Staff Picks for Favorite Places

For the first time ever, the NCAA had to cancel its March Madness basketball tournaments. But here at Vantage, we’re not ready to abandon bracket battles altogether.

So we set up our own tournament of sorts, with the goal of crowning the best of the best in Ocean City, Maryland, and the Delaware beaches in several categories. Categories of our favorite places include:

  • Pizza
  • Dessert/Ice Cream
  • Cocktails
  • Family Friendly Activity
  • Seafood
  • Rainy Day Activity

Our all-star team included Vantage’s top tastemakers and influencers who pitted their leading contenders head-to-head. The team included:

  • Tyshena Williams   Tyshena Williams, Sales and Reservation Coordinator
  •     Spencer Noel, Business Development Coordinator
  •      Kirsten Brink, Director of Operations
  •      Patricia Clark, Portfolio Services Coordinator

This was no slam dunk for any category. Ocean City, Maryland, and the Delaware Beaches are known for world-class dining and entertainment. After going through several rounds, the team ended up selecting a few champions for each category.

See if your favorite places made the cut. Or get some new ideas for the next time you’re in town. Really, you can’t lose!

Best Pizza

Pizza is a staple of the vacation diet, whether you order delivery to your Vantage rental home or you head out to share a pie together. You’ll find several delicious pizza options in every Ocean City neighborhood. Our staff says head to these shops for a slice of the good stuff:

Best Dessert/Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream because the pavement’s hot and our feet are burning. So it must be time to get a soothing frozen treat. Ice cream in Ocean City is a great choice after, before or even as your dinner. Go ahead, you’re on vacation!

In a cone, cup, boat or float, the Vantage team says you can’t go wrong with these choices:

Best Cocktails

Ice cream is one form of cold treat. Cocktails are another. Whether you’re in the mood for some live music and a cold craft beer on tap or a margarita big enough to swim in, these Ocean City-area watering holes will do the trick every time:

Best Family Friendly Activity 

Ocean City is a playground for kids of all ages. Building sandcastles on the beach, riding waves and hunting for shells are tried and true family favorites. When you’re looking for something a little different, the Vantage team has a few ideas for where to make memories:

Best Seafood

It’s just not a trip to the beach until you treat yourself to succulent backfin crab meat dripped in melted butter, fresh fish, juicy shrimp and other bounties from the sea. Tie on your bib and bring your appetite to these staff favorites:

Best Rainy-Day Activity

We prefer fun in the sun, but even Ocean City gets rainy days. Don’t let the weather wash away your good time. Check out one of these sheltered activities whenever the clouds roll in:

Everybody wins when you Vacation in Ocean City, MD

It wasn’t easy narrowing down our lists to include just a few champions per category. Ocean City is full of amazing places to eat, drink, shop and play. Because we live and work here, we’re always happy to share our favorite picks to make your stay even more enjoyable.

Make plans now to visit your favorite places and discover new ones. Book a rental home direct with Vantage to avoid extra fees. And call our team anytime for recommendations at (410) 723-2002.


Travel Guide

If you’re planning a trip to Ocean City, then you don’t want to leave without checking out our free Travel Guide. We filled it with additional local recommendations for watersports, restaurants, shops, events, and more. Take a look now!

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About Vantage

Founded in 2007, Vantage Vacation Rentals specializes in delivering exceptional experiences for both vacation property owners and their rental guests in popular Maryland destinations such as Ocean City, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Delaware beaches and North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Vantage serves owners with extensive property marketing and promotion as well as comprehensive property management services to help maximize rental income opportunities. With over 550 managed properties, Vantage makes it easy for vacationing guests to find and reserve the perfect option—then enhances their stay with exclusive benefits and discounts. To learn more about Vantage Vacation Rentals, visit,,,, and