What can we say that hasn’t been said about the pet-friendly Jersey Shore? It's all about unplugging, unwinding, un-everything. It’s about relaxation and kicking back. And there is absolutely no reason not to bring your pet with you. You’ll want to check out our pet-friendly lodgings, of course. But once you check in, it’s time to have fun. You and your pup can visit Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse, and run around (him on leash) on their two-acre lawn or check out the museum.

Or, if you’re staying in the Cape May area, visit Historic Cold Spring Village, a living history museum that encompasses 30 acres and 26 restored historic buildings that recreate the “homespun” era of 1789 to 1840. Your pet is welcome to accompany you throughout the village on leash. And if you’re scoping out places to stay or enjoying the off-season quiet in April, you don't want to miss Ocean City’s Doo Dah Parade, which features more bassett hounds than you can shake a stick at.

But really, what do you go to the shore for but to go to the beach? We’re no dummies, so check out our pet-friendly guide to the beaches of the Jersey Shore. From Sandy Hook to Cape May, we’ve given you the lowdown on where and when you can take your pet to the beach.

Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels in Jersey Shore


Ashling Cottages

106 Sussex Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
106 Sussex Avenue
Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Pet Friendly Ashling Cottages in Spring Lake, New Jersey

Pet Policy: Our site is under repair please call Linda at 732-672-7329 for availability, rates, and information. Well behaved pets will be welcome in our two beach house cottages at no additional charge. Please pick up after your pet, and never leave a barking dog home alone. Any fees incurred by damages caused by your pet will be charged to your account. We are a non-smoking facility.

Policy Confirmed: 10/20/2020 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 10/20/2020

Pet Amenities: Our site is under repair please call Linda at 732-672-7329 for availability, rates, and information.

Points of Interest: Dogs allowed on the beach off season. From May 15-Sept. 30, the dog beach is open for off leash pets from 6-9 AM and 6 to 9 PM. Near by dog beaches are available including Island Beach State Park located about 45 minutes south of Spring Lake. Walk your dog around the beautiful lake and stop for lunch at any outdoor dining restaurant. Fishing, tennis, golf, jet ski, kayak, paddle board, amusements, casino, restaurants, local theater, and more are available for your entertainment.

Rates: $329-$399 plus tax per night.

Discount: 2020 Season - May through September - $30,000 - interest free payment plan available. Call for more information.

Pet Policy: *Pets allowed. $25 USD per night per pet. Maximum of 25 lbs. 1 pet per room max. Hotel requires a $200 USD refundable pet deposit. Hotel staff must give approval to the guest before check in. Small dogs only, up to 35-40 lbs.

Policy Confirmed: 07/13/2018 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 07/13/2018

Featured Pet-Friendly Vacation Rentals in Jersey Shore


Awesome 5 Bedrooms

Ocean City, NJ 08226

Pet Policy: friendly pet are highly welcome which attracts $50

Description: This second floor shore home has all the size and convenience you could hope for to make your family's vacation enjoyable. Renters comment on how roomy and comfortable the home is. Enjoy the 12x26 rear deck and make use of the gas grill. There are 5 separate bedrooms that sleep a total of 13 people (no one stuck with a sofa bed) , a full kitchen, very large dining room and a large comfortable living room. You also have use of the 8 complimentary beach tags. The home is located on Atlantic Avenue between First Street and St. Charles; a very quiet neighborhood. You will be one and half blocks from the beach and boardwalk, and within a two block walk of a deli, pizza shop, ice cream shop and one of the finest restaurants on the island; The Island Grill.Off-season weekends starting at $275/night with a two night minimum. Contact owners.There are 3 tvs with DVD. There are also 5 ceiling fans.The First Street beach has a breakfast lunch shop (Browns Restaurant), first aid station, foot shower and bathroom facilities.Our home has a fully enclosed outside shower and dressing area, and a locked storage area under the outside stairs to store your beach items. We prefer family rentals. If your group exceeds 13, we also have a third floor available at an additional cost which sleeps 6 and has a bedroom, living area, kitchenette and full bath. Contact owners for availability and pricing.

Type: Home

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Jersey Shore


Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant

426 Washington St.,
Cape May, NJ
Pet Friendly Ugly Mug Bar & Restaurant in Cape May, New Jersey

A great place to eat and drink. They have an enormous menu--no matter what you are in the mood for, you're going to find something here, including the most awesome Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail we have ever seen! Enjoy that and more with your pup on their pet-friendly patio.


Back Bay Ale House

800 North New Hampshire Ave.,
Atlantic City, NJ
Pet Friendly Back Bay Ale House in Atlantic City, New Jersey

This Key West-style pub is located in historic Gardner's Basin overlooking the bay. The menu offers up lots of seafood selection as well as burgers, wings, and more. You and your pup can enjoy it all together on their pet-friendly deck.

Featured Pet-Friendly Bars in Jersey Shore


The Wonder Bar

Ocean Ave,
Asbury Park, NJ

For quite a number of years, The Wonder Bar has "Yappy Hour." They have a very large fenced-in area with a bar in the middle and tables surrounding. All the dogs and people have a great time. There is food and drink and appawtizers on the bar for the dogs. They also provide doggie swimming pool, as well as an agility area and a "time-out" area for pooches who have gotten a bit overstimulated and need to quiet themselves. For more info, check out their Facebook page, @WonderBar Yappy Hour.


Bond Street Bar

208 Bond St.,
Asbury Park, NJ

This local bar also offers a pub-style menu with burgers and sandwiches. Your pooch is welcome to join you at one of the tables on their pet-friendly patio.