All good things must come to an end. And bad things, too.

I’m not a big fan of dogs on beaches even in the off-season. No, I don’t dislike dogs. I’ve had five. I’m just not a fan of dogs being let off leashes and whether the off-season beach rule is leash on or not, people are tempted to do it.

Which I get. A dog bounding along the sand wild and free in the surf is a happy dog indeed. But in Ocean City one came after me repeatedly and I thought for sure its teeth would have a part of me.


But hey, when you’re allowed dog owners certainly enjoy seeing their good girls and good boys running free or at least enjoying the beach even from a leash. But it’s that time of year that’s coming to an end. Or already has. ran an article with a full schedule of all Jersey shore towns when you can and when you can’t bring a dog on the beach and whether you need a leash. I’m just going to pass along the dates when the dog fun is over for the year.

The following towns ban dogs from their beaches between these dates.

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SB Arts Media

Asbury Park

No dogs May 16 - September 14 (except from 6:00 pm to 8:30 am)

Atlantic City

No dogs May 27 - September 15


No dogs March 1 - September 30


No dogs May 2 - September 30

Barnegat Light

No dogs April 15 - September 30

Bay Head

No dogs June 15 - Labor Day

Beach Haven

No dogs May 15 - September 15 on ocean beaches (however a small dog beach is located on the bay on Taylor Avenue)

Happy dog running on beach
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No dogs May 1 - September 30

Bradley Beach

No dogs May 16 - September 30


No dogs year-round (this just may be my ideal shore town)


No dogs May 30 - September 30 in ocean beaches (However they are allowed in North End Beach)

Cape May

No dogs April 1 - October 30

Cape May Point

No dogs March 15 - October 31

Golden Retriever in a Hat on a Mediterranean Beach

Corson’s Inlet State Park

No dogs April 1 - September 15


No dogs from May 24 - September 2

Harvey Cedars

May 30 - September 15

Island Beach State Park

Dogs not allowed on swimming beaches or inside buildings year-round. However they are allowed on all unguarded beaches.


No dogs year-round

Loch Arbour

No dogs May 15 - September 15

Long Beach Township

No dogs May 16 - September 30

Robert Daly
Robert Daly

Long Branch

No dogs May 1 - September 30


No dogs May 1 - September 30 except from 6:30 am to 8:30 am


No dogs April 16 - September 30


No dogs May 15 - October 1 except they are allowed from sunrise until 10:00 am and 6:00 pm until sunset.

Monmouth Beach

No dogs March 15 - October 1 on any beach where endangered and threatened species have been identified, but are allowed on other beaches.

North Wildwood

No dogs year-round however they are allowed on the beaches between 6:00 am until 9:00 am and from 5:30 pm until 10:00 pm.


Ocean City

No dogs May 1 - September 30

Ocean Grove

No dogs May 2 - September 30

Ortley Beach

No dogs year-round

Sandy Hook

No dogs March 16 - September 14 on ocean beaches

Sea Bright

No dogs May 15 - September 15

Sea Girt

No dogs May 15 - September 15

Sea Isle City

No dogs May 2 - September 29


Seaside Heights

No dogs year-round

Seaside Park

No dogs year-round

Ship Bottom

No dogs May 1 - October 1

Spring Lake

No dogs May 15 - September 30 however they are allowed only in the fenced-in area near Pitney Avenue between sunrise and 9:00 am.

Stone Harbor

No dogs May 24 - September 2 however they are allowed from 7:00 pm until sunset


No dogs March 15 - September 15

Dog in the beach
Margarita Monge Ortega


No dogs March 15 - September 15


No dogs May 15 - September 30 however they are allowed on the areas of the beach washed by the high tide line between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm


No dogs June 1 - September 30 however they are allowed at the dog friendly park at Glenwood Avenue

Wildwood Crest

No dogs June 1 - September 30

Dog on the beach
Dog on the beach (Eric Pyra)

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