The ocean is a great place to play in the waves and to cool off on a hot summer day. Ocean City offers 8 miles of pristine white sand and plenty of space for a beautiful sand castle. All you need to bring is your imagination and a bucket and shovel.
All of the beaches listed here are guarded by the last week in June. Prior to this, and at the end of the season, there are a limited number of guarded beaches. The beaches that are guarded when the full summer staff is in effect are:
|St. Charles Pl.
|16th St. (Surfing Beach)
|7th St. (Surfing Beach)
Beaches that will be guarded the Saturday before Memorial Day through the third week in June are:
The OCBP divides the Ocean City beach into zones from north to south and each zone has a first aid station at the zone headquarters. These first aid stations are located at 1st Street, 12th Street, 34th Street and 59th Street.
In order to pay for these and other services to keep the Ocean City beach a safe, clean, and fun place to visit and relax, the Ocean City beach requires beachgoers to have beach tags. Beach tags can be purchased for the season, the week, or the day.
Seasonal tags are available for purchase in the pre-season, before Memorial Day, at a discounted rate. Pre-season purchases can be made at City Hall (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the 46th Street Post Office (on West Avenue), the Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway or the Information Center at the Music Pier (on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). Please note some of these locations have limited hours during the pre-season. City Hall, however, is open Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. through 4:30 p.m..
During the summer season, Seasonal, Weekly, and Daily passes can be purchased at the four locations above and from City employees who work on the beach to ensure that beachgoers have their tags.
The City of Ocean City wants everyone to be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches and so offers a wonderful beach accessible wheelchair service for mobility limited individuals of all ages. “Surf Chairs” provide an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the surf and sand on Ocean City beaches.
The beach accessible wheelchair service is available on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (check-in by 4:30 p.m.) and on weekends from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (check-in by 5:00 p.m.). The surf chair program runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Reservations are suggested.
The Surf Chair Program is based out of the Ocean City Sports & Civic Center located on 6th Street at the Boardwalk.