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Are there any carpool systems from the DC area? I'm hoping to get to Ocean City on Saturday, June 16 for the air show and the bus options won't work. It seems with all the traffic from DC to OCMD in the summer, there might be some sort of informal car pool system. Thanks!
Submitted by Jim A, arlington Virginia on June 7, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 7, 2018

I live west of DC, and unfortunately I have never heard of such a system.

What (if any) new restaurants will be coming to OCMD this summer?
Submitted by Robert G, Bethesda Maryland on June 5, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 7, 2018

There are a few new places in town. Some are truly new, some are returning or expansions of prior businesses. Here are a few:

The former Phillips Seafood House at 141st Street is now a Mexican Restaurant, the Bayside Cantina. I have not been there yet.

The Crabcake Factory has opened a Tex-Mex Restaurant at 120th Street called Loca Madre.

Tailchasers, a Farm-to-Table place run by the people running Hooked opened at 122nd Street.

Albertino’s Brick Oven Eatery on 131st Street is a new pizza place opened in January.

The Marlin Moon which has been gone for a few years, returned at a new location in the renovated Doubletree Hotel (the former Quality Inn & Suites) on 33rd Street.

Red Red Wine Bar and Dry 85 Restaurant at 48th Street - Opened around Thanksgiving last year. The owners run places with the same names in Annapolis. I had drinks and appetizers there recently, and I'll head back there again.

Shotti’s Point expanded from Baltimore to OC and opened in the last year (they may have been open last summer). They are at 35th street adjacent to the K-Coast surf shop. I have not been there, but they are getting good reviews.

On the more common end of things, Denny's openned a few weeks ago in the former JR's location at 62nd Street at the east end of the Route 90 bridge.

There is a new Starbucks at about 123rd Street.

Here are a couple of places that were new last summer:

Dry Dock 28 - 28th Street - Run by the same family that runs Buxy's Saloon. I've heard good things bout this place.

Rare and Rye - Located in the La Quinta at 32nd Street, opened about a year ago. I haven't tried it yet, but I know several people who highly recommend it.

Where do I go to rent a wheelchair for the beach?
Submitted by Lois T, Moorestown New Jersey on June 6, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 7, 2018

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.

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.

OC has several other 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.

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.

Should I bring my own beach chairs/umbrellas, or can I rent them from the beach? If I can rent them, where am I able to do that? 
Submitted by Tamia H, Suffolk Virginia on June 6, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2018

You can rent or bring your own.  Renting is easy and runs about $20 a day.  There are rental stands located about every 3 - 4 blocks by the sand dunes.  Just walk over they will rent you what you want and set it up for you.  If you want to purchase a chair or umbrella, there are shops located all over Ocean City - Sunsations is the largest.  A decent chair and umbrella will run you about $80 to purchase.

I'm an aspiring musician and wanted to know if there are any local competitions, musical events, or showcases for local youth talent. I'm visiting in July and August and would love to enter if possible. 
Submitted by Abbi W, Ocean Pines Maryland on June 6, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2018

Hi Abbi.  There are none that I know of during that time.  You may want to look at some surrounding cities like Berlin, Easton and Salisbury to see if they have any.  You can also call the Chamber of Commerce or City Hall to find out if they know of any.  Try 410-289-8221.  

When is the best time to visit Ocean City, and how do I score the best deals for my family? 
Submitted by Francia M, Laurel Maryland on June 6, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 6, 2018

To me, the best time to visit is the summer. August is the busiest month.   The city feels so alive.  The best deals though are off-season - November to April.  For the best hotel rates try http://www.ococean.com/accomodations.  

Do I need a fishing license for fishing on the beach?
Submitted by John D, Troy New York on June 5, 2018
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Schwenksville, PA

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Answered: June 5, 2018

Yes, you will need a license to surf fish. You can find info here. Keep in mind you will need to allow at least 50 yards between you and swimmers on either side. Most people find that easiest to do before 10:30 am and after 5:30 pm.  You can also surf fish on the less crowded beaches of Assateague Island at the state park or the National Seashore. There is a fee to enter and you will still need to have a license to fish there. 

If you not want to purchase a license there are two bay front fish for free areas in OC; the bulkhead between 2nd and 4th Sts. (flounder, bluefish, strippers and croakers) and the pier at Northside Park (sea bass, shiners and other small fish). Good luck and good fishing!

If I have a boating certificate from Pennsylvania, do I need to take a course for Ocean City, MD to use my boat on the local waters?
Submitted by Edward P, Warminster Pennsylvania on June 4, 2018
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Schwenksville, PA

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Answered: June 4, 2018

We are PA boaters who boat in OC. if you have taken the safe boater course in PA will will cover you in MD.

If you wish to fish in MD you can purchase a boat license that will allow all persons aboard your boat to fish. The license is good in all MD waters and lasts for one year. It can be purchased online or at any Walmart in MD.

Also, be aware that the Coast Guard Auxiliary conducts free voluntary safety checks at some of the county launch ramps. It is a good idea to complete the check. You will get a sticker that is good for one year from inspection date.

Is there any free overnight parking in Ocean City?
Submitted by Linda C, Newark Delaware on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

There is plenty of free parking.  It is illegal to sleep in your car overnight or on the beach.

Can I bring my fishing rods on the Ocean City beach bus?
Submitted by Bradley W, Frederick Maryland on June 4, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 4, 2018

You can provided it is safe, does not interfere with other passengers and under 4 feet in length (I believe that is the current Maryland maximum length).