Wags and Waves: The Best Dog Beaches in New Jersey

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New Jersey may be known for its boardwalks and bustling cities, but the Garden State also has a variety of beautiful beaches perfect for a day of sun, sand, and surf with your furry friend. With miles of coastline, New Jersey offers some of the best dog-friendly beaches on the East Coast, where dogs can play, swim, and fetch to their heart's content. Whether you're a resident or just visiting, if you're a dog lover, you won't want to miss out. So, pack your bags, grab your pup, and hit the sand!

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  • Longport Dog Beach, United States

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      Longport Dog Beach (AKA Somers Point Dog Beach or Malibu Beach) in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, is open to dogs of all shapes and sizes. It's located at the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management area, right by the Ocean Drive Bridge on the Longport side. Just remember to bring your own water and waste disposal items as there are no trash cans on-site.

  • Beach Haven Doggy Bay, United States

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      During the off-season, Beach Haven Doggy Bay welcomes furry friends with open arms. Just be mindful that between May 15 and September 15, dogs are not allowed on any beach area within the Borough of Beach Haven.

  • Malibu Dog Beach, United States

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      Malibu Dog Beach, also known as Longport Dog Beach, is considered the go-to spot for dog owners in New Jersey. Treat your furry friends to a good time with off-leash play in the sand and waves.

  • Bradley Cove in Asbury Park, United States

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      North of 8th Avenue and at the end of the boardwalk sits Bradley Cove — or Eighth Avenue Dog Beach. Well-behaved and licensed dogs are welcome to enjoy this beach area year-round from September 15 to May 15. As long as they are supervised and under voice control, dogs can roam freely off-leash. During the summer season, dogs are permitted on the beach before 8:30 a.m. and after 6 p.m.

  • Asbury Park Dog Beach in Asbury Park, United States

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  • Wildwood Dog Park & Beach in Wildwood, United States

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      Wildwood Dog Park and Beach in Wildwood, NJ, is a great place for pet owners and their furry friends to visit. Formally known as the Poplar Avenue Beach, this spot is welcoming to dogs who love playing in the sand and waves. To get there, simply walk your dog under the boardwalk at Maple Avenue. The park provides ample space for you and your pup to enjoy some sun and take a swim. While dogs must remain on-leash on the beach, the adjacent dog park is off-leash and perfect for running and playing.