Beach Bound

May 23, 2004

Ocean City is full of cheap thrills. By that we don't necessarily mean what you can find on the boardwalk, although any discussion of O.C. has to include funnel cakes, henna tattoos and funky T-shirts. But there are other cheap thrills that sometimes get hidden behind O.C.'s honky-tonk reputation: Sunsets over the bay, walking tours of the historic downtown and -- best of all -- favorite childhood memories.

If you haven't been in awhile, be warned: Ocean City is changing. A recent real estate boom has meant cottages are being torn down to make room for even more condos. But at the same time, downtown is being rejuvenated, and the beach and boardwalk have been spruced up.

With that in mind, Home & Family went to the beach. We tracked down everything you'll need -- from glitzy new bistros to kitschy miniature golf courses -- to make the most of your summer vacation.

All you have to do is put on your flip-flops, hop in the car, and head east on Route 50 till you reach the ocean.

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