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Is it possible to rent a motorized beach wheelchair in OCMD?
Submitted by Paula C, Valier Pennsylvania on January 20, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 21, 2017

I called a large manufacturer of beach wheelchairs yesterday and they do not know of anyone who is renting motorized beach wheelchairs in the area.  The Beach De Bug is the motorized version of the push type wheelchairs. 

You could rent a motorized scooter and any of the local bike shops or through PMI. 

My sister and I are senior citizens with a few health issues. We've always wanted to head to Ocean City and see the ponies. We're looking for hotel recommendations that are reasonably priced, as well as an alternative route that avoids the Bay Bridge. Thank you! 
Submitted by linda h, Glen lyon Pennsylvania on January 19, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 19, 2017

If you want to avoid the crowds and same some money, best bet is to head to OC in the shoulder season - I'd suggest late April or early June or in the September or October. Be sure to check the OC events page, as there may be events these months you want to go to (or avoid).

The hotel I most often recommend is The Dunes Manor. It is just north of the boardwalk at a great mid-town location. All rooms are oceanfront and they have a really nice front porch overlooking the beach.

Another great choice is Holiday Inn Oceanfront at 67th Street. This hotel often has some excellent shoulder-season and off-season rates.

If you want some additional ideas of palces to stay, take a look at this thread.

From Glen Lyon you would not normally cross the Bay Bridge. Your best route to OC is to head towards Philadelphia and then take I-95 south to Delaware Route 1. Take Route 1 South to Milford, Da and then get on Route 113 South. Take Route 113 South into Maryland and to Route 50, and then take Route 50 East to OC.

Just so you know, the ponies are not in Ocean City, but are on Assateague, about 12 miles south of Ocean City. Since Assateague is a National Seashore, there are no hotels or motels there, so OC is the best place for you  to stay to see them.

Can I get a bus from Ocean Village at Old Bridge to the beach, or do I need to park an ride?
Submitted by crystal W, pottsville Pennsylvania on January 9, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2017

The easiest way is to park and ride.  To walk there means crossing some busy streets and driving is easier, even in the summer.

Where can I find the name of the company that sets up chairs and umbrellas around 4th street? 
Submitted by Marilyn S, Brackenridge Pennsylvania on January 9, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2017

The vendors vary by section of beach, but their names will be on the side of their rental box. I am not sure who services 4th Street, but two of the major vendors are:

85'n Sunny  - 410.251.2892

Will's Beach Service - 410.641.1264

What is the name of the hotel built right across from the Flagship?
Submitted by Sue A, Clairton Pennsylvania on January 9, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 9, 2017

The Crystal Beach Hotel is located across from the Flagship and they are expanding their hotel so any construction you're seeing , that's what it is. The Crystal Beach is part of the Carousel Group of hotels now so you're likely to find some good offers coming for the newly redesigned hotel.  I would sign up for email notifications on the Carousel Group's webpage.

Also, the Flagship is undergoing some changes as well.  A "refreshening" of their hotel, plus now their rooms will be available according to the size of bed you require.  First floor will be two double beds, second floor is queen size, and third floor is all king size beds. It's an interesting way to do a hotel, but I can see where it will make life simpler for housekeeping and picking out a room.  

My family and I are planning our vacation to Ocean City, but we are staying miles away from the beach and Boardwalk. Can we purchase week-long bus tickets or do we have to buy new ticket every day?
Submitted by Crystal w, Pottsville.pottsville Pennsylvania on January 6, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 6, 2017

Hi.  There are no weekly passes for the Beach Bus.  It is $3 per person per day, but you can ride as often as you want for 24 hours for $3.  Children under 42 inches tall can ride for free.  You can find schedules and more information here http://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/public-works/transportation/

You mention you are staying "miles from the beach" so perhaps you are staying in West Ocean City?  Or Salisbury?  If you are staying in West Ocean City, you can drive your car to the OC Park N Ride on Rte 50 before you cross the bridge, park there for free, and take the shuttle into town and the beach.  If you are staying in Berlin, Snow Hill, or other nearby towns, you will have to drive into town. As mentioned, the public Ocean City bus only runs from the inlet at the southern end of town northward to the Delaware line at 144th St. It does not go on any side streets or cross the bay.

Is there generally an age requirement to rent houses or condos in Ocean City similar to renting a car? 
Submitted by Josh L, Meriden Connecticut on January 5, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 5, 2017

Absolutely. And it varies by owner. Some rent only to over 21, others to 18 and up with a parent who will co sign and take responsibility in case of damage.  Find a place you are interested in and contact the agent or owner and see what they require.  

Hello! I'm wondering how many restaurants and other stores are open after New Year's Day? 
Submitted by Lisa M, Perkasie Pennsylvania on January 2, 2017
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: January 2, 2017

Hi Lisa,

Each winter I find more restaurants and businesses are open in town. The restaurants in the larger hotels such as The Clarion, The Hilton and Dunes Manor to name a few are open year round. Some of my personal favorites that are open now include Buxy's, 28th St Pit-n-Pub, BJ's on the Water, Mother's Cantina, Rosenfeld's Jewish Deli, Seacrets, Jules Fine Dining, The Harborside and Pickles Pub. I suggest you pick up the free local newspapers-OC Today or The Dispatch to see advertisements regarding open hours, entertainment and food and drink specials. You can also listen to WOCM Ocean 98.1 streaming online as many of the businesses in OC advertise on this station. Have fun in OC!

How accessible is the beach for handicapped visitors?
Submitted by donna s, baltimore Maryland on December 29, 2016
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 29, 2016

Hi Donna, Very accessible for handicapped vistiors. Here's some more information:

Beach Access

Ocean City's beaches are for everyone. So we provide access for the physically challenged at several locations. Look for the special blue signs at these street entrances along Coastal Highway:

/files/managed/images/oceancitymarylandbeach2.jpgInlet Beach, Somerset St., Talbot St., N. Division St., 12th St., 25th St., 35th St., 37th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.

Beach Wheelchairs

The Town of Ocean City provides beach wheelchairs at designated locations from 10am to 5pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are available from the Beach Patrol on a first-come, first-serve basis. Beach wheelchairs must be used within one block (north or south) of the location where you picked it up, and must be returned by 5pm.

Please note that beach wheelchairs may not be taken into the water or off of the beach.These locations may change depending on availability:

Inlet Lot, 7th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.

The Ocean City Police Department provides beach wheelchairs at 65th St., (bayside). You can reserve one in advance for one or more days of use. Certain restrictions may apply. For more info, call 410-723-6610.

The Ocean City Visitors Center also offers beach wheelchairs by advance reservation for 1-3 days of use. For more info, visit the Convention Center on 40th Street or call 410-289-2800.

For the week of June 10th-17th, can you please tell me how much a bus pass would be for unlimited rides?
Submitted by Maddison S, Lancaster Pennsylvania on December 28, 2016
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: December 28, 2016

Hi. The bus is the same price for unlimited rides every day, just $3.  You can ride as often as you want for 24 hours for that price. You  must have exact change

If you are a senior citizen, disabled, Medicare card holder, or have a non resident senior bus pass you only pay half or $1.50.  

Children under 42" are free.  

The buses run the entire length of Ocean City to 144th St. from South Division St.