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Introducing Ocean City

'The OC' is where you'll experience the American seaside resort at its tackiest. Here you can take a spin on nausea-inducing thrill rides, buy a T-shirt with obscene slogans and drink to excess at cheesy theme bars. The center of action is the 2.5-mile-long boardwalk, which stretches from the inlet to 27th St. The beach is attractive, but you'll have to contend with horny teenagers and noisy crowds; the beaches north of the boardwalk are much quieter.

In summer, the town's tiny year-round population of 7100 swells to more than 150,000; traffic is jammed and parking scarce.