West Ocean City, Maryland

West Ocean City is a growing area
just west of the Route 50 bridge.
Home to the Tanger Outlets, many shops and restaurants
hotels, and marinas,
This area is the closest option for visiting Assateague Island

The West Ocean City Scene

West Ocean City is the area west of the Route 50 bridge into Ocean City.  It is growing – FAST.  There is a new boardwalk that connects some of the new housing areas, the Tanger Outlet, and the many restaurants and shops in this area.  Water dominates West Ocean City.  There are several marinas, the working harbor, the busiest boat ramp in Worcester County, and several waterfront parks.  Several of the boating tours leave from West Ocean City too.

  • Home to several free-standing destination restaurants including the Shrimp Boat on Route 611.
  • New or newly renovated hotels dot the area.
  • Home to Tanger Outlets and many shops and small restaurants.
  • Closest area to Assateague Island.
  • Home to the West Ocean City Park & Ride, owned by the Town of Ocean City and the location of the bus stop

Articles about West Ocean City

Top 5 Things to Do in West Ocean City

1. Dine Out – Especially on Maryland’s famous seafood

Maryland seafood (particularly crabs) is world-renowned for a reason. West Ocean City is home to a number of bayside restaurants known for their crabs and other shellfish, not to mention the famous Orange Crush, which happens to taste great with crustacean. Grab a Crush, stick your toes in the sand and watch the sun set.

2. Shop ’til you drop

If you’re looking for discounted apparel, accessories, shoes or home goods, you won’t have to look any further than Tanger Outlets in West Ocean City. You can stop for a bite to eat in the shopping center, too.

3. Discover your adventurous side

Baja Amusements and Gran Prix provide all kinds of entertainment in West Ocean City, including go karts, climbing walls, bumper boats, miniature golf, an arcade and kiddie rides for the little ones.  You can also play to win at OC Paintball.

4. Visit “Stinky Beach”

Once a heavily-guarded secret among locals, “Stinky Beach” is one little slice of paradise in West O where you can bring your dog for a romp in the sand or just bring your beach blanket and relax by the seaside. For more information on where this beach is, and where in the world it gets its name, this article includes a brief history and a handy map.

5. Get out on the water

If you’re like many, the major draw of West Ocean City is the ease with which you can boat and fish. You can even rent a kayak or try stand-up paddle-boarding. Explore all your on-the-water options here.

West Ocean City Restaurants & Bars

Don't overlook some of the great restaurants inside hotels here

West Ocean City has many chain restaurants, but it is also home to the original Mione’s Pizza which wins one of.the Best of Ocean City award for best pizza each year.  There is a drive-through Starbucks which is a great place to stop in the morning to take with you to the inlet as you watch the sun rise.  Fin City Brewing was born in West Ocean City and retains it’s roots through the Fin City beer you can buy inside Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City.

Restaurants & Bars in West Ocean City
2023 Best of Ocean City Winner

The Shrimp Boat

Sello’s Italian Oven & Bar

Fin City Brewing Company

Crab Alley Crab House, Restaurant, Lounge and Seafood Market


Amusements & Activities in West Ocean City

You will find most activities along Route 50, but there are kayaking options here

West Ocean City has almost everything Ocean City has, with the exception of the beach. Amusement parks and kayaking options are available as are electric bike rentals.  Don’t forget paint ball or the many salons and spas!

West Ocean City Activities

Sail Alyosha

Grand Prix

Baja Amusements

Flagship Cinemas

The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center

West Ocean City Boating & Fishing

Sail Alyosha

Ocean City Fishing Center

Reel Addiction

JoJo Sportfishing

West Ocean City Hotels

Several options, usually less expensive

Several options, great indoor & outdoor pools

West Ocean City encompasses the entire area west of Ocean City’s Route 50 bridge.  The hotels in the area are located on the south side of Route 50 and provide some nice accommodation options for your stay.  Every hotel has a great pool, some are indoor and some outdoor.

West Ocean City Hotels

Bedtime Inn


Comfort Suites


Francis Scott Key Family Resort