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Ocean City Shopping - Designer Beachwear and Boardwalk Novelties

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The shopping scene in Ocean City extends from the boardwalk to the north end of town. If you're looking for name-brand surfwear or local artisanal products you won't have to stray far from the beach. Regional foods like salt water taffy and caramel popcorn can be packaged to take home, and coupon booklets distributed around town offer discounts on everything from beach sundries to handmade seashell jewelry.

Browsing the boardwalk

 

On the boardwalk, you can combine an afternoon stroll with a shopping trip, or ride the tram along the waterfront until a particular store catches your eye. Kids are often drawn in by the colorful kites hanging from the walls and ceiling of the Kite Loft, between 5th and 6th streets. You'll also pass attractive window displays of novelty items, artists’ galleries, jewelry stores, and distinctly Ocean City foodstuffs. A t-shirt that says "Leave Me Alone, I'm Crabby!" will also tell everyone you had a great time on the Maryland Shore.

 

  • The Kite Loft, 511 Boardwalk, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Tel: +1 410 289 7855; Website: The Kite Loft
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  • Tee's 'N Me, 12th Street and Boardwalk, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Tel: +1 410 289 8118; Website: Tee's 'N Me

Midtown and North O.C.

 

Midtown and North O.C. are your best bet for clothes shopping. Summer House Trading Company carries Lilly Pulitzer accessories and Guy Harvey sportswear for men. There's a vast selection of women’s swimsuits at Sea Quest, stylish maxi dresses and beach cover-ups at South Moon Under, while Chauncey’s Surf Shop or K-Coast Surf Shop are always well-stocked with the season's most fashionable surfwear. Many boardwalk stores have locations in Midtown and North O.C. too. On those rare days when it rains, or if you need out of the heat, you can catch a movie at the air-conditioned Gold Coast Shopping Mall.

 

  • Summer House Trading Company, 6701 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21841; Tel: +1 443 664 5336; Website: Summer House Trading Company
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  • K-Coast Surf Shop, 3505 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Tel: +1 410 524 8500; Website: K-Coast Surf Shop

 

Bargains in West O.C.

 

Bargain hunters need only pop across the Route 50 bridge to the Tanger Outlets in West O.C. More than 30 big brands have stores here, with prices averaging 30 percent less than standard retailers. The outlets are especially good for children's clothes. And when you're all shopped out you can break for lunch next door at the White Marlin Mall, which has several handy options for cheap and quick eats. If you're in the market for vintage furnishings, it's only a few miles inland to historic Berlin, widely considered the antique capital of the Eastern Shore.

 

  • Tanger Outlets, 12741 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Tel: +1 410 213 7898; Website: Tanger Outlets
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  • Berlin Main Street, Berlin Visitor Center 14 South Main Street, Berlin, Maryland 21811; Tel: + 410 973 2051; Website: Berlin Main Street

 

Beach sundries, vacation supplies

 

Sunsations bills itself as Your Beach Department Store, and carries everything from sand toys for the kids to flip flops with bottle openers embedded in the soles. It has 17 local branches, ranging north from the boardwalk to the Delaware line. The light reflecting off the ocean and the white sand can be hard on the eyes, so you'll need decent sunglasses for a comfortable day at the beach. You can pick up a trend-setting new pair at Sunglass City on the boardwalk or Sunglass Hut at Tanger Outlets shopping center.

 

  • Sunsations, 7605 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Tel: +1 410 524 1770; Website: Sunsations
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  • Sunglass City, 408 South Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, Maryland 21842; Tel: +1 410 289 5900; Website: Sunglass City