The 13 Best Beach Tents of 2022, According to Reviews

When you’re preparing your beach bag, full-protection sunscreen, sunglasses and flip-flops are probably at the top of your packing list, but you should also consider investing in an umbrella or beach tent for a respite from the blazing sun.

As heat waves continue to bring record-breaking temperatures to places across the world every year, including in some U.S. beach destinations, it’s essential to protect yourself and your family against the harmful effects of the sun – and to have a place where you can take a break and cool off in the shade. Beach tents can help you do just that.

U.S. News editors researched dozens of review sites, including Amazon, online retailers, travel industry review sites and more, to come up with this selection of the best beach tents.

Note: All photos below are courtesy of Amazon.

Best Beach Tents of 2022

Most of the tents on this list feature lightweight fabrics with easy-to-assemble construction (think pop-up mechanisms), mesh windows for ventilation (unless they’re an open-air canopy) and fabric with a certain ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). Some kid-friendly options even offer nifty features like splash pools. Choose a beach tent that’s lightweight, easy to carry, and hassle-free when you set it up and take it down; that way, you’ll be more likely to make it a part of your beach routine.

If you’re ready for fun in the sun, these 13 top beach tents offer an attractive, affordable and safe way to have “made in the shade” beach days this summer.

(Note: Prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication; they may fluctuate due to supply chain issues.)

Tents that offer full shade and protection from the sun’s harmful rays are especially important for little ones – particularly babies younger than 6 months of age. Jane Yoo, M.D., a dermatologist and Mohs surgeon practicing in New York City who is also a spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation, calls beach tents “a good choice for keeping babies and small children safe from the sun.” Per The Skin Cancer Foundation’s recommendation, you can start using sunscreen to protect your children when they’re at least 6 months old. “Prior to that,” Yoo says, “infants should be kept out of direct sunlight.” To keep little ones as protected as possible, a baby beach tent is a must-have item when you’re headed to the beach with kids in tow.

Monobeach Baby Beach Tent

This lightweight, portable pop-up tent gets a big thumbs up from parents for being easy to use and packable: It comes with a carry bag and weighs in at just 1.65 pounds. This UPF 50+ tent from Monobeach offers UV protection and has a built-in mini pool inside so toddlers can splash, play and keep cool without braving the sea – or the sun. There’s also a rear air vent and tie-up flap to allow ocean breezes to blow through. The open dimensions of the tent are 47.2 inches long, 30.3 inches wide and 23.6 inches tall; the carrying case is 21 inches long. Four pegs are included to secure this baby beach tent on your family’s seaside outing. The manufacturer recommends use of this tent for children 12 months to 3 years of age. Parents appreciate that this collapsible tent keeps young kids sheltered and can fit in a suitcase, though some caution that it can take a little patience to fold it back up properly.

[Monobeach Baby Beach Tent: $39.99 or less. View deal.]

Sunba Youth Beach Tent

Sunba’s portable baby beach tent provides UV protection with its unique UPF 50+ silver-coated fabric. No assembly is required, and the automatic pop-up design will have your little ones enjoying beach time fun in just seconds. The spacious tent – measuring 65 x 59 x 43.5 inches – is made from breathable polyester that’s wind-resistant and durable, as well as a metal frame. Two sandbags and eight metal ground stakes secure the tent on windy days. Inside you’ll find a mesh window to enjoy the breeze. Reviewers say the tent is roomy enough to fit up to three little ones – or to shelter an adult, baby and beach gear. The total weight is a little more than 2 pounds, and the tent folds into a neat, round 19-inch package in its carrying bag.

[Sunba Youth Beach Tent: $39.99 or less. View deal.]

Babymoov Anti-UV Marine Tent

For a chic, nautical-themed baby beach tent, Babymoov’s pop-up version shields from the sun with UPF 50+ fabric, protecting against up to 99% of harmful UV rays. The tent also blocks out wind and sand; it even features a mesh mosquito net that zips closed, two rear windows for ventilation and a water-repellent floor. The quick-to-assemble canopy – at 39 x 39 x 31.5 inches – will accommodate up to two children. Weighing 1.7 pounds and measuring 23.6 inches when folded, this lightweight and portable tent is perfect for those on the go; you’ll look stylish carrying the bag over your shoulder to the beach. For windy days, three pegs are included for added stability. Parents like the size of the tent, the protection it offers and the easy setup, but they recommend watching the YouTube video before trying to pack the tent back in its bag as it can be a bit tricky.

[Babymoov Anti-UV Marine Tent: $59.99 or less. View deal.]

WolfWise Aquabreeze A10 Beach Tent

This Amazon favorite scores high with reviewers for ease of use and sturdiness – and it’s a hit with the kids. Weighing in at just under 4 pounds, the medium-sized WolfWise pop-up tent will fit two to three people – including two parents and their little one – with an interior space of 59.06 x 59.06 x 49.21 inches. The innovative design and tightening string allow you to fill the sandbags quickly to secure the tent – and four wind ropes add even more stability. The UPF 50+ eco-friendly polyester fabric is water-repellent and silver-coated. Best of all, the tent offers 360-degree ventilation with two large mesh windows and privacy for feeding time or diaper changes with a large, fully zippered rear and front door. When you’re not at the beach, kids can use the tent for sleepovers, backyard parties or as a playhouse indoors.

[WolfWise Aquabreeze A10 Beach Tent: $39.99 or less for medium. View deal.]

Pop-up beach tents offer a quick and easy solution for providing shelter from the sun and protection from the wind. With these simple-to-use tents – just like with the pint-sized baby versions – there are no poles like traditional tents. Instead, they pop open and are ready for use within seconds. While everyone else is busy reading the instructions for their beach tents, and sorting through where to place the poles in the holes in the fabric, you’ll be set up in no time and ready to enjoy your day frolicking in the surf and sand – with shade from the sun, of course.

Pacific Breeze Deluxe XL Tent

As a three- to four-person beach shelter, Pacific Breeze’s Deluxe XL Tent garners high ratings from users for its quick and easy setup and breakdown, generous size, and overall design. The 6-pound tent extends to 95 x 51 x 52 inches when open and folds down into its 38-inch-long carrying case when you’re finished using it. This pop-up beach tent features UPF 50+ sun protection and shelter from the rain and wind. Its breathable polyester fabric is water-repellent, the floor is water-resistant, and the lightweight fiberglass frame is durable to allow for many uses at the beach. Built-in pockets and hooks are an added feature for safekeeping personal items. You’ll also find three large windows for cross-ventilation, five sand pockets for additional stability and four stakes. You can choose to purchase the Deluxe XL Tent with or without an extended floor.

[Pacific Breeze Deluxe XL Tent: $104.99 or less with extended floor. View deal.]

WhiteFang Deluxe XL Pop-Up Beach Tent

Another highly rated pop-up option that accommodates up to two adults and two children is WhiteFang’s Deluxe XL Pop-Up Beach Tent. This sunshade shelter measures 99 x 55 x 55 inches and has an extendable outdoor floor for extra space. The tent offers a quick popping mechanism for easy setup; it’s constructed out of premium sun-proof polyester along with an embedded silver-coated material for UPF 50+ UV protection. Additional features include five attached sandbags, a dozen steel and plastic stakes, tie-down strings to secure the tent and a carrying bag. There are also three roll-up windows for airflow. If you need privacy, not to worry – the floor doubles as a door that you can seal closed with Velcro straps. Reviewers enjoy the tent’s features, including how easy it is to set up and use; they also comment that the company’s customer service is excellent. This tent comes in several colors such as melon or mint green.

[WhiteFang Deluxe XL Pop-Up Beach Tent: $89.99 or less. View deal.]

iCorer Pop Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter

For a smaller and more compact option, iCorer’s pop-up beach tent takes just seconds to open; when you’re ready to pack up for the day, it takes only a few seconds more to fold it back into the carrying case. Weighing in at around 2 pounds, the tent extends to 65 x 59 x 43.5 inches when set up and features silver-coated fabric offering UPF 50+ protection from the sun. There are also built-in sand pockets, metal stakes for stabilization, an extended floor and a large mesh window to enjoy those breezy days at the beach. With the carrying bag’s shoulder strap, this sun shelter is also easy to pack for a day in the park or on a trip where you might need extra shade. Buyers say the pop-up beach tent is a perfect size and appreciate that it’s lightweight and easy to use. This budget-friendly option comes in green or blue.

[iCorer Pop Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter: $33.99 or less. View deal.]

Beach canopy tents are an excellent option for cover from the sun when you have a large family or are hosting a beach party. With their open and tall design, they can accommodate chairs and tables – and they’re especially handy when you need to keep a generous spread of food and beverages covered. Since they are open on all sides, you can even put a few together if you have a large crowd, allowing everyone an opportunity to kick back and relax in the shade.

Neso Grande Beach Tent

The Neso Grande beach canopy tent is 7 feet tall and covers a roomy 9-by-9-foot space in the sand. The canopy comes in a selection of colors and prints perfect for fun get-togethers at the beach. The lightweight material is a nylon/Lycra blend offering UPF 50+ UV protection – and it’s water-repellent. Other features include rust-proof aluminum poles, corner anchor bags to secure the tent, a cooler pocket and a shoulder carrying bag. The total weight of this canopy tent is 6.5 pounds. Beachgoers say it’s a perfect size, able to accommodate two adults, two teenagers and beach chairs, for example; users also comment that this tent holds up well when adequately weighted down.

[Neso Grande Beach Tent: $139.99 or less. View deal.]

Sun Ninja Tent

A favorite of reviewers for its ease of use and stability in the wind, Sun Ninja’s water-resistant beach canopy comes in two different sizes and four coastal-inspired colors, offering UPF 50+ sun protection. Accommodate four people with the 7 x 7.5-foot tent or eight people with the 10 x 10-foot option. All Sun Ninja beach canopy tents come with lightweight tent poles, bungee cord ties, metal pegs and a plastic shovel to fill the sandbags. Other accessories include a carrying case with a shoulder strap: The total tent weight ranges from 7.2 to 7.4 pounds. These versatile tents are ideal for lounging seaside, camping and fishing trips, picnics or even tailgating at sports events.

[Sun Ninja Tent: $159.95 or less for eight-person tent. View deal.]

CoolCabana 5

For sun protection with a St. Tropez vibe, this nautical striped cabana keeps you covered in style. CoolCabanas offers two sizes of tents: The medium size is 6.7 x 6.7 feet, while the large extends 8 x 8 feet. Both canopies provide UPF 50+ protection, quick and easy assembly, and an attractive shoulder carrying bag. If you prefer a different pattern – or want pink and white stripes over traditional blue and white – there are other prints and colors to choose from. Don’t worry about the ocean breezes whisking you and your cabana away, as the sand pockets will add 35 pounds to keep your cabana safe and secure for the day. The weight is a little more than other canopy tents, coming in at 11 pounds for the medium tent and 12.5 pounds for the larger version. Beachgoers rave about the sturdiness of this beach tent and say it’s easy enough for one person to assemble – and that they wish they’d purchased one sooner.

Often more ventilated than an enclosed beach tent and intended for less people than a large canopy tent, a beach umbrella is a popular option for creating some shade at the beach. Umbrella-style beach tents vary widely in design, usually offering more sun protection than a traditional upright umbrella while still being sturdy and breathable. A search for “umbrella tents” will yield everything from semi-upright beach umbrellas to versions resembling pop-up tents with an umbrella-shaped cover shade, so you’ll have plenty of options to select from, depending on what you’re seeking. Here are three top-rated umbrella-style tents – each with a slightly different design.

Sport-Brella Premiere XL

Sport-Brella’s popular sun shade features a 9-foot umbrella canopy with UPF 50+ protection that can lay on its side, making for a sturdy beach shelter for two people and chairs amid the elements. This beach umbrella tent has zippered windows for ventilation and internal pockets for storage. You can also set it up as a traditional umbrella, fitting around four people and chairs underneath. The Sport-Brella Premiere XL’s heavy-duty 1.25-inch-diameter center pole ends with an auger bit, and stakes will also help secure it in the sand. When the tent is packed in its carrying case, the total weight is 9 pounds. The generous size makes this umbrella ideal for other outdoor activities like camping, sporting events or festivals. Reviewers recommend getting extra stakes or support to hold the umbrella down, especially on windy days. Sport-Brella offers several other versions and smaller sizes, as well as multiple color choices.

[Sport-Brella Premiere XL: $74.99 or less. View deal.]

ONIVA Brolly Beach Umbrella Tent

This lightweight umbrella – at just 3 pounds – is a favorite for reviewers because of how easy its setup is. The pop-up design of this umbrella-shaped shelter makes assembly simple with a flexible fiberglass frame, and the polyester shell is moisture-resistant. When open, the umbrella is 70.8 x 35.4 x 42.3 inches. Additional features include generous interior pockets for storage, tie-down stakes to anchor the tent and a carrying case with a shoulder strap. Note that the fabric of this beach umbrella tent does not offer UPF sun protection, so you’ll want to be sure to use extra sunscreen – and reapply it often. This tent comes in three color and pattern options: one striped and two solid colors.

[ONIVA Brolly Beach Umbrella Tent: $91.95 or less. View deal.]

Alvanator Tech Coolhut Beach Tent

Resembling a pop-up tent more than a standard umbrella shape but able to serve as both, Alvanator’s portable sun shelter offers UPF 50+ protection, a lightweight polyester material with mesh for ventilation and rustproof flexible fiberglass construction. Other features include water-resistant fabric on the walls and floor, three sand pockets, four extra sandbags, four stakes and a carrying case. The tent opens to 79 x 53 x 47 inches with enough space to accommodate around two to three people. Reviewers appreciate the light weight (just 2.4 pounds), roomy design and how easy it is to set up. The company says that the tent can withstand winds up to 25 mph when secured in place.

[Alvanator Tech Coolhut Beach Tent: $79.99 or less. View deal.]

Why a beach tent is necessary for sun protection

“A beach tent is a great way to create shade on the beach,” Dr. Yoo says. “UV rays can reach your skin by bouncing off reflective surfaces like sand or water. Tents provide better protection than structures without any walls or side draping.”

When you’re selecting a beach tent, Yoo suggests that you “check to see if the material is made with ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) fabric. Any fabric used in a shade structure should have a UPF of 30 or higher.”

In addition to sun protection and shade, beach tents are a buffer from the wind and a sand-free place to store your belongings. You can also keep your food and beverages in a cooler space, grab lunch sans the rays, and take a siesta without getting burned.

Other sun protection essentials

Why is it so important to stay safe when you’re out in the sun? “Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world, but the good news is that it is also highly preventable,” Yoo explains. “About 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.”

Yoo adds, “No single sun protection method is foolproof, which is why The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends a multi-pronged sun protection strategy that includes covering up with clothing, hats and sunglasses, daily sunscreen application (with an SPF of at least 30) and seeking shade.”

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