Rules & Regulations

  • The beach closes at 12:00am. Do not go on the beach after this time.
  • Prohibit drinking or purchasing alcohol for anyone under 21. You must also be 21 to enter bars, nightclubs or to purchase alcohol. Photo ID is required.
  • Prohibit drinking alcohol or possessing an open container of alcohol in public. This includes on any street, avenue, alley, sidewalk, beach, parking lot, and any vehicle in any of these areas.
  • Prohibit nudity in public areas. Prohibit disorderly conduct: acting in a manner that disturbs the peace of others, or refusing to obey the lawful order of a police officer.
  • Prohibit sleeping on the beach from 10 p.m.until 6 a.m. Sleeping in a vehicle is also prohibited at any time.
  • Prohibit excessive noise. No disruptive noises may be made between 12 midnight and 7 a.m. (includes yelling and loud music).
  • Restricted¬†ball-throwing, Frisbees, and other sports while the Beach Patrol Guards are on duty, between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. daily. The use of kites, surf mats, and boogie boards is under the control of the Beach Patrol Guards.
  • Prohibit surfing between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., except at two designated areas (“surf beaches”) announced daily on local radio stations, listed in the newspapers and at area surf shops.
  • Prohibit skateboards on public streets, alleys, sidewalks and public lots. Skateboarding is permitted at the skateboard park at 3rd Street & St. Louis Avenue. ¬†Bicycles, skateboards & roller blades are allowed on the Boardwalk during the following times:
    • MEMORIAL DAY (MAY 29) THROUGH LABOR DAY (SEPT 4): 2am – 11am
    • LABOR DAY (SEPT 4) THROUGH THE FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY: ANYTIME

New Smoking Ban on the Beach in Effect

  • There are designated smoking areas featuring waste receptacles located at every street along the beach and fifteen feet off the boardwalk smoking area.
  • The boardwalk is a smoke free zone.
  • Smoking regulations apply to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, and any other matter, form of, or substance that contains nicotine or tobacco.
  • More info including smoking waste receptacle maps may be found at ococean.com.

Pedestrian Safety

  • Cross the street only at marked crosswalks.
  • When crossing Coastal Highway, push the button and wait on the sidewalk for the white flashing signal indicating you may cross.
  • Maryland law requires that pedestrians use the sidewalk where it is available, rather than walking on the street.
  • Jogging is not permitted in the bus lane of Coastal Highway. If a sidewalk is provided, jogging must occur on it, not the roadway
  • Hitchhiking is prohibited in the U.S. It is very dangerous; never do it!

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