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Following Labor Day, which street numbers are lifeguards located at? Preferably over 100th Street? 
Submitted by frank n, pittsburgh Pennsylvania on January 14, 2019
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Johnstown Pa

Insider since: 2009

Answered: January 14, 2019

Post Labor Day, there will still be lifeguards on duty every 3 blocks or so for the entire length of the beach up to 144th St.  They remain on duty until the Sunday of Sunfest weekend which will be September 22, 2019.  As for specific numbers, I can't give you that. But you can trust that there will be lifeguards there to help you if you need them. They come on duty around 10 a.m and will be there until 5 or 5:30 p.m. daily.

Approximately how many people visit Ocean City every year? What is your (the Insiders) favorite time of year to visit? 
Submitted by Lisa B, Ocean City Maryland on January 8, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

The total number of visitors is estimated 8,000,000 per year with up to 320,000 to 350,000 people in town on weekends in the summer. The number of visitors can vary quite a bit year to year, often based on how often rain is predicted for weekends in the summer. You can get some great OC stats here.

My favorite time of year is September, right after Labor Day. Almost everything is still open, the beach and water are warm (and guarded) and the crowds and prices are down!

Which international airport is closest to Ocean City? What is the best way to get to Ocean City from there? 
Submitted by Damon H, Horsham Hawaii on January 8, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

You can fly into Salisbury International Airport as well.  It is a smaller airport with limited flights though.  It is about an hour from Ocean City.  The Bayrunner Shuttle also goes to Ocean City from Salisbury, MD.   

Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC (Reagan / Dulles) airports are all about 3 hours from Ocean City.  You could do a one-way rental from Enterprise Car Rental and drop the car off in Ocean City.

Where can I find coupons for Ocean City, MD? I looked in the MD Entertainment book and couldn't find any. I'd love to visit some new locations based on deals! Thanks. 
Submitted by Jane B, 7 Seiler Court, Reisterstown, Maryland on January 8, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

There are several great options to get discounts in OC.

Once you are in town, you can also get all kinds of information nd discounts from the Visitor Center at the south end of Convention Center at 40th Street (pictured above). This is a great first stop that I always make when I get to OC!

These two free magazines offer tons of discount coupons:

Sunny Day Guide - Request hard copy or View the latest Guide online from here.

Visitors Guide to View Online has lots of discount coupons online.

There are also lots of free things to do in OC and deals available on OCOcean.com.

What is the best way to go about bringing your dog to OCMD for vacation? Any info or tips about dog-friendly locations or things I can do without leaving my pup locked in a hotel room all day? Any advice is welcomed, thanks! 
Submitted by Brandon S, Point Marion Pennsylvania on January 8, 2019
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 9, 2019

We bring our dog with us.  He loves Ocean City! 

Here is a good plan - Start with a walk in the morning around where you stay for 30 minutes.  Then hit the beach for a few hours.  At lunch, come back and take him for another walk.  Before dinner, go to Northside Park for a longer walk and even a swim in the bay.  There are several parks in OC for walks.  I find OC to be very dog friendly.  From a dog's standpoint, there are lots of new smells to pee on and new friends to meet.  

Hi there! What would you say is the average cost for a family of 5 for a week long vacation in mid-June? We're hoping to stay at a beachfront hotel, and I want to make sure we budget an appropriate amount of money. What are some free activities we could do while we're down there? 
Submitted by Robert M, Mineral Ridge Ohio on January 2, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 2, 2019

A lot depends the amenities you want at the palace you stay, but I'll assume something mid-range. For 5 people staying for a week, I'd suggest renting a condo as that will give you more space (including a full kitchen) and probably be the most affordable option. A 2BR oceanfront condo will be $1200 to $1600 (or more if you want more luxury) for the week in mid June. I'll go with $1500 to cover taxes and fees. Oceanfront hotels will be roughly the same, but on the higher end of this cost. If you are interested in the condo option, three realtors I have used and that I routinely recommend are:

    Condo Realty: 410.723.0988

    Coldwell Banker:  800.633.1000 

    Shoreline Properties: 800.492.5832 

You can do research on these agency's site and also contact a realtor directly. There are more options for rental agencies on the OCOcean rentals page.The OCOcean accommodations page is also a good source for references and ideas.

Food will cost you at least $25/person per day unless you totally eat in. It is very easy to make this close to $75/day per person or more if you go out for nice dinners and drinks. I'd go with a minimum of about $1000 (or more) for food for the week.

Entertainment can easily be free between the boardwalk, beach, and free events (there are tons of them in season), but I'll add $250 for amusement parks, arcades, boardwalk food, or other entertainment.

Add it all up and you get at least $2750 for 7 days. You can go for less, but not a lot less, and it is easy to double or triple this number with an larger or more luxurious room in a high end hotel or condo or dinners at nicer restaurants each night.

Checkout this thread for some other estimates, details, and ways to save money.

There will be a few free activities, but most of them get underway in July. See the OCOcean events page and the free family fun page for some ideas.

I'm hoping to purchase a property in mid-town OCMD that I can use a few times a year and rent out the rest of the time. Which property management company is preferred by the Insiders? Thanks!
Submitted by jay c, baltimore Maryland on January 2, 2019
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: January 2, 2019

The best property management company really depends on the specifics of your unit and situation. There are some buildings/areas where certain agencies specialize. There are also some agencies better for one rental situation versus another (e.g., hands-on vs. hands-off owner). Four companies that I think do a solid job are Vantage, Coldwell BankerCondo Realty and Shoreline.

Several of the local agencies have offered seminars about owning and buying rental property in OC. I"d definitely recommend attending one of these sessions.

Hello! My friend and I are looking for a place to rent and jobs in Ocean City for the Summer of 2019. We are both college students looking to stay from May-August. Any suggestions as to where we should start our search? Thanks! 
Submitted by Jordan S, Mount Airy Maryland on December 19, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 20, 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.

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:

- Checkout this list from the Department of Tourism

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

- 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!

What local radio station plays Oldies? 
Submitted by Lorraine F, Ocean City Maryland on December 19, 2018
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Hunt Valley and Ocean City

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 20, 2018

97.1 or 105.1 plays oldies and have a good signal in Ocean City..  

107.3 used to operate in Ocean City.  It is now defunct.  It played music from the 40's through 60's.  

Hi, Insiders! I'm looking for two different recommendations. I'll be traveling to OCMD this Friday for the weekend. 1) I'm not sure what's open this time of year, but I would love recommendations on places to eat. We love places like Big Pecker's, De Lazy Lizard, Dead Freddie's & Fish Tales. 2) I need recommendations on where to park for the Boardwalk as close to it as possible, since I see the Inlet Lot is closed for the season! As always, thanks so much for your help and I hope everyone is having/has had a wonderful holiday! 
Submitted by Christy T, Baltimore Maryland on December 13, 2018
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Centreville, VA

Insider since: 2010

Answered: December 13, 2018

First, the inlet parking lot is not actually closed for the season - it's payment stations are closed, so you can park there for free! If for some odd reason it is not open - like some major maintenance thing I'm unaware of, there is a parking lot one block off the boardwalk between Worcester Street and South Division Street. It will have plenty of parking at this time of year.

For places to eat, Big Peckers,is open everyday, and Dead Freddies is open on weekends (Thursday 4pm - Sunday). Seacrets is also open at least on weekends and is a nice casual atmosphere at this time of year with good food. Some other places you might like are Longboard Cafe (67th Street, open everyday), the Reel Inn (near the bay in Harbor Island at 14th Street - I am almost sure they are open all year, but call ahead to check), and Harborside (West OC at the commercial harbor). BJs on the Water at 75th Street on the bay is also a solid choice and is open everyday. Their menu has a broad mix of food from casual sandwiches and salads to nice entrees.

Have a great time in OC! Stay warm!