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What is the closest parking lot to Dorchester Street? We are staying at Belmont Towers and are looking for a spot close by.
Submitted by Sharon C, Harrisburg Pennsylvania on July 13, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 13, 2015

There is side street parking throughout this whole area of town, but it is not free. Starting at around 5th Street larking on the side streets on the bayside is free and north of 10th Street it is free on the ocean side. I have often parked my car for several days at a time on side streets and I have never had an issue.

According to our Vacation Guide, two public bathrooms are located on the boardwalk, but there's no mention of other bathrooms for beachgoers above 27th street. Are there any other public bathrooms around OC?
Submitted by Jim K, Pennsauken New Jersey on July 10, 2015
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Camp Hill, PA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 10, 2015

Hi Jim,There are many more public restrooms than just two..... here's the list from the ococean.com website.

PUBLIC RESTROOMS

NOTE: All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.

Boardwalk at Worcester Street Boardwalk at Caroline Street 3rd Street & St. Louis Avenue next to Skate Park Boardwalk at 9th Street Boardwalk at 27th Street S. Division Street Transit Center Park & Ride on Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge Transit Center on 144th Street

For more information, here's the link..... http://ococean.com/things-to-do/relaxation/beach/

We're coming to Ocean City later this month and can only park one car where we're staying. Where can we find additional parking near 32nd Street?
Submitted by Helen B, Altoona Pennsylvania on July 9, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 9, 2015

You should not have too much of an issue finding a spot in this area on the side streets. Just be sure to check the signs where you park - some of these streets may have a few hours a week (usually in the morning) when you can't park there due to street cleaning or trash pickup.

Side street parking is generally safe. I have often left cars parked on side streets for several days at a time, and I've never had an issue.

Does OC have Zipcar in town?
Submitted by Erica j, WASHINGTON District of Columbia on July 8, 2015
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Schwenksville, PA

Insider since: 2011

Answered: July 8, 2015

Does the boardwalk have family bathrooms? My husband is in a wheelchair and requires assistance when using the bathroom.
Submitted by Diana P, York Haven Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2015

Hi Diana,

I also do not know of any hotels along the Boardwalk that offer a family bathroom.  I am sorry I could not help with a better answer.

We are coming down at the end of August and I will need a beach wheelchair. What type of beach wheelchairs are available and do you know if they're easy to push? I'd like to accompany my wife as she takes a walk down the beach.
Submitted by Edward B, Carlisle Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2015

Hi Edward,

A few times every summer I will assist someone in a beach wheelchair in getting closer to the ocean.  The sand wheelchairs are hard to push and the only option is to push them - they cannot be self-propelled.  They do roll better over wet sand, but you are not supposed to get them wet...  So, based on my experience, I think a stroll down the Boardwalk, right next to the beach, is a good substitute. 

I'm staying at the Princess Bayside. Where would you recommend for overnight parking? The hotel management said there is free parking across the street and along the Coastal Highway. Do you know if that's a good area to park? And is it really free?
Submitted by Magda J, Ridgewood New York on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

I stayed in this area for many years, and I often parked cars on 45th, 46th, and 47th Streets on the ocean side for multiple days at a time and never had an issue (There is not parking on Coastal Highway). I generally did not have too much of an issue finding a spot in this area. Just be sure to check the signs - some of these streets may have a few hours a week (usually in the morning) when you can't park there due to street cleaning or trash pickup. And, Yes, Street parking in this area of town is FREE!

We are headed down in few weeks. Our hotel is near Northside Park. How crowded are the beaches in this area compared to those further south near the boardwalk?
Submitted by Brad L, Harrisburg Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

I stayed at 130th Street for several years. This is a great area of town. Although the beaches throughout all of OC are all excellent. One nice thing about this area is because Northside Park is on the Bayside, there is little residential or rental housing on the west side of Coastal Highway, so the beach is a bit less crowded. You will be fine on this stretch of beach!

I'd like to watch the firework show on the beach, but I've never been to OC for it. Where would you suggest watching the fireworks from?
Submitted by Garrett H, Hurlock Maryland on July 6, 2015
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 7, 2015

Just to set expectation, the light show is a laser light show with some very small fireworks added for effect. It is fun to watch, but do not expect a full fireworks show. They may set off 6 - 10 small fireworks.
Where do I buy all-day passes for the beach bus that travels through Ocean City?
Submitted by beverly h, shoemakersville Pennsylvania on July 6, 2015
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 6, 2015

You buy them for $3 when you get on the bus. The $3 pass is good all day (the day starts at 6am). Be sure to have $3 exactly. The drivers don't make change.