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Popular amenities for Ocean City vacation rentals

Stay near Ocean City's top sights

Ocean City Boardwalk63 locals recommend
Gillian's Wonderland Pier45 locals recommend
Ocean City Beach28 locals recommend
The Crab Trap64 locals recommend
Playland's Castaway Cove31 locals recommend
The Flanders Hotel3 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Ocean City

  • Total rentals

    900 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    260 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    110 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    170 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    630 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    23K reviews

Your guide to Ocean City

All about Ocean City

In the 1920s, a small stretch of boardwalk and a merry-go-round were built along Ocean City’s shore. Two Ferris wheels, several looping roller coasters, and a century later, the skyline may be more dramatic, but the town’s appeal remains just as wholesome. Amusement park rides and waterslides make Ocean City’s wooden boardwalk (rebuilt in 2018), one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular spots. Its 8-mile-long white-sand beach has plenty of space to build sandcastles or spot hermit crabs. Visitors should keep in mind that Ocean City is a dry town, meaning you can’t buy or drink alcohol in public within the city limits, though it’s fine to bring it in from elsewhere and drink in private.

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

Summer is peak season for vacation rentals here: From June through late August, temperatures range from the 70s up to the 90s Fahrenheit, with periods of high humidity lasting into the evening. Bring sunscreen and bug spray in summer, especially if you plan to hike. Hurricane season lasts from mid-August through October, and temperatures cool down through fall. Winter’s 40-degree days and occasional snow shut down most of the boardwalk’s rides, though some indoor arcades and shops remain open. Spring temperatures are mild, in the 60s and 70s, but passing showers can put a damper on beach days.

Top things to do in Ocean City

Ocean City Beach

Ocean City’s beaches are among the cleanest along the Jersey Shore. In the high season, the sand is swept daily and lifeguards keep watch from regular intervals. The water in summer is warm and generally calm enough to swim, kayak, and paddleboard. You can rent gear, umbrellas, and beach-accessible wheelchairs at several spots along the beach. In summer, anyone older than 12 will need to pay a beach access fee; buy daily or weekly tags on the boardwalk or from an inspector on the beach.

Ocean City Boardwalk

It’s worth getting up early to rent a bike or surrey for a cruise along the boardwalk, allowed only before noon in summer. By midday, the boardwalk is in high gear, though it’s so wide it rarely feels crowded. The two amusement parks feature a good mix of kiddie and thrill rides, from the original 1920s carousel to a new 120-foot-tall roller coaster (tickets can be purchased per ride, though the bundles are a better deal). With water slides, a lazy river, and a pirate-themed playground, the OC Waterpark can take a whole day to explore.

Corson’s Inlet State Park

On the south end of town, this 341-acre coastal park is the counterpoint to the neon-lit boardwalk. A series of short hiking trails wind through the sand dunes and tall grasses, with views of the ocean and wetlands. The beach is accessible only at low tide, so check the tide report to time your visit, then bring a picnic, settle in, and watch for migratory birds. Swimming isn’t allowed here, though kayaking or fishing (with a permit) are.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Ocean City?

    Ocean City experiences a temperate climate. Summers are warm with temperatures around 80°F (27°C) while winters drop to 40°F (4°C). The city receives significant rainfall throughout the year, with the wettest month typically being August.

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

    Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the Ocean City Boardwalk, swim or sunbathe at the beach, or explore the local shops and eateries. Other popular activities include visiting the Ocean City Historical Museum, adventuring at the OC Waterpark, or taking a bike ride along the boardwalk.

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

    The most frequented time to visit Ocean City is during the summer months of June to August. This period coincides with popular local events such as the Night in Venice boat parade in July, and the Ocean City Baby Parade, a tradition since 1909, held in August.

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

    The Boardwalk area in Ocean City is often recommended as there are many shopping, dining, and amusement options. The Gardens is popular for its quiet, residential atmosphere and beautiful beachfront homes. The Bay Area is also favored for its stunning sunset views and water activities.

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

    Often recommended places to visit in Ocean City include the Ocean City Boardwalk, known for its shops, eateries, and amusement rides, and the beautiful beaches that are perfect for a day of fun and relaxation. The Ocean City Historical Museum is fascinating for those interested in local history.

  • What are some hiking trails in Ocean City?

    While Ocean City itself doesn't have hiking trails, you can find a few within a short drive. The Corson's Inlet State Park, 5 miles (8 km) away, has trails perfect for a nature walk. The Atlantic County Bikeway, 14 miles (22 km) away, is a safe and scenic route for a hike or bike ride.

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

    Families can explore the Ocean City Boardwalk, spend time on the beaches, or visit the Gillian's Wonderland Pier, home to a variety of fun rides. The OC Waterpark is another popular destination for families offering water slides and a lazy river.

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

    You can explore the bustling Atlantic City, known for its lively boardwalk and beaches, just 18 miles (29 km) away. For nature lovers, the Cape May County Park & Zoo, 20 miles (32 km) away, is a great choice. If you're a fan of history, a visit to the Historic Cold Spring Village, 28 miles (45 km) away, can be a delightful experience.

  • 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 240 condo rentals to over 310 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • How much does it cost to stay in condo rentals in Ocean City?

    Experience the best of Ocean City with our condo rentals, starting at about $20 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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