Pet-Friendly Motels in Wildwood, New Jersey

by Joe Fletcher

Wildwood, New Jersey, is home to one of the state's largest amusement-lined boardwalks as well as some of its only free beaches. The destination town is on an island with other towns that are collectively called "The Wildwoods." When taking your dog along for your Wildwood beach vacation, you'll find a small selection of lodging options that allow pets.


Located in the heart of The Wildwoods, Wildwood is the location of the bulk of the thriving, business-filled section of the Wildwood Boardwalk. Unfortunately for dog owners, dogs (and all animals) are prohibited on the beach, boardwalk and boardwalk approaches. Neighboring North Wildwood allows dogs on the beach in the off-season.

Tide Winds Motel

The Tide Winds Motel is an affordable, family hotel within walking distance to the beach, boardwalk and Wildwood Convention Center. A good choice for families with young children, the Tide Winds has a pool and sun deck, and a playground sits half a block away. The motel has apartments, double-bed motel rooms and one- and two-room efficiency suites with kitchens. The pet-friendly property has refrigerators in every room.

Nova Motel

The Nova Motel is located on Ocean Avenue, an easy walk from the beach and boardwalk. The hotel offers pet-friendly accommodations in select rooms and availability is limited; book ahead of time especially during the summer high season. All rooms come with microwave ovens, refrigerators, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and complimentary morning coffee.

Other Options

Neighboring towns have some pet-friendly options, like the Surf 16 Motel in North Wildwood. The Surf 16 advertises itself as "The Pet Friendly Hotel in North Wildwood" and even allows you to leave your dog in the room for short periods. North Wildwood is a better choice in the off-season, if you plan to take your dog to the beach. Since activities and accommodations for pets are limited in Wildwoods, you may also consider boarding your dog. Windrift Kennel in Cape May, just south of the Wildwoods, is a nearby kennel that offers boarding (two-night minimum) and daycare services.

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.