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What time of year do you think is the best to come enjoy the beach?
Submitted by Michelle K, Frankfort Ohio on December 7, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: December 7, 2018

My favorite time of year is the end of August or early September.  The water is at its warmest, the weather is usually nice and hot, and there is still plenty to do.  You can check out events that are going on in OC year round at http://www.ococean.com/events

But honestly..........any time of year is great to go to the beach!! 

I'm hoping to live and work in OCMD next summer. I'm wondering if you guys have any suggestions on where to start looking for employment and housing? What companies or Realtors might you suggest I go through? Thanks!
Submitted by Natalie W, Monkton Maryland on November 29, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 29, 2018

You are ahead of the season where people start searching for next summer, which is good.

If you are looking for a job, the Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual Job Fair on 30 March 2019 from 9am to 1pm at the COnvention Center. Get more info here. I'd look ahead of that using Classified Sections of local papers and Craigslist (See links below in housing info), but this job fair is a great source too.

Here are some suggestions of how and where to look for places to live:

Your best bet is to work with an employer and see if they have housing for their workers. These are usually the most affordable options. If that approach won't work for you, here are some other options:

(1) Checkout this seasonal housing information from the OC Chamber of Commerce.

(2) Watch the classified sections of  Maryland Coast Dispatch and Ocean City Today. Both of these newspapers have jobs and seasonal housing listings.

(3) Watch the Eastern Shore Craigslist housing section - lots of people connect to OC seasonal housing through this site.

(4) Even if you are not an international student, checkout E-Point Student Center - They help lots of international students find jobs and housing in OC, and could perhaps help you too. You can reach them at 410.289.9844.

Any realtor in town can also help you.

No matter where you go, be sure you confirm you are dealing with a reputable source for housing. A few years ago, several lifeguards got scammed by listings for places that demanded up-front rent payment and when they arrived in town they found out the places did not actually exist!

Good luck in your search!

I heard rumors of a new grocery store coming to OCMD next year. Any truth to that? 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on November 28, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 28, 2018

I am not aware of any new grocers planned for Ocean City itself.

Last year, German grocery chain Lidl indicated an interest in building a new store at the corner of Route 589 and Route 50, about 5 miles outside of OC in Berlin, but I have not heard anything new since the announcement over a year ago.

Hi there! I want to rent a boat slip for a 22' pontoon boat. Any suggestions on where to start? 
Submitted by Dean M, Ocean City Maryland on November 15, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 15, 2018

Start with one of the local marinas, ideally one near where you stay. You can see a list of them here.

I've used Advanced Marina to rent boats, and I've always found them easy to work with. They store boats on racks vice slips, but they are a good midtown (66th Street) location with easy access to the open areas of the Coastal Bays and St. Martin's River.

Does the police force in OCMD ride horses? 
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on November 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 12, 2018

Yes, they have seven mounted police.  The horses names are Tucker, Travis, Benson and Scout I believe.  

I'll be traveling to OC Mid-December for my birthday. Is anyone aware of any restaurants that still do all-you-can-eat crabs at that time of the year? Or at least any restaurants that offer crabs and/or snow crab legs? Also, How does the boardwalk look that time of the year? Are most of the shops still open or will most be closed? We'll be there Friday-Saturday. Thanks in advance! Wishing everyone well :)
Submitted by Christy T, Columbia Maryland on November 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 12, 2018

Happy birthday Christy!  You can find crab legs at the Bonfire and Embers buffet.  You can find crabs at the Waterman or Crab Bag - both are open.  The Boardwalk will have a few stores open, but not many.  It is still worth a stroll to see what you can find open though - there are great sales going one.  You will find the most stores open on Saturday.  Again, enjoy your celebration! 

I'm staying in Ocean City for the winter at 54th St. My kids really love collecting shells! Are there any blocks that you would say are good for shell collecting? For example, uptown vs near the Inlet? 
Submitted by Melissa T, Ocean City Maryland on November 12, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

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Answered: November 12, 2018

The beaches are all pretty much the same.  The best time to find shells is after a storm though.  I recommend walking the beach earlier in the morning to find the best shells.  Tides can wash shells in and out during the day.  

Where can I buy live bait in OCMD? Preferably, something like crabs. I'm staying near Northside Park 11/18-11/26, and would prefer something close to there! 
Submitted by Scott S, Somerset New Jersey on November 12, 2018
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Centreville, VA

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Answered: November 12, 2018

It is probably too cold to have much luck catching anything when you are in town, but you can buy bait at any 7-11 in town (worms), at the Ace Hardware on 68th street (fair selection), or at WalMart (mostly worms) on Route 50 about 3 miles west of OC. Many grocery stores in OC also sell chicken necks for crab bait.

You need a license to fish from most palaces in OC, but you can fish without one from the Northside Park pier. You do ot need a license to crab.

Find out more about fishing in OC here and about fishing license requirements here. Find out more about crabbing here.

Hello! Is the Old Time Photos place on the Boardwalk open through the Fall and Winter? We're coming to town soon and I was hoping to stop by! 
Submitted by Beth D, Ellerslie Maryland on November 6, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: November 6, 2018

There are a few of these types of shops along the south end of the boardwalk. They are lots of fun. My family does it every few years.

Two of the shops are Flashback Old Time Photos (between Somerset and Dorcester Streets and just south of North 1st Street). See their website for more info and discount coupons. I just talked to them, and they are open year-round on the weekends unless the weather is really bad. You can call them at 410.289.2598 to double check their specific hours for when you are in town.

 Trimper's has a similar shop near south of South Division Street, but I believe that shop is closed for the season or maybe open on some weekends when the weather is nice.

Is there any type of ramp for people with disabilities to walk across the soft sand to get to the hard sand?
Submitted by Debbie A, Marriottsville Maryland on October 30, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: October 30, 2018

There really is no "hard" sand in OC that a normal wheelchair or similar could operate on. At the south end of town where the beach is very wide there are some boardwalks tht extend out into the sand about 1/2 way to the water. Along the boardwalk there are ramps down to the beach every few blocks.

Your best bet for getting across the sand is to get as beach wheelchair. OC has several options for free access to beach wheelchairs. Note that these chairs need someone to push you and are not self-propelled.

The wheelchairs located on the west edge of the beach are controlled by the beach patrol, but generally put out Memorial Day weekend and removed around Labor Day. They are available 10am to 5pm on a first-come-first-serve basis and they need to stay within a block of their location. They are not allowed in the water. They are located at the Inlet Lot, 7th,  27th, 30th, 40th, 48th, 59th, 70th, 81st, 89th, 94th, 107th, 120th, 130th, 139th, 145th. Find out more about them here.

Beach wheelchairs are available at the Ocean City Police Department at 65th Street, bayside, for one or multi-days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.723.6610 for more information.

Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Ocean City Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street for one to three days of use by advance reservation. Call 410.289.2800 for more information.

PMI rentals rents beach wheelchairs, and they will deliver. These chairs are not self propelled and require someone to push the occupant across the beach. You can call them at 800.320.7469 to find out more.

Be aware that these beach wheelchairs are large and do not fold up. They require a fairly large vehicle to transport (check with the people you talk to to see if it will fit in your vehicle). The chairs on the beach locations are stored at the west side of the dunes or along the boardwalk. The chairs are also not self propelled, the person in the chair will need someone to push him or her across the beach.

There is also a new business, SandHelper, that offers self-driven electric beach wheelchairs. Find out more about them here or by calling 855.743.5737. They cost $75/day to rent and have free delivery and pickup.

Here are some photos of a beach wheelchair and SandHelper so you can see what they both look like.