July 26, 2021

7 Best Beach Tents and Buyer Guide

The First Class Travel Guide

There’s nothing quite like spending a relaxing day at the beach in a quality beach tent.  With some many beach tent options and varieties to compare, it can be overwhelming choosing the best option.  We reviewed the 7 best beach tent options and ranked our top choices based on each major product category.


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This Pacifica Breeze Easy Up tent provides plenty of room for you, your family, and your belongings.  You’re already carrying a lot to your relaxing beach day, so why not make the tent set-up easy on yourself?  The EasyUp Hub system means you’ll have this tent upright in no time, and multiple hooks and inner pockets mean you can get your belongings organized quickly as well.  Open the flaps of the 3 extra large windows to let in a sea breeze, or close them to protect from sun, wind, and rain.

  • Quick set up.
  • UPF 50+ sun protection.
  • Internal pockets and hooks for organizing belongings.


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The Coleman Instant Eaved Shelter is a great choice for a beach day with a large crowd. Fit your whole family into this generous space without feeling cramped like you might in a beach tent or under a small umbrella. The canopy provides protection from the hot sun and rain, but the open-air design allows plenty of cool sea breezes. A unique framed canopy vent allows hot air to escape through the top of the cover without allowing sun or rain to leak inside. A carry bag with wheels also makes it easy to transport and is small enough to fit inside most cars.

  • Three-minute set up.
  • Canopy vent releases trapped air.
  • Portable wheeled carrier bag.

Great for Kids

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The Shade Shack is a great option for protecting delicate skin from sun during long days at the beach or the park. The assembly is virtually non-existent since the tent simply pops open when you pull it from the storage bag. It also features sand pockets to weigh it down at the beach and stakes to hold it in place in the grass. Three full sides and a small overhang on the fourth side offers more sun protection than many other styles of beach tents.

  • Pop-up assembly.
  • Included bag for storage and easy carrying.
  • Stakes for anchoring in grass included.

Good for Shade

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The Sun Shack Pop-Up Beach Shade features easy-open technology for quick set up and tear down.  The tent pops up as soon as it’s removed from the bag and simply folds back down for quick and easy storage.  In addition to providing UV 30+ protection from the harsh sunlight, the fabric is also water repellent to keep you dry during sudden rain storms.  It also includes standard sand pockets to weigh it down on windy days, and a single mesh window with flap closure when you want more privacy or sun protection.

  • Simple pop-up and fold-down design.
  • Sun protection and water repellent.
  • Open and close flap on mesh window.


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The EasyGo Cabana is a perfect option for those who want extra sun protection at the beach without sacrificing mobility and the open-air feel you love. Unlike beach umbrellas and beach tents, you can comfortably fit multiple chairs in the cool shade of this canopy to protect your whole family’s skin. This canopy is durable and easy to anchor against the wind, but at 12 pounds it is still light enough to carry over your shoulder in the convenient travel bag. Each of the four legs also contains a pocket for storing phones, keys, and other small items you don’t want to lose in the sand. The tall, open-air design keeps you from feeling cramped and looks more elegant than many other beach shade designs.

  • 6′ roof and wide shade keep you from feeling cramped.
  • Durable and lightweight, at only 12 pounds.
  • Includes sand pockets and 4 stakes for grass or dirt set up.

Great for Families

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The Coleman Instant Sun Shelter provides a generous 100 square feet of shade to shelter you, your cooler, and your family from the sun during a long day in the outdoors. The vaulted and vented ceiling allows hot air to escape from the top to make sure you feel cool in the shade. The wheeled carrying bag and comfort grip locks mean your kids can help you transport and assemble the canopy with no fears about pinching fingers in the poles. Once it’s assembled, the sturdy steel feet will keep the canopy steady on hard surfaces like cement, or stakes can be used to anchor the canopy on a softer surface.

  • UV treated fabric ensures maximum sun protection.
  • 100 spacious square feet of shelter.
  • Sturdy legs and stakes keep canopy steady all day.


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The Sport-Brella Extra Large Umbrella offers more flexibility. Open the window flaps, top vents, and side flaps for maximum air circulation and visibility while still being protected from shade by the extra large umbrella. Or for more shelter on windy or rainy days, close the flaps to allow a beautiful sea view from one side and protection from the elements on all others.

The canopy is water repellent, treated for UPF 50+ sun protection, and made from a durable and rugged polyester for decades of all-weather durability. The compact carrying bag has room for the umbrella and the included 8 ground stakes and 3 tie-down cords, and weighs only 11 pounds total.  Set up takes only a few minutes, and you can be sure your Sport Brella is staying in place with the telescoping tip and durable steel screw.

  • Spacious nine-foot canopy.
  • Made from durable polyester and sturdy steel supports.
  • Weighs only 11 pounds and folds easily into a compact carrying bag.

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