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The 7 Best Beach Tents

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After a long winter, beach season is finally upon us. And although you may be eager to get out and enjoy some sun, too much sun isn’t good for you. Here are the best beach tents that will allow you to have fun at the beach, without damaging your skin. 

L.L. Bean Sunbuster Folding Shelter

L.L. Bean

King of outdoor products, L.L.Bean does not disappoint with their Sunbuster Folding Shelter. It’s super easy to put up, made from UV-resistant ripstop polyester fabric with UPF 50+ protection, and the floor extension can be hung up to provide extra privacy for changing or sleeping babies. Comes with a carrying case, 8 stakes, and has 3 nylon bags along the perimeter to fill with sand for extra stability. 

KO-ON XXL Beach Tent Sun Shelter Pop Up

Amazon

Perfect for keeping you safe from the sun rays, and also from the rain, the KOON XXL Beach Tent is made from 210T sun proof material with double silver coating and goes up in a minute or less, so you won’t waste a minute of your beach time. 

Lightspeed Outdoors Sun Shelter 

Amazon

Touted as the “fastest and easiest of all beach cabanas,” this sun shelter by Lightspeed is not only easy to put up, it is easy to pack up after a day at the beach. Available in 2 cool prints that will make it easy to find in a sea of tents, this shelter has 3 mesh windows for extra ventilation, and comes with a carrybag, sand pockets, large stakes, and guylines. 

Easthills Outdoors Instant Shade Dark Shelter

Amazon

The Easthills Outdoor Instant Shade Dark Shelter is super spacious and is coated with a dark shelter coating, giving you maximum protection from the suns rays. With UPF 50+ protection, and the ability to zip up the front floor flap for extra privacy, this is the ultimate shelter for any family heading to the beach. 

SUN NINJA Pop Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter

Amazon

The Sun Ninja Pop Up Beach Tent is ideal for those who want the extra protection from the sun, but prefer laying on the sand, not on a tent floor. Available in 4 person, 6 person, and 8 person sizes, it comes with the stability poles and anchors needed to anchor into sand, grass, or even rocky terrains. 

Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent

Amazon

Weighing just 4.5 pounds, the Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent is the perfect addition to your pile of beach gear. With UPF 50+ sun protection, it is made with breathable polyester so you don’t get too stuffy on the hottest of days, and is water repellant for the occasional surprise rain storm. It has pockets inside to store sunblock, your cell phone, books, sunglasses—whatever small items you want to keep safe while you are at the beach. 

Red Suricata Family Beach Sunshade

Amazon

Another shelter that allows you to lay directly on the beach while still being protected, the Red Suricata Family Beach Sunshade is insanely easy to put up and is available in two sizes. Use four poles for maximum shade, or two for a more sheltered, close feel. It also comes with two towel hooks that you can attach to the poles for easy towel drying. 

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