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Why leave your pet at home? A family vacation doesn't have to be without the most important member of the family. Be it a guest house or hotel, Cape May has a good selection of pet-friendly places to stay, and several restaurants offer outdoor seating so your dog can accompany you to brunch!
Travel tip: Cape May City's beaches are not dog friendly during the summer, but you can take them on the beach from November through March. That makes the off season a great time to visit with your dog!
Cape May is a great destination if you like to vacation with your dog, but we want to caution you that Cape May City's beaches are not dog-friendly in season, and the Lower Township beaches along the Delaware Bay are the only beaches which are dog-friendly all year.
| Cape May City
||Dogs are permitted on Cape May City Beaches during the months of November, December, January, February and March. Dogs shall be kept on a leash at all times and be accompanied by their owner or caretaker. The owner or caretaker shall carry a dog waste disposal device. Any owner or caretaker of a dog who permits such dog to leave animal waste on the Boardwalk, Promenade, beach without disposing of same shall be subject to penalties.|
|Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area||Allows dogs from September 1 to April 30. Higbee is owned by the State of New Jersey and is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Although you may see dogs year-round, it is not technically permitted. We would recommend reading NJ Department of Fish & Wildlife WMA Regulations for more information.|
|Cape May Point||Dogs are permitted from November 1 through March 14. Dogs must be leashed at all times on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Dogs must be accompanied by an owner over 12 years of age.|
|Sunset Beach||Allows dogs September 15 to April 15|
|Lower Township, along the Delaware Bay||Leashed animals are permitted anytime of the day during the off-season. Animals are prohibited at the beach between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm in-season (Memorial Day - Labor Day). Dogs are to be leashed at all times when they are off of the premises of the possessor and it is mandatory that people clean up after their animals. Lower's beaches run along the Bay coast and are quite narrow compared to Cape May's. Follow directions to the Ferry terminal, then make a right rather than turn into the Ferry complex. The beach will be on your left as you drive north. Park where you can find a space and enjoy!|
|Cape May Point State Park||Dogs are prohibited at Cape May Point State Park and the Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge in an effort to protect vulnerable chicks of the federally-threatened Piping Plovers and Least Terns.|
Almost all pet-friendly accommodations take dogs, and some take cats and dogs. However, many have restrictions regarding the weight of the dog and the number of pets which can be accommodated.
|Cape May House and Condo Rentals||House and condo rentals||There are also pet-friendly rental houses available. Be sure to find out what type of pets the accommodation allows.|
|Beachcomber Camping Resort||Campground|
|Billmae Cottage||Guest House||Dogs|
|Blue Fish Inn||Hotel||Dogs|
|Holly Shores||Campground||Dogs (2 per campsite)|
|Highland House||Guest House||Accepts "just about all pets"!|
|Madison Avenue Beach Club||Hotel||Dogs and cats. Ask about other types.|
|Marquis de Lafayette||Hotel||Domestic dogs and cats. Ask about other types.|
Located on Lafayette Street near the corner of Broad, the dog park has a gazebo, toys, and a water source for when the dogs get thirsty during play. The park is double gated for easier entry and introduction. View park rules on the City website
Passes are available at City Hall. Please call the city Clerk's office at 609-884-9525 or visit them on the second floor.
Ocean View Veterinary Hospital
2033 Route 9 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
24-hour emergency veterinary services and extended care hours during the evening and on weekends.
Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
535 Maple Ave
Linwood, NJ 08221
A 24-hour emergency animal hospital in Linwood, New Jersey, about 45 minutes from Cape May. No appointment needed.