Updated 2017: Jersey Shore Top Dog Destinations/Beaches
Another summer has passed, and it’s safe to say we are officially in the off-season, or rather if you’re a dog, in season. Starting in October, leash and location rules for pets change for the beaches in Monmouth County. Check out our favorite beaches and parks to take your pup this season.
From September 16 to May 15, dogs are allowed on the Eighth Ave beach unleashed, all day! While they have to be leashed on the boardwalk, it’s still a welcomed reprieve from the boardwalk’s puppy prohibition through the summer months.
Asbury’s Wonderbar is also a great option. Their “Yappy Hour” is a popular outdoor destination for dogs and humans alike. Hours are cut back in the Fall with it closing down for the season by mid-November, so be sure so check out their Facebook Page for current hours.
In the summer months, Manasquan’s Fisherman’s Cove on 3rd Avenue is THE destination for hot dogs who don’t have their own private pool. It is a HUGE county park west of Manasquan Inlet with gorgeous trails through the reeds and a massive stretch of clean sand, which becomes packed with their dogs and owners on summer days. Dogs are allowed year round at any time, though parking gets tricky on weekends. The water is clean enough to swim in but bring a long lead for your dog as the leash laws are enforced regularly.
Leashed pups are allowed on Manasquan beaches and boardwalks EAST of 1st Ave from November 1 to March 31.
Spring Lake, there is an unofficial dog beach at the Belmar/Spring Lake border that was open last summer for early morning dogs on leash. It will be worth checking this year to see if it’s a permanent fixture.
Bradley is unique as the only town that officially allows dogs to run off leash during the winter months, as long as they are under voice command.
From October 1 – May 15, dogs are allowed on all Spring Lake beaches, unleashed if they are under voice command. However, they are not allowed on the boardwalk at any time of the year and must cross it quickly to get over the beach.
Highlands/Sea Bright, NJ
Sandy Hook is a national park that allows dogs on the ocean side until March 31st but year round on the bay side as long as they are kept on leash, which is strictly enforced due to the endangered Plover population.
Just across the bridge from Sandy Hook is Hartshorne Woods county park. Although we have many great parks in the area, Hartshorne Woods has a small secret beach which is a really fun place to go with your dog for beautiful views of Sea Bright. See if you can find it! Dogs should be kept on leash at all times!
If you are looking to buy or rent in Monmouth County, ask your Realtor or check out the town website to find out what the dog rules are. Some have limits on how many you can have and every beach town has different dates for off season dog fun. We also get a LOT of calls looking for dog friendly rentals so dog friendly landlords have a definite advantage in our current market – added to the fact that pet owners are less likely to move.