A good beach blanket can go a long way in helping you avoid the gritty reality of the shore. But beyond offering a layer of protection between you and the sand, the best beach blankets can also add comfort, warmth, and even some style to your day. More than just a picnic blanket, they can be water resistant, stand up to wind, and help keep sand off.
Many options are made from nylon, which isn’t normally a desirable blanket material, but at the beach, it offers lots of advantages. First, it's quick-drying, and it's also slick, so it won’t let sand settle and stick. Many nylon beach blankets also feature pockets where sand can be used to anchor the towel — and then quickly brushed out at the end of the day. Nylon also packs up well for lightweight travel. The only real downside is that it's not absorbent or soft, meaning you will also want a beach towel for drying off and maybe even lounging.
However, nylon isn't the only option. For more comfort, there are choices that are topped with soft polyester fleece and have a bottom layer made of water-resistant material, too. And if you simply want something that will dry you off and provide tons of lounging space (and aren't too concerned about water), an oversize beach towel may also do the job.
One thing’s clear: A day at the beach is way more comfy and fun with these top picks.