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OCMD White Marlin Open 2023

Ocean City Maryland will be hosting the 50th annual White Marlin Open which is the world’s largest and richest billfish tournament. This year’s tournament will be from August 7-11, 2023. People travel far and wide to participate in this monumental event. Looking for the perfect place to stay to capture all the excitement? Let us explain why the Grand Hotel in OCMD is the ideal place for you! 


Places to Stay for the White Marlin Open 

The White Marlin Open is one of the busiest weeks of the year, so book your stay at the Grand Hotel before it’s too late! Our oceanfront hotel is conveniently located on the historic Ocean City Boardwalk which is within walking distance from the inlet. In the mornings at the Inlet, it’s tradition to wake up early during the White Marlin Open to watch the boats leave for the sea just before sunrise.


Then, the inlet beach transforms during the day into Marlin Fest to celebrate the White Marlin Open. Marlin Fest is an annual event that brings together the Ocean City community. This event includes live music, shopping, food trucks, and more! Live steam footage of the weigh-ins is projected on a big screen so you can stay up to date on the tournament while at this exciting event. There are plenty of kid-friendly activities too so the whole family can be a part of the action. Marlin Fest has something fun for everyone!


After a long day of fishing, crowds gather to witness the suspenseful weigh-ins at the Harbour Island Marina which is a few blocks away from the Grand Hotel. Harbour Island is located on 14th Street, bayside, which is where anglers let the scale determine their fate. When you stay at the Grand Hotel you won’t have to worry about beating the crowds there! Take your time and walk on over when you’re ready to join in on the excitement. 


When you need a break from the White Marlin festivities, the Grand Hotel has facilities such as five on-site restaurants, refreshing indoor and outdoor pools, concierge services, a fitness center, and more! Our hotel amenities make this the perfect place to stay when you visit OCMD.

Reserve your room at the Grand Hotel during Ocean City’s most popular event of the year. Book your stay and start counting down the days!