Southern Delaware is Pet Friendly

Southern Delaware is Pet Friendly

The beautiful beaches of Southern Delaware are not just for humans to enjoy. It's simple to include your four-legged family member in all the fun! Delaware beaches have it all from pet friendly hotels and restaurants to parks and beaches for your pup to run. In this article we’ll highlight our famous coastal beach towns of historic Lewes (pronounced LOO-IS), Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.  The ocean view coastline is about 25 miles from historic Lewes to Fenwick Island, which makes it a perfect length to explore all of our dog-friendly offerings!


Let’s start with where you can stay with your pet. There are many, many pet friendly accommodations ranging from Lewes to Fenwick Island. Keep in mind that some have certain restrictions such as limited availability, size restrictions and added fees so be sure to contact each location to confirm their pet policy and availability.

Lewes Pet-Friendly Accommodations:

Hotel Rodney: 800-824-8754
The Inn at Canal Square: 888-644-1911
The King’s Inn: 302-645-6438
Lazy L at Willow Creek: 302-644-7220
Dogfish Inn: 302-644-8292
Red Mill Inn: 302-645-9736

Rehoboth Beach Pet-Friendly Accommodations:

AmericInn Lodge & Suites: 800-634-3444
Atlantis Inn: 800-245-2112
BEDazzled Bed & Breakfast and Bewitched Bed & Breakfast: 302-226-9482
The Breakers Hotel & Suites: 800-441-8009
Canalside Inn: 866-412-2625
The Homestead at Rehoboth Bed & Breakfast: 302-226-7625
Lighthouse Inn: 302-226-0407
Shore Inn: 302-227-8487
Silver Lake Guest House: 302-226-2115
Sleep Inn & Suites: 302-645-6464

Dewey Beach Pet-Friendly Accommodations:

Atlantic Oceanside Suites & Efficiencies: 800-422-0481
Bellbuoy Inn: 302-227-6000
Best Western Gold Leaf: 800-422-8566
Hyatt Place Dewey Beach: 888-216-2801
Sea Esta Motel (three locations): 800-436-6591

Long Neck

The Resort at Massey's Landing: 302-947-2600

Fenwick Island Pet-Friendly Accommodations:

Sands Motel and Apts.: 302-539-7745

The Brick Hotel on The Circle: 302-855-5800
Classic Motel: 302-856-7532 
Microtel Inn & Suites: 302-858-5111
Quality Inn & Suites: 302-854-9400 
Tru by Hilton: 302-515-2100

Atlantic Inn: 302-934-6711 
Hickman's Motel: 302-934-7968

Milford Area
Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast: 302-422-0979

Comfort Suites:  302-628-5400
Days Inn & Suites: 302-629-4300 
Hampton Inn: 302-629-4500
Motel 6: 302-990-5399

Milton Area
The Governor's Bed & Breakfast: 302-684-4649 
Mansion Farm Inn: 302-664-2540 
Pine Hollow House Bed & Breakfast: 302-644-0711


Pet Friendly Transportation

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is the way to go! The beautiful 85-minute, 17-mile trip from Cape May, New Jersey drops you off right in beautiful, historic Lewes.  Pets are welcome on all exterior decks aboard all Cape May-Lewes Ferry vessels. They do have a policy that your pet must remain on a leash, under control at all times and stay off of the seats and benches. Don’t forget that if you need to leave your pet in your vehicle, allow for temperature and air circulation conditions. Keep in mind that summer temperatures in a car can reach around one-hundred fifty degrees in a matter of minutes!


Coastal Delaware has three State Parks (Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore and Fenwick Island) and over 25 miles of beautiful beaches to explore, however each town and park has different pet policies in place. Here is some helpful information:  

State Park Pet Policy:

Pets are allowed in our seashore state parks, but Delaware State Law prohibits them from all swimming and sunbathing beaches from May 1 to September 30. Park rules and regulations also restrict pets from areas such as surfboarding and sailboarding beaches and shorebird nesting areas.  For the safety of our visitors both human and wildlife, the picnic areas, nature trails, bird nesting areas and park buildings are closed to pets year-round. Pets are allowed in areas designated for surf fishing vehicles but must remain on a leash.  Below is a link to a handy map of state park pet beaches and access points, you’ll see that quite a large area of our state park beaches are open to leashed-pets year-round! Make sure you print this out and keep it readily available in your vehicle.

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Township Pet Policies:

The general rule is that from May 1-September 30 dogs are not allowed on beaches and boardwalks, dogs must remain leashed at all times and you must clean up after your pet. This applies for all beach towns however there are some specific rules as mentioned below. I do suggest that you call each township office to confirm what rules are in place prior to your trip.

Lewes allows dogs on the beach year-round however during the summer months dogs are not allowed on the beach from 8:00am to 6:30pm.

Dewey Beach allows dogs on the beach year-round however during the summer months dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Dogs must be licensed with the Town (may be obtained at Town Hall or at iDewey Visitor Center.) Various licenses are available and range from $35 to $5. Additional information can be found here:


There are numerous tax-free pet stores and boutiques along the coast of Delaware. All of these shops are pet-friendly so make sure you bring your pup to pick out their favorite locally made dog treats!  Visit DJ’s Pet Depot on Coastal Highway in Lewes, Critter Beach on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach and Yuppy Puppy on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach!


If you want to bring your pup along for lunch or dinner, try visiting a few of the many pet-friendly, human food establishments along the Delaware Coast.  All pet friendly restaurants are outdoor deck or patio seating.  Please check with each restaurant before bringing your pup to ensure they are accepting dogs that day. Often if a restaurant becomes busy, there are limited areas for dogs to lay or relax.  Make sure you bring a spare water bowl and some pet food. To find out whether your favorite restaurant is pet-friendly (or to find a new favorite!) click here to explore your options...


Since the summer months at the beach can be a bit hot, coastal Delaware offers a few dog events in the Spring and Fall. Please be sure to join us!

  • Golden Jubilee, May and October in Dewey Beach
  • Bark on the Boards Dog Walk: October in Rehoboth Beach
  • Seawitch Pet Parade: October in Rehoboth Beach
  • Greyhounds Reach the Beach: October in Dewey Beach
  • Springtime for Greyhounds: April in Dewey Beach


If you find it necessary to board your pet while in the area, here are some options:


Contributed by Lisa Iszard, owner of Tumbleweed & Eddie’s Natural Pet Treat Company located in Fenwick Island, Delaware. Tumbleweed & Eddie’s uses ingredients from local farms and fisherman and their products can be found at various pet stores and boutiques.

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