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should we stop in Ocean City or Virginia Beach

should we stop in Ocean City or Virginia Beach

Jun 17th, 2004, 09:01 AM
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Ocean City is definitely more "honky tonk" than Rehoboth Beach, Dewey beach, Outer Banks, etc. But Ocean City is also where parents allow their children to make most of the entertainment choices every day and night for a week's vacation. By children, I mean, 6 years to 18 yrs of age. There's great opportunities for them to meet and be with others in their own age groups.

Boardwalk generally envisions "honky tonk" and OC's boardwalk is geared toward the younger family members.

Yes, if I wanted a quieter, more sedate holiday I'd go to Rehoboth or Dewey and I would enjoy the peacefulness of it. But since I've already tried Rehoboth and Dewey and the family still dearly loves Ocean City - we're off to spend our time there!!
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Jun 25th, 2004, 05:25 PM
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I have been to VA beach, dewy rehobeth, and OC. ( i am actually going to OC tomorrow for a week, with a plan to spend a day in Rehobeth de)) Growing up my parents went to either rehobeth, dewy or lewis for a week every year (they are pretty close so we always visited all three) One you we went to VA beach and HATED it, I was 13 and was very bored. At rehobeth there is always something to do. Now that i can (legally) drink, i enjoy OC becasue there is more of a night life for my age group (young to mid 20's). I suggest Rehobeth, or if you want more excitement and night life go OC
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Jun 26th, 2004, 03:54 PM
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A dissenting view, from one who spent some time at both places last summer.

There are reasons to as to why bab318 might prefer Virginia Beach to Ocean City:

While it's true the "Boardwalk" of VB might be more deteriorated than that of OC, on the whole I think VB has more newer upscale hotels. And bab318 is looking for an upscale hotel. A lot of the lodging stock in OC is pretty old. I have the feeling that action in OC is trending towards building condos rather than hotels.

2. I think that on the whole one's lodging dollar buys a little more in VB than OC, especially at the higher end. Prices in both places, but particularly OC I think, are very high for what you get.

bab318, you may want to check the user reviews and rankings of hotels in both cities on www.tripadvisor.com.

The tourist area in VB is more compact (if more closely packed with high rises.) More like 30 blocks vs. 100+. This means you may not have to be stuck creeping along 80 blocks of that notorious OC traffic to get to the restaurant you want to.

4. A higher percentage of the accommodations in VB are oceanfront, in part because more are newer high rises.

5. The "Boardwalk" in VB is less obtrusive beause it is behind the row of oceanfront hotels rather than in front of them as it is in OC. So you can enjoy the beach rather than looking at it. I found the long sweep of high rise hotels free of squat T-shirt and gift shops rather imposing. Of course, if you aren't reconciled to the fact that this is not a wild, natural Maine or Northern California beach, but a totally different type of place, either OC or VB will disgust you and you should head to Assateague, in between them, instead. Each type of beach in its own place, I say.
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Jul 19th, 2004, 01:17 PM
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You may want to check out this review of the Sanderling Resort in Duck NC:
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Apr 24th, 2006, 10:33 AM
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no way would any of us go back to VB. We hated, and I mean hated it. Dirty, nothing to do.. good luck with OC, we love it there!
Apr 24th, 2006, 11:17 AM
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Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia, basically a suburban nightmare grafted onto a beach resort. Ocean City, although it is a very large resort, at least it is not a lynchpin in a 1,000,000 + metropolitan area that Virginia Beach is.
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Apr 24th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Do they still have those incredible french fries in OC?

I have horrible memories of VB, we went one year ages ago and the water was so infested with jellyfish, 100s of them. You could not move without seeing one. My brother was stung 7 times. My sister and I about three in just a matter of 20 minutes. I know this was fluke but ugh, never again! Even on a good day we would get at least one sting.
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Apr 25th, 2006, 05:15 AM
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To Bella D, NO it was not just you, a few years ago while in VB my 13 year old son got stung by a jellyfish and the lifeguards could care less.Ruined what was left of our not so great vacation anyways. Our kids actually refuse to go there, they were so bored!
Apr 25th, 2006, 06:14 AM
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Have been to both beaches and much prefer OC. Rehoboth is a great suggestion, as would be Bethany Beach if you could get a condo there for just the weekend (most rent by the week). Rehoboth has great beaches and great shopping which might be appealing to your daughter. While we always stay near OC we always spend a few afternoons shopping and dining in Rehoboth. There is a very gay flavor in Rehoboth at night which could offend those who wear blinders, but most just enjoy the atmosphere.
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Apr 25th, 2006, 06:15 AM
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Oops...forgot to mention, Thrashers is still selling great French Fries, but don'd ask for ketchup-they dont have it. vinegar and salt only!
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