It's beach season, mamas! ⛱️🌊 Hooray for sand under your toes, crashing waves, hunting for shells, and of course a juicy beach read.
Nothing ruins a good beach day like a sunburn, though. 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. 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 nine best beach tents that are lightweight, provide great shade, and, best of all, easy to set up. (We promise!)
1. Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent
With over 2,700 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.
2. Monobeach Baby Beach Tent + Pool
This baby beach tent 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.
3. iCorer Automatic Pop Up Beach Tent
This self-expanding tent is perfect for setting up a shady spot for little ones to play + 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.
4. Sport-Brella X-Large Umbrella
If you're looking 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 11 lbs., we didn't find it to be a challenge to carry.
5. Arcshell Premium Extra Large Pop Up Beach Tent
Looking for a beach tent that will fit the whole fam? It only weights 6.5 lbs., but this huge tent will provide all the shade you need for a cool day at the beach. It can handle winds up to 25 MPH and takes about 60 seconds to put up—there are even color coded indicators to help guide you.
6. Schylling 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.
7. Alvantor 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.
8. Lightspeed Outdoors Sun Shelter with Clip-Up Privacy Feature
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. It features three windows for awesome ventilation, and an overhang 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.
9. Zomake 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.
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