As pet owners we understand that bringing your Pet with you on vacation to Cape May is as important as enjoying the well deserved time off from work. Cape May has become much more Pet Friendly with Dog and Cat Hotel and Resort Accommodations. Cape May offers Pet Friendly Restaurants to bring your well mannered Pet’s along for a lunch or breakfast, or you can bring your Pet to the Beach Shack on Beach Ave. and enjoy a cool beachfront refreshment with your dog at your side. As a special treat you can even bring your well mannered Pooch to the Hawk Haven or Cape May Vineyard and enjoy a local Cape May Glass of Wine with your Pet at your side seated in the outdoor porch area.
Cape May Offers a New Dog Park to Exercise Your Pet
Cape May also recently finished a new Dog Park on Lafayette Ave that includes a cool gazebo resting station, and a double gate entrance to assist your dog with the park entrance. The new Dog Park is busy on summer weekends and includes a water station and toys for your dog to exercise and play fetch.
The dog park requires a weekly permit of $10 or you can pay an annual permit of $20 from Cape May City Hall. Applications and Park Tags may be obtained from the Cape May City Clerk’s Office located at 643 Washington Street in Cape May. To print the Dog Park Application Form please click here.
Please be Respectful of Your Neighbors and Non Pet Owners
Please keep in mind the Cape May has dog policies that you should be aware of and at all times your dog will be required to be on a leash and you must always clean up after your pet droppings in a sanitary method.
Vet Care and Emergency Care for You Pets during Your Stay in Cape May
If you require care for your pets during your stay you can visit:
Cape May Cape May Veterinary
694 Petticoat Creek Lane
Cape May, NJ 08204
Tel: 609 884 1729
If you require Emergency Pet Services in Cape May:
South Jersey Veterinary Emergency Service is only to be used when Cape May Veterinary Hospital is closed. During normal office hours, please bring your pet to our facility. South Jersey Veterinary Emergency Service (SJVES), an affiliate of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, is located at 535 Maple Avenue in Linwood, NJ. SJVES is a full service emergency and critical care center. The facility is staffed with highly trained emergency veterinarians and technicians, available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. The service offers the kind of continuous care and monitoring necessary for the critically ill patient. SJVES affords all residents of Cape May County professional patient care throughout the night when hospitalization for stabilization and/or 24-hour observation is needed. The cooperative effort between SJVES and Cape May Veterinary Hospital allows us to provide optimal veterinary care for you and your pet.
Taking Your Well- Mannered Dog to Lunch in Cape May
Several restaurants in Cape May offer outdoor seating to accommodate you with your Dog. Our favorites include Hawk Haven Vineyards in Rio Grande on the outdoor smash pad overlooking the Vineyards. We also enjoy visiting the Red General Store in Cape May Point. This location offers a quiet residential area located across from a small park to walk your dog while sitting on a shaded outdoor deck.
If you are coming by Boat to Cape May the best choices are the Lobster House outdoor seating area and many Boaters bring their Dogs to the Harbor View Marina and Restaurant offering a large outdoor deck, excellent outdoor entertainment on the water and a water bowl for your pooch.
Cape May Dog Friendly Restaurants
•Alexander’s 653 Washington St Cape May, NJ
•Blue Pig Tavern 251 Beach Ave Cape May, NJ
•Jackson Mountain Cafe 400 Washington Street Cape May, NJ
•Lucky Bones Backwater Grille 1200 Rte. 109 S Cape May, NJ (water provided for your pet)
•Mad Batter 19 Jackson St Cape May, NJ 8024 (offers outdoor seating)
•Monticello Bistro Cafe 131 N Broadway Cape May, NJ (offers outdoor seating)
•The Lobster House Raw Bar 906 Schellengers Landing Road, Cape May Harbor Cape May
•Zoe’s Beachfront Eatery 715 Beach Avenue Cape May, (water provided for your pet)
•The Beach Shack – (offers outdoor seating)
•The Red General Store, 500 Cape Ave, Cape May Point (offers outdoor seating
•Harbor View Marina Restaurant – outdoor deck
Some other Fun Dog Activities in Cape May, visit a Vineyard, a Naval Musuem or check out a local Micro Brewery.
f you would like to take your Pooch for a cool beer or glass of wine in Cape May check out these famous Cape May Bars that offer outdoor seating.
•The Ugly Mug 426 Washington Street
•The Rusty Nail, located on Beach Ave
•Mayer’s Tavern, across from the Miss Chris
Take a Wine Tour with your Dog, or visit the Naval Air Station or Historic Cold Spring Village, don’t forget to visit the Cape May Brewery, a Micro Brew in Rio Grande at the airport next to the Naval Air Station.
New to our list is the Hawk Haven Winery in Rio Grande, Hawk Haven has an outdoor crush pad, and will allow you to lunch with your Pooch outdoors with a great view of the Winery.
•Hawk Haven Winery (outside seating area)
•Cape May Winery
If you are local to the Rio Grande area we recently took out Dog to the Naval Area Station with the kids for a great time we visited the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum and on the back to Cape May we stopped in to the Historic Cold Spring Village
If you are looking for a Bed and Breakfast or Hotel that is Dog Pet Friendly in Cape May check out the following list:
Please note the following rules regarding your Pooch on Cape May Beaches – Dogs are permitted only during the months of November, December, January, February and March. Dogs shall be kept on a leash at all times and be accompanied by their owner or caretaker. The owner or caretaker shall carry a dog waste disposal device. Any owner or caretaker of a dog who permits such dog to leave animal waste on the Boardwalk, Promenade, beach without disposing of same shall be subject to the penalties
The Billmae Cottage Specializes in Pet Accommodations in Cape May
The Billmae Cottage in Cape May NJ – each of the suites of Billmae Cottage offer a parlor, one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and full, private bath. Each suite is decorated with rustic country charm.Billmae Cottage Guest Suites
Please Keep You Dog on a Leash at All Times in Cape May and Follow all Local Dog Ordinances
Bring Your Pooch to the Cape May Dog Friendly Park for Excercise and Play.
Please View our Cape May Pet Friendly Accommodations Video here.
Each of the suites of Billmae Cottage offer a parlor, one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and full, private bath. Each suite is decorated with rustic country charm. Stay with us while enjoying the many attractions of Cape May and have a comfortable suite to return to! All dogs must be flea and tick treated.
Beach Shack, Cape May’s laid-back beachside hotel is opening its doors this summer to a special group of furry friends. For the first time, this retro-inspired property is allowing dogs to stay overnight with their owners as well as to dine at Beach Shack’s iconic surfer bar and lounge,The Rusty Nail. The Rusty Nail has introduced a new Doggie Menu for the season, which includes delicious canine cuisine and adorable puppy treats, and to cap off the fido-filled summer, the property is holding a Rusty Nail Dog Mascot competition. You can read more here
Get waggin’ to the Beach Shack this summer with your furry friend. You don’t have to leave your best friend behind this summer, bring him along with this ultimate doggie package. You can even eat dinner with your pooch at the Rusty Nail! Don’t worry about bringing the dog food, we offer a full doggie menu including dog beer!
— Accommodations at the Beach Shack
— $20 Rusty Nail dining voucher each day of your stay
— A custom Beach Shack dog leash
— Beach Shack Doggie Welcome Kit including
o Use of Beach Shack dog bed, and food and water bowls
o Mark Your Spot-Local points of interest for your dog
o Pet In-Room Door Hanger
o Beach Shack disposable waste bags
o Beach Shack Frisbee
o Special doggie treat
To book this package, please call link here or call 1877.742.2507.
Take Your Dog to Higbee Beach in Cape May “Dog-lovers can take their pets for a run at the Higbee Beach or marvel at the spectacular view from the iconic Cape May Lighthouse.