Pet-Friendly Lodging in Wildwood, New Jersey

by Tricia Chaves
Enjoy beachside strolls with your pet in Wildwood.

Enjoy beachside strolls with your pet in Wildwood.

Boardwalk along the beach on the New Jersey shore image by Richard McGuirk from

Wildwood has the widest white sandy beaches on the Jersey Cape and a vibrant boardwalk that attracts tens of thousands of summer visitors each year. In Cape May County, where Wildwood is located, dogs are welcome at four public beaches: Avalon/Stone Harbor, North Wildwood, Cape May and Higbee. So pack your leash and carrier, and book your stay at one of these beach hideaways that welcome your four-legged friend.

Beach Colony Resort Motel

Just steps down the beach, 1.8 miles west of Wildwood in Wildwood Crest is the Beach Colony Resort Motel, where pets are invited to "bring their owners on vacation." The pet fee is $18 nightly as of November 2010. Verandas overlook the ocean and the spacious swimming pool with a kiddie pool and waterslide. You can get limo service for free from the motel to nearby casinos. The motel's independent proprietor has owned the property for more than 20 years.

Palace Hotel of Cape May

The brick-sided Palace Hotel of Cape May is just 6.4 miles from Wildwood in coastal Victorian-inspired Cape May. The hotel has a view of the ocean and is just steps from the beach. A maximum of two pets are welcome in "towne view" rooms for a fee. The hotel is open from April 1 through October 31. Rates include a complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby lounge.

Rus Mar Motel

You'll notice the white, double-decker Rus Mar Motel right away with its palm tree mural and bright colored doors in red, yellow and blue. As of November 2010, pets are welcome for a non-refundable fee of $20 per day for a maximum of $60 per stay and a $50 security deposit, refundable at check-out. The motel offers efficiency or one-bedroom rooms with microwaves and refrigerators. One-bedroom rooms have kitchenettes. Check with the motel's concierge for help making plans for meals or activities.

Surf 16 Motel

The Surf 16 Motel is just two blocks from the beach. The motel's family owners not only welcome pets, but built a fenced dog run where they can play. Other outdoor spaces for relaxation include a swimming pool and barbecue area. The motel's two-story buildings have a nautical theme with blue doors, red railings and ship steering wheel accents. The boardwalk-style galley leading to your guest room has roomy benches where you can sit and enjoy the ocean breeze.

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  • Boardwalk along the beach on the New Jersey shore image by Richard McGuirk from