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Destination guide

Experience Ocean City in vacation home rentals

On a barrier island jutting into the Atlantic Ocean just south of the Delaware/Maryland border, lively Ocean City is one of the eastern seaboard's top beach destinations, attracting more than eight million visitors every year. With miles and miles of white sand beaches, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more relaxing getaway than an Ocean City vacation rental. The crown jewel of it all is the vibrant boardwalk, full of amusement rides, entertainment, and all the dining you could ever want. Come on down and have some good old-fashioned fun!

Things to do

Sightseeing near Ocean City vacation rentals

The only thing more popular in Ocean City than the beach is the acclaimed Ocean City boardwalk, full of attractions, shops, and plenty of food (don't forget to try the famous Maryland crab). There are two amusement parks to choose from at an Ocean City vacation rental—Jolly Roger Amusement Park and Trimper's Rides, first opened in 1893. Along the planks you'll also find historic sights like the landmark Atlantic Hotel, dating from 1926, the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum, set in an 1891 life-saving station, and the anchor from the famous Sailboat Wreck of 1870.

Activities

What to do near Ocean City vacation homes

It's no surprise that the ocean rules in a place called Ocean City. The Atlantic waves are great for surfing, or you can explore the bay in a kayak, canoe, or jet ski. The tour options are endless, from dolphin-spotting pleasure cruises on the water, to small plane and helicopter tours if you'd prefer to take it all in from above. Back on solid ground, there's horseback riding along the beach, or you can just kick back, work on your tan, and catch a beautiful sunrise. There are plenty of spas around if you're looking to really indulge.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Ocean City vacation rentals

Summer is prime time for Ocean City vacation rentals, thanks to warm temperatures that make for perfect beach-going weather. You'll see hIghs in the 80s or 90s between June and September, when skies are mostly clear and sunny (minus the occasional passing thunderstorm). Winters are cold, with temps consistently below freezing from December through February. That's also when you'll see the most snow, though the white stuff is possible any time from November to April. There's always a potential for hurricanes, particularly in September and October, but typically Ocean City just gets the rains without the serious storms.

Natural features

Let the pounding of the surf soothe your soul

Set on a thin barrier island in the Atlantic Ocean, officially called Fenwick Island, you'll never be far from the ocean in Ocean City. Sandy white stretches of beach line the island from bottom to top, continuing into Delaware a few miles to the north. The sunrises can be magical and the waves are surf-worthy (just keep your eye out for possible shark encounters). On the west side, you'll find plenty more marine life in Isle of Wight and Assateague Bays, which separate Ocean City from the mainland.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Ocean City

Fly into Ocean City, MD (OCE-Ocean City Municipal), the closest airport, located 5 mi (8.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Salisbury, MD (SBY-Salisbury - Ocean City Wicomico Regional), which is 23.5 mi (37.9 km) away.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly attractions near Ocean City vacation homes

Ocean City has numerous attractions for families with children. Vacation homes are available near places like Splash Mountain Water Park, a kid-friendly aquatic park with water rides, a lazy river, and entertainment, and Speedworld Go-Karts, a go-kart track and amusement center with a variety of children’s activities. Kids will also enjoy Marty’s Playland, a huge oceanside arcade with unique games.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Ocean City

If you’re planning a romantic vacation, Ocean City has plenty of fun locations for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes can be found near places like Sunset Park, a waterfront park with sunset views, crabbing, fishing, and community events, and Fenwick Island State Park, a quiet beach park on a barrier island with swimming areas and surf spots. You could also visit the Art League of Ocean City, an art gallery with local artwork, classes, workshops, and events.

How many vacation rentals are available around Ocean City, MD?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 5,240 vacation rentals around Ocean City. From 1,123 house rentals to 3,129 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ocean City?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ocean City. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Midtown Ocean City: 1,821 vacation rentals
  • Caine Woods: 849 vacation rentals
  • Montego Bay: 666 vacation rentals
  • Heron Harbour Isle: 555 vacation rentals
  • Little Salisbury: 734 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ocean City! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ocean City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ocean City:

  • Bethany Beach: 5,992 rentals
  • Rehoboth Beach: 3,323 rentals
  • Ocean View: 2,187 rentals
  • Dewey Beach: 1,999 rentals
  • Ocean Pines: 4,111 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Ocean City?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Ocean City. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Ocean City Boardwalk: 5,346 rentals
  • Roland E. Powell Convention Center: 5,383 rentals
  • Jolly Roger at the Pier: 5,327 rentals
  • Carousel Ice Skating Rink: 5,759 rentals
  • Northside Park: 5,987 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Ocean City listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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