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Stay near Ocean City's top sights

Seacrets264 locals recommend
Northside Park112 locals recommend
Roland E. Powell Convention Center11 locals recommend
Ocean City Fishing Pier11 locals recommend
Boardwalk One3 locals recommend
Fisher's Popcorn22 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Ocean City

  • Total rentals

    4.4K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    ﺩ.ﺇ37 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    79K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.5K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    380 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    2.5K properties have a pool

Your guide to Ocean City

All About Ocean City

With 10 miles of soft sand along its free public beach, waters perfect for surfing and boating, and buckets of coastal charm, Ocean City, Maryland, has long been a top choice for summer vacation rentals. The wooden boardwalk offers quintessential coastal fun, no matter your age: classic fairground rides, retro arcade games, and spectacular views from the Ferris wheel never get old. Watch the sunset as you stroll along, frozen custard in hand. Crack open crab legs, brought in straight from the sea. End the night listening to live music as fireworks burst and crackle over the ocean. Nearby, explore enchanting wilderness on Assateague Island, where wild ponies graze. With a warm, friendly atmosphere, this small town offers plenty to do for young families, groups of friends, and couples alike.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Ocean City

Ocean City comes alive in summer. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, families flock into town for the sun, beautiful beach, and a lively atmosphere that includes live music every night, weekly fireworks, free movies on the beach, and, best of all, the peak of crab season. Keep in mind that it will be busy, so be sure to secure your Ocean City house rental in advance. Come at the end of September for the city’s biggest festival, where you’ll find live music, food stalls, art, hayrides, and kid-friendly activities. The weather will be cooler, but still pleasant enough to spend time walking around outside, hiking, or boating (though maybe not swimming).

Ocean City quiets down over the winter, and many shops as well as boardwalk activities close their doors. The festive season from mid-November to New Year’s sees the town turn into a winter wonderland. Things start to slowly pick back up in April, when the first warm rays of sun signal the return of beach weather.

Top things to do in Ocean City

Eat crab

Crab is a fixture of just about every menu in Maryland, and Ocean City does this crustacean particularly well. Boiled, fried, steamed, or cooked into a cake, there are multiple ways to enjoy it — and no shortage of places around town to get it fresh from the ocean. Even better: All-you-can-eat seafood buffets are something of a hallmark around here.

Assateague Island

Assateague Island, with its seemingly endless coast, feels like the tip of the world. Spend the day here exploring the untouched wilderness. But what really makes this spot magical is that it’s home to herds of wild ponies — and has remained so by being diligent about the conservation of their habitat. You can’t get too close, but seeing them gallop across the horizon and graze in the fields is pretty incredible.

Ayer’s Creek

Ayer’s Creek is a short jaunt outside of town, and is well worth it for a day of paddle boating or kayaking through salt marshes and forested wetlands. The sunsets here are pretty spectacular, as is paddling under the light of the full moon, which you can organize with tour operators on the ground.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Ocean City?

    Ocean City experiences a humid subtropical climate. In summer, temperatures often reach 85°F (29°C), whereas winter sees cooler temperatures around 45°F (7°C). Ocean City also receives a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Ocean City?

    In Ocean City, you can explore the city's 10-mile (16 km) long beach, enjoy a stroll along the Ocean City Boardwalk or visit Jolly Roger Amusement Park. You might also indulge in water sports, such as surfing and paddleboarding at the Ocean City Beach.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Ocean City?

    The peak travel season in Ocean City is from June to August. This is when the city hosts popular events such as the Ocean City Air Show in June, and White Marlin Open, a famous fishing tournament in August.

  • What are the best places to stay in Ocean City?

    Popular areas to stay in Ocean City include the Midtown, known for its vibrant nightlife and restaurants, and the Downtown area, close to the historic Boardwalk. North Ocean City is another preferred area, especially for those seeking quieter surroundings.

  • What are the best places to visit in Ocean City?

    Notable places to visit in Ocean City include the Ocean City Boardwalk, known for its nostalgic charm, and Northside Park, a perfect spot for outdoor activities. You can also visit the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum and Trimper's Rides, a historic amusement park.

  • What are some hiking trails in Ocean City?

    While Ocean City is not known for its hiking, nearby Assateague Island National Seashore has numerous trails such as the Life of the Dunes, Life of the Forest, and Life of the Marsh trails, all under 1 mile (1.6 km) each.

  • What are some family activities to do in Ocean City?

    Families in Ocean City can have fun at Jolly Roger Amusement Park, explore interactive exhibits at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, or enjoy a picnic at Northside Park. The Ocean City Beach also offers opportunities for family-friendly water sports.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Ocean City?

    For day trips from Ocean City, consider visiting Assateague Island, located 8 miles (13 km) south, known for its wild horses, or Salisbury, about 30 miles (48 km) west, home to the Salisbury Zoo and Pemberton Historical Park.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Ocean City?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Ocean City. From over 2,850 condo rentals, over 690 apartment rentals to over 420 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Ocean City?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 2,290 vacation rentals in Ocean City featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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