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What is the best time to go down to the beach and collect seashells?
Submitted by Sarah C, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on August 3, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 4, 2017

The early morning is best.  But, the really best time is after a storm.  Just to set expectations, there are mostly clam and oyster shells on the beach.  And, there are fewer keepers now than in years past.  I think it has to do with beach replenishment changing the ocean floor.  I am sure there is a spot just thick with beautiful shells just a 1/4 mile offshore!

What is the distance from Fenwick, DE to the Inlet? 
Submitted by Hunter M, Jonestown Pennsylvania on August 3, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 4, 2017

The distance is 10.28 miles.

Is there an optimal time to wake up early in the morning to see dolphins in the ocean? 
Submitted by Kim M, Itwin Pennsylvania on August 1, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 7, 2017

No, the dolphins are no more active in the morning than at other times of day. If you sit on the beach and pay attention you will likely see them sometime during the day.

Where can I rent mobility scooters for driving on the boardwalk?
Submitted by Carmenlita Ridout M, Ambridge Pennsylvania on July 31, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 7, 2017

I recommend Boardwalk Segways, now located in the Lankford Hotel between 8th and 9th Streets. Call them at 410.289.1203 for more info.

What is Sunfest? Where can we get a complete listing of events during that festival? Thanks!
Submitted by Jan E, Morgantown West Virginia on July 31, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 7, 2017

Sunfest is the annual end of summer festival held in late September. It is a big craft show with food, bands, and other entertainment. It is held at the inlet parking lot at the south end of town. It is in some ways like a county fair (but with no animals). This year it is to be held on 21-24 September. Find out more about it here and here. These two pages have the schedule of events and will be periodically updated until Sunfest starts.

Which hotels allow smoking in Ocean City?
Submitted by Laura N, Belleville New Jersey on July 31, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 7, 2017

There are very few motels and hotels that allow smoking on their property., and the list gets shorter every year. Here are a few that I believe still allow smoking at least on their balconies:

Quality Inn Boardwalk Hotel (410.289.4401) on 16th Street.

I believe the Plim Plaza (800.837.3587) on 2nd Street still has some smoking rooms.

Quality Inn & Suites - (410.289.1234) Oceanfront at 33rd Street

Sea Bay Hotel - (800.888.2229) Bayblock at 61st Street. Smoking is not allowed in rooms, but all rooms have balconies where smoking is allowed

Smoking is no longer allowed on the beach or boardwalk, except in designated smoking areas.

Have fun in OC!

Is the traffic going to the beach on a Monday afternoon generally difficult, or would you recommend waiting until after rush hour? 
Submitted by Michelle M, Marion Virginia on July 31, 2017
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: July 31, 2017

There is typically no traffic on a Monday, even at rush hour, going into our out of Ocean City.  The busy days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

Can I use a beach tent on the beach in Ocean City?
Submitted by Patty B, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on July 31, 2017
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: July 31, 2017

You can use a pop up canopy on the beach, but not an enclosed canopy or tent.  It must be firmly secured as well by burying the legs deep into the sand, and it cannot be on the water's edge. They need to be a minimum of 15 feet behind the life guard chairs so as not to interfere with their line of sight.   You must remove them daily too. They cannot be left on the beach overnight and you cannot sleep in them.  There is no sleeping on the beach overnight in OC.  Personally, I have 3 of them  and prefer my umbrella because it is so much lighter and easier to manage and haul.  

Are there any services in town that haul your beach gear down to the sand from your condo/hotel? 
Submitted by Cathy T, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on July 31, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 7, 2017

I do not know of any such services. If you rent your chairs and umbrellas from the rental boxes they will do setup and take down for you. You could also talk to the attendant of one of these boxes and see if he or she would move your stuff for you for fee before and after they go on duty.

Are you able to rent beach chairs and umbrellas on 140th street?
Submitted by Jessica A, Livingston New Jersey on July 31, 2017
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: August 7, 2017

Yes, there should be a rental box there right after you cross the dune at 140th Street.