Ocean City Beach Rules

Ocean City Beach Rules and Regulations

In addition to the OC famous boardwalk, a 10 mile stretch of the beach and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean is free and open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The remaining hours are used to clean the beach for everyone’s enjoyment the next day. No private vehicles are permitted on the beach at any time.


When swimming in the ocean, it’s important to be careful. Ocean surf can be rough and it is best to swim using the buddy system and have someone with you in the water at all times. Beach patrol members are on duty from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily all summer to ensure your safety. Please obey the Beach Patrol when you are on the beach. They are there to protect you and always swim near a lifeguard. For more safe swimming tips, visit the Ocean City Beach Patrols Website.


Want to catch some waves? Ocean City has some great waves, but surfing is only permitted on two surfing beaches announced daily on local radio stations. For everyone’s safety, these two areas are dedicated to surfing only for the day indicated. For more information on surf beaches and beach conditions, call any of the area surf shops.

Surf Fishing

Surf fishing is permitted in Ocean City. However, be sure you are not within 50 yards of swimmers or of anyone on the beach between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Effective May 1, 2015, Ocean City has new designated smoking areas to help keep our beautiful beach clean. Please click here for more information.

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Other Beach Activities

Frisbees, ball throwing and other sports are not allowed on the beach from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily from May 30 to September 15, by Town Ordinance.

Drinking alcoholic beverages in public is prohibited. This includes on any street, avenue, alleyway, sidewalk, beach, parking lot and vehicle in any of these areas. Possessing an open container of any alcoholic beverage in public is not allowed.