Experience one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 beaches!


We could go on and on about the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. And that makes sense, because our beach goes on and on for 10 miles! No matter which part you visit, you’ll find clean, beautifully maintained sand that’s ready and waiting for family fun. And unlike some other beaches, ours is absolutely free! So you don’t have to pay for, or hassle with, beach passes.

Enjoy swimming and sunning along the Atlantic, not to mention surfing, fishing and even kayaking and canoeing! And during the summer, you'll find free family activities every day of the week, including concerts, movies and Beach Olympics!

When it’s time to take a break, visit our three-mile boardwalk, voted by the Travel Channel as one of America’s best! Get out early for an invigorating bike ride, shop an endless variety of stores, or head for the arcades and amusements.

About our Beaches

Ocean City's beach is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (We use the overnight hours to keep the beaches clean and beautiful.) For your protection, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty during the summer between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please be sure to obey their instructions, swim near a lifeguard at all times and have a buddy with you when you're in the surf. Please note also that by Town Ordinance, throwing balls or Frisbees and other sports are not allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from May 30 to September 15.

Surf's Up

Our waves have welcomed surfers and boogie boarders for decades. Two beaches are reserved every day for surfers; their locations rotate daily. In addition, one section of beach along the inlet is reserved for surfers. It's open Monday to Friday during the summer, except on July 4.

For a list of the day's surfing locations, plus the OC surf report, you can:

Surf Fishing

You're welcome to cast your line from the beach. For safety's sake, regulations require that you remain 50 yards away from anyone on the beach or in the water between 9am and 6pm.


Pets are allowed on the beach and boardwalk at any time from October 1 to April 30. Pets must be leashed at all times and the owner is responsible for removing any waste.
There is a Dog Park located on 94th Street (bayside). For hours and access pass information, call OC Recreation and Parks at (410) 250-0125 or click here.

Public Restrooms

NOTE: All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.

  • Boardwalk at Worcester Street
  • Boardwalk at Caroline Street
  • 3rd Street & St. Louis Avenue next to Skate Park
  • Boardwalk at 9th Street
  • Boardwalk at 27th Street
  • S. Division Street Transit Center
  • Park & Ride on Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge
  • Transit Center on 144th Street

Public Rinse-off Stations

Rinse-off spigots are provided at the following locations:

  • Caroline Street (4)
  • Inlet Beach (4)
  • 9th Street (2)

Beach Access

Ocean City's beaches are for everyone. So we provide access for the physically challenged at several locations. Look for the special blue signs at these street entrances along Coastal Highway:

/files/managed/images/oceancitymarylandbeach2.jpgInlet Beach, Somerset St., Talbot St., N. Division St., 12th St., 25th St., 35th St., 37th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.

Beach Wheelchairs

The Town of Ocean City provides beach wheelchairs at designated locations from 10am to 5pm daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are available from the Beach Patrol on a first-come, first-serve basis. Beach wheelchairs must be used within one block (north or south) of the location where you picked it up, and must be returned by 5pm.

Please note that beach wheelchairs may not be taken into the water or off of the beach.

These locations may change depending on availability:

Inlet Lot, 7th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.

The Ocean City Police Department provides beach wheelchairs at 65th St., (bayside). You can reserve one in advance for one or more days of use. Certain restrictions may apply. For more info, call 410-723-6610.

The Ocean City Visitors Center, located in the Convention Center, also offers beach wheelchairs by advance reservation for 1-3 days of use. For more info, visit the Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street or call 410-289-2800.