Travel + Leisure a travel magazine and website based in New York City with over 4.8 million readers, according to its corporate media kit, has released a list of the “25 Best Beaches in The U.S.” that includes nearby Ocean City, MD. The list also includes beaches from New York, Hawaii, California, Florida, and more. According to the article, “many different criteria define the perfect beach: the sand, the waves (or lack thereof), the level of seclusion, the public transportation and accessible parking, the boardwalk, the activities, and even the amount of shaded trees.”
Ocean City, MD: “Ten miles of white-sand beach plus a three-mile boardwalk packed with amusement park rides, bike rentals, shops, and delectable treats make Ocean City Beach a popular vacation spot. You’ll find a variety of hotels, restaurants, and even a brewery on the boardwalk. Jet skiing, surf fishing, and fishing charters are popular here as well.”
Ocean City’s population is approximately 7,000 year-round, but can go up as high as 350,000 on summer weekends with over 8 million visiting annually. During the summer it becomes the second most-populated municipality in Maryland behind Baltimore. In the summer, businesses and government agencies are augmented with about 100 seasonal police officers, plus extra firefighters and other workers. Numerous events take place within the town during the shoulder-season, including Sunfest, Springfest, Bike Week, Cruisin’ Weekend, Winterfest of Lights and Reach the Beach, which take place on the Boardwalk and/or in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.