Any great beach day begins at home with a well thought-out packing list of essentials for anything the day might have in store for you. Effective sunscreen is a must, as are towels, chairs, frozen water bottles, snacks, sunglasses, toys for the kids and a great beach read reserved for you. While you might already be thinking about shade and wrestling with a beach umbrella, or relying on a hat for some relief from the sun, the best beach tents can provide unequalled protection.
The best beach tents of 2022.
You should look for a beach tent that’s large enough to comfortably provide relief from the sun for a few people, and you might want to look for one that’s waterproof or features extra amenities like UV protection and stash pockets for your valuables. There are plenty of options out there—and many among our favorite places to shop, like Amazon and Wayfair—making it difficult to narrow down the best of the best beach tents on the market. We scoured reviews, looked for best-sellers and narrowed it down to seven that checked all of our boxes. Find them, their specs and what actual buyers have to say about each, below.
Dimensions: 87 x 47 x 49 inches | Waterproof: Yes | UPF Sun Protection: Yes
There are seven total beach tents in this roundup, and this one from Amazon checks nearly every box, making it the best of the best. It’s waterproof, protects those inside from the sun’s harmful rays, pops up into a ready-to-go tent in just seconds and is light and easy to carry. At over seven feet wide, it’s suitable for a few people who’d like to sit or lay underneath it, though the design isn’t made for standing in. There are pockets to keep your phone, sunglasses and extra sunscreen out of the sand, and it has a tough and durable flooring that eliminates the need for excess towels and blankets. It weighs a shade over four pounds when packed up, so it’s not burdensome to bring with you either.
Shoppers say this tent is everything they expected and more and that it’s “worth every penny.” One even said it takes less than a minute to unpack and set up, and that packing it back up is just as simple.
Dimensions: 86 x 67 × 51 inches | Waterproof: Yes | UPF Sun Protection: Yes
This water- and tear-proof tent is made for families with several kids, a dog and a need for a little more elbow room. It has three mesh windows and ventilation built into all four sides for optimal air flow on hot days, and a hanging hook on the ceiling to attach a fan when the temperatures really start to soar. Plus, it’s waterproof, so any passing showers or ocean spray won’t send you running from the spot you expertly scoped from the parking lot.
Aside from the large interior space, there’s more than an additional three feet of floor space that extends out past the tent for kids to play while still saying clean and out of the sand. Shoppers say the tent really does pop up in “under 30 seconds,” too.
Dimensions: 82 x 80 x 78 inches | Waterproof: No | UPF Sun Protection: Yes
The blend of four-way stretch nylon and lycra material of this beach canopy gives it the ability to cover two people from the sun at a time. It comes with attached sandbags to fill while at the beach that hold it down and two poles in the middle to prop it up to over six feet tall. Those poles are made out of rust-proof aluminum and collapse for easy packing and storing. Shoppers say it holds up against strong winds and that it’s light enough to carry with them on top of all their other beach gear without being a burden.
Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 78 inches | Waterproof: Yes | UPF Sun Protection: Yes
This portable beach tent has a simple up and simple down design that makes packing up at the end of your day in the sand a breeze. It’s large enough for several adults and kids to stay out of the sun and comes with attached sand bags to fill up at the beach that anchor the tent if it gets a little windy out there. The sturdy, double layer material is water- and UV/UPF-proof to protect you from any and all elements, but it weighs just under six pounds in its portable carrier, even with all supplies included. Shoppers say it’s “very easy to set up and re-pack” and that the tent itself is huge.
Dimensions: 51 x 78 x 59 inches | Waterproof: Yes | UPF Sun Protection: No
This beach tent pops up in a matter of seconds without a moment’s thought. It has a steel strip along the top and side frames that helps it keep its shape and hold up against the wind on breezy beach days. It has a wide front opening and mesh panels that boost ventilation when temperatures are especially stifling, and shoppers say the material keeps them cool without overheating the interior space. That same material is waterproof, but only to a degree—it will keep you dry in a light, passing rain but isn’t meant to withstand long, soaking storms. Shoppers say it’s large enough to comfortably fit a chair or two and a couple of people inside.
Dimensions: 61 x 108 x 76 inches | Waterproof: Yes | UPF Sun Protection: Yes
This beach tent-umbrella hybrid is the best of both worlds. Instead of fussing with an awkwardly proportioned beach umbrella that doesn’t want to stay upright, this one anchors quickly and easily into the ground via the attached pole, while anchors attached to the material itself provide shelter from rain, wind and sun on days when the weather is unpredictable. The side flaps can be lifted to allow a breeze to pass through, and zippered windows can be opened to welcome even more air. There are internal pockets for storing valuables, a carrying bag to easily tote it around and tie cords add extra security on especially windy days. It’s wide enough to comfortably fit a few adults and their beach chairs, too.
Dimensions: 90 x 53 x 57 inches | Waterproof: No | UPF Sun Protection: Yes
Many reviewers of this beach tent said that it works best for smaller parties seeing as it’s not massive, but that it more than gets the job done when the time comes to take a break from the sun. It’s made out of tough and durable tent material that’s rated for UPF 50 sun protection but the fabric isn’t waterproof. Shoppers say it’s easy enough to maneuver the poles in place to have it ready to go in just a few minutes, and added that the instructions are clear about how to easily pack it back up into its carrying bag. One big bonus here is that the tent has a clothes line that runs the length of the interior for drying out bathing suits or towels, or keeping essentials like your sunglasses out of the sand. There’s also a large rear window that allows air to pass through, and attached storage pockets to keep your things organized.