Ocean City, Maryland 21842

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Am I allowed to use a canopy tent on the beach? 

Submitted by Robert B, Monrovia Maryland on July 5, 2018

For now, you are permitted to use the pop up canopies on the beach. 

Thank you for your question.

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Darlene L.

Darlene L.

Johnstown Pa Answered: July 5, 2018 Insider Since 2009

Can we have a cookout on the beach?

Submitted by Towanda W, Washington District of Columbia on July 5, 2018

You are not allowed to have grills or gas grills anywhere on the beach in Ocean City.  The nearest place that  you can do that is Northside Park on 125th St.  They have public charcoal grills there and a pavilion and it is first come, first served. 

You are allowed to bring a cooler and cold sandwiches to the beach and enjoy that. 

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Darlene L.

Darlene L.

Johnstown Pa Answered: July 5, 2018 Insider Since 2009

Is handicap parking free at the Inlet?

Submitted by Tommie F, Berlin Maryland on July 5, 2018

There is a 30 minute grace period for handicap parking in the inlet. After that you have to pay.  

https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/city-hall/americans-with-disabilities/

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Dana B.

Dana B.

Pittsburgh, PA Answered: July 5, 2018 Insider Since 2008

Where can I park a trailer in Ocean City? 

Submitted by Brad H, PASADENA Maryland on July 3, 2018

The only place is at the public lot on 100th Street.  Here is a great link to review: https://ococean.com/parking-information

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: July 3, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Is there anywhere I can rent a large sunshade canopy for the beach? How much does that cost per day?

Submitted by Bruce C, Churchton Maryland on July 3, 2018

You can rent 8 foot umbrellas on the beach.  They are around $14 per day.  They do not rent canopies, but you can buy one at Roses or Walmart for about $70.  

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: July 3, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Where could I acquire a Bonfire Pit for the 4th of July? What are the rules regarding having bonfires in OCMD?

Submitted by Sabrina D, Towson Maryland on July 3, 2018

You cannot have a bonfire on the 4th of July - per regulations.  The application and rules are here though:Bonfire Regulations. Be safe and have fun!

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: July 3, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Hi, what's the schedule of when the Boardwalk Tram runs?

Submitted by Theresa G, Philadelphia Pennsylvania on July 2, 2018

From now until Labor Day, the boardwalk tram runs 11am-midnight on most weekdays. It starts running at 10am on holidays and weekends. After Labor Day it runs on a more abbreviated schedule. It stops running on 23 September 2018. See its full schedule and more info here.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: July 3, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Is there anywhere in OCMD where I can purchase a custom toe-ring? 

Submitted by Jennifer I, Plainfield Illinois on July 2, 2018

My daughter Tessa is the queen of toe rings.  She recommends Somerset Jewelers on the Boardwalk.  They have a large selection of toe rings and may be able to customize them.  

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Savas K.

Savas K.

Hunt Valley and Ocean City Answered: July 3, 2018 Insider Since 2010

We're in the very beginning stages of looking for a beach house to purchase. We are considering Sunset Island. Any beach house owners/Insiders that could share the pros/cons of Sunset Island? Are the condos/townhouses easy to rent? Are there any other communities you would recommend we check out? 

Submitted by Lori B, York Pennsylvania on July 2, 2018

My brother has had a condo at Sunset Island for about 14 years now. There is lots of good, but some concerning items too. Here's my take.

If you are looking for a great community with lots of amenities, Sunset Island is a great choice. The indoor pool is great to have year round, the clubhouse end exercise room are very nice, the pier is great, and the trails around the island are really nice and provide some excellent views. We walk around the island on these trails year round. Having access to the bay is also very nice. SI also has a great mid-town location with lots of things for families, kids, and adults that are easy to walk to. The walk to the beach is easy (even with having to cross Coastal Highway), especially if you are closer to the entrance to SI. The beach can get crowded at 67th Street, but it is much less crowded one block north or south. SI is also very well maintained. The fountains, trailers, landscaping, and everything else in the common areas are well maintained and kept in a great state of repair.

However, since you get a lot from the SI association, SI is expensive. The condo and other fees are high, so be sure to include them in your budget. You also only get six pool passes per unit, so this an issue for some people with the larger houses or townhouses that sleep more than six. The pool area and clubhouse beach also gets very crowded in the summer. Parking regulations can also be burdensome. There is plenty of parking on SI, but it is tightly regulated, and they do regularly tow. I believe that even singe family houses only get two parking passes (double check this if you get serious about buying). The overall regulatory environment of association rules in SI is pretty strong - they run a tight ship, which keeps things nice, but that can also feel overly restrictive at times.

Finally, many of the properties have had significant issues with water incursion and damage. From what I've observed, it seems the issue is based on design and construction techniques that may be fine in most environments, but seem less than fine in OC's constantly wet coastal environment. Many units of all types (condo, townhouse, single family) have had to do significant reconstruction work to address these water issues, often at five-figure costs. In some cases, the builder's warranty covered the costs, but not in all cases. Be sure you get a very good inspection of any property you are considering to mitigate your risk of being surprised by these types of issues.

If you want the amenities it offers, then SI is a great option. If you don't care about such amenities, then perhaps consider something like Caine Woods in north OC. This community has fewer amenities, but also has a low (or no) association fees and less community association regulation. It also has a few OC parks within it and is close to lots of businesses to shop, eat, or be entertained.

As far as rentals, SI is probably easier to rent out. There are a few agents who specialize in SI rentals, and I'd suggest using one of them. However, most rental owners in OC break even at best on their rentals, and most loose money annually. Realistically, you only have 10 to 12 weeks of rental income if you don't plan to use your unit yourself in the summer. You might pick up some weekend rentals in the shoulder or off seasons, but these will be few and far between.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: July 2, 2018 Insider Since 2010

Hello! I'm looking for a place to rent a car near OCMD. 

Submitted by Kathi M, North Las Vegas Nevada on July 2, 2018

You can rent cars from the Enterprise Rental Car office on the north side of Route 50 a about 3 miles west of OC. Their phone is 410.213.0886. Their address is 11809 Ocean Gateway Ste 1, Ocean City, MD 21842. You can also rent cars from Xpress Rent-A-Car at the OC Airport. Their phone is 410.213.7336. The airport address is  12724 Airport Rd, Berlin, MD 21811.

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Karl S.

Karl S.

Centreville, VA Answered: July 2, 2018 Insider Since 2010
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Camp Hill, PA
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