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What's the most cost-effective way to get from OCMD to Baltimore? 
Submitted by Holly M, Dundalk Maryland on June 11, 2018
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Hanover, PA 17331

Insider since: 2008

Answered: June 11, 2018

The Bay Runner Shuttle might also be an option for you.

Click for details: http://www.bayrunnershuttle.com/

Is there a place that allows you to rent jet skis by the day or week rather than hourly? 
Submitted by Dan D, Wilmington Delaware on June 11, 2018
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Bayville, NJ

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 11, 2018

Hey Dan! Odyessa Watersports on 48th street is the best when it comes to renting by the week. I would visit their website https://odysseawatersports.com (you can even make reservations online!), or their Facebook page (if you have Facebook). They are always giving away Jet Ski rentals or bracelets good for $ off renting. 

Does the $3 all-day bus pass include both the "Beach Bus" and the bus that runs to West OC? Or do you have to pay a $6/day fee to be able to use both? 
Submitted by Kayla N, Elizabethtown Pennsylvania on June 8, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 8, 2018

Yes, the $3 fare covers all OC bus lines for the day.

Do you know of any deals or discounts available for Speed World? 
Submitted by Alice T, Swoyersville Pennsylvania on June 8, 2018
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: June 8, 2018

There is a $2 coupon available on their website https://speedworldoc.com/specials/coupons/ 

You can also sign up for discounts at gotspot.com or Groupon.  Keep checking, because their discounts change from week to week.

Are people allowed to have cookouts on the upper sandy area of the beaches? If not, where could we hold a cookout?
Submitted by Jose M, WASHINGTON Maryland on June 8, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: June 8, 2018

You cannot have a grill or have open fires anywhere on the beach. If you want to have a cookout, Northside Park at 125th Street has grills available on a first-come-first-serve basis, but they don't get tons of use, so are often available.

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.