What should people expect of Ocean City Maryland?
I have gone to OC every summer for 46 years and with my kids for the past 13. Same place, oceanside, up north near the DE border. Lots of families there. It has changed a lot over the past decades but what hasn't?
For me, what to expect depends on how you do it. With kids I also don't look at it as a vacation but a family trip. For me a vacation kid free and I laze around, do nothing but read, and someone brings me a drink with an umbrella in it. Kids require considerably more effort.
If you stay in a hotel, you will be eating out the whole time and that can be expensive. We stay in a house with a kitchen and only eat out a few times. I bring tons of food. So I still cook and have dishes and such. We completely unplug do no TV, no video games, no phones except for texting and calling friends. We do not plan every moment of our time but figure it out as we go.
We don't go to the beach in the morning because it is crazy crowded. Mornings are for board games, puzzles, mini golf, going to see a movie. Afternoons are for the beach when it is less crowded. Since we stay so close to the beach, we do not make it big production and only take towels, water bottles, some sand toys, boogie boards.
We never go anywhere at night because everything is just packed. If we go to the boardwalk, we go early and just to play games. The early evening on the beach is always fun, before it gets dark. We do not like crowds in general so we tend to avoid events, but that is just how we are (has nothing to do with the pandemic).
People call the beaches nasty but at least up north, they drag them every night so they are actually pretty clean. The lifeguards are top flight…we have had the same guard for the past 20 years. We always get Scopes.
I accept that people can be jerks but we also always make "beach friends" every year.
So that is my take on it. Not everyone will agree with me and that is OK. We keep it mellow, accept that nothing is perfect. I have never felt unsafe there but again, we tend to avoid crowds and going places at night.