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Darlene D wrote a review Sep 2021
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Rented a pontoon for the day on a Saturday. Staff was great - helpful and friendly! Their pricing is very reasonable and we had the best day! Good times good people!! Made our vacation even better - thanks!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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DLP wrote a review Sep 2021
New Jersey1675 contributions270 helpful votes
We took a very last minute trip to OCMD this summer and the kids wanted to go crabbing on a boat, rather then off the piers. I was not very optimistic that I would find a rental, but when I called Bayside, they were more then accommodating! I had originally inquired about a pontoon boat but they were all rented already. Then Bayside suggested a smaller boat that would serve the purpose. We were at Bayside the next morning for our crabbing experience. Everyone was very patient with us and helpful. Someone helped us pick out crabbing supplies in their store and someone clearly explained the boating instructions and answered all our questions. We had a wide range of water we were allowed to boat in and it was a beautiful day to be out on the bay. We had a fun crabbing experience and made great memories. Thank you Bayside Boat Rentals!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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SmokyMountains1 wrote a review Sep 2021
Newark, Delaware256 contributions36 helpful votes
I called Bayside Boat Rentals a month before my husband & I visited OCMD to get a price quote for different companies on the area. I called Bayside first & didn't even bother calling other companies since I decided I wanted to rent from them. They explained that it would be best to make a reservation but since I was a few weeks out from our vacation I would have to call a few weeks later. Our vacation in OCMD started on September 6th so I called the week before & unfortunately they were closed. I panicked because I was told to call the week before to make the reservation but couldn't make it. I found an email for them & sent the email hoping I would get a reply. Sure enough within an hour I got am email from Chad who answered my question & told me they would be open the next day as well as giving the time they would open. Whew crisis averted. I called the next day & was able to make our reservation. Unfortunately I couldn't get the time slot of 9am that I wanted but was able to get an 11am time slot which was fine. We arrived at the office around 10:15 (they told us to arrive 30 minutes before) to sign all the paperwork. The paperwork was a piece of cake & make sure that if you're going to have two drivers that both have their driver licenses as they will need that information. The girl we dealt with in the office was great. We brought our own fishing rods but rented one in case we had an issue with one of our rods so we wanted a back up just in case. After filling out the paperwork the girl in the office told us that we could have a seat at one of the picnic tables & wait for our name to be called. I think she said our name would be called in 15 minutes but don't quote me on the time. Well it didn't take long because within 5 minutes our name was called! We walked over to the boat & a guy met us (sorry I forget his name) who went over everything about how to drive the boat as well as what to do if we got stuck. He was very knowledgeable as well as great. We asked where the best spots would be to fish & he told us where to go. My husband drove out of the dock area & off we went. Keep it mind that when leaving the dock you have to drive slowly but once you are fully out you can kick the boat into high to feel the speed of the boat & the wind in your hair. I think I read a review where it said that the speed of the boat wasn't fast enough. I'm sorry I disagree with that or any review that says the speed of the boat isn't sufficient because it definitely was. No the boat isn't a speed boat & the speed was plenty fast for us. Not only that but why would a boat rental company put a high powered speed boat on the water for first time boat renters in the first place! Safety people it's all about safety & Bayside Boat Rentals cares about safety. Our ride on Assawoman Bay was perfect! The weather was perfect for our day & it was great being out on the water with my husband creating yet another first time memory in OCMD, renting a boat. As for the fishing part of it? 🙄 We didn't catch anything in the 4 hours we were out on the water. I did manage to catch a clam, yes I'm that talented 🤣 & my husband caught a crab! 🤣 You have to bring the boat back in 10 minutes before your end time because it will take you those 10 minutes to drive slowly back to the dock. We got back to the dock 5 minutes late but they saw us coming back in so it wasn't a big deal. We would have been back exactly at the time they told us but my husband had to slow down as we headed in because we saw an Osprey's nest which of course required me to take pictures. We docked our boat & I kiddingly asked if they offered refunds since we didn't catch any fish to which the guy laughed. The boats were in great shape, comfortable & clean. Everyone that we encountered was nice, friendly & of course knowledgeable. The area that you can take the boat out in a huge. Unless I can convince my husband to get a boat (which won't happen) we definitely will rent again from Bayside because our experience with them was outstanding! Now only if they can guarantee that we catch a few fish! 😁 Thanks Bayside for an OUTSTANDING experience!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Levanbloem wrote a review Aug 2021
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Our two guides were terrific. They explained how to use the jet skis, escorted us out to a 2-mile area for us to ride in and zipped around checking on the riders throughout the hour. There was plenty of space for the 10 jet skis in our groups to roam and play. One family member was hoping to switch off with another during the ride but because we went so far out, you can’t just go back to the dock and switch. (That jet ski already had 2 riders on it.) Overall it was a great time.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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David S wrote a review Jul 2021
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Arrive 2 to 3 hours early. You'll need the time to review the contracts, waivers and pass the 13 question test. We arrived the suggested 45 min before our reservation and did not thoroughly read these docs. When I allowed my 17 yr old driver licensed son to drive the jet ski, they terminated our ride 15 min into the promised 60 min. Apparently my son signed some of the agreements but not the 'operator agreement'. Sound complicated? AVOID BAYSIDE BOAT RENTALS. There are plenty of other rental companies in Ocean City. BTW - no refund.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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