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Can you tell us about Ocean City? We have gone to Myrtle Beach for years and stay north of there in a smaller, less congested area. We are thinking of coming to Ocean City this summer but do not know anything about the area. There would be three families (10 people)
Submitted by Sandy B, Chesterfield, Virginia December 2, 2013
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 2, 2013

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I can tell you I have gone to Ocean City my whole life, and I love it. I suspect other Insiders will tell you the same. Ocean City is 10 miles long, and rarely more than about 1/2 a mile wide, so everyplace is an easy walk to the beach. Its entire 10 miles of beach are public, accessible, guarded (End of May to Late September), clean, and FREE! The beach is much wider than many places at Myrtle (last year, my wife was at Myrtle, and at high tide there was no beach where she stayed!). At the south end of town is the inlet and the MD/DE state line is at the north end of town.

Here is my perspective on the different areas of town and what they each offer. It should give you some sense of what area is best for you and your situation. The boardwalk is at the south end of town starting at the inlet. It runs 37 blocks starting with streets named after Maryland's Eastern Shore Counties up to 27th Street. If you like all the action and noise of the boardwalk stay south of 5ht Street. If you want it a bit quieter, but want to be on the boardwalk, stay north of 5th Street. The further north you go the quieter it will be. On the ocean side if you want a great midtown location where it is not too far from anything stay between 28th and 80th Streets. This is my favorite part of town. Most of the buildings are low rise condos and hotels with more condos to the north and more hotels to the south. From about 95th street to 118th Street are mostly high rise condos, many have lots of amenities including pools, tennis courts, game rooms, and gyms. North of 118th to the Delaware line at 146th are mostly low rise condos. The bay side of town tends to be more  low rise condos, smaller hotels, houses, and townhouses for most of the are north of about 5th street for the whole length of town. There is really no bad place to stay. Almost everyplace is in walking distance to the beach and it is easy to drive or take the bus along Coastal Highway to anywhere else you'd want to go. During the summer traffic on Coastal Highway can get busy, but there is plenty of parking around town, and the bus can take you anywhere you want to go ($1/ride or $3 to ride all day)

There is tons to do in OC including amusement parks, golf, mini golf, shopping, fishing, all kinds of water sports, and lots more. Find out about many things to do here and here.

There are also lots of FREE things to do while in OC during the summer,including movies, concerts, fireworks, and laser light shows. Look at these places for details on them: (1) Free family Fun, (2) Ocean City Free for All, (3) Ocean City is Free.

There are also lots of great places to eat in OC. See some of  my favorites here.

Hope this info is helpful and that you have a great time in OC - Come back and ask us more questions!


Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: December 2, 2013

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First thing I advise you to do is to send for a a FREE Visitor Guide at www.ococean.com/visitor-guide to get a better understanding of everything that is Ocean City.

Ocean City is nothing like Myrtle Beach.  It is a 10 mile long barrier island (surrounded by water on 3 sides) that begins on the southernmost end at the inlet (Rte 50) and proceeds northward to the Fenwick Island/Delaware border on 144th St.  The boardwalk is oceanfront, and begins at the inlet and goes northward up about 8 or 10 named streets and then up to 27th St. or 2.5 miles.  All of the rides and amusements are located on the southern end of the boardwalk on the named streets (Caroline, Divison, Somerset, etc). There are small shops and plenty of restaurants all along the boardwalk, along with hotels and condos.  From 27th St. and northward you'll find hotels and condos galore. There are very, very few private homes on the beach.  All of Ocean City is divided by one main road called Coastal Highway that divides the beach side and the bay side.  Coastal Highway is 6 -8 lanes wide, so if you are considering a property to rent on the bay side of town, you need to consider that you will have to cross the highway to get to the ocean. There are no public beaches on the bay side. But ALL of the beach in OC is completely free and public. 

You will find anything and everything to do in Ocean City. Everything from mini-golf to professional golf courses, paintball and go karts, laser tag, ice skating, and of course every type of water sport you can think of including kayaking and wind surfing.  You can rent jet skis and go parasailing.  Restaurants can be found from one end of town to the other along with plenty of shopping from small independent shops to mini malls to Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City. 

As for congestion, it does get busy in the summer, especially around the Fourth of July.  When looking for a place to stay, the less congested areas seem to be mid town between 30th and 80th St. and north OC from 125th St. to the Fenwick Island line.

Be sure to check out the events calendar when you book your vacation too.  There are major events nearly every weekend in OC from Springfest to Summerfest, the OC Air Show, and even the Dew Tour! And there are plenty of free events all summer long like free movies on the beach, free concerts, and sundaes in the park! 

The Ocean City website gives you tons of info at www.ococean.com. Other good websites to check out are www.oceancity.com and http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g41298-i101-Ocean_City_Maryland.html (Trip Advisor Forum). 

If you have a dog, Ocean City is NOT pet friendly in the summer. Dogs are not permitted on the beach or the boardwalk from May 1 - October 1, and must be on a leash at all times.

For help with condo rental and finding accomodations, check these wonderful OC realtors.

Holiday Real Estate: www.holidayoc.com

Coldwell Banker  www.cbvacations.com

Long and Foster  www.lfvacations.com

North Beach  www.northbeachrealtors.com

Shoreline  www.shorepro.com

I fell in love with Ocean City the first time I visited and have never found anything to compare with it. It continues to be our destination vacation year after year after year.  I think you'll be back too.


Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 2, 2013

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Ocean City is a little different from Myrtle. It can be crowded but, that is one of the reasons why I love it so much.  There is always something to do! The boardwalk is packed with restaurants, shops, and amusements. And if you don't feel like dealing with the crowd there are tons of places that will deliver food to your hotel or condo.  OC also has a 24 hour bus that runs up and down the entire town. It's $3 all day or $1 each trip, comes in handy if you don't feel like driving.

A lot of people like to bike ride on the boardwalk in the morning, there are several places that rent bikes or you can bring your own.  OC also has a lot of mini golf courses, which is a fun evening activity.  

OC does not have a lot of house rentals, it's mostly hotels/motels and condos.  I prefer to stay in a condo because most of them offer a full kitchen. Below are some rental websites for you to check out.  I always recommend staying on or close to the boardwalk during your first visit. Or if you don't want to be near all of the action, North OC (above 60th Street) is your best bet but, you would have to drive or take the bus to the boardwalk.  Hope this helps and you love OC as much as we do!

www.cbvacations.com 

www.holidayoc.com 


Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 3, 2013

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Sandy,

Darlene gave a great description of Ocean City. I just want to add the biggest difference from Ocean City and Myrtle Beach is there is plenty to do and see in a smaller area. In OC, you can park your car the first day you get there and never need it till you leave.

As for lodging, Myrtle Beach is know for "beach house", unfortunately Ocean City doesn't have those for places to stay, OC  consist of either hotels, apartment or a condos. So I would recommend a condo that would fit your needs. Look at www.cbvacations.com for that.


Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 2, 2013

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hey sandy, ocean city is a great place for the whole family. from the boardwalk to the beach there is always plenty to do. you can visit www.ococean.com and click on events for the latest on the events that will be going on during your stay. You can also check out the parks and recreation site great for the kids. there's plenty of amusements for the kids. i would suggest renting a condo for you and your family www.cbvacations.com.


Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 10, 2014

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The other Insiders provided great information.  The only other point I would make is that Ocean City would save you about 5 hours of drive time each way.  North Ocean City is very comparable to many areas of north Myrtle Beach, I would look at condos above 110th Street. 


Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 2, 2013

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Ocean City is a little different from Myrtle. It can be crowded but, that is one of the reasons why I love it so much.  There is always something to do! The boardwalk is packed with restaurants, shops, and amusements. And if you don't feel like dealing with the crowd there are tons of places that will deliver food to your hotel or condo.  OC also has a 24 hour bus that runs up and down the entire town. It's $3 all day or $1 each trip, comes in handy if you don't feel like driving.

A lot of people like to bike ride on the boardwalk in the morning, there are several places that rent bikes or you can bring your own.  OC also has a lot of mini golf courses, which is a fun evening activity.  

OC does not have a lot of house rentals, it's mostly hotels/motels and condos.  I prefer to stay in a condo because most of them offer a full kitchen. Below are some rental websites for you to check out.  I always recommend staying on or close to the boardwalk during your first visit. Or if you don't want to be near all of the action, North OC (above 60th Street) is your best bet but, you would have to drive or take the bus to the boardwalk.  Hope this helps and you love OC as much as we do!

www.cbvacations.com 

www.holidayoc.com 


Pittsburgh, PA

Insider since: 2008

Answered: December 2, 2013

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Ocean City is a little different from Myrtle. It can be crowded but, that is one of the reasons why I love it so much.  There is always something to do! The boardwalk is packed with restaurants, shops, and amusements. And if you don't feel like dealing with the crowd there are tons of places that will deliver food to your hotel or condo.  OC also has a 24 hour bus that runs up and down the entire town. It's $3 all day or $1 each trip, comes in handy if you don't feel like driving.

A lot of people like to bike ride on the boardwalk in the morning, there are several places that rent bikes or you can bring your own.  OC also has a lot of mini golf courses, which is a fun evening activity.  

OC does not have a lot of house rentals, it's mostly hotels/motels and condos.  I prefer to stay in a condo because most of them offer a full kitchen. Below are some rental websites for you to check out.  I always recommend staying on or close to the boardwalk during your first visit. Or if you don't want to be near all of the action, North OC (above 60th Street) is your best bet but, you would have to drive or take the bus to the boardwalk.  Hope this helps and you love OC as much as we do!

www.cbvacations.com 

www.holidayoc.com