A sand free beach blanket? Oh yes. Say goodbye to your ratty, annoyingly sandy beach towels of yesteryear and upgrade to a sand proof beach blanket. (These hooded beach towels are way cute for wrapping up your soaking wet kiddos, though.) Name one thing that’s better than lounging on the beach on a sweltering, sunny day. We’ll wait… That’s what we thought. To make the most of your day in the sun (and if you need sunscreen recs, beach umbrellas, and cool toys for the beach for kids, we’ve got ya covered), these beach blankets are key to stress-free relaxation and comfort – and key to ensuring sand doesn’t end up in your, um, unmentionable crevices.
What should you look for in a beach blanket? Four qualities: it should be sand-proof, waterproof, durable, and large enough for at least a few family members or friends to convene over a picnic of grapes and popsicles. You’ll also, of course, want it to be portable, easy to throw in your beach bag for those “Babe, let’s go to the lake/ocean/waterway of choice!” days.
Check out our top picks for the best beach blankets and sand proof beach blankets below!
Best Sand Free Beach Blankets
Holy durable. This sand-proof beach blanket is made of three layers: polyester fabric on top, a sponge layer in the middle and a PVC bottom. Its waterproof backing prevents moisture from penetrating, making it perfect for the beach, picnics, camping, tailgating and any other time you’ll be hanging outside. Since the material is sand proof, you can simply shake it off or wipe it clean, saving the back of your car from sand. (Hallelujah!) This beach blanket measures 79” by 59” and easily folds up into a compact size with a carry handle.
Take it from Amazon, which named this WildHorn Outfitters design the best sand-free beach blanket. You can fit the entire family on this one blanket – it’s 63 square feet! Yet somehow, with the magic of squishing, it gets stuffed into a 6” by 7” compression pack. It’s made from 100% parachute nylon, making it durable, lightweight and sand proof. And though it’s light as a feather, this beach blanket comes with four sand anchor pockets to weigh it down on breezy days, which you could also use to hold beach necessities like keys, sunscreen and sunglasses. Consider us sold!
Sand be gone! This beach blanket is made of ripstop parachute nylon, which sand oh-so conveniently doesn’t stick to. Even better, it’s heat resistant, extremely soft and large enough for the whole family can gather on it. Throw this ultra light and compact blanket into your bag, car or suitcase so you’re always ready for a beachtime adventure, then give it a spin in the washing machine and let it air dry.
This sand proof beach blanket is made from 100% ripstop nylon, the material that when water hits it, it beads up and rolls off. It’s also breathable and lightweight, and measures at 9’ by 10’, which comfortably fits seven adults. If it’s a windy day, either fill the corner pockets with sand or use the included metal stakes. Since it’s triple stitched, this beach blanket is meant to last.
Best Beach Blankets
Pretty and practical: this beach blanket checks both boxes. The tartan strip design is constructed with a waterproof PEVA backing that keeps out moisture, so you can just shake and wipe off sand, wet grass or dirt. Bonus: its convenient strap makes it easy to throw over your shoulder, leaving your hands free to wrangle children or carry a cooler of canned wine – umm….we mean snacks. In addition to beach lounging, it’s also perfect for outdoor concerts or park picnics.
Okay, okay, so this one may not be sand proof, but it sure is beautiful. This traditional hand woven Mexican blanket comes in 11 color combinations, and is sure to elicit “we should get one of those!” from fellow beach-goers. Keep a couple of these in your car for spontaneous beach visits or outdoor concerts. This design is made in Mexico from 100% recycled acrylic and cotton, and is 50” by 73”. Best yet? They’re machine washable and get softer with each washing.
Cute? Yes. Functional? Also yes. This 5’ by 5’ beach blanket (or picnic blanket or Little League watching blanket) is ultra soft, so consider this one if you have an itty bitty baby. It’s made from 100% polyester so it’s water-resistant to whatever you and your kiddos may test it with, whether lake water or spilt juice boxes. Once the party’s over, simply fold it up and carry it over your shoulder with the attached strap. Also available in an array of hues and hand-painted designs.
Beaches and picnics and camping, oh my! This 60” by 79” mat seats up to four adults, and is made of a strong woven polypropylene that’s both weather-proof and mildew resistant, making it a perfect match for any of those activities. It’s also easy to clean – a must – by simply wiping it with soap and water. We’re ready for a beach day. How about you?