After 16 hours of research evaluating 78 products, we picked Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent as our top choice.
Whether you live in a tropical climate that feels like summer year-round, or an area of the country where summer only lasts a few months a year, you likely have a favorite local beach that you consider your own little piece of paradise (when it's warm enough to enjoy it, that is).
In order to maximize relaxation on those beach days (which never seem to happen frequently enough, might we had), you'll need to make sure you have all the right beach gear to keep you and your family comfortable, safe, and happy—starting with the best beach tent.
You may be wondering...
Why do you need a beach tent? Well, first and foremost, safety. Even if you go for a tent that does not include fabric with UPF protection, it will still protect you from the sun's rays and provide shade when needed. On top of that, a beach tent will keep you cool, provide extra storage, and even give you a little privacy if and when you've had enough sun and you're ready for a nap.
What's the bottom line?
We spent nearly 16 hours researching products, reading reviews, and even trying out a few beach tents ourselves (twist our arm, why don't ya) to carefully curate a comprehensive list of the best beach tents on the market.
Can't you just taste that umbrella drink now?
Aside from the fact that this beach tent will keep baby safely out of the sun's rays, we love that the Youth Pop up Portable Shade by Sunba features a paddling pool that allows your child to splash around and keep cool while remaining a safe distance from the water.
Very small and light-weight, so keep close tabs on it if baby isn’t inside to weight it down.
Much smaller than your typical beach tent (obviously), which makes it very easy to pop up and fold back up after use. The tent pops up automatically and can be easily folded and stored after use.
Also, we think the addition of the mini pool built into the bottom of the beach tent is genius! Dig a small hole and add some water to let baby splash around while a safe distance from the water.
Of course, there's the mini pool feature (which we can't get enough of), but this baby beach tent also features a silver coated fabric that provides 50+ UPF protection and shielding baby from the sun's harmful rays.
The tent also features a detachable sun shade, 2 side pockets, and 1 zipper window. The tent can double as an indoor play tent for babies, and it comes with an easy carrying bag plus 4 pegs to secure the tent outdoors.
Super light at 1.8 pounds, and pups up to 47.5" L x 31.5" D x 27.5" H. Folded up, the carrying bag for this baby beach tent is about 21" L.
Do be aware that some reviewers indicated that the tent was smaller than expected based on the pictures advertised, so likely better for the 0-1 age group than the 2-3.
Priced at under $30, this tent is a steal. Plus, the company is known for excellent customer service if for some reason you are not fully satisfied with your purchase.
Most of the products on our list claim to be a quick and easy set up, but the Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter by Lightspeed truly delivers on that promise. On top of that, this beach tent is extremely light-weight, yet still durable enough to handle both kids and pets.
To be honest, negative reviews of this product were very hard to come by. However, while this tent can withstand some light rain, it is not as waterproof as some of the other products on our list.
Easy up and down compression hub system makes setup and take down a breeze, plus this tent excels in durability making it a great option for those with kids and pets and strong enough to withstand very windy conditions.
Like most of the beach tents on our list, this cabana provides maximum UPF 50+ sun protection. It also features 3 mesh windows with shades for maximum ventilation or privacy; durable polyethylene floor built to withstand both dogs and children; thick 8.5mm fiberglass poles for added stability; and umbrella rated 450mm polyurethane coating for wet conditions.
The cabana is also easy to pack in the included oversize carrying bag, and comes with sand pockets, 8 heavy duty plastic stakes, and guylines for safe and easy set up.
Weighing at 6.1 pounds and comfortably fitting 2 adults, plus children and pets, the Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana offers 8' W x 4.5' D x 4' H, with 4' of porch space and packs down to 40" x 5" x 5" for easy carrying and storage.
If you're looking for a tad bit more height clearance, the Lightspeed Outdoors Sun Shelter might be a better option. It's about 6" taller and about .5" deeper than the Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana, but you will also loose about a foot of porch space and it's also almost a pound heavier (plus it's more expensive).
This tent is currently priced at just over $71, which is not the most inexpensive option on our list. However, if you're in need of a durable beach tent that can withstand strong winds, you will find this tent is worth every penny.
If you're looking for a basic pop-up shade tent, without all the bells and whistles, then look no further than the SEMOO Family Tent for Camping. It's light-weight, easy to set up, and is perfect for keeping you out of the sun. Oh, and did we mention you can snag this tent for under $20? Definitely a product worth trying.
Not waterproof, no UPF protection, and lack of windows limits airflow; however, for shorter trips to the beach this shade tent will absolutely serve its purpose.
The SEMOO freestanding portable sun shelter provides sun protection and is perfect for the beach or park. While not automatic like a number of other beach tents on our list, set up and tear down is still relatively simple and can be done solo. Just lay the tent flat, extend the poles through the corresponding sleeves, prop the tent up and insert the poles into the fasteners, and stake the fasteners to the ground - simple, yet effective.
This is a no-frills beach tent that is simple and effective in terms of functionality. The shock-corded fiberglass pole frame and 4 steel stakes offer added stability, and it also includes 2 convenient interior storage pockets plus a carrying bag for easy transport and storage.
The exterior of the tent is made of polyester polyamide, with a waterproof polyethylene floor and durable fiberglass poles. That being said, the exterior of the tent is not waterproof and does not provide UPF protection.
The tent is very light and easy to carry (under 2.5 pounds) and features dimensions of 47.2'' L x 78.7'' W x 47.2'' H - which is preferable for solo use but can fit 2 adults if necessary.
At under $20 this is undoubtedly the least expensive tent on our list. Many reviewers indicate it is actually much better quality than expected based on the cost, so this beach tent is definitely worth a try if you can live without the extra bells and whistles.
Our list of the best beach tents obviously would not be complete without a product from Coleman - the pioneer of recreation. As you would expect with the Coleman brand, this tent is spacious and durable, built to hold up through both wind and rain. And, while many of the other products on our list are slated to last up to 2, maybe 3, beach seasons, you can trust that your Coleman will last you well beyond that.
This beach tent is a bit heavier than the other options on our list, so not a bad choice for local trips to the beach but maybe not the best option to pack in a suitcase if you're traveling. Also, not an instant setup tent like some of the other products on our list.
The set-up of this tent is not as simple as some of the others on our list, and is definitely not a one-person job, but it can still be done in under 5 minutes. However, once this tent is set up it will be able to withstand both wind and rain better than just about any tent on our list.
The Beach Shade by Coleman provides 50+ UPF sun protection and features an extended front floor zips for privacy, back window unzips for ventilation, integrated storage pockets and a dry line to hang wet clothing, and comes with ground stakes and pre-attached guy lines to properly secure your shade. Plus, it comes with convenient carrying bag for transport.
This beach tent measures 7' 6" by 4' 5", 4' 9" center height. The Coleman Beach Shade is one of the larger beach tents on our list, as it can fit up to 4 adults (3 adults, plus chairs) comfortably. The only downside is that it weighs a bit more than your average beach tent at just under 7 pounds, but for local trips to the beach it shouldn't be too burdensome to tote with you.
This priced is regularly priced at just under $60, but you should be able to find it on sale for closer to $40. And, in our opinion, that makes this tent one of the best values on our list, considering the size, durability, and features included with this tent.
The XL Sun Shelter by Easthills is perfect for any family trip to the beach, comfortably accommodating up to 4 adults with an extended porch that offers even more space for you and your belongings.
Some reviewers indicate this beach tent is more difficult to assemble (and disassemble) than advertised.
Setting up this tent couldn't be any faster or easier - just lay the tent flat, pull the drawstring at the top, and voila! Simply secure the fasteners to the ground for stability. And, in case you can't figure it out, the company has even included step-by-step instructions inside the carrying bag.
In addition to being one of the most spacious tents on our list, Instant Shader Deluxe by Easthills features a 3 roll up windows for 360 degree views and efficient ventilation; 4 internal mesh pockets to store your personal items; lightweight and water resistant polyester coated fabric with UPF 50+ protection that blocks 97.5% of harmful UV sun rays; a zippered front that serves as a porch, but can also be closed for added privacy; and comes with a carrying bag with shoulder strap, 10 stakes, 4 guylines, and a storage pouch. Is there anything else you could possibly ask for?
As we mentioned above, the Instant Shade Deluxe XL is one of the largest sun shelters on the market, with room for the whole family. The dimensions of 99" W x 53" D x 57" H, plus a 53" front porch can shade up to 4 adults (including chairs), plus children or pets. The tent weighs about 8 pounds and packs down to 41" x 8.5" x 8.5" for easy carrying and storage, and can easily fit in the trunk of a car.
At $99 this is one of the most expensive beach tents on our list. However, if you're looking for a tent with all the bells and whistles, and enough space for the whole family, we promise this will be a worthwhile investment. Additionally, the company offers a customer friendly 1 year warranty in case you are not fully satisfied with your purchase.
If you're looking for something a little less extra than your typical beach tent, the Sport-Brella is a great alternative (and comes at a great price).
Very light-weight, so may require extra ground stakes to keep this tent firmly in place. Also, some reviews indicate that the quality of this tent is a bit disappointing, and the product likely won't last you more than a few years (however, at this price, we can live with that).
The biggest difference between the Sport-Brella and the rest of the tents on our list is that it does not feature a floor, which honestly makes this tent the easiest to manage in terms of set-up. Just open like a normal umbrella and stake into the ground. Take down is equally as easy, and the tent rolls into one small carrying case - much like a camping chair (just slightly heavier).
The Sport-Brella provides UPF 50+ protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and also features side panels for extra coverage and wind flaps for ventilation and airflow. The umbrella durable provides all-weather protection, as well as wind coverage and stability with 4 mm steel ribs and a 4 mm steel stretcher, 8 steel ground stakes, and 3 tie-down cords.
The side zippered windows create extra airflow and visibility, and you can easily store everything away in the included carrying case.
The umbrella has a diameter of about 54.5" and an 8-foot canopy, which is large enough to fit 3-4 adults, with 2-3 beach chairs, comfortably. When broken down it stores as a 54”x4”x4” unit. The only downside to this umbrella is that it weights a whopping 9 pounds, making it one of the heaviest beach tents on our list.
When it's not on sale, you can pick up this Sport-Brella for right around $44, which isn't a bad deal. However, on sale you can snag the umbrella for right around $35, which is a fantastic deal.
The Pacific Breeze Brand is known for bringing you quality recreational products that allow you and your friends and family to enjoy yourselves in safety, comfort, and style. The Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent is no exception, and the perfect starter tent for all of your beach adventures.
So light weight that it can easily blow away on windy days (if not properly secured, that is).
The Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent features an industry leading Hub System design with the fastest and easiest set up and take down of all beach tents on the market.
To set up, all you do is spread out the tent and pull up on the drawstring mechanism, which allows for single person setup in a minute or less. Tear down is just as easy, pull up on the drawstring mechanism again the tent will practically disassemble itself.
Some reviewers indicate that the drawstring mechanism of their tent did not work as described, but rest easy knowing the company offers excellent customer service and a 1 year warranty if this beach tent does not live up to your expectations.
Additionally, the fiberglass frame is durable, lightweight, and water resistant, which makes the tent versatile enough to withstand windy and rainy days as well.
Lightweight and compact, this beach tent provides protection from the sun, rain and wind for all outdoor activities. The polyethylene floor is waterproof, and the tent features UPF 50+ sun protection and large windows for ventilation. With a spacious interior, the tent includes plenty of internal pockets to store personal items, and also comes with a carrying case, sand pockets, and stakes to ensure you have everything you need for proper set up and storage.
This tent weighs just under 4.5 pounds and provides 87” L x 47” H x 49” D of space that fits up to 3 adults (or 1-2 adults plus chairs, depending on the size) comfortably. The tent folds down to a travel size of 40” L x 5” W x 5” H and tucks into the compact carrying case for easy, no fuss transport.
At just under $70 this is not the cheapest tent on our list, but also won't break the bank. Given the variety of features, easy set up and transport, and the peace of mind that you are purchasing from a reputable company that stands behind their product, we think the price of this beach tent is well justified.