What Are Some Dog-Friendly Beaches in New Jersey?

New Jersey beaches that allow dogs on a six-foot leash include Sunset Beach in Cape May Point, Sea Isle City beaches, Ocean City beaches, Ventnor City beaches, Brigantine Beach, Barnegat Light beaches and Beach Haven beaches. Dogs are allowed on these beaches between early October through late April, but owners should check with the respective cities for specific dates.

New Jersey beaches that allow unleashed dogs include Bradley Beach, the 8th Avenue Dog Beach in Asbury Park, the Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area in Manasquan and the Longport Dog Beach in Somers Point. The 8th Avenue Dog Beach in Asbury Park only allows dogs to be off-leash during the summer between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:30 am. The Longport Dog Beach and the Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area both allow unleashed dogs throughout the year without the need for tags or permits. Manasquan and Somers Point also provide pet-friendly hotels for out-of-towners which can be booked on the BringFido.com website. While these beaches are free to use, there are other New Jersey beaches that are designated dog beaches which require a small fee. The dog beach in Cape May, located at 705 Lafayette Street, is one such beach which requires a one-time annual payment of $20, a dog license and proof of a rabies vaccination.