If you’re going to the beach a lot this summer, you’re going to want a good beach tent. After what felt like one of the longest winters in history, summer is finally here, which means lots of sunshine, outdoor gatherings that are (hopefully) maskless, safe, and plenty of good fun at the beach. On the laundry list of gear you need for an enjoyable beach day with your family, a beach tent tops them all (along with some beach toys, beach blankets, and beach chairs of course).
Beach tents shield you from the sun, thanks to their UPF 50+ protective coating and provide shelter from the heat on hot days (not that this gives you an excuse not to slather yourself and your family in SPF!). They also feature windows that you can roll up or down depending on the amount of airflow you want going through the tent.
There are also beach tents that are baby-sized and meant for, you guessed it, babies only. Along with bucket hats and kid-friendly sunscreen, these are great for young infants who need to be totally protected from the sun and have a place to nap on the go.
Ready to shop the best beach tents for summer? We’re sharing the top 12 for every family size and style.
Best Beach Tents
You can tell by this beach tent’s impeccable 5-star rating from more than 1,200 reviewers that it’s a worthy purchase. It’s large enough to protect 3-4 people comfortably, yet lightweight enough for an easy set-up and take-down. It features 3 large windows for great ventilation and has a UPF 50+ sun protection. It also comes with a carrying case and 5 sand pockets for enhanced stability on windy days.
This spacious and high-quality beach tent can fit up to two adults and two children comfortably, and likely even more thanks to its spacious design. It’s strong and durable and made from breathable polyester, which is UV protective. Thanks to its patented pop-up design, it is super easy to set up and take down, making for easy trips to and from the beach all summer long.
This extra-large beach tent comfortably fits four adults or two adults and three children. Weighing in at just 8 pounds, it’s super easy to transport and set up once you arrive at your spot on the beach. It is both water resistant and coated with UPF 50 sun protection that shields you from 97.5 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. It comes in both beige and blue shades and also features a convenient travel case.
Best Pop-Up Beach Tents
This portable pop-up beach tent is protected with 50+ UPF so you and your family can find true shade from the sun during hot summer days. It has back windows that unzip to allow a nice breeze to come through and extended front floor zips that allow for maximum privacy. Set up takes about 5 minutes on average and take down is about the same. It comes in three different color options: lime, blue/lime and blue/white.
If you’re looking for a pop-up beach tent that can accommodate 3-4 people comfortably, this is a great choice. It pops right up and folds down within a matter of seconds—no assembly required! With 360-degree ventilation, you and your family will stay cooled down during your time at the beach and remain well-protected from the sun and rain thanks to this tent being both UPF 50 and water repellent.
This large tent comes with everything you need for an easy, yet stable, set up. It features a premium sunproof material that keeps you and your family protected from those harmful UV rays and also includes 3 added roll-up openings for enhanced airflow. It’s also nice that this beach tent comes in five fun color options—that way yours looks truly unique while you’re rocking out at the beach.
Best Baby Beach Tents
Whether your baby is two or 10 months, you’re going to need a shaded place for them to play while you are at the beach. For a baby tent, this one is fairly large, so it’s great for older babies, and blocks out 99 percent of the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. It’s super easy to set up—it pops right out and unfolds in a matter of seconds. It features a zipped mesh net that offers added protection against bugs.
One of the best features of this portable baby beach tent is that it doubles as a travel crib so that your little one can nap right where you’re stationed on the sand. It’s made of a non-toxic and eco-friendly material and coated with an anti-UV fabric that has a UV rating of 50+. Set up is easy—it pops right up within seconds—and take down is also a cinch.
This pop-up baby beach tent that is designed for children ages 0-24 months features a non-toxic and eco-friendly material as well as a UV-protective coating that blocks out the sun’s harmful rays. One of its best features is its built-in baby pool, which gives your baby a chance to cool down on super hot days—or just whenever they need a little entertainment. It’s easy to set up and take down, which is a plus for parents.
Best Baby Beach Tents
If all you’re looking for is top-down coverage to block out the sun’s harmful UV rays, this canopy tent is a great choice. It is 9×9 feet in size and made from a high-quality nylon-lycra blend. One of its best features is that it’s super lightweight, clocking in at just 6.5 pounds. It offers UPF 50+, is water repellent, and comes with a carrying bag that fits in a carry-on size suitcase, so it’s great for travel.
This giant beach canopy tent comfortably shades 2 to 4 people and features a mesh valance that allows for cool air to flow in and out of the tent. Its 190T silver-backed fabric blocks out 99 percent of the sun’s harmful rays and it has a full-size back wall that you can roll down or roll up for even more air flow.
One of the best features of this canopy beach tent is its wide-covering range. When expanded, it measures at 10’ x 10’, which can fit up to 10 people! While you can certainly use this as your family beach tent, it will also likely come in handy for large events and parties. It folds up so you can easily store it in the trunk of your car.
Now that you’ve got your baby’s bucket hat(s) squared away, shop more of our kids summer picks here!