About Ocean City
From humble beginnings as a quiet ocean getaway, the resort has now grown to a booming vacation destination with a year round population of just over 7,000 residents to a transient population of over 350,000 weekly during the summer season and 8 million visitors annually. During the summer, Ocean City becomes the second most populated municipality in Maryland, after Baltimore. The History of Ocean City is one of growth but also of small town roots and Eastern Shore culture.
Ocean City extends just more than 9 mi (14 km) from the southern inlet to the Delaware line. The strip now supports hotels, motels, apartment houses, shopping centers, residential communities, and condominiums. The southern tip houses the Ocean City Boardwalk. The boardwalk is the main shopping district and entertainment area of the town. The boardwalk has many prominent businesses including Trimper Rides, Fisher's Caramel Popcorn and Thrashers French Fries. Other notable boardwalk businesses are Marty's Playland, Dolle's Salt Water Taffy, Candy Kitchen, the Atlantic Stand, and Dumser's Dairyland. The downtown neighborhood, Old Town, is marked by Victorian style houses and other older buildings, many of which have been razed in recent years to construct more parking lots, hotels, and condos.
Ocean City has a long history of fishing, both commercial and recreational. The town bills itself as the "White Marlin Capital of the World." During the summer numerous charter and private boats fish for billfish, tuna, wahoo, and other game fish. In early August, one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world, the White Marlin Open, is held. Prize money for the largest White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and Tuna can range over 1 million dollars.