Boardwalk / Downtown, the best area to stay in Ocean City
If you want to be in the heart of the action in Ocean City, stay in Boardwalk! This three mile long strip simply has it all: from designer hotels to excellent restaurants and outdoor activities. It is without doubt the most popular touristy area in Ocean City and the best place to stay.
If you base yourself here, you will have the most convenient logistics for a range of activities. Beach lovers will be in their element strolling along this beautiful Atlantic coastal stretch, and it provides great access to Ocean City Beach. There is a lively nightlife in this area and many outdoor beach activities along the Boardwalk during summer.
Tourists have a range of upmarket hotels to choose from in Boardwalk, which are perfect for both families and couples. All along the promenade, there are splendid local and international restaurants and cafés to enjoy with a sea view- particularly pleasant at sunset.
Hotels in Boardwalk
Other areas to stay in Ocean City
Staying in Midtown is another great option when in Ocean City. Although not quite as exhilarating as Boardwalk, Midtown is still a popular area to stay and is located just beyond Boardwalk itself. There are similarly excellent hotel options here with a beach view.
Midtown gives tourists the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it is ideally located close to a number of great restaurants, shops and entertainment venues. On the other hand, it is also close to the quieter North Ocean City, so tourists who want to escape the noise will certainly be able to relax here.
During the day, Midtown is brilliant for family activities. There are amusement parks and watersports activities to be enjoyed, such as the thrills of the Jolly Roger Splash Waterpark. Later on in the day, Midtown has some exquisite seafood restaurants to rival Boardwalk, again with lovely sea views at sunset.
Hotels in Midtown
North Ocean City
For the quieter tourists who prefer to escape the crowds of touristy Boardwalk, staying in North Ocean City would be the logical option. Despite not being as touristy, there are still plenty of delights to enjoy here!
North Ocean City is surrounded by miles of beautiful coastline, and has some of Ocean City’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches. For example, you have access to the long-stretching Maryland Beach here, perfect for family walks or sunbathing in the summer. North Ocean City is also a location for outdoor sporting activities. Head to the large and sprawling Northside Park, where you can play outdoor sports or simply take long strolls and relax in this tranquil setting.
North Ocean City also has its fair share of seafront hotels, shops and delicious restaurants and cafes. You can enjoy similar coastal views and sunsets as the other locations, just without the large crowds of tourists.
Hotels in North Ocean City
West Ocean City
West Ocean City is an area that has really grown in popularity in recent years! It is an alternative area to stay that offers all of the delights that make this destination so famous. With a range of good value seafront hotels, staying here is a pleasant option for many, and there are a number of excellent seafood restaurants in the tourist area.
Indeed, West Ocean City is home to miles of stunning sea and sand and a number of beaches to relax on. Stinky beach is particularly popular; a strange name, but it is definitely nicer than it sounds!
Watersport enthusiasts will also feel at home here, as you can easily head out on the water and do some kayaking, canoeing and of course fishing. For the more adventurous tourists, there are also some thrilling amusement parks in West Ocean City that make for a brilliant family day out.
Hotels in West Ocean City
Berlin is a small town just 10 miles outside of Ocean City that makes for a great alternative destination to stay during your trip to Ocean City. This historic town is growing ever more popular with tourists who want to temporarily step away from the beach crowds. Here, you can find both day trippers from Ocean City and also tourists who are staying in Berlin itself. The town is home to a number of great-value hotels, guesthouses, and authentic local restaurants.
Berlin is a particularly brilliant base for shoppers, with multiple stores all around the town center. For history and art fans, Berlin has several art galleries featuring local art exhibitions, as well as excellent history museums such as The Taylor House Museum. Berlin is also home to many live music and cultural events throughout the year, so you will really feel in the heart of the action here.
Hotels in Berlin