The 5 Best Beach Tents

While the beach was made for basking in the sun, it's always nice to have a shady retreat for when the heat gets to be too much. Whether you prefer to stay out of the sun completely or you just like a little shade every now and then, the best beach tents are a great thing to have among your supplies.

To help you find the perfect choice, I've researched dozens of beach tents on Amazon and gathered the best ones below. Here are the main factors I considered:

  1. Sun protection: This may seem like an obvious factor, but believe it or not, there are actually sun tents out there that don't feature UV-blocking material. I made sure all of these picks are made with fabric that has UPF 50+ sun protection (with the exception of my pick for the best overnight tent).
  2. Ventilation: There's no point in providing sun protection if the tent's design makes you too hot to sit underneath it. All of the choices below provide some type of ventilation, be it mesh panels, built-in windows, or open-air configurations.
  3. Ease of setup: I looked for tents that don't require a dense instruction manual or half an hour of your time to get set up. Most of my picks either pop open like an umbrella or involve a few poles and some tie-downs.

Below, I've rounded up the best beach tents on Amazon in variety of styles. Scroll on to find the one that's ideal for your needs — and while you're at it, you may want to check out the best beach coolers, too.