When you’re out on the beach, only two things truly matter. Satisfaction. Safety.

How much you have fun, and how much you can have fun without harm.

There are more hazards out there on the beach than just the waters. Yet one of them is often simply ignored as a mere inconvenience.

As great as it is to play out in the open, sometimes you really must get out of the hot sun. Heatstroke and sunburns aren’t supposed to be the price you have to pay for summer. Those most sensitive to these hot sunny days should be allowed to enjoy themselves at their own pace. It’s simple to avoid the holiday inevitability of red, painful, peeling skin and crying children.

Sometimes you just need to get some time in a place all to yourself even when surrounded by so many strangers. Almost all the time you need a place to sit down and come together to eat.

Always pitch a beach tent nearby so people can rest easy in between bouts of fun.

The best beach tent combines protection from harmful rays with an open design that doesn’t block the cool seaborne breeze while giving you all the privacy you need on the sands. Vastly superior to an ungainly beach umbrella on a pole and compared with regular tents made for sleeping and camping, beach tents should be even more effortless to set up and takedown. And of course, different types of beach tents exist to suit different needs.

Here is a selection of the best beach tents we’ve found for you.

Our Reviews of the 10 Best Beach Tents

Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent

A spacious, practical beach tent that’s a breeze to set up. This tent has a specially designed hub system that allows you to emplace the full-sized tent with just one easy pull until you hear it click into place much like a reverse umbrella. Its unique Easy-Up Hub then envelops a light and airy polyester tent with integrated mesh pockets for your belongings and comes with stakes and sandbags for stability.
• Dimensions: 49” x 87” x 47”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue
• Extras: Carrying case, sand pockets, stakes

Pros
  • Sturdy frame that holds tent shape well
  • Spacious dome design
  • Stable footing with five large sandbag attachments
Cons
  • Takes a bit more time to set up than pop-up tents
  • No front flap that serves as an extra groundsheet

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Coleman Beach Shade Shelter

This Coleman instant beach canopy has more emphasis on the front, with an extended front canvas floor that can zip up for privacy and an extended pop-up sunshade. It comes with a large back wall storage pocket and even a dry line on the front awning for hanging wet clothing.
• Dimensions: 91” x 54” x 58”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue/Lime, Blue/White, Lime, Pink, Yellow
• Extras: Ground stakes, guy lines

Pros
  • Excellent canopy shade provided
  • Substantial front mat
  • Good stowage
Cons
  • Slightly slower to set up
  • Could be more weighed down against the wind

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Oileus X-Large 4 Person Beach Tent Sun Shelter

This large family beach tent features an automatic spring-lock hub system that makes it easy and sturdy to set up. It comes with two large mesh windows to let in cool air while protecting from the sun (with roll-down shades for privacy inside) and heavier quality waterproof tent material. This broad six-sided beach tent can fit two adults and two children inside. Each side is further secured by two sandbag pouches to keep the tent in place and eight steel stakes. It also has an awning overhand for even more shade provided.
• Dimensions: 95” x 45” x 45”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Orange
• Extras: Carrying bag, sand pockets, guylines, a storage pouch

Pros
  • Expansive internal volume
  • Wide front mat
  • Thick flooring material
  • Larger than what its on-paper dimensions imply
Cons
  • Minimal pair of pockets for stowing items

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ZOMAKE Pop Up Tent 3 4 Person

This very spacious two-door tent is suitable not just for the beach but also for general camping and sun shelter. Its unique tubular design also effectively sets itself up with a pre-tensioned rib frame – just open it up and watch it snap out into full size. This seven-foot wide tent compacts into a 31-inch disc when you need to put it away. Made of thick, moisture-proof material, it is also mosquito-proof and can contain three adult sleeping bags.
• Dimensions: 95” x 71” x 39”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue, Light Blue, Green
• Extras: Carrying bag

Pros
  • Convenient two-door setup
  • Looks like it would make for a good playpen as well
  • All-around views with top mesh window
  • Quick pop-up setup
Cons
  • Voluminous horizontally, but cramped vertically
  • Needs to be secured further with tent wires and stakes
  • Packed dimensions still fairly large to carry or store

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Outdoorsman Lab Sand Free

This simple no-assembly needed tent lacks frills but makes up for it in size and comfort. It has an extra-long front mat for lounging on the beach away from the gritty sand or as a spread for a beach picnic. Three sandbag pockets and six pegs keep it secure against the wind. No need to say any more – if you need portable beach shelter, that’s what you get – quick and easy, nothing fancy to get in the way.
• Dimensions: 71” x 60” x 60”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue
• Extras: Carrying case, sandbags, pegs

Pros
  • Instant tent setup
  • Extra-long front mat
  • Compact carrying packed form
  • Six pegs to secure on the ground w large sandbags
Cons
  • Less internal volume
  • Lacks wall pockets for belongings

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KEUMER Venustas Large Pop Up Beach Tent

This geometrically giant beach tent is all about giving you the maximum indoor surface area for the price. It is an automatic popup tent with a rigid four-sided dome structure with an impressively wide base. It is also very airy though it lacks features like front awnings, it does have mesh pockets for belongings and sandbags for wind resistance. Its simplistic design draws attention to the indoor space that can comfortably fit four to five persons and asks only whatever you might decide to do with it.
• Dimensions: 63” x 83” x 51”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue
• Extras: Carrying bag, sandbags, stakes

Pros
  • Quick spring-tensioned popup setup
  • Large and cool w four-sided mesh ventilation
  • Expansive front mat extension
  • Four-layer fabric
Cons
  • Not as easy to fold and repack

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WolfWise UPF 50+ Easy Pop Up Beach Tent

This pyramid-style quick shelter tent is extremely easy to set up with innovative tight-grip string to keep it close and pour out sand easily when it’s time to pack up. The strings also attach to ground stakes for even more stability. With a two-door flap design and mesh side windows, it offers 360-degrees visibility and ventilation, but also high privacy when required. Its struts are made from high-strength galvanized steel, which lends it much greater durability and resistance to mishandling that plastic or carbon fiber rods that may shatter like if someone were to accidentally slip and fall on the tent or something.
Dimensions: 79” x 51” x 55”

• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue Large, Pink Medium
• Extras: Carrying bag, handle, ground pegs

Pros:
• Simple and secure to set up
• Sturdy construction
• Front and back flaps to keep things off the sand
• Tall canopy good to use as a portable changing room
Cons:
• Tent pegs are plastic

Pros
  • Simple and secure to set up
  • Sturdy construction
  • Front and back flaps to keep things off the sand
  • Tall canopy good to use as a portable changing room
Cons
  • Tent pegs are plastic

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Gorich 2019 New Beach Tent, UV Sun Shelter

Another large pyramid dome tent, yet it rolls down into a package only 17” long and 4” in diameter with a carrying bag that can fit in any baggage compartment, unlike the inconvenient disc-shapes of instant pop up tents. It has impressive ventilation with large insect-and-sun-proof windows and a broad front flap that can zip up in inclement weather or for privacy when changing.
• Dimensions: 82” x 55” x 47”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue
• Extras: Carrying bag, sandbags

Pros
  • Very compact when packed
  • Sturdy frame
  • Waterproof
Cons
  • Not instant to set up

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Alvantor Beach Tent Coolhut Plus Beach Umbrella

The lightest, roomiest pop-up tent in the market. It is an open-air half tent design with a short front flap, meant mainly for fair-weather shade and to shield against the wind, not night camping. It does include 3 larger-than-usual sand pockets and 4 extra sandbags, purportedly secured up to 25 mph winds.
• Dimensions: 70” x 53” x 48”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Teal, Teal Plus
• Extras: Carry bag, sandbags

Pros
  • Roomy and light for its size
  • Wind resistant
  • No assembly required
Cons
  • Stubby front flap
  • Lacks features like awnings, inside pockets
  • Can’t zip up shut to seal occupants inside for privacy

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iCorer Automatic Pop Up Instant Portable

A light but strong cabana popup tent, its supporting rib structure unfolds into two teardrop shapes on either side. It has a limited front flap to lay on the ground, but a substantial back mesh window for ventilation. It is large enough as a private tent/shade area for adults and children.
• Dimensions: 65” x 59” x 43”
• Floor: Attached
• UPF: 50+
• Colors: Blue, Light Blue, Green
• Extras: Carry bag, pegs

Pros
  • Reinforced structure
  • Instant setup
  • Made of silver-coated fabric for more anti-UV

Cons
  • Limited front flap
  • Doesn’t zip shut
  • Not all that big

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