Ocean City, Maryland is a popular beach destination for families coming from Washington D.C. and other nearby metropolitan areas. The beach has a fun and lively vibe with plenty of activities for kids. There's a Boardwalk that draws a crowd on summer days when you can enjoy a classic beach snack while wandering the promenade.
Accommodation in Ocean City is predominantly high rise condos and hotels, but some areas do have smaller houses. Location can dramatically affect price, with properties right on the beach costing the most.
Boardwalk/DowntownInlet to 30th Street
Downtown Ocean City is where you'll find the city's iconic Boardwalk, which offers the quintessential beach vibe that people love. It's lined with restaurants, shops, food stands, games, and rides, so it's the perfect place to grab a hot dog and snow cone or ride a classic beach roller coaster.
This is the place to stay if you want to be at the center of the action. The area attracts the largest crowds, particularly during festivals, so parking can be a bit challenging. Fortunately here's the Ocean City Beach Bus that offers all day rides with a full day pass for only $3. There's also a more expensive Boardwalk tram that you can take.
The area is filled with high rise condos that offer beachfront views, modern amenities, and often pools or other fun activities. Below are just a couple of the best AirBnbs in the area.
This condo is surprisingly spacious
and conveniently located just a couple of blocks from the beach and boardwalk. It's clean and reliable, and an excellent value for a family that wants to stay in this neighborhood.
This place is all about location
. It's balcony offers a view of the ocean that can't be beat and the space is large and comfortable. The price is a bit high, but it's really worth every penny. This is a great option for families that want to make the most of their time in Ocean City.
This charming cottage
is a bit cozy but perfectly located. It's a nice option for small families who want to be near the boardwalk and everything that this area has to offer.
Mid-Town31st to 93rd Street
Mid-Town is still conveniently close to the Boardwalk and all of the action of Downtown, but it's a bit quieter than the hustle and bustle that you find in the Downtown area. It offers a nice compromise for families that want to enjoy the fun filled days of a festive beach setting, but still want to be able to return to a quieter and more peaceful nights sleep.
Most parts of Mid-Town can be reached on foot in a short walk. Popular activities include putt-putt, visiting water parks, or catching a show at the Ocean City Performing Arts Center. There is also no shortage of great local restaurants in the area, so don't miss your chance to try seafood.
There are a diverse range of properties for rent in this area. In the southern part of Mid-Town you'll find mostly small homes but as you head north you'll see more condos and high rise hotels. Below are just a couple of our favorites.
This condo is beautifully updated
with modern furnishings. It's just steps from the beach and is walking distance to everything you could need. Do take note that they don't provide linens so you'll need to bring your own sheets and towels.
This condo is all about the view
. It's the perfect place to watch the sunrise as you sip your morning coffee. The unit is modern, clean, and comfortable and the location is excellent as it's right on the beach!
North Ocean City94th to 145th Street
If you're looking for a little more privacy, space, and a quieter setting, then North Ocean City is probably more your style. Most properties offer a bit more space, but there are still a number of condos and high rises in the area. This is one of the more popular areas for families, because it's quieter and easier to find a property that's large enough for the entire family. Even though it's quieter and more family oriented, that doesn't mean the area's short on activities. There are plenty of parks, restaurants, entertainment options, and even a movie theater in the area.
This area is a few miles from the Boardwalk, but it's close to DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum
and Fenwick Island.
Below are a couple of our top picks for vacation rentals in North Ocean City.
This place is all about the large windows
and you'll wake up at this condo feeling like you're right on the beach. It's not uncommon to see dolphins in the morning or if you're an early riser you can catch a stunning sunrise. Located in an upper floor of a high-rise building, you'll also have access to the building's indoor pool, exercise room, and more. The kids room has bunk beds, and there's plenty of room to spread out if you're a larger family.
This condo is a great option
for a family that doesn't mind having a smaller space at a more affordable price. It offers a good value, and there's a park nearby that the whole family can enjoy. They also have a PlayStation that the kids will love. You can use the building's pool, too.
West Ocean City
West Ocean City is a more recently developed area that's right across the bay from the Boardwalk. It offers a number of more leisurely activities including golfing, yachting, and boating. Families often enjoy renting kayaks or jet skis to explore the bay. Crabbing is another fun activity for the whole family. Bigger groups will appreciate the larger space that properties in this area usually have.
For a large group, this place is affordable and nicely located
. It's a bit removed from the party scene, so you can enjoy a quiet night and drive to the beach in a few short minutes. With 4 bedrooms, it has plenty of space!
This cute house is perfect
for large multi-generational families. There's a downstairs apartment that's a great option for anyone who might struggle with mobility. The property offers an impressive view of the marsh, and the space is clean and very comfortable. It has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a huge kitchen, and a nice dock.
This charming cottage
is perfect for a family traveling with dogs. It's in a great spot and filled with character.
Ocean Pines is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It's a peaceful residential community that's surrounded by forest in a more natural setting.
This property is a hidden gem
in a quiet area. It makes a great retreat for a family that wants to enjoy some time together. It has a dock on the canal
, a full kitchen, and plenty of space.