Spa together. Enjoy the Couples Day at the Beach package at Creative Day Spa. She receives her choice of Swedish massage or European facial, he receives a full body massage. Then enjoy spa pedicures and manicures in between sips of wine. (137th Street at Bayside Plaza, 410-250-8664, creativedayspa.com)
Be Italian. The bayside restaurant Fresco's has sweeping sunset views. Romance and Italian food seem to go hand-in-hand and Fresco's delivers. (82nd Street on the Bay, 410-524-8202, ocfrescos.com).
Toast the moonlight. Take a full-moon paddle with wine tasting at Ayers Creek Adventures, which offers kayak and canoe rentals as well as guided tours. Watch the sunset and the full moon rise over the water, followed by a bonfire featuring local wines, organic cheese and dessert. If you're not visiting during a full moon, no problem, try a sunrise or sunset paddle. (8628 Grey Fox Lane, Berlin, 443-513-0889, ayerscreekadventures.com).
Whether your ideal day at the beach is relaxing by the water or racing a jet ski across the bay, most vacationers have one thing in common – they want to stretch that dollar. Here's a list of can't-beat things to do at the beach, while on a budget.
Book smart. Reserve your hotel room through the Ocean City is Free website and receive vouchers for free meals, attractions and fun things to do. More than 80 hotels use this booking engine to help sell rooms and in exchange the site is able to offer great rates and free vacation extras. Go to OCisFree.com. And look for "Rodney Rates" offering special deals and discounts on hotels, dining and activities at ococean.com/rodney-saves/accommodations.
Hit the beach. After all that's why you're here. You don't even have to leave for lunch. Save on gas money by having it delivered to you. Call your favorite pizza or sub place first to see if they'll deliver to the beach, many will, including Fat Daddy's. (216 S. Baltimore Ave., 410-289-4040, fatdaddysocmd.com.) If you're staying in north Ocean City try Surfs Edge Deli with a menu packed with salads, pizza, dogs, burgers, subs and more. (100 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, 302-537-5565, surfsedgedeli.com).
Go fly a kite. Really. It's fun and inexpensive. Head to the beach in the morning when it's less crowded. Basic kites start at about $25 at The Kite Loft, which has two locations. Go to kiteloft.com.
Cruise to dinner. Eat an early dinner at the Angler Restaurant and receive an almost-free dinner cruise. The 30- to 45-minute scenic cruise is only $2 per person with a minimum food purchase of $12 per person. This works for lunch or dinner and children are included if they order any selection on the children's menu (children under three are free). (312 Talbot St., 410-289-7424, theangleroc.com).
Watch a free movie on the beach. This year the Carousel and Princess Royal hotels join the Town of Ocean City in offering movies the way summer intended — on the beach under the stars. Movies start at dusk. (Town of Ocean City shows Monday and Friday, June 27-Aug.12 at the 27th Street beach, ococean.com; the Carousel Hotel shows on Wednesdays, June 15-Aug. 24, 118th Street, 410-524-1000, carouselhotel.com; and the Princess Royale shows on Thursdays, July 7-Aug. 25, 91st Street, 800-476-9253, princessroyale.com.)
What better place for a foodie than in a resort town with as many as 200 restaurants ranging from local seafood to Japanese food to smoked BBQ. Here are a few things to check out that are sure to bring out the foodie in all.
Get a room with a menu. Stay at the Hilton Suites Ocean City Oceanfront, if not for the rooms — which offer fabulous ocean front views — then for the fact that you'll also have access to 32 Palm Restaurant. The much talked about restaurant offers a unique blend of Western Caribbean with Eastern Shore favorites. Plus, there's also a Starbuck's. (32nd Street, Oceanside, 410-289-6444 or 410-289-2525, oceancityhilton.com).
Make it to market. If there's heaven on earth for a foodie, it has to be a local farmers' market. Ocean City's Shore Fresh farmers' market located in the Phillips Restaurant parking lot in northern Ocean City is the perfect way to spend a morning. Open Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (142nd St. and Coastal Highway, mda.state.md.us/md_products).
Sip and say cheese. Have a light lunch sampling wine and cheese at Liquid Assets. Although at first glance it looks like an upscale wine and liquor store, there's also a restaurant with a full menu. The cheese menu comes with some suggested wine pairings. (94th St. and Coastal Highway, 410-524-7037, la94.com).
Go yard. Spend an afternoon at Costa Ventosa Winery & Vineyard. Located only 10 minutes from Ocean City this winery is know as "the fun-spirited winery" and offers samples, a tour of the wine processing area and a chance to wander through its vineyards. Taste all nine of the varietals for $5 and keep the glass. (9031 Whaleyville Road, Route 610, 410-352-9867, costaventosa.com.)
Try dinner at Jules. The menu is innovative and sophisticated enough to please even the pickiest foodie, while the presentations themselves are something to marvel. (11805 Coastal Highway, 410-524-3396, julesoc.com).
With an ocean and bay as a backyard playground, being an adventure seeker in Ocean City just makes sense.
Get up and go. Pack breakfast and head out early for a half-day charter boat trip and come home with fresh catch for dinner. Lots of charter boats to choose from, one to try is Fin Chaser Sportfishing Charters, Fisherman's Marina, 12806 Sunset Ave., Ocean City, 866-623-4746, finchasersportfishing.com.
Get higher. Billing this as the "ultimate ride in Ocean City," O.C. Parasail includes bay side or ocean side rides that go 400, 600 or 800 feet up. (Two locations, 54th St. and at the Talbot Street Pier, 410-723-1464, ocparasailing.com).
Feel the waves. Rent wave runners at Inlet Sea Doos and go zooming along the bay of Assateague Island. (710 South Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, 410-289-1488, inletseadoos.com).
Make the jump. Go tandem skydiving at the Ocean City Skydiving Center. Freefall from two miles up while catching amazing views of the ocean and Ocean City skyline. Best part? The average trip only takes about two to three hours so you have time to enjoy other activities.(12724 Airport Road, Berlin, 410-213-1319; skydiveoc.com).
Hit happy hour. Spend happy hour at Seacrets Bar and Grill. A long-time hotspot, Seacrets has it all, entertainment, food, rafts to lounge on and tables in the Bay. (49th Street on the Bay, 410-524-4900, seacrets.com).
Sit back and enjoy a cold beer and hot steamed crabs at Captain's Galley II. There's an outside deck overlooking the commercial harbor and a place to dock a boat. 12817 Harbor Road, West Ocean City, 410-213-2525, captainsgalley2.com.