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Love is in the salty beach air: A guide to Valentine’s Day in Ocean City

There’s no place that says “romance” quite like a quiet winter beach. Loving long walks on the beach, and listing off that love on your dating profile, is a total cliche, but vacations are all about embracing the cliches.

Who doesn’t love long walks on the beach? Couple that with a bargain of a hotel room, or a candlelit dinner, or a horse and carriage ride complete with chocolate and champagne, or all of the above, and you’ve got the dream of a Valentine’s Day getaway. Maybe it’s all cliche, but who cares? Love is in the salty beach air, and in Ocean City, Valentine’s dreams come true.

Here are  Valentine’s Day hotel packages, restaurants, and things to do, all to be shared with the one you love.

Ocean City Hotel Packages for Valentine’s Day

A rose petal-covered bed at the Dunes Manor.

You’re likely to find discounted rooms and suites at most of the Ocean City hotels that are open during the off-season, look for ad-ons like perks like meal credits, bottles of champagne, and chocolate. 

These don’t even include all the hotel packages for Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap Celebration the weekend of FeBREWary 26-28th.   If you’re still in the beginning stages of planning your romantic getaway, consider coming down the weekend of the 26th: You can attend the most romantic beer celebration at the Princess Royale, drink your beer on your private balcony and watch the LIVE Shore Craft Beer activities, listen to live music by Stealing Savannah, and still take advantage of the wintertime views and dining specials.

Ocean City Restaurants for a Romantic Candlelit Dinner

Ocean City is not necessarily a town that’s known for its fine dining, but it really probably should be. The town is not all sports bars and surf-themed taquerias all the time (although if that’s what you and your sweetheart are into, don’t hesitate to reach for a burger and a beer on V-day weekend and pour ketchup on your fries in the shape of a heart). On our restaurants page you will find an exhaustive list of every restaurant in Ocean City, from casual dining to pizza, but for easier-access, here are some of the more romantic options that are open in February:


Reservations are always recommended on holiday weekends and take-out is an excellent option to be COVID safe.

Things to do on your romantic Valentine’s Day weekend

1. Take a romantic stroll along the beach, if weather allows.

Most Boardwalk businesses will be closed unless the weather is really nice, but you can still walk up and down the beach and boards. It’s extra romantic to stroll along the shoreline collecting seashells when you don’t see a single other person in your line of sight; only seagulls. Take in the salty ocean air, and even bring your four-legged friends along. They’re allowed on the beach until April 30. 

You can also take a romantic horse and carriage ride on the Boardwalk over Valentine’s Day weekend, which comes complete with chocolates and a glass of bubbly. 

And in case weather doesn’t allow…

2. See a movie.

Bring your HDMI cord and plug into your hotel’s TV, watch from bed, or download a movie on Netflix or Apple TV — Amazon Prime is another great option.  Of course, hotels frequently offer on-demand movies too.   Hotels are really your new home away from home when you want a private getaway without a lot of people.  With today’s technology, you can get whatever you want without spending another dime.

3. Play a round of indoor putt-putt.

Old Pro has two indoor courses open year-round, so even if you can’t soak up the sun at an outdoor mini golf course, you can still enjoy a few games at a fun, themed course. 

4. Pamper yourself at the spa.

This idea is great, because it can apply if you’re in a relationship and opt for a couples massage, or it can be just as (if not more) enjoyable on your own. If you are staying at the Princess Royale Hotel – or even if you aren’t – The Creative Day Spa can pamper you or your loved one for Valentine’s Day.

5. Enjoy the local entertainment.

There’s no shortage of talented musicians in Ocean City. On Feb. 14,   Seacrets has a Valentine’s Day celebration from 5 – 9 with Cherry Crush Duo.  

6. Embark on a craft beer tasting trail, or even a craft beer challenge. 

Just because the Eastern Shore isn’t known for its wineries doesn’t mean you’ll be deprived of a delicious, romantic, and local drink over your getaway weekend. There are craft breweries all over Delmarva making their own special chocolate stouts, sweet ciders, and handcrafted ales for your enjoyment, and if you’re really looking to take in all the local flavor, embark on a beer trail or challenge for a day-long adventure. 

Some local restaurants and bars are even offering FeBREWary Love on Tap specials all month long. 

Share your love story with us

Ocean City love stories, just in time for Valentine’s Day


Last year we asked for your Ocean City love stories. This year, we will do the same. When did you fall in love with Ocean City? Or better yet, who did you fall in love with in Ocean City, and how? Post your story on our Facebook page, Forum thread, or email aneeley@oceancity.com, and we’ll publish it just in time for Valentine’s Day. 

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