It's one of America's best beaches! And it's free!


It's 10 miles of beautifully kept, family-friendly ocean beach. And it's absolutely free - the way beaches should be!

Ocean City, Maryland's beaches are perfect for swimming and sunning, for surfing and fishing, for kayaking and canoeing. During the summer, you'll find free family activities six nights a week, including concerts, movies, even Beach Olympics!

And when you're ready for more fun, one of America's best boardwalks (as ranked by the Travel Channel) is only a few steps away. Get out early for an invigorating bike ride, shop an endless variety of stores, or head for the arcades and amusements.

Build a sandcastle. Hit the waves. Or just kick back and relax. Ocean City's beaches are proof that the best things in life are free - and a major reason for you to get to OC ASAP.

About our Beaches

Ocean City's beautiful beaches are free and open to the public from 6am to 10pm. (We use the overnight hours to keep the beaches clean and beautiful.) For your protection, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty between 10am and 5:30pm. Please be sure to obey their instructions, swim near a lifeguard at all times, and have a buddy with you when you're in the surf. Please note also that by Town Ordinance, throwing balls or Frisbees and other sports are not allowed on the beach between 9am and 5:30pm from May 30 to September 15.

Horseback Riding

Ocean City now offers horseback riding on the beach during winter and early spring. Horses are not provided to rent, you must have your own. Permit applications are now available to persons wishing to ride horses on Ocean City's beach. Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office in City Hall at 301 Baltimore Avenue or online at

The cost is $20 for a single-day permit and $50 for a seasonal permit. Horseback riding will be allowed on the beach beginning at 27th Street and extending south to the Inlet jetty between the hours of 6am and 5pm November 1 to March 30.

Surf's Up

Our waves have welcomed surfers and boogie boarders for decades. Two beaches are reserved every day for surfers; their locations rotate daily. In addition, one section of beach along the inlet is reserved for surfers. It's open Monday to Friday during the summer, except on July 4.

For a list of the day's surfing locations, plus the OC surf report, you can:

Surf Fishing

You're welcome to cast your line from the beach. For safety's sake, regulations require that you remain 50 yards away from anyone on the beach or in the water between 9am and 6pm.

Pets and Pet Parents

Pets are allowed on the beach and boardwalk at any time from October 1 to April 30. Pets must be leashed at all times and the owner (pet parent) is responsible for removing any waste.
There is a Dog Park located on 94th Street (bayside). For hours and access pass information, call OC Recreation and Parks at (410) 250-0125 or click here.

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

Public Rinse-off Stations

Rinse-off spigots or showeres are provided at the following locations. Please note these are not enclosed showers for changing:

Inlet Parking Lot
Caroline Street
4th Street
7th Street
9th Street
12th Street
15th Street
16.5th Street
17.5th Street
21st Street
27th Street

Beach Access

Ocean City's beaches are for everyone. So we provide access for the physically challenged at several locations. Look for the special blue signs at these street entrances along Coastal Highway:

/files/managed/images/oceancitymarylandbeach2.jpgInlet Beach, Somerset St., Talbot St., N. Division St., 12th St., 25th St., 35th St., 37th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.

Beach Wheelchairs

The Town of Ocean City provides beach wheelchairs at designated locations from 10am to 5pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are available from the Beach Patrol on a first-come, first-serve basis. Beach wheelchairs must be used within one block (north or south) of the location where you picked it up, and must be returned by 5pm.

Please note that beach wheelchairs may not be taken into the water or off of the beach.

These locations may change depending on availability:

Inlet Lot, 1st St., 7th St., 27th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.

The Ocean City Police Department provides beach wheelchairs at 65th St., (bayside). You can reserve one in advance for one or more days of use. Certain restrictions may apply. For more info, call 410-723-6610.

The Ocean City Visitors Center also offers beach wheelchairs by advance reservation for 1-3 days of use. For more info, visit the Convention Center on 40th Street or call 410-289-2800.