If you want to spend your next vacation lounging along 10 miles of award-winning, family-friendly, FREE ocean and beach, your vacation search stops and starts right here in Ocean City, MD. From parking, transportation, and beach facilities to the Beach Patrol and beach safety to the Boardwalk and beach activities, all you need to know about Ocean City’s beaches is on this page.
Ocean City’s beaches are free and open to the public from 6am to 10pm (overnight hours are used keep the beaches clean and beautiful) and the Ocean City Beach Patrol is on duty between 10am and 5:30pm. Always obey the Beach Patrol’s instructions, swim near a lifeguard at all times, and have a buddy with you when you’re in the surf. NOTE: Town Ordinances prohibit throwing balls/Frisbees and other sports on the beach between 9am and 5:30pm from May 30 to September 15.
Surfer catching a wave in the waters around Ocean City Md
Ocean City’s waves have long been treasured by the troves of local surfers and boogie boarders for decades, but in recent years our resort has garnered national recognition for its waves as well. Two beaches are reserved every day as ‘surfing beaches’ and their 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 4. Check out our surfing page for more information.
To discover today’s surfing beaches or learn about the OC surf report:
- Check Ocean 98.1 WOCM or other local radio stations
- Call the OC Beach Patrol at (410) 289-7556
- Visit http://oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/Beach_Patrol/
Pets are allowed on the beach and boardwalk from October 1 to April 30 in Ocean City and any time on Assateague; however, pets must be leashed at all times and the owner is responsible for removing any waste.
NOTE: All locations are accessible for the physically challenged.
- Boardwalk at Worcester Street
- Boardwalk at Caroline Street
- 3rd Street & St. Louis Avenue next to Skate Park
- Boardwalk at 9th Street
- Boardwalk at 27th Street
- S. Division Street Transit Center
- Park & Ride on Rt. 50, just west of Harry Kelley Bridge
- Transit Center on 144th Street
PUBLIC RINSE-OFF STATIONS
Rinse-off spigots are provided at the following locations:
- Caroline Street (4)
- Inlet Beach (4)
- 9th Street (2)
Ocean City’s beaches are for everyone and the town provides 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 10am to 5pm 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 5pm.
NOTE: 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 Police Department provides beach wheelchairs at 65th St., (bayside). You can reserve one in advance for one or more days of use. Certain restrictions may apply. For more info, call 410-723-6610.
The Ocean City Visitors Center also offers beach wheelchairs by advance reservation for 1-3 days of use. For more info, visit the Convention Center on 40th Street or call 410-289-2800.
Whether you want to work on your tan, catch some waves, construct a sandcastle, stroll along the shoreline, or just unwind with your toes in the sand or surf, Ocean City’s FREE beaches are ready and waiting.