Spending time at the beach is something we all love doing, but it never feels quite long enough. The sun bears down on you and your body starts to say it’s time to go. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend all day at the beach, no matter how hot it is? Well, you can, you just need to own a beach tent.
The best beach tents give you a little place on the beach to call home. You can get a break from the sun, keep your drinks and food in the shade, have a quiet place to read, and have a place for the kids and your dog to hang out too. Beach tents make such a big difference to your time on the sand, and if you haven’t got one, it’s time to take the plunge. (Spoiler alert: They are different to normal camping tents).
At A Glance: Our Top 3 Beach Tents
There are loads of different beach tents on the market, and picking the right one isn’t so easy. There are pop up tents, brolly tents, shade shelters, gazebos, and more to choose from. In this article, we review a range of the best beach tents around, doing the hard work so you don’t have to.
Best For The Family
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Best On A Budget
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The Pacific Breeze Beach Tent Deluxe is an ideal size of the family. It’s perfect for some family fun beach time.
This beach tent can easily fit three or four people in it with extra space for your beach gear. It’s well made from polyester with a fiberglass frame. Together these create a solid structure the gives great shade, wind, and rain protection. The floor is water-resistant too, so you can pitch on wet sand without any worries.
When packed up, the Pacific Breeze beach tent will easily fit in the trunk of your car and it’s pretty light considering the size. It’s also easy to set up thanks to their hub system, plus it comes with 5 sand pockets so you can secure it well on windy days.
Inside the tent, you’ll find a bunch of pockets for storing your beach gear and valuables. There are also mesh windows to give you some extra ventilation and keep you cool on hot days.
The only negatives are that it’s pretty hard to set up alone, so make sure you have a buddy. And, some people have found the tent wears out quite fast.
The Sport-Brella Beach Tent isn’t quite a beach tent, but a mix of a tent and a beach umbrella. This makes it super portable and suitable for any weather.
When open it gives you an 8ft diameter of shade and shelter from the elements. And you can open the side extensions for extra wind and sand protection.
It’s made from 210D polyester, which is super durable is excellent at blocking out the sun. The frame is made from steel, ensuring the structure doesn’t fail when it gets hit by some big winds.
Thanks to the unique design, it’s super portable with slim-packed dimensions. It comes with its own carry bag, but while being slim, it’s pretty heavy and the strap does dig in a bit.
One of the best things about this tent/brella is how easy it is to set up. Just open it like an umbrella, adjust the length to suit, and add the stakes and anchor to ensure it stays put.
Overall an awesome portable beach tent. The only negatives are that some beaches don’t allow them, and that sand can blow in under the flaps.
The Pacific Breeze Beach Tent is a smaller version of the deluxe we already mentioned. It’s made for 2 adults to sit comfortably or a bunch of kids. It’s so easy to set up, gives great weather and sun protection, and has all the similar benefits of the deluxe.
It’s made from breathable polyester that blocks all those UCV rays we want to avoid. It’s also pretty good at keeping the rain out. The frame is made from fiberglass that makes this a great lightweight beach tent. The poles can snap after a lot of use but this is rare.
At 4.5lbs, this is one of the lightest tents in the review. It packs down small and easily, so you’ll be able to carry it on day hikes to remote beaches too.
Inside this beach shelter you have some great storage options, flaps for ventilation to keep you cool, and sand pockets to ensure the wind doesn’t take it away.
Overall one of the best beach tents for a couple or to be used as a dedicated kids tent.
The Coleman Beach Shade Shelter is one of the most practical and affordable tents in the review. It’s easy to set up, portable and has some extra features that most tents haven’t thought about yet.
The tent is pretty spacious inside, you can easily lie down and sit up in the tent without feeling cramped. It’s made from high-quality polyester and fiberglass poles that provide a solid structure, sun protection, and rain protection.
Setting it up is a piece of cake. It just pops up and then all you have left to do is stake it down. Make sure you do stake it well as the wind has a tendency to carry the Coleman away. Some sandbags might be a good idea.
In terms of getting it from A to B, you’ll find it’s ok in weight at 6.3lbs and the dimensions are quite small too. This Coleman beach tent does come with a wheeled carry bag to make it much easier too.
The best thing about this beach tent is the extras. You can zip up the floor to close the tent so you can change in private. There are some good storage pockets, and it comes with the drying line for wet clothes, why don’t all beach tents have one of those?
The Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader uses some smart designs to give you some extra functionality at the beach. It’s big enough to fit two beach chairs inside it and the floor sheet zips up to give you some privacy for changing.
The beach canopy tent is made from 185T polyester making it super durable, and awesome at handling hot, windy, or rainy weather. The frame is made from thick fiberglass and isn’t going to snap on you no matter how windy it is.
Setting up the beach tent is pretty easy. It uses the Easy-Up system which involves lifting the tent and pulling the cords to lock it in place. There are instructions in the bag to help you on your first attempt. For durability, it’s quite light at 5lbs and comfortable to carry around.
The best things about this beach tent are; the big windows that create a lot of airflows to keep you cool on hot days. The storage pockets and the fact you can close it for privacy.
The only annoying bit of this beach canopy tent is that it’s a bit tricky to get back into the carry case.
The Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader Deluxe is a larger model of the beach tent above. This sun shelter is very spacious inside and ideal for the family. There will be enough space for you and the kids without any worry.
It’s made from quality 185T polyester that is good at giving shade and protecting you from harsh wind or rain. The frame is thick fiberglass and provides a solid structure that isn’t going to break in heavy winds.
Despite being large and spacious, it’s pretty light and packs down quite small. the carry case makes it easy to carry down to the beach. The setup is also pretty easy, all you have to do is lift up the beach tent, pull the cords, and secure them. It takes 2 minutes once you get the hang of it.
There are three windows that you can open for ventilation and you can close up the front for some privacy too. The only negative is that it can still get a bit hot in there.
The ZOMAKE Pop Up Beach Tent is one of the best in terms of ventilation, making it ideal for those really hot days. It also sets up in seconds, which is pretty amazing.
This beach tent is made from tough polyester and fiberglass poles. It’s durable and great at getting you out of the wind and providing sun shelter. Once opened it’s really spacious, and you can comfortably sit 3 adults inside it.
Setting it up is so easy, just take it out of the bag and it pops up automatically. They just stake it down. Packing it away is a bit more tricky, but once you get the hang of folding it the right way, it’ll take you about a minute.
This sun shelter is excellent in terms of portability too. It folds up into a 31.5-inch diameter circle that weighs just 5 lbs. You’ll be able to take this pop up tent anywhere.
There are 4 doors to give you the best ventilation possible and you can close all of them to get some privacy. This pop up tent can also be used as a normal camping tent which is super useful too.
The WolfWise Easy Pop Up Beach Tent is an ideal beach shade giver for kids, dogs, or a couple. It’s a little small for the family but does a great job and keeping you cool and shaded from the sun.
Made from strong polyester and fiberglass, the tent is durable while being pretty spacious. It will fit three adults comfortably and you’ll stay cool as the back end of the tent opens up to create a funnel shape. Ideal for ventilation.
The tent is quick to set up, just open it and it pops up by itself in seconds. It couldn’t be faster and all you have to do is stake it down. Putting it away is a little harder but once you learn how to fold it properly, it takes less than a few minutes.
The tent is pretty light at 4.2lbs and when packed away is just 29.5 x 29.5 x 1.6 inches. It’ll slot into the trunk of your car and is easy to carry like a backpack to where ever you want to put it up.
The only negative is that the wind loves to catch this pop up beach tent, so be sure to weigh it down properly.
The material a beach tent is made of will define how well it deals with the weather and how long it lasts. Quality materials are the way to go but you don’t want them to make the tent hot or heavy.
The shell of all the beach tents in the review is made from polyester. Polyester is an awesome fabric in terms of durability and ists great for blocking out the sun, wind, and rain too. It’s also pretty light and breathable.
The frame of all the beach tents in the review is made from fiberglass or steel. Fiberglass is light but durable and it flexes a lot before it breaks, and thus deals with the wind well. Steel is the strongest of them all but it is heavy. If you live in a very windy area, steel is probably the way to go.
The size and space of your chosen beach tent directly reflect how much you’ll enjoy using it. Bigger is better, having more room is never a problem, whereas having too little is infuriating.
All the tents in the review have enough room for two adults, some 3 or 4. There are also two family tents in the review that are large enough for you, the kids and the dog.
It’s not just floor space you want to think about, but also height. You’ll want to be able to sit inside without bending your head over to have ultimate comfort.
Usually, it’s a bit of a walk to get to your spot on the beach and the last thing you want is to lug a heavy tent to it. It’s much better to have a light tent and that is easy to carry around. This will allow you to get to your ideal spot, even if it’s a 30-minute walk away.
All the beach tents in the review are pretty portable and weigh from 4-9lbs, a manageable weight for anyone to carry to their favorite spot. They all come in handy carry cases too.
When you finally get to your spot on the beach, the last thing you want is to waste time sweating and setting up your beach tent. Pop-up tents are the easiest to set up as they do it on their own in seconds but they are a little tricky to put away.
All the best beach tents on the review are quick and easy to put up, especially after some practice.
The best beach tent if you’re on a budget is the Coleman Beach Shade Shelter. This is a spacious, light, and easy-to-set-up tent with some awesome extra features. It’s the most affordable in the review and maybe the most practical. You can zip it up to change in, and it comes with a drying line for wet clothes.
The all-around best beach tent is the Pacific Breeze Beach Tent. This beach tent has a great design, is the perfect size for two adults, and it’s great in all weather, even the wind. It’s a piece of cake to set up, light, and portable too.
The best beach tent for the family is the Pacific Breeze Beach Tent Deluxe. Similar to the beach tent above, it’s a bit more expensive but extremely spacious. It’s made from quality materials and handles the weather well, including the wind. It’s also surprisingly light and portable consider the large size.