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Can we fly in and take a taxi to a motel? We'd rather not rent a car for our vacation.
Submitted by tina w, midland Michigan on February 18, 2015
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North Ocean City

Insider since: 2014

Answered: February 18, 2015

Hello Tina, You can fly into BWI and then pay about 22.00 a person to take the Greyhound bus that will take you right into OC. Once you arrive in OC you won't need a vehicle because you can either walk everywhere or take the OC shuttle bus or taxi around.
Can you recommend a wedding dj that is reasonably priced and reputable in OC?
Submitted by Kerri M, Pen Argyl Pennsylvania on February 4, 2015
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Perryville MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 4, 2015

Kerri,

Here is a website listing available wedding DJ's in Ocean City.  The other alternative is to have one of the local hotels plan your event, such as Princess Royale, Clarion, etc.   They can coordinate receptions, beach ceremonies, music, food, etc. 

Best of luck in your wedding plans.

Anna G.

We are a couple looking for a quiet winter weekend by the ocean. We are looking at March 12-16, 2015, but that is spring break at the University of Maryland. Do you think Ocean City be full of students and be crowded and noisy that weekend?
Submitted by Roberta G, Baltimore Maryland on February 4, 2015
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 4, 2015

Ocean City is not a major draw for spring breakers. But the dates 12-16 surrounds St Patty's Day weekend and you find Ocean City a little busier than a normal weekend in March. In saying that, you'll find OC okay for your dates so go ahead book your place and enjoy your time.

Fish Tales will be open this weekend only in March so check them out.

Some events you might want to check out

St Patrick's Day Parade

Reach the Beach Dance

I'm vacationing in Ocean City July 18-25 and Aug 22-29. Do you know where I could find literature about vacationing in OC to be sent to my home?
Submitted by Judy N, Essex Maryland on January 30, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 2, 2015

 There are also several great visitors guides you can access or order online.Here are three of the best ones:

OC Chamber of Commerce Vacation Guide - Order one here or view one here;

Visitor's Guide - View one here or Order one here;

Sunny Day - View info here or Order or download a guide from here

Once you get to OC, be sure to go to the Vistor's Center at the Convention Center at 40th Street. They have all kinds of information on everything to do in OC, and several magazines with discount coupons.

What is the policy on smoking?
Submitted by Jo S, Morgantown West Virginia on January 30, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 2, 2015

Until 1 May you can smoke on the boardwalk and the beach. As of 1 May, smoking on the beach is limited to designated areas and there is no smoking on the boardwalk. The new regulations apply to both traditional and e-cigarettes. You can read more about the new regulations here.

Within motels, hotels, and condos, the policy varies by property. Some allow smoking, some don't, some have designated smoking or non-smoking units.

Hello OC Insiders! I visited OC with my hubby for the first time 4 years a ago and we are planning another trip for this year. While we were there, we visited a great place for breakfast, who had some of the best homemade bakery donuts! Sadly for the life of me, I can't remember the name of the restaurant! Any help would be great! Thanks.
Submitted by Kristy M, Edison New Jersey on January 29, 2015
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Pittsburgh Pa

Insider since: 2014

Answered: January 29, 2015

Hello Kristy,

My guess would be that the restaurant you visited would have beenLayton's Family Restaurant 16th Street. It's been a long time staple of the town, and a favorite among visitors, and locals alike. Their breakfast are great but the donuts are off the charts!

We want to get married on the 4th of July. Where do you think is the most romantic and beautiful location for an evening wedding/ceremony on the beach?
Submitted by Kerri M, Pen Argyl Pennsylvania on January 26, 2015
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 26, 2015

Hi Kerri,

When I am on the beach in OC, I am usually right in fron of the Carousel Hotel up near 118th St.  I have seen a fair share of weddings performed there.  Usually, sponsred by the Carousel.  But that being said, if you do not want to pay for the chairs, etc, I have seen weddings right next dooe at the Fountainhead.  In fact, I was the photographer at one of those weddings. 

We were planning on coming down there for our spring break, the third week in April. Is everything open then? Is it a good time to visit?
Submitted by Carly B, brewster Massachusetts on January 26, 2015
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Linthicum MD and OC MD

Insider since: 2008

Answered: January 26, 2015

Hi Carly,

Spring is a great time to visit OC.  Hopefully, the weather will be warm!  It is hit or miss with the weather.  Last spring break it was cold but previous years, we have seen temps reaching the 70s.  Regardless of the weather, there will be plenty of places open.  From Old Pro Miniature Golf indoor and some outdoor locations, boardwalk arcades, and even the indoor rides at Trimpers on the weekend.  Restaurants and shoppes will be open as well all over town.  Seashells will be more plentiful in the spring as there are less people on the beach to pick them up before you.  The ocean will still be operating like it is in the summer, just a bit colder though.  But the milluion dollar sunrise views will still be there as well as the million dollar sunset views on bayside.  Be sure to dine at Fagers Island at sunset for an amazing sunset experience. 

I've never been to the beach before. I'll be honeymooning at OC in August. I'm really excited and was just wondering what some of you take on your beach trips? I know personal toiletries are always a must and camera but what else other than that? What's some things you know you'll use for sure while at the beach? Also, if someone could tell me what hotels are nice, resonable and clean. Found a Holiday Inn that is $57 a night but i don't know how close it is to everything.
Submitted by bethany m, SALIX Pennsylvania on January 22, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 22, 2015

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

If the place you looked at is the Holiday Inn at either 17th or 67th Street, these are both great locations directly on the beach. There is also a Holiday Inn express at 126th Street that is a couple of blocks from the beach. They are all are great choices. There is a brand new Holiday Inn in West Ocean City. I am sure it is very nice, but if you stay there, you will need to drive to OC and the beach. It is about 3 miles outside of OC. None of these places will likely be $57 in August!

As far as other options of places to stay, my top recommendation is always The Dunes Manor. It is very nice, reasonably priced, with all oceanfront rooms. For some more ideas of other  places I recommend across a broad range of price points and options, checkout this thread.

As far as what to bring, it is the usual stuff, plus suntan lotion, beach chairs and equipment, a beach towel, a hat, sunglasses, and a book to read on the beach. Ocean City is pretty casual, so there is no need to bring real fancy clothes. You are fine at even the nicest places with a pair of decent shorts and a golf or similar shirt. There is a WalMart on Route 50 a few miles outside of OC, and you can always pickup anything else you might need there too.

Also, I hate to break some bad news, but the $57 rate is most likely for nights in January and Febraury (now). Typical room rates for the Holiday Inn Oceanfront in August are $250 to $400 per night.

Have a great honeymoon in OC!

We will be staying at Sunset Island in June. Is there a place on the beach near 67th street that will rent chairs and umbrellas (so we don't have to carry them from Sunset Island)? Also, does this part of the beach have a lifeguard?
Submitted by Caity T, Venetia Pennsylvania on January 22, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 22, 2015

My family has a place at Sunset Island. I am sure you will really enjoy it there!

Yes, there are places to rent chairs, umbrellas, and other equipment on the beach. As soon as you cross over the dunes you will see blue boxes (pictured below) with umbrellas around them. You can rent from them.

As far as lifeguard, the entire stretch of beach in OC, including where you will be, is fully guarded from the end of May until the end of September. OC has one of the best beach patrol organizations in the world.

Have fun in OC this June!