10 Stunning Oceanfront Hotels That Welcome Dogs

Posted by Billy Francis

Editor's note: this article was updated in July 2020.

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to a mesmerizing ocean view with your furry friend lying next to you? No need to take Fido for a walk up and down the coastlines of America to sniff out the coolest pet-friendly oceanfront hotels, we’ve done the legwork for you. Book a room at one of these beautiful properties, review our beach tips and pack your bags for an unforgettable vacation in the sun!

Hotel del Coronado

Coronado, CA
Rioux is doing it for the thrill at Hotel del Coronado. Photo by @rioux.theminiaussie

Four-legged travelers are invited to become a Del Dog (or cat) at the historic Hotel del Coronado. Pet amenities include treats upon arrival, water and food bowls (dry food available upon request) and the use of a Del Dog bed, crates and floor mats while you’re staying at the hotel. Dogs who stick their noses up at dry food can order gourmet doggy room service prepared fresh by the hotel’s very own chefs. Conveniently located just one mile from the gorgeous Coronado Dog Beach, this destination is perfect for pups who love to paddle. If you're here during the weekend, don't miss Yappy Hour every Sunday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fido can munch on Yappetizers (gourmet dog biscuits) while you sip a nice cocktail.

Two dogs up to 40 lbs are welcome for an additional fee of $125 per stay in Standard Rooms or $200 in Suites. For more privacy but the same level of luxury, reserve an upscale San Diego villa at Beach Village at the Del. The pet fee for Beach Village is $200, and Fido will enjoy the same amenities as the main hotel. Nightly rates start at $344.

The Cloister at Sea Island

Sea Island, GA
Walk this way. Photo by Facebook.com/seaisland

Famed for their marshes and beaches, the picturesque Golden Isles are located just off Georgia's Atlantic coast. The Cloister at Sea Island invites pups to stay and play at one of the most exclusive properties on these scenic barrier islands. Built in 1928, this "friendly little hotel" has amassed numerous awards for its refined decor, sumptuous accommodations, spectacular golf course and luxurious spa. Canine guests can enjoy a slice of decadence here, too. The gourmet pet menu includes handcrafted sushi rolls for cats and frozen bones for dogs. Well-behaved pooches are also welcome to join guests for resort activities like the Marsh Habitat and Wildlife Walk.

From this elegant base you can explore the many marvels of the Golden Isles with your furry friend. Visit nearby Jekyll Island, home to Jekyll Island Beach and Driftwood Beach, one of our favorite dog beaches on the East Coast. Spend the day here and then take a pet-friendly sunset dolphin tour with Jekyll Island Dolphin Tours. Fido can wag his tail at bottlenose dolphins frolicking in the ocean as the setting sun shimmers over the Atlantic.

The Cloister at Sea Island accepts two pets up to 35 lbs for an additional fee of $175 per stay. Nightly rates start at $539.

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Dana Point, CA
Two’s company, three’s a crowd. Photo by Facebook.com/ritzcarltonlagunaniguel

The 396 luxurious rooms at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel each come with their own private balcony offering unrivaled views across the Pacific. The lap of luxury isn’t just for humans. Pets who join the Posh Paws Club are afforded five-star treatment, too. Members are presented with a dog bowl, a dog bed to use during their stay and a chew toy upon arrival. Fido can also get his paws on the dog room service menu which includes lip-smacking meals like Bow Wow Tenderloin and Dog Bone Meatloaf, a map of the best pet-friendly trails nearby, and use of a lovely green space outside (plus waste bags). Throughout the summer, the Ritz hosts Yappy Hours on select Thursdays. While you enjoy a refreshing beverage, dogs can select their choice of water flavored with bacon, chicken, beef or a vegan infusion. They also throw annual parties, including Yappy Hour Howl-O-Ween and Yappy Howl-iday.

Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel allows two pets up to 25 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per night. Nightly rates start at $799.

The Colony Hotel

Kennebunkport, ME
That look you give when you’re the first ones to the sun loungers. Photo by The Colony Hotel

The Colony Hotel opened in 1948 and has remained a local landmark ever since. Take your pick from grand rooms with ocean views to quaint gardenside chambers for easy access to the canine outhouse (or garden, as it’s sometimes called), all of which are pet-friendly. Fido can use one of the pet blankets provided to snuggle after a day playing fetch on the lovely grassy area, which comes equipped with water stations and waste receptacles. Dogs are also invited to make a sand dog house on the hotel's private beach. If he’s too tired to join you after a busy day out, your pup is allowed to stay unattended in the room as long as you leave your contact details at the front desk. Local pet sitters can also be arranged if he prefers having company.

The Colony Hotel permits two pets of any size for an additional fee of $30 per pet, per night. Nightly rates start at $285.

Baron’s Cove

Sag Harbor, NY
“I’ll stand guard in case anyone tries to... breakfast, you say? Bye!” Photo by Facebook.com/BaronsCove/

Just a stone’s throw from pet-friendly East Hampton Main Beach, a special package awaits Fido at Baron's Cove. This not-so-buried treasure is full of gifts based on the works of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Baron’s Cove was featured on "Travels with Charley," his charming travelogue based on his adventures with his Standard Poodle, Charley. The Travels with Charley Package comes with pawsome perks including a tasty sweet treat, $40 dining card, free copy of the book, use of a comfy pet bed, dog dishes, waste bags, and a Baron's Cove frisbee to keep. The dog-friendly Village Garden Rooms also have easy access to the outside for late-night walks.

This hotel has long been a hotspot for the literary elite (other guests have included Truman Capote and Kurt Vonnegut). It has all the style and panache you’d expect of a Hampton’s residence with such a colorful history.

Baron’s Cove Inn accepts one dog up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $100 per night. Nightly rates start at $289.

Sanctuary Beach Resort at Monterey Bay

Marina, CA
Beach, food and dogs - heaven. Photo by @sanctuarybeachresort

South of San Jose lies the scenic coastline of Monterey Bay. Sanctuary Beach Resort is the only pet-friendly beachfront accommodation in the region, and they welcome visiting canines with complimentary doggy treats. The spacious and beautifully decorated cottage guestrooms look out over stunning views of the Pacific.

There are a few pet-friendly beaches just a short stroll away (including Del Monte Beach, Monterey State Beach and McAbee Beach), giving Fido the chance to play in the sand right up until bedtime. A short drive from the resort is the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the country. Take your dog for a stroll on Carmel Beach, browse the art galleries or check out Poodle Day if you’re in town in the fall. The event includes competitions, a parade and poodle cocktail parties.

Sanctuary Beach Resort accepts two pets up to 90 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per night. Nightly rates start at $489.

Costa D'Este Beach Resort

Vero Beach, FL
“All my troubles floating away on the waves!” Photo by @ritterx2

Pay a visit to the Sunshine State, where you can enjoy a supreme stay at Costa D'Este Beach Resort. Located on the barrier island of Vero Beach, this 4-star hotel is home to spacious rooms with fantastic Atlantic views. Four-legged guests will be greeted with beds, bowls and welcome treats upon arrival. Dogs of all breeds and weights are welcome for free, and can keep their owners company for breakfast on the hotel’s Bamboo Patio. If the on-site grassy area isn’t large enough, take a trip to nearby Vero Beach Dog Park for off-leash fun in the sun.

Costa D’Este Beach Resort welcomes two dogs of any size for free. Nightly rates start at $164.

Salishan Coastal Lodge

Gleneden Beach, OR
“I think it’s called ‘coastal’ distancing!” Photo by @salishan_resort

Oregon’s windswept beaches and breathtaking Pacific scenery make it a must-visit for anybody searching for a secluded oceanfront adventure. Whether you’re enjoying the views through the huge windows in your room or getting out into nature among 250 acres of private land, Salishan Coastal Lodge should be the next stop on Fido’s tour of the West Coast. Dogs receive use of a cozy bed and can sample organic treats at check-in. During the day, explore miles of pet-friendly trails around the property. Pups who take unplanned mud baths while on hikes can use the outdoor wash stations provided. The hotel even hosts a nightly Yappy Hour on the Council House Patio, with gourmet bacon-infused water for pups and specialty cocktails for humans.

Salishan allows two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $35 per pet, per stay. Nightly rates start at $123.

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel

Asbury Park, NJ
“Smile, you’re on pool time!” Photo by @danabphotographynj

What Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel lacks in bowls and beds for canine guests, it makes up for by being located on one of the most pet-friendly coastlines in America. The much-loved 8th Ave Dog Beach is just a five-minute stroll from the property. Here, your pooch can play off-leash with locals and dip his paw in the sand. On the way back, be sure to stop by Wonder Bar to attend one of the best Yappy Hours in the country. You might even be lucky enough to bump into “paw-tron,” dog lover and New Jersey local Bruce Springsteen at the event.

Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel permits dogs up to 50lbs for an additional fee of $25 per night, plus $100 per stay. Nightly rates start at $188.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Santa Barbara, CA
“Is it just me, or does everything seem a little bigger out West?” Photo by BringFido

Lavish Labradors will love their stay at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Canine guests are gifted with goodie bags that include the three B’s they need in life (balls, biscuits and bags). When hunger strikes, Fido can join you for dinner and drinks on the patio, or you can order something off the dog menu from the comfort of your own room. The Santa Barbara coastline near the hotel is packed full of fun stuff to do, like hiking the Oceanfront Trail or touring local landmarks in a stretch limousine Jeep with DeeTours of Santa Barbara.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort accepts two dogs up to 50lbs for an additional fee of $50 per night. Nightly rates start at $225.

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