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Hi! Do you have recommendations for the best place to get crabs in OCMD in February?
Submitted by Donna D, wilmington Delaware on February 23, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 23, 2018

If you are okay with takeout crabs, I recommend Crabs-to-Go in West OC at the northeast corner of Route 50 and Racetrack Road (Route 589). They get their crabs form the Gulf of Mexico at this time of year (like everyone else in OC), but I have consistently gotten excellent crabs from them year round.

If you want eat-in crabs, try the Crab Bag at 131st Street. They are also consistently very good.

Hi! What are the signature alcoholic beverages in ocean city? Is there any place that has huge attraction alcoholic beverages? Thanks!
Submitted by Deion M, Bayonne New Jersey on February 23, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 23, 2018

Deion, a few places have their signature drink. I'm guessing that's what your asking about. 

Places like Harborside Bar and Grill, the creator of original "Orange Crush".

Seacrets and their famous "Dirty Banana" drink.

Pickles Pub has the "Pickle Shots".

Crabcake Factory and famous "Crab Bloody Mary"

Try any of these and you'll be happy.

Hello, are Cabana's allowed on the beach? Thanks!
Submitted by Maureen H, Oakland New Jersey on February 23, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 23, 2018

Yes, you can setup a cabana. Its use is technically at the discretion of the lifeguards, but I have not seen any issues with these types of items. Generally you are fine as long as you setup west of the line of lifeguards (in line or behind the umbrellas). No umbrellas or similar are allowed directly between or east of the lifeguard stands to avoid blocking their view of the water and one another.If your cabana is fully enclosed you are not allowed to change clothes in it. You also cannot use it to sleep overnight on the beach.

Hello! I rent out my condo to OCMD visitors. Is there a way I can advertise on your website? Thank you!
Submitted by RIta L, ocean city Maryland on February 21, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 21, 2018

Contact the Ocean City Department of Tourism (or by phone at 410.289.2800) to see what you need to do to get added to the OCOcean Rental Accommodations page (there is a fee).

Hi! I am staying on 63rd Street and have never staying in OCMD before so I have some questions: 1. Are there buses that run from the Boardwalk to 63rd Street? 2. What hours do the buses operate? 3. If I were to drive to the Boardwalk, is there free parking around the beach? 4. Do you have any recommendations for things to do near 63rd Street? Thanks in advance.
Submitted by Lori K, Greensburg Pennsylvania on February 21, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: February 21, 2018

Yes the bus run 24/7 during the summer and it's only $3 for an all day pass. It runs from west OC to the Delaware line so yes it will cover 63rd st.

From 63rd st to the main part of the boardwalk is about a 15 minute drive depending on traffic. It's pay parking down by the boardwalk. Normal free street parking along bay side doesn't start till around 3/4 st.

Your on 63rd so your near some good nightlife entertainment like Dead Freddies and Fagers.

Hi Insiders! For my upcoming trip I will be staying at the Courtyard Marriot Ocean Front Hotel. Will I be near the boardwalk? Thank you!
Submitted by Sabrina W, Takoma park Maryland on February 21, 2018
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 21, 2018

Hey Sabrina, Oh yes you will be right on the boardwalk. I used to stay when it was the Santa Maria and I think you will love it. Be sure to check out the Captain's Table for dinner or lunch or breakfast. You will love it I know it. for more information visit http://www.ococean.com

Hello, When do the stores on the Boardwalk close? We are looking to visit possible after the busy season. Thanks!
Submitted by Leneta B, Sandy spring Maryland on February 21, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 21, 2018

Hi. There are some stores open year round on the boardwalk, but you will find most of them open well into October and November.  Off season is the perfect time to visit. 

Hi! When does the fishing shop on the pier by the inlet open? Thank you!
Submitted by Judy P, Baltimore Maryland on February 21, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 21, 2018

There are two possible places:

The Oceanic Pier at South 1st Street is right on the west edge of the inlet. They are open almost all the time (24 hr/day). Call them at 410.289.2602 to double check.

Ocean Pier at Wicomico Street on the ocean (about 5 blocks north of the inlet) is also open most of the time. You can call them at 410.289.6033 to check.

You do not need a license to fish form either of these commercial piers.

Hello! I am looking to buy a house (not condo) in OCMD (or about 25 - 30 miles out) for under $150,000. Could you send me some info for Realtors I can get in contact with? Thank you.
Submitted by jackie A, MIDDLE RIVER Maryland on February 21, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: February 21, 2018

Hi.  You can look for places on websites like http://www.realtor.com.  Search "homes for sale Worchester County, Md" or "homes for sale Wicomico County" . You can also try Zillow.com .  Another option would be to contact individual real estate agents like Century 21 or Long and Foster who serve the Eastern Shore. 20 to 30 miles out would include places like Salisbury, Md, Berlin, Snow Hill, and Pocomoke City to name a few.  

Hello! What is the legal height of the sand dunes in OCMD?  Thank you!
Submitted by Chris C, Ocean city Maryland on February 21, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: February 21, 2018

When the dune line was re-established by the Army Corps of Engineers in the early 1990s, I do not believe a height limit was legally established and the height varies as wind and wave action moves the sand. However, the height is limited by the natural geometry of the dunes based on their width, and typically maxes out at about 15 feet . The initial dune berm dune was designed to be about 75 to 100 ft wide at its base with a height of 14.5 feet (more info here).

You can read more about the specifics of the Ocean City dunes here and here.

If you have specific questions or concerns about the dunes, I suggest contacting the City Engineer, Terry McGean at 410.289.8845.