11 reasons to plan your next trip in Ocean City, Maryland

11 reasons to plan your next trip in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland

The biggest draws in Ocean City, Maryland, are its edge-of-the-Atlantic setting, bearings to all points north and south, and a vibrant downtown boardwalk. Toss in easy access to Delaware’s best coastal courses and you have a buddy-trip port of call. Here are the 11 best Ocean City travel tips: 

Average October Daytime Temps: 68 degrees

  1. The top draw is the Links at Lighthouse Sound, an Arthur Hills design that zigzags through wetlands, salt marshes and hardwoods, often on the same hole. Ranked No. 75 in our Top 100 Courses You Can Play, it also serves up superb vistas of Assawoman Bay. lighthousesound.com

The Links at Lighthouse Sound

     2.  Maryland crabs are the must-try dinner delicacy, and best in town for seafood is Phillips Ocean City Crab House. phillipsseafood.com

     3.  Another must-play is Rum Pointe, a surprisingly gentle but vistas-rich effort from Pete and P.B. Dye.
rumpointe.com

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The 18th hole at Rum Pointe

4.  Sports fans in search of the big game on big TVs with a big selection of beer should crawl over to the original Greene Turtle in North OC. thegreeneturtle.com

5.  The best golf bargain in the OC is Eagle’s Landing, an Audubon Sanctuary–certified layout that emphasizes precision over power as it twists through salt marshes and wetlands. eagleslandinggolf.com

6.  What you’ll be holding in your hand: Ocean City’s signature drink, the “Orange Crush,” which blends vodka, Triple Sec, Sprite and OJ. Harborside Bar & Grill in West OC created it. weocharborside.com

7.  Best 36-hole day and dinner: Man O’War and War Admiral at GlenRiddle, followed by steaks at the onsite Ruth’s Chris. glenriddlegolf.com

8.  A can’t-resist golf package: “The Scenic Drive,” from Harrison Golf. Included is golf at Baywood Greens, Newport Bay and Eagle’s Landing, plus two nights’ oceanfront lodging and two breakfasts. October rates from $225. tee1off.com/specials/

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The 18th Hole at Baywood Greens

9.  Make your OC Italian feast happen at Ristorante Antipastiristoranteantipasti.com

10.  The ultimate OC nightspot is Seacrets, a Jamaican-themed waterfront bar and eatery that boasts dance floors and a beach stage. seacrets.com

11.  Great Delaware Dining: Mio Fratello, in Selbyville. miofratellos.com