Nothing ruins a good beach day like a sunburn. And when you're taking little ones to the beach, you'll need to use lots of sunscreen and be extra careful to keep them protected from the sun whenever possible with a cool, shady spot to relax. Enter the pop-up beach tent.

The best baby beach tents are ones that provide plenty of space to nap and change the occasional diaper but also don't require a pack mule and engineer to transport and set up. It's also important that they're sturdy enough to stay upright against the occasional gust of wind and are made from fabric that offers UV protection.

But type "best beach tent" into Amazon and you get...19 pages of results 🤦. And don't even get us started about how complicated setup can be. (RIP beach tent of 2016 that my husband threw straight across the sand and nearly got us divorced...)

So what's a shade-seeking mama to do?

We've done the research so you don't have to and picked the best baby beach tents that are lightweight, provide great shade, and, best of all, easy to set up. (We promise!) From large family beach tents everyone can hang in to pop up beach tents just for babe, there's something for every type of crew. 

Beach Tents

Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent

Pacific Breeze


Easy Setup Beach Tent

With over 6,400 reviews on Amazon and a nearly 5-star rating, this beach tent is the best of the best. It’s the fastest & easiest option that we’ve come across to set up and take down. Its roomy interior offers fantastic UPF 50+ sun protection, and it weights only 4.5 lbs and folds down to a convenient carrying size. It even comes with a carrying case, sand pockets & stakes for extra stabilization, and a one-year warranty.

Veer Family Basecamp



Family Basecamp

Veer’s adventure-ready gear makes it not just easy, but enjoyable to bring kids along for the ride. It started with the ultimate stroller wagon which makes getting to the beach a breeze. Once you’re there? The Family Basecamp has you covered. A family-sized version of the brilliant pop-open play yard, Family Basecamp looks cool and keeps you cool–thanks to a white, sun-reflective fabric and three windows with both screen and solid panels. The portable and lightweight shelter offers 50 UPF+ sun protection along with resistance should a shower pass through. There’s plenty of space for two adults and a few kiddos along with all the gear!

Starts at $379 (with optional sand mat add on!)

Monobeach Baby Beach Tent



Baby Beach Tent

This baby beach tent isn’t just Amazon’s top choice–it also comes with its very own built-in pool. Need we say more?! It pops up automatically, making setup a breeze, and provides great sun protection for your little one with the added bonus of her very own place to cool down and splash. It comes in a 21″ transport bag and works best for children under 3 years old.

iCorer Automatic Pop Up Beach Tent



Automatic Pop Up Beach Tent

This self-expanding tent is perfect for setting up a shady spot for little ones to play and relax. It’s only 2.2 lbs and folds down easily, so it’s perfect to stash in your beach bag before you head out for the day. It folds back up quickly, as well, so you won’t have to worry about fumbling with it while you’re trying to get your family home for the day.

Sport-Brella Premiere XL



X-Large Umbrella

If you’re looking for a tent and a beach umbrella all in one, this XL option is the way to go. It features a 9-foot UPF 50+ canopy that’s supported by steel ribs and wind gust relief vents, so it’s sure to withstand gusty days on the beach. We also love the extra details like oversized storage pockets and side flaps for full sun protection. It does weigh a bit more than the beach tents on our list, but at 9 lbs., we didn’t find it to be a challenge to carry.

outdoor master beach tent



Premium Extra Large Pop Up Beach Tent

Looking for a beach tent that will fit the whole fam? It only weights 8.5 lbs., but this huge tent will provide all the shade you need for a cool day at the beach. A built-in zipper door provides privacy if need and takes about 60 seconds to put up.

schylling UV play shade



UV Play Shade

We love this extremely portable, easy set-up play tent for a cool spot for babies & toddlers to catch some shade. It fits easily into the included travel bag, and its pop up design makes setup quick & easy as well. It even comes with tie down pegs and sand pockets for those windy beach days.

alvantor beach tent



Beach Tent

The clean, simple design and extra-large mesh window make this beach tent one of our faves. (The fact that it weighs only 2.5 lbs helps, too!) We love the simple setup and take down, portable travel bag, and great sun protection.

lightspeed outdoors sun shelter



Outdoor Sun Shelter

Operated by an easy-to-use side-pull hub system, this is one of the best beach tents we’ve tried in terms of setup. (And most attractive to boot!) It features three windows for awesome ventilation and an overhanging canopy that creates a “porch” for even more shaded area. You can even clip up the front porch for privacy, making it the perfect spot for breastfeeding or your little one’s nap.



Pop Up Tent

Last but certainly not least, this four-person pop-up tent makes a great beach shelter and can even be used for camping in clear weather. It features easy setup, two doors & two windows for ventilation, and folds down to an easy-carry 31″ diameter ring weighing in at only 5 lbs.

A version of this story was published April 7, 2021. It has been updated.