Ocean Pines, MD is located just across the small bay from Ocean City, MD. I have spent summers in Ocean Pines for decades. It has a unique mix of rural wilderness and water access. Even though is seems to be a rural town, it has shopping and restaurants that you would find in a much larger city. Unlike many larger cities where space is tight parking in Ocean Pines is easy.
Ocean Pines is the small sister city to Ocean City, but Ocean Pines has many advantages. Renting and purchasing homes in Ocean Pines is much cheaper. There is also a lot of new construction that you just don’t see in Ocean City. Also, Ocean Pines does not suffer from the crime and nuisance issues that people have to put up with in Ocean City. But if you want to go to the beach or Ocean City, it is only a short drive or bus ride away.
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Amenities "D-" ?You give Ocean City, MD an "A" for amenities, and rightly so: hundreds of restaurants and night spots, a huge beach, three-mile long boardwalk, hundreds of shops, a dozen golf courses, and on and on. And yet you give Ocean Pines, MD an amenities score of "D-". Ocean Pines is 2,500 feet from Ocean City! You're making it look like there's nothing to do there but play …