Guide to Ocean City Beaches
The starting or maintenance of a fire on the beach, including any form of barbecue at any time during the entire year is strictly prohibited. This ban includes tiki torches, sparklers and every other form of flame or fire.
An ordinance passed in 2018 prohibits all forms of smoking on all Ocean City beaches.
Dogs are allowed on the beach only between October 1 and April 30. Dogs must be leashed, and owners must clean up after their pets. Dogs are not allowed on any beach at any time of day between May 1 and Sept. 30.
When Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards are on duty during the summer, the following beaches are designated for surfing:
Public Rest Rooms are located at: 1st Street, 6th Street, Music Pier (between 8th and 9th), 11th Street, 12th Street, 34th Street and 58th Street. All bathrooms are handicapped accessible. Family bathrooms are located at 1st, 6th and 12th streets.
Tents and canopies no larger than 10 feet by 10 feet are permitted on all beaches. They may not block public or emergency vehicle access. As a matter of courtesy when the beaches are crowded, the city asks that they be set up on the soft sand closer to the dunes.
Complete information on beach tags is available on the Beach Tags page
The listed of protected beaches and hours is posted on the OCBP page.