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Ocean City, MD

A premier coastal getaway located on the Atlantic Ocean in Maryland, Ocean City is a popular mid-sized vacation rental destination only three hours from Washington, D.C. Visitors explore shops along the town’s three-mile wooden beachwalk, kayak to nearby Assateague Island to see wild ponies, and try their luck at angling at the “White Marlin Capital of the World.” Real estate ranges from beach cottages and quiet homes nestled in the pines to trendy condos along High Rise Row. The most successful vacation rentals are on the water or have a pool.

Vacation condo located in Ocean City, MD

Insider tip

Some of Ocean City’s best-performing vacation rentals for the price right now are located oceanside in midtown, anywhere from 35th Street to 80th Street. Condos in High Rise Row (between 94th Street and 131st Street) perform well as vacation rentals because they’re mostly oceanfront and offer guests popular amenities such game rooms, fitness rooms, and pools. Being on the water is key in Ocean City. If you can’t afford oceanfront, look to drive guest demand with a pool, a bay view, or proximity to the boardwalk.

Learn more and compare Ocean City with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

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3,500+ rental units

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