Ocean City, Maryland — Photo courtesy of Rambling Traveler
When talking about Maryland beaches, Ocean City is almost always at the center of the conversation. It’s one of the most popular vacation spots on the East Coast and draws as many as 8 million visitors a year. But with more than nine miles of sandy beaches and an inland filled with shops, restaurants and hotels, there’s more than enough space to accommodate everyone.
One of city’s biggest attractions is the Ocean City Boardwalk, which runs almost the entire length of the beach and is home to some of the best dining and shopping in town. If you’re just looking for a quick snack, try Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard or a famous funnel cake from the Golden Plate. For a more substantial meal, try the fresh seafood at the Captain’s Table or, for those looking for a little spice, any of the Asian fusion dishes as Bombora. You can even cruise the strip while looking for a bite in one of the open-air shuttles that pick up riders all along the Boardwalk.
There’s more to do in Ocean City than eat and work on your tan, however. The two amusement parks on the Boardwalk – Trimper’s Rides on the south end and Jolly Roger Amusement Park to the north – are filled with games, rollercoasters and enough water rides to keep you cool on a hot summer day.
Ocean City is also a great fishing destination, and the “White Marlin Capital of the World” hosts the White Marlin Open fishing tournament every August. Charter fishing trips are also offered by several companies and give visitors a chance to reel in their dinners themselves.
Of course, the main reason most people choose Ocean City for a vacation spot is the beach itself. The long, wide beach offers plenty of space for walking, swimming and playing games. You can also rent a chair and umbrella from a number of vendors and relax in the shade with a cool drink. With the combination of a beautiful shoreline, great food and fun activities, it’s easy to see why Ocean City ranks among Maryland’s best beaches.