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Dog Friendly Beaches in New Jersey
Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in New Jersey where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in New Jersey.
Top 10 Dog Friendly Beaches in New Jersey

Fishermans Cove Conservation Area

Leashed pets are welcome year round. This park is known to the locals as the "dog beach." It is located at the Manasquan Inlet, which is the beginning of the Intercoastal waterway on the eastern seaboard.

Sunset Beach

Paw prints can also be found in this sand from leashed dogs at Sunset Beach from September 15th through April 15th. For food, there is the Sunset Beach Grill which is pet friendly at the outside ...

Longport Dog Beach

Off leash beach open year round. No permit or tags required. Located at the base of the Ocean Drive Bridge on the Longport side across from the fishing peir. Must bring your own water and waste ...

8th Ave Dog Beach

Dogs are allowed on the 8th Ave "Dog Beach" from 6pm to 8:30am. Dogs are not allowed on the Asbury Park Boardwalk or any other beach area.

Sandy Hook/Gateway National Park

Ocean-side beaches at Sandy Hook Unit from March 15 through Labor Day (piping plover season). Pets ARE permitted on bay-side beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year, but must always be on a ...

Sandy Hook

This lovely beach is a great place for a daytrip, and pets are allowed on-leash on the bay side all year round.

Higbee Beach

Higbee Beach is a one and a half mile stretch of beach at the tip of Cape Island, along the Delaware Bay. Technically, this is not dog friendly, although the rules are rarely enforced.

Island Beach State Park

Dogs are permitted in the park but must be kept on a leash that is a maximum length of six feet. They are not allowed on the swimming beach (the lifeguard area) during the summer season ...

Bay Head Beach

Dogs are welcome to join you as you enjoy this beautiful beach, except in summer when they are restricted.

Barnegat Light Beaches

Barnegat Light allows dogs on their beaches from Oct. 1 - thru April 15. All dogs on Barnegat Light beaches must be on a leash. Long Beach Island has a general dog rule that dogs are ...
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