Everyone’s idea of the perfect vacation is a little bit different. Some people look at vacation as a way to relax while others cram in as much activity as possible. Same goes for lodging. There are vacationers who just want a place to sleep, devoid of any luxuries, and others who want the best of the best when it comes to their accommodations. Some prefer small lodging establishments while others head for a particular chain hotel. Still others never stay in a hotel. Instead they opt for a vacation rental.
Luckily, Ocean City, Maryland has all of these and more. This beach town offers a huge selection of lodging options for all tastes and a variety of budgets as well, and with a little advanced planning, vacationers are sure to find something to fit their needs and wants as well as their wallets.
Vacation rentals are big business in Ocean City. Many couples, singles, and families come to this beach destination year after year and rent the same place each time they visit.
Short-term rentals in Ocean City come in all shapes and sizes but, by far, the most abundant – and probably the most popular too – are condominiums. Condos can be found up and down the Boardwalk and throughout the rest of the town as well. Many of them boast units with wonderful Atlantic Ocean views. Furthermore, they come in a variety of sizes, from studio apartment-type units to those with 3 or 4 bedrooms.
There are many advantages to renting an Ocean City condo. First of all, they are generally more affordable than a hotel, especially for those who are staying a week or longer. The vast majority have amenities such as pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, game rooms, and more. The presence of a full or partial kitchen also means the ability to store and prepare food, a great way to save money since you won’t be eating all your meals at restaurants.
In addition, many summer landlords rent single homes, duplexes, and townhomes as well, so if condo life isn’t for you – even for a week – there are all sorts of other options available. You may not find the perks you’d have with a condo, but there’s likely to be more space and perhaps even a yard or other outdoor space.
If you do plan to rent in Ocean City during the summer months, it’s a good idea to start your search as early as possible, even as much as 6-8 months prior to your arrival. If you’re heading to O.C. on the off season, you may not find as many choices but the prices will definitely be lower.
Hotels and motels in Ocean City fall into a few different categories. First of all, you’ll find a number of small mom-and-pop-owned motels, many of which – like the rentals – have repeat customers year after year. As a matter of fact, in some cases, generations of family members have been staying at the same motel for their vacations for eons! Most of these establishments will have minimal amenities – perhaps just a pool – but they are largely affordable and ideal for those vacationers just looking for a place to crash each night.
In Ocean City, Maryland, you’ll also find most of the popular chain hotels including Hampton, Hilton, Days Inn, Marriott Courtyard, Best Western, Econo Lodge, Holiday Inn, Rodeway Inn, and Howard Johnsons. At these hotels, you’ll pretty much find what you’re accustomed to when you stay at an establishment from that particular chain.
Of course, some of them have a host more amenities then usual, particularly because they’re in a beach location. For example, the all-suite Hilton Oceanfront has a pool with giant waterslides and a lazy river.
You’ll find a small selection of luxury hotels in Ocean City as well, though nothing with a 5-star rating. They probably aren’t akin to what you’d find in a luxury hotel in a large metropolitan area, but some do have extra perks such as onsite spas and excellent restaurants.
If you’re an RVer or prefer a cabin or something more primitive to a hotel room or condo, you do indeed have some choices in and around Ocean City.
One of the most popular is Frontier Town, voted one of the best campgrounds in the U.S. It has 500 campsites ranging from spots for your tent to cabins to sites that accommodate RVs up to 45 feet long. It sits on Sinepuxent Bay and is just 5 minutes form Ocean City. It has a waterpark, small theme park, organized activities, and much more.
Also check out Fort Whaley, operated by the same company that runs Frontier Town. It’s about 15 minutes from Ocean City and is a little smaller than Frontier Town with fewer amenities. However, guests do get privileges at Frontier Town’s waterpark and a discount at the theme park.
There are several other smaller campgrounds nearby as well, or guests in the area may choose to try their hand at camping on Assateague Island, which can be a little rough depending on the weather, though most die-hard campers say it’s a wonderful, unforgettable camping experience.