There’s nothing like spending a whole afternoon at the beach with friends or family. The smell of the fresh air, running in the sand and enjoy cold beverage is hard to beat.
While enjoying the sun is great as you soak in healthy vitamin D that our bodies need, having the best beach tent along with a good tube of sunscreen are essentials.
Beach tents work like beach umbrellas, except you get a lot more coverage. These types of sun shade shelters also offer the extra advantage of privacy as you can enjoy time inside the tent.
Depending on the model you get, some will even allow you to close the tent’s doors for complete privacy, like when you’re changing in and out of your bathing suit.
Here are our top picks for beach tents. For added measure, we’ve also included reviews of the products underneath.
- Overall Top Pick: Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter
- Our “for the money” choice: Genji Sports Instant Beach Star Tent
- Compact option: Texsport Calypso Cabana Beach Shelter Canopy
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Best Beach Tent Reviews
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter
Best Beach Tent: Our top pick, this is a lightweight (6 lb.) easy to set up tent shelter that you can enjoy at the beach.
The device comes with UPF 50+ sun protection to keep you and your loved ones from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. This lets you enjoy the afternoon at the beach without getting sunburned as well.
When fully set up, the Quick Cabana fits up to 4 people. It measures 96 inches long by 54.5 inches wide.
The top goes up 49.25 inches high giving you enough space to sit under and relax under the shade. It folds up to a 43 inch by 5.5 inch form for easy transport.
The shelter comes with 3 mesh windows, each of which has a flap so you can enjoy your privacy. The unit also comes with guylines, stakes and 3 sand pockets to keep it stabilized on the beach.
The tent’s fabric is made from breathable polyester so it doesn’t get hot. The fabric is likewise water resistant just in case the kids decide to play with water around you.
Coleman Road Trip Beach Shade
This is similar model to the Lightspeed Quick Cabana above but is priced much cheaper. This makes it a good option if you’re on a budget or want something more economical.
This Coleman beach tent works as a portable compact shade shelter that allows you to pitch your tent up quickly anywhere. You can set it up in your backyard just as well as on the beach.
Offered in 4 colors, it comes with a carry bag for when the tent is collapsed for transport, sandbags, stakes, a floor mat and dry line. Do note that the prices differ between colors so if you’re after lowest price we recommend going with the green one.
The tent offers a low angle sun protection with the fabric material having a rating of SPF 50+. The inside also comes with mesh pockets that let you keep your belongings as well as water bottles.
This shelter can also be used as a changing room thanks to its zippered doors. The bottom comes with a floor “mat” that keeps you off the sand. This way you sit comfortably and not on the sand.
This beach tent has a slightly smaller footprint at 89 inches long by 54 inches wide. It does have a higher ceiling of 57 inches where you can sit under. The higher top also offers more shade.
Genji Sports Instant Beach Star Tent, Blue
Best Beach Tent for the Money: Value for money is this what we recommend. It is priced on the lower end yet offers a good enough size and height.
The unit measures 84” long by 48” wide and is 53” high. This does make it smaller than both the tents featured above, so it isn’t the best option if you’re looking for space or fitting 4 or more adults spaciously.
It is however, very light in weight at just 4.5 lbs. And the smaller size also makes it easier to carry when folded. We like that it takes just a few seconds to set up as well as fold up.
Another thing we like it that it’s more similar to a tent as you don’t only get a canopy shade but the tent design, just without the front door.
Made with nylon materials that’s designed to block the sun’s harmful UV rays, it also offers UV 50+ protection.
The product comes with a carry bag and a fiberglass frame. The floor also lets you sit away from the sand so there’s no dusting off needed when you get up.
Texsport Calypso Cabana Beach Shelter Canopy
Compact Beach Tent: Built for outdoor use, you can use it for events, the beach as well as an afternoon at the park. The unit is an easy fold up system that allows you to collapse the tent into a cylindrical bag.
The structure of the tent uses fiber glass poles and is equipped with a rip stop polyethylene floor that lets you sit on comfortably.
At the bottom, there are also 4 sand bags positioned strategically to ensure the tent stays in place even when gusts of wind blow by.
The tent’s material is made with polyester taffeta and an inner silver coating. The fabric offers UPF 50+ for sun protection.
Among our picks, this is the smallest in terms of overall size when fully set up. It measures 84” long by 48” wide and is also 48” tall. This makes it suitable smaller groups of up to 3, maybe 4 people.
The size gives you the portability as well as compact size that’s easy to pack. Do note however, that the lower height and smaller size also makes it offer smaller overall sun coverage.
While enjoying time in the beach and soaking in some sun is relaxing and will give you a nice tan, having the best beach tent offers that extra sun protection to ensure that you don’t get too much of the harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage skin as well as cause cancer.