The Best Resorts to Book in Ocean City, Maryland

Rooms at Dunes Manor Hotel & Dunes Suites reflect the seaside location
Rooms at Dunes Manor Hotel & Dunes Suites reflect the seaside location | Courtesy of Dunes Manor Hotel & Dunes Suites /
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Though you might not automatically think of Ocean City for your next big resort vacation, this barrier island destination is a favorite among Marylanders seeking sea, sand and sun. Whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner, OC boasts several gorgeous resort hotels that are worth checking out for your next trip to the Atlantic shore. When you’re not lounging by the pool with a margarita in hand, Ocean City’s vibrant boardwalk will keep you entertained with bars, nightlife, amusement parks and water parks. Treat yourself on your next visit with a stay at one of the best resorts in Ocean City, Maryland, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort, for a city within a city


Interior of a room with sea view and balcony at Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort
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As one of the most extensive resorts in Ocean City, this luxury retreat feels like its own small city. From the luxury spa to Finn’s Cove arcade to the enormous pool in a tropical atrium to the several outdoor dining options (whew!), it has everything you could want and then some. Spend your afternoons perusing the in-house art gallery or teeing off at one of the resort’s many partnering golf courses. Whether you want an easy-going vacation or one full of high-energy activity, this resort won’t let you down.

Lucayan Resort By Kees Vacations, for long stays by the bay


Floral bedspread and beach-themed art on the wall at Lucayan Resort by Kees Vacations
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Enjoy the serenity of Ocean City’s bayside when you stay at this resort. Admire gulls, herons and egrets in their natural habitat as you start your day and, come evening, step onto your balcony to admire breathtaking sunsets over the water. This resort is designed for longer stays and has fully-equipped kitchens and washer-dryers in each suite to help you feel at home. While the sand is only a few blocks away, you can also catch some rays by the outdoor pool downstairs.

Dunes Manor Hotel and Dune Suites, for a regal getaway

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A nautical-inspired room at Dunes Manor Hotel & Dunes Suites with blue and white carpet, curtains and cushions
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Castle-like turrets and a grand entrance hall featuring an imperial staircase, bas relief ceiling and giant chandelier will have you feeling like royalty when you stay at this resort. Look over your kingdom from your suite’s oceanfront balcony or from the resort’s various restaurants, bars and cafes. On sunny days, you can splash around in the outdoor pool, while cool, rainy evenings are best spent wading in the heated indoor pool. This resort is right on the boardwalk, with beach access, so you can get the fun started as soon as you wake up.

Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel - Oceanfront, for vacationing with your four-legged friends

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A double room with sea view and wooden headboard at Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel Oceanfront
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Did someone say pet-friendly? There’s no need to part with your furry friend when you stay at this Ocean City resort, meaning they can enjoy the gorgeous view and easy beach access alongside you. When you’re tired of walkies on the beach, sip on cocktails from the bar beside the outdoor pool and hot tub. If being out of the sun is more your thing, the heated indoor pool is where it’s at. With several beachfront dining options to choose from, you can keep soaking up the salty air and sea breeze at mealtimes. For music lovers, this resort also has its own nightclub where local bands dominate the stage.

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