, and all the dining you could ever want. Come on down and have some good old-fashioned fun!

Things to do

Discover three miles of fun in Ocean City

The only thing more popular in Ocean City than the beach is the acclaimed Ocean City boardwalk, full of attractions, shops, and plenty of food (don't forget to try the famous Maryland crab). There are two amusement parks to choose from at an Ocean City vacation rental—Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Trimper's Rides, first opened in 1893. Along the planks you'll also find historic sights like the landmark Atlantic Hotel, dating from 1926, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, set in an 1891 life-saving station, and the anchor from the famous Sailboat Wreck of 1870.

Activities

Under the boardwalk, we'll be having some fun

It's no surprise that the ocean rules in a place called Ocean City. The Atlantic waves are great for surfing, or you can explore the bay in a kayak, canoe, or jet ski. The tour options are endless, from dolphin-spotting pleasure cruises on the water, to small plane and helicopter tours if you'd prefer to take it all in from above. Back on solid ground, there's horseback riding along the beach, or you can just kick back, work on your tan, and catch a beautiful sunrise. There are plenty of spas around if you're looking to really indulge.

Weather

Oh, when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof

Summer is prime time for Ocean City vacation rentals, thanks to warm temperatures that make for perfect beach-going weather. You'll see hIghs in the 80s or 90s between June and September, when skies are mostly clear and sunny (minus the occasional passing thunderstorm). Winters are cold, with temps consistently below freezing from December through February. That's also when you'll see the most snow, though the white stuff is possible any time from November to April. There's always a potential for hurricanes, particularly in September and October, but typically Ocean City just gets the rains without the serious storms.

Natural features

Let the pounding of the surf soothe your soul

Set on a thin barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean, officially called Fenwick Island, you'll never be far from the ocean in Ocean City. Sandy white stretches of beach line the island from bottom to top, continuing into Delaware a few miles to the north. The sunrises can be magical and the waves are surf-worthy (just keep your eye out for possible shark encounters). On the west side, you'll find plenty more marine life in Isle of Wight and Assateague Bays, which separate Ocean City from the mainland.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ocean City

Fly into Ocean City, MD (OCE-Ocean City Municipal), the closest airport, located 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Salisbury, MD (SBY-Salisbury - Ocean City Wicomico Regional), which is 23.5 mi (37.9 km) away.

Where to stay around Ocean City?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,611 vacation rentals near Ocean City. From 3,303 Condos/Apartments to 1,204 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Ocean City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Ocean City?

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

  • Midtown Ocean City: 1,877 vacation rentals
  • Sunset Island: 188 vacation rentals
  • Caine Woods: 800 vacation rentals
  • Montego Bay: 641 vacation rentals
  • Heron Harbour Isle: 542 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Ocean City?

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

  • Roland E. Powell Convention Center: 5,310 vacation rentals
  • Ocean City Harbor: 5,246 vacation rentals
  • Golf Down Under: 6,597 vacation rentals
  • Northside Park: 5,856 vacation rentals
  • Fenwick Island Lighthouse: 6,590 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ocean City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Ocean City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 3,303 Condos/Apartments in Ocean City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Ocean City include:

  • Houses: 1,204 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 941 rentals available
  • Cottages: 59 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Ocean City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 3,590 vacation rentals with pool available in Ocean City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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