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It's A Dog's (or Cat's) Life

These pet-friendly vacation spots will let the whole family enjoy the shore.



    It's A Dog's (or Cat's) Life
    Jim Grant
    Don't leave your pet high and dry -- take them with you on vacation. Check out these hot spots for pet-friendly places at the Jersey Shore.

    Too afraid to leave your canine companion behind to catch a wave at the Jersey Shore? Lucky for you, we’ve scoured the shore for hotels, resorts and beaches offering pet-friendly accommodations that range from pet-friendly rooms to pet-sitting services.

    Not only does the Madison Avenue Beach Club in Cape May, N.J. has pet-friendly rooms available to accommodate both dogs and their feline foes, but the motel makes it easy with a list of dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and even veterinarians (plus, $5 goes to the Beacon Animal Rescue for every pet-friendly room they rent).

    Visit Cape May's BillMae Cottage website and right away you will notice that hosts Linda and Bob Steenrod don’t just welcome dogs, they encourage them. Even the pillowcases, which feature pictures of pups, are perfect for dog-lovers. The first dog is included in the rate for one or two bedroom cottages.

    Self-proclaimed “Pet-Friendliest Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey,” The Marquis de Lafayette Hotel offers four different rooms (two of them are poolside) depending on you and your pets’ needs.

    At the Ocean City Mansion in Ocean City, N.J. animal-lovers will keep an eye on your pet for five bucks an hour. The 1896 mansion, renovated into seven guest suits and two apartments, offers dog-friendly rooms at no extra charge for “flea-free, non-obtrusive barkers.”

    The Beach Colony Resort Motel in Wildwood Crest is an affordable option “where pets can bring their owners on vacation!” But the motel does discriminate: no Pit Bulls or American Stassordshire’s allowed!

    You could also crash at a campground for a more rugged beach experience.

    Campgrounds are usually an less-pricey option and many have a designated location for your pet to paly. But most places require your dog to stay leashed and not every breed receives the same warm welcome. 

    Cold Spring Campground, Inc. in Cape May, Holly Acres RV Park in Egg Harbor, or Whipporwill Campground in Egg Harbor are a few locations that will welcome all your family members, human or not, according to

    Unfortunately, there are only a few beaches that welcome your pets.

    But Manasquan, Fisherman's Cove and Mantoloking beaches do allow leashed dogs during the summer months, according to the New Jersey Leisure Guide.

    Or take your pup to a dog park. Go to Cape May Point State Park, or Longport Dog Beach near Ocean City.

    Have a pooch who's not afraid of heights? Then check out the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, but don’t look down! Absecon Lighthouse is New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse -- and the third tallest in the country. Click here for a $1 off admission.

    Wine and dine with your dog on the outdoor patio at Zoe’s Beachfront Eatery in Cape May. Maybe you’ll even get Spot on their online gallery.

    Get you’re your dog some water wings and head to the high seas!

    Most don’t allow dogs on commercial boats, but Cape May Whale Watcher and Miss Chris Marina are the exceptions to the rule, according to the NJ Leisure Guide.