Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, MD, is on Fenwick Island, a barrier island that this city shares with Fenwick, Delaware to the north. The beach runs north-south along the length of the island.
There is a busy 2.5 mile stretch of boardwalk at the beach with amusement parks, arcades, shops and restaurants. At the pavilion in front of the Boardwalk Pier at this beach, concerts and entertainment events are frequently held.
Miles of white sandy beach can be found here. There are dozens of hotels here. Some of their architecture date back to the first quarter of the 20th Century as the older hotels burned down in that same period.
Trimper's Amusement Park at this beach dates back earlier, to the late 19th Century. It hosts one of the oldest hand carved wooden animal carousels that still operates in the US. The carousel is from 1902.
A wide variety of beach shops and equipment rentals for water sports, arcades and beach side eateries are located along this beach's boardwalk area.
Fishing off the beach or off a boat is a popular pastime at the Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, MD. Equipment for other water sports at the beach is also available along the boardwalk and nearby streets.
Close to 90% of the population that lives near this beach is white. Only some 7,000 people inhabit the town year round, leaving the beach fairly isolated during the off season months.
There is a weekly bonfire on the beach on Thursday evenings during the high season months.
Ocean City Beach, Ocean City, MD, is just a few minutes drive from 10 different golf courses as well as the western theme park and water park areas of Frontier Town in Berlin.
Visits in mid June encounter all of the boardwalk establishments fully operational at this beach while the climate can still be a bit cool. For some swimmers however, the water is too cold until late July and August.
Activities organized on the beach include films, festivals and live music events. In the summer months there are evening and night activities on the beach 6 nights a week here.
Early morning on the beach is not only quiet but as it faces eastward it makes for a head on view of the sunrise.
Due to large crowds in the summer, surfing is prohibited on most of the beach after 10 AM and before 5:30 PM. Nevertheless 2 blocks of beach are set aside for surfing only.
The Ocean city beach Patrol looks out for public safety on the 10.5 miles of beach in Ocean City, particularly in its ocean waters. It is a division of the Department of Recreation and Parks in Ocean City and has over 200 men and women dedicated to maintaining a safe and orderly environment here.