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A portion of Coastal Highway has been designated for bus and bicycle traffic. Bicycle riding is allowed on the Ocean City boardwalk from 5 am to 10 am in summer and 5 am to 4 pm the rest of the year. The bike route from Ocean City to Assateague Island, to the south (U.S. 50 to Route 611), is a 9-mi trek, and Assateague itself is crisscrossed by a number of clearly marked, paved trails.

No fishing licenses are required in Ocean City. Public fishing piers on the Assawoman Bay and Isle of Wight Bay are at (south to north) 3rd, 9th, 40th, and 125th streets and at the inlet in Ocean City. Other fishing and crabbing areas include the U.S. 50 bridge, Oceanic Pier, and Ocean City Pier, at Wicomico Street and the boardwalk. Crabbing is especially good at Northside Park.

Bahia Marina is a great venue for sportfishing enthusiasts. It has spotless charter boats, live bait and tackle, and opportunities for bottom fishing. 21st St. at Bay, Ocean City, MD, 21842-7262. 410/289-7438 or 888/575-3625. www.bahiamarina.com.

Ocean City Fishing Center is Ocean City's largest deep-sea charter-boat marina, with some 30 vessels and Coast Guard–licensed professional captains. In addition to catering to preformed groups, the Fishing Center will form fishing groups of individuals who are on their own. U.S. 50 at Shantytown Rd., West Ocean City, MD, 21842-9801. 410/213–1121. www.ocfishing.com.

Now rivaling premier golfing destinations around the United States, Ocean City is within easy driving distance of more than 21 golf courses.

The Web site Ocean City Golf Getaway provides thorough information about courses. Ocean City, MD. www.oceancitygolf.com.