Serendipity Bed and Breakfast

712 Ninth Street, Ocean City, New Jersey 08226
Innkeeper(s): Karen Morella
  • Introduction

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast front sign

    Why stay at a hotel when you could have all the comforts of home? Our Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in Ocean City, New Jersey is located just a half a block away from the Boardwalk and provides ease of access where you can stroll to the beach and relax in our light and airy oasis by the sea.

    Mornings are a delight at Serendipity! Awake to the tantalizing aroma of freshly brewed coffee and home-baked goods. Enjoy a scrumptious, healthy breakfast of your choice in our spacious dining room with private seating and the morning paper.

    Food is our specialty! We take pleasure in accommodating most diets – vegetarian, vegan, lactose-intolerant, gluten-free, heart healthy and hi-protein diets.

    Built in 1912, Serendipity B&B is a fully air conditioned inn where windows abound in five tastefully decorated rooms of soft pastels and comfortable wicker, enhanced by cable TV, DVDs, air conditioning, private baths, fluffy robes and slippers, ceiling fans, hair dryers and clock radios.

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast wicker chairs

    When you are ready to venture out, there is plenty of activities and attractions for you to enjoy. Ocean City is 15 minutes south of Atlantic City and 30 minutes north of Victorian Cape May. Be sure to enhance your stay with one of our specials that will be sure make your visit more memorable.

    At Serendipity B & B we operate as an inn, allowing you the security of a locked front door for which you have the combination. We respect your privacy-come and go as you wish! We invite you to share the magic of the shore for one of your next vacations. Come, unwind and let us help you create lasting memories at Serendipity.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Karen Morella for sharing her own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?


    What are you best known for?

    I accommodate most diets - vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant.

    What makes your inn unique?

    We are only 1/2 block from the beach and boardwalk - the closest B&B.

    What do you love most about your inn?

    Truly an inn for all seasons - beach chairs in the summer, electric fireplaces in the rooms in winter.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?


    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "I feel like I am coming home!"

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Ocean City is extremely bike friendly.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Take a walk on the boardwalk - it is 2.5 miles long. Walk or ride over the new bridge - it's about 1.5 miles long with fantastic views of the bay, marshes and wildlife. Go shopping! The boardwalk and main street have loads of unique stores, many open year-round. Tanger outlet stores are only 8 miles away. Go antiquing!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Shopping restaurants, beach, boardwalk

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Nonna's has great Italian food!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Visit for more information.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 5 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

  • Breakfast

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast-Waffles

    Your breakfast is cooked to order each morning. Start with your choice of juice, a bowl of fruit and a muffin or coffee cake, still warm from the oven. Then on to your choice of entrée! Choose an omelet today filled with freshly steamed vegetables. A guest favorite is Strawberry Filled Stuffed French Toast. Tomorrow choose Apple Cinnamon pancakes either whole wheat or buttermilk filled with chunks of apples and topped with more cinnamon and apples.

    During warmer months enjoy a smoothie made with fresh fruits accompanied by a bowl of Serendipity Granola. A steaming bowl of oatmeal topped with yogurt and fresh fruits will give you a good start to the day! Special diets are never a problem. A vegan choice might include a tofu scramble. Gluten-free entrées could be a waffle or pancakes made with Pamela’s Gluten-free mix. Let us know how we can accommodate your dietary restrictions!

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast food

    The dining room at our bed and breakfast includes a microwave and guest refrigerator for your use. The refrigerator is stocked with cold soda. Filtered water is on hand all day and night along with snacks. Hot water along with numerous varieties of teas, instant coffee, and hot chocolate is available whenever you want. We do our best to accommodate your way of healthy eating. Please ask if your have questions about food at Serendipity Bed and Breakfast in Ocean City, NJ.

  • Area Attractions

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast boardwalk

    Rated "#1 Family Beach Resort in the Nation" by the Travel Channel Ocean City, NJ Attractions & Activities.

    Activities Nearby

    • 8 miles of clean, wide beaches, World Famous Boardwalk with shops, restaurants, amusements, movie theaters, golf courses & a waterpark
    • Surfing, sailing, jet skiing & parasailing
    • Charter & excursion boating & fishing
    • Music pier featuring the Ocean City Pops Concerts & Entertainment
    • Asbury Avenue's Gallery of Shops
    • Historical Museum & Arts Center
    • Bayside Center
    • Corson's Inlet State Park
    • Whale & Dolphin Watching
    • Visit the Ocean City Calendar of Events at for more information

    Regional Attractions

    • Atlantic City's Shows & Casinos (8 miles)
    • Victorian Cape May (30 miles)
    • World Class Golf Courses
    • Route 9 Antique Shops
    • Scenic 40-Mile Ocean Drive
    • Wetlands Institute
    • Cape May County Park/Zoo
    • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
    • Belleplain State Forest
    • Historic Cold Spring Village
    • Historic Wheaton Village & The Museum of American Glass
    • Historic Lucy the Elephant
    • Historic Batsto Village
    • Somers Mansion Historic Site

    Fun Stuff To Do

    Wondering, "What to do in Ocean City?" Fun things to do and see are everywhere! Rent a bike and explore the island... Select an icy cold drink from the refrigerator & snacks from the dining room while you watch the parade of visitors from Serendipity's comfortable front porch. Rise early, take a cup of delicious Serendipity coffee or hot chocolate with you and celebrate an Ocean City sunrise. Ride the Merry-Go-Round at Gillian's Wonderland. Spend time on the beach with an umbrella and "the book that has been waiting." Walk the Boards. Be entertained at the movie theater, just 1/2 block. Treat your toes to a barefoot romp in the surf. Schedule an appointment for a fabulous shiatsu massage or reflexology ahhh! Delight in the wonderfully different and fun shops on Asbury Avenue.

    Enjoy the unique restaurants in town or along the Boardwalk. Ride the trolley and explore the bed and breakfast inns of Ocean City. Ride a surrey and make a memory! Enjoy great seafood right across the street at Spadafora's. Thrill to the music of the fabulous Ocean City Pops... Choose a boardwalk bench and "people watch." And always, take time to savor the feel of the sun on your shoulders and the breeze in your hair.

  • Rate Information

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast Sunset

    Rates Include

    • Full breakfast (Several selections daily, including vegetarian and vegan choices)
    • Wireless internet access
    • Ocean city beach passes
    • Beach chairs
    • Towels
    • Off-street parking
    • Guest refrigerator
    • Microwave in dining room
    • Complimentary beverages and refreshments
    • Video library with current releases
  • Inspected and Approved Inn

    Serendipity is inspected and approved by the following organizations to guarantee the highest standards of housekeeping and hospitality:

    • Mobil Travel Guide
    • American Automobile Association
  • Our Membership Associations

    Serendipity Bed & Breakfast is a member of the following associations:

    • Ocean City New Jersey Hospitality Association
    • Ocean City Chamber of Commerce
    • Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII)
  • Directions to our B&B

    From Philadelphia, New York and Points North

    1. Garden State Parkway South to Exit 30
    2. Follow signs for Ocean City, crossing over the 9th Street Bridge
    3. Follow 9th Street to Serendipity on the right
    4. Use our driveway on the ocean side of the inn

    From Maryland, Virginia and Points South

    1. Route 95 North to Delaware Memorial Bridge to New Jersey Route 40 East to Mays Landing
    2. Take Route 559 to Somers Point/Ocean City Circle
    3. Follow signs for Ocean City, crossing over 9th Street Bridge
    4. Follow 9th Street to Serendipity on the right
    5. Use our driveway on the ocean side of the inn