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Old 08-28-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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So we're headed to Ocean City, MD/Bethany, DE over the weekend. What are the best times to leave to avoid traffic?

Is there any benefit to stopping over in Annapolis or another point on the way--for the purposes of a more relaxed trip? (bumper to bumper traffic is not the most ideal situation).
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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So we're headed to Ocean City, MD/Bethany, DE over the weekend.
What are the best times to leave to avoid traffic?
3AM should do it.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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So we're headed to Ocean City, MD/Bethany, DE over the weekend. What are the best times to leave to avoid traffic?

Is there any benefit to stopping over in Annapolis or another point on the way--for the purposes of a more relaxed trip? (bumper to bumper traffic is not the most ideal situation).
Traffic usually backs up near the Bay Bridge. I wouldn't suggest staying in Annapolis overnight. You might as well just stay home and save over $100. Best time to leave would be Thursday afternoon (most people take Friday off). That way you can check-in at a normal time rather than having to wait until 3:30pm to check in. Friday morning is an option. But you'll have your luggage with you until check-in time.

I don't like to waste my hotel stay. Especially if you're paying over $200/might. I want my bags in the room at least by 5pm. If you have a beach rental, then I guess you have more freedom of when you arrive. Get the most bang for your buck.
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Old 08-28-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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Traffic usually backs up near the Bay Bridge. I wouldn't suggest staying in Annapolis overnight. You might as well just stay home and save over $100. Best time to leave would be Thursday afternoon (most people take Friday off). That way you can check-in at a normal time rather than having to wait until 3:30pm to check in. Friday morning is an option. But you'll have your luggage with you until check-in time.

I don't like to waste my hotel stay. Especially if you're paying over $200/might. I want my bags in the room at least by 5pm. If you have a beach rental, then I guess you have more freedom of when you arrive. Get the most bang for your buck.
Yes, beach rental it is we've got a group house, but it will only be available afternoon anyway.
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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So we're headed to Ocean City, MD/Bethany, DE over the weekend. What are the best times to leave to avoid traffic?
Some other weekend, preferably Oct-May.

In seriousness, if you must go there Labor Day weekend, the more you can remove it from Friday & Saturday daylight hours (going) and Monday daylight hours/evening (returning) the better. But it's always pretty horrible and the backups focus on the Bay Bridge.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:24 PM
 
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Drove out to Rehoboth Beach last August. Wasn't a holiday or anything. Traffic was awful. Took 50E out past the bridge, then started going out on 1 or something. Left on a Friday at 3:00 or thereabouts. Don't leave at this time. The traffic on the beach was even worse. Told my girl we would never go back on the weekend in the summer. It was fun, yet quite draining.

Basically, you should leave Friday morning after rush hour. Rush hour here in the morning is over at around 10. Leave at ten and get there at 1. Should be pretty smooth sailing, though holiday travel will slow things down a little bit.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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3AM should do it.
I think I just might do that going. I even hope one can leave at 4 or 5 am, and avoid traffic assuming you're past the bridge by 7am, and at the beach around 8 or 9--but correct me if I'm wrong.

Meanwhile from what I gather, returning on Monday afternoon is not ideal, I'll shoot for leaving 7pm thereabouts.
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