Pet-Friendly Accommodations in Ocean City, New Jersey

by Joe Fletcher

Ocean City is a quintessential Jersey Shore destination, complete with an attraction-lined boardwalk and some of the most prized beaches in the state. A dry town, the city is a great family-friendly destination and has earned such designations as "#1 Family Beach Resort in America" by the Travel Channel. You'll find a variety of hotels and properties along the beach and farther inland that offer pet-friendly rooms.


Ocean City is located in the southern New Jersey shore on a barrier island. The getaway town is convenient to cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York. More than just a beach town, Ocean City has two art centers and an environmental center that offer programs to visitors and residents. It also hosts free family fun events throughout the summer season. When bringing a dog, be aware dogs are not allowed on the beach during the summer season (May to September). Between October 1 and April 30, dogs are allowed on the beach but must be on a leash. Dogs are banned from the boardwalk year round. The town has a dog park, though. Some lodging properties allow dogs and pets only in the off-season.

Coral Sands Motel

The Coral Sands Motel is a pet-friendly property located just a half a block from the boardwalk and beach. The property has a variety of lodging options including efficiency rooms, duplexes, suites and apartments. Limited pet-friendly accommodations are available, so call ahead to ensure you get a room that allows pets. A pet fee is charged, and the property offers a full selection of packages including weekly rates (and weekly pet rates).

Oceanfront Motel

As its name implies, the Oceanfront Motel is located right on the beach and boardwalk, offering a variety of ocean-view and oceanfront rooms. The property allows pets in the off-season between late September and April. The motel has three types of rooms: standard motel rooms, ocean-view rooms and oceanfront rooms. Oceanfront rooms offer upgraded amenities like 32-inch TV, pull-out sofa and large refrigerator. The property has two large sundecks overlooking the water and offers free Wi-Fi. Beach badges are available with multi-night stays.

Ocean City Mansion Bed and Breakfast

The Ocean City Mansion is a decorative Victorian mansion that offers a variety of dog-friendly rooms and suites. The property even offers dog-sitting services should you want to escape to the beach, boardwalk or other destinations where your dog is prohibited. Rooms include appointments such as canopy king and queen beds, fireplaces and Jacuzzis. A full breakfast is provided, and massage and spa services are available. The Mansion is located toward the middle of the island, between the bay and ocean sides.

About the Author

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.