We think you’ll agree: the best beach is in Ocean City, Maryland! But don’t take our word for it. Ask TripAdvisor! We recently made its list of the nation’s Top 10 beaches. That’s right. We’re not just talking about beaches near Maryland. We’re one of the top beach destinations in all of America!
Come experience 10 miles of beautifully maintained sand that’s ready and waiting for family fun. And unlike some other beaches, ours is absolutely free! So you don’t have to pay for, or hassle with, beach passes.
Enjoy swimming and sunning along the Atlantic, not to mention surfing, fishing and even kayaking and canoeing! And during the summer, you'll find free family activities including movies, concerts and fireworks!
When it’s time to take a break, visit our three-mile boardwalk, voted by the Travel Channel as one of America’s best! Get out early for an invigorating bike ride, shop an endless variety of stores, or head for the arcades and amusements.
Ocean City, Maryland is filled with natural beauty and we'd like to keep it that way! Protecting our surrounding marine life, coastal bays and preventing pollution could not be more important but we need everyone to pitch in! Help keep the beach, streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and storm drains free of garbage - our land and ocean are all connected! It's important to take personal responsibility and dispose of your trash properly when you’re visiting Ocean City.
The Ocean City beach is open to the public from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m (We use the overnight hours to keep the beaches clean and beautiful!)
For your protection, the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty during the summer between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Please be sure to obey their instructions, swim near a lifeguard at all times and have a buddy with you when you're in the surf. The mission of the Beach Patrol is to provide safety for all beach-goers. Lifeguards on duty must have a clear line of vision and may establish said line running parallel to the ocean. Beach umbrellas, ball playing, and other beach accessories will not be permitted eastward of said line. Check out Town Ordinances for more information or talk to a nearby lifeguard.
Our waves have welcomed surfers and boogie boarders for decades. There are two designated surfing beaches that locations rotate daily. In addition, one section of beach along the inlet is reserved for surfers. It's open Monday to Friday during the summer, except on July 4th.
Pets are allowed on the beach and boardwalk at any time from October 1st to April 30th. Pets must be leashed at all times and the owner is responsible for removing any waste. There is a Dog Park located on 94th Street (bayside). For hours and access pass information, call OC Recreation and Parks at (410) 250-0125 or click here.
NOTE: All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.
Rinse-off spigots are provided at the following locations:
Ocean City's beaches are for everyone. So we provide access for the physically challenged at several locations. Look for the special blue signs at these street entrances along Coastal Highway:
Inlet Beach, Somerset St., Talbot St., N. Division St., 12th St., 25th St., 35th St., 37th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.
The Town of Ocean City provides beach wheelchairs at designated locations from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They are available from the Beach Patrol on a first-come, first-serve basis. Beach wheelchairs must be used within one block (north or south) of the location where you picked it up, and must be returned by 5:00 p.m. Please note that beach wheelchairs may not be taken into the water or off of the beach.
These locations may change depending on availability: Inlet Lot, 7th St., 30th St., 40th St., 48th St., 59th St., 70th St., 81st St., 89th St., 94th St., 107th St., 120th St., 130th St., 139th St., 145th St.
The Ocean City Visitors Center, located in the Convention Center, also offers beach wheelchairs by advance reservation for 1–3 days of use. For more info, visit the Visitors Center in the Convention Center on 40th Street or call (410) 289-2800. In order to preserve the quality of the beach wheelchairs, they must be picked up from either a truck or SUV that can accommodate their size and cannot be wheeled away from the site.
Beach Wheelchairs are also available for reservation at the Public Safety Building on 65th Street. Call 410-723-6610 for more information!
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You're welcome to cast your line from the beach. For safety's sake, regulations require that you remain 50 yards away from anyone on the beach or in the water between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.