It wasn’t until recently that I discovered an entirely new concept. I was at a splash park with my kids and it was smoldering hot. There was absolutely no place to get out of the scorching sun and I saw other moms with an ingenious invention: a beach shelter!
What a great idea! I was instantly sold and thought of all the great uses it would have-picnics, baseball games, camping and of course, at the beach. No more complaining kids, sunburned babies or space invasions by fellow event-goers.
No more trying-to-find-a-perfect-spot on a bench or under a tree or trying to tote everything around while trying to follow the shade.
Picking one out was a whole other matter. I had to think about how compact, portable, and heavy it would be to carry around, as well as price, durability, features such as air vents, and such things as pegs to keep it from blowing away.
I needed the perfect beach shelter to make our family functions more fun and tolerable on those hot summer days. So, to make it slightly easier on you, I’ve comprised a handy list of the top 10 best beach tents in 2017 to help you decide, while weighing all the pros and cons.
Table of Contents
- 10. Semoo Lightweight Beach Shade Tent Sun Shelter
- 9. Neso Beach Tent With Sand Anchor
- 8. Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy
- 7. Genji Sports Instant Push Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter
- 6. Genji Sports Instant Beach Star Tent
- 5. Michael Josh Portable and Foldable Pop-Up Anti UV Nylon Beach Tent
- 4. EasyGo Shelter-Instant Easy Up Beach Umbrella Tent
- 3. G4 Outdoor Automatic Pop Up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent
- 2. Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter
- 1. e-Joy 3-Person Automatic Pop Up Cabana Beach Tent
- Which Beach Tent Should You Buy?
10. Semoo Lightweight Beach Shade Tent Sun Shelter
This 4-person, 4-season shelter is made of a strong 170T polyester for UV 50+ protection from harmful UV rays and the frame has shock-corded fiberglass poles with 4 steel pegs for extra stability, so it won’t get carried away in the wind.
It also has two interior pockets for convenient storage and organizing and comes with a compact carrying bag. It is 78.7 by 47.2 by 47.2 inches and when packed away in the handy carrying bag, it is only 21.7 by 3.1 by 3.5 inches in size. Semoo is a well-known manufacturer and distributer of leisure and outdoor gear.
☞Easy to set up
☞Offers 50+ UV protection
☞Lightweight and compact
☞Doesn’t have a lot of headroom
9. Neso Beach Tent With Sand Anchor
This beach tent is very lightweight and offers stake less sun shade with 50+ UPF sun protection. It’s perfect for those scorching hot days on the beach. It’s available in many colors and designs and is made of a durable nylon lycra blend with reinforced corners. It is 82 by 78 inches and only weighs 3.9lbs. It comes with a 19.5 inch shoulder carrying case as well as two poles.
☞Easy to set up
☞Lightweight and easily Portable
☞Offers UPF 50+ sun protection
☞Not ideal for extremely windy conditions
☞Not ideal for a large group of people
8. Texsport Calypso Quick Cabana Beach Sun Shelter Canopy
The Calypso Cabana is sturdy and made of a heavy-duty polyurethane-coated taffeta that offers cool comfort as well as UV protection. The Calypso Cabana has three sides and a roof that offers both sun and wind protection. It even has features like a ripstop polyethylene floor, three privacy mesh windows and zippered storm flaps.
It’s easy to set up and take down because of its three-pole-and-ring frame system and shock-corded fiberglass poles. It includes four weight/sand bags for added stability, corner stakes, and a storage bag. It is flame-retardant and measures 48 by 84 by 48 inches. It comes in a blue color with rainbow stripes along the top.
☞Easy to set up and take down
☞Vented privacy windows
☞Comes with sand bags for extra stability
☞Doesn’t have standing room
☞Doesn’t have extended overhead lip for extra shade
7. Genji Sports Instant Push Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter
This sun shelter is literally a breeze to set up-all you need is three seconds and only five seconds to fold it back down. It’s as easy to use as an umbrella. It offers UV 50+ protection with its 190T Nylon material and has two fine mesh screens to block blowing sand from the beach.
There are also four built-in sand pockets and four stakes to keep the tent grounded. It is made of fire retarded material and is only 4.8lbs, making it pretty lightweight. It has a durable fiberglass frame and it also comes with a handy carrying bag.
☞Quick setup and take down
☞UV 50+ protection
☞Two fine mesh windows for sand protection and ventilation
☞Back of the tent doesn’t open/no door
☞No roll/zip down covers for sides
6. Genji Sports Instant Beach Star Tent
This nylon tent sets up in only two seconds, folds down in five. It also has a durable and light fiberglass frame that has an instant push up design and waterproof PE floor, making it perfect for all outdoor activities. It is flame retardant, and has 190T Nylon material to provide powerful UV 50+ protection.
There are three built-in sand pockets and four sand stakes to protect against the wind. There are two side fine mesh screens and one large mesh back window with a cover. It only weighs 4.5lbs and also comes with a carrying bag. It is 84 by 48 by 53 inches, so it’s ideal for families.
☞Quick setup and take down
☞Mesh pockets for ventilation
☞Good for large family
☞Not ideal for rainy conditions
☞Can be hard to set up for a shorter person
5. Michael Josh Portable and Foldable Pop-Up Anti UV Nylon Beach Tent
This pop-up sun shelter automatically pops up and opens in only one second and folds back down in three. It is made of flame resistant nylon fabric and offers UV 50+ protection from the hot sun.
It comes with six metal ground stakes, a full-size carrying bag with shoulder strap, and has sand bag pockets on both side panels. It is 78.7 by 47.2 inches when opened and is a mere 2.2lbs.
☞It’s XXL size make it ideal for bigger families
☞Has UV 50+ protection
☞Large mesh window offers good ventilation
☞Not ideal in windy conditions
☞On the flimsy side
4. EasyGo Shelter-Instant Easy Up Beach Umbrella Tent
The instant set-up of this shelter is easy with its pull string easy open feature. It’s portable and perfect for up to four people. It had windows that can be opened or closed and comes with a stake kit, storage bag, and sand bags for extra stability.
☞Easily fits up to four people
☞Has windows that can open and close
☞No front enclosure
☞No fold out floor coverage
3. G4 Outdoor Automatic Pop Up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent
This oversized XXL tent is 78.7 by 47.2 by 51.2 and can fit two to four adults with head room. It has no assembly required and pops up and down in mere seconds. It has 170T silver coated fabric that offers full coverage from the hot sun and provides UV protection.
It’s double type B interwoven mesh offers a nice appearance as well as refreshing ventilation. It is durable and resistant in windy conditions, with two built-in sand pockets and four fixed bands and is also waterproof. It even comes with a handled carrying bag.
☞Simple to pop open and put away
☞Ideal in windy conditions
☞Sun Shade and UV protective
☞Included instructions are difficult to understand
☞Hard to transport when not in carrying bag
2. Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Cabana Beach Tent Sun Shelter
This lightweight and compact pop up shelter is easy to set up and take down, thanks to its integrated poles and compression hub-system. Its water-resistant and wind-defying polyester material offers UPF 50+ protection from the sun and easily fits two adults and two children with plenty of room for chairs and gear.
There are three roll-up windows, and comes with stakes, guy lines, sand pockets, and a carrying case. The full front porch protects against the damp ground and the moderate overhang provides some extra shade. It is 96 by 54.5 by 49.25 inches and weighs six pounds.
☞Easy set up
☞Has mesh windows with flaps that close
☞Has interior pockets for storage
☞Does well in breezy conditions
☞Somewhat on the heavy side
☞The grey material on the front porch area tends to get hot in the sun
1. e-Joy 3-Person Automatic Pop Up Cabana Beach Tent
This easy-to-assemble tent pops open in one only one second and folds down in three, is lightweight at only 2.2 lbs and stores away easily in its carrying case with shoulder straps. It’s UPF 50+ nylon fabric is flame and water resistant and has a large mesh window for ventilation.
It’s strong steel frame is both durable and lightweight and it comes with four plastic ground stakes and has sand back pockets on the side panels for stability. It’s 65 by 59 by 43.5 inches.
☞Flame and water resistant
☞Easy pop up assembly
☞On the small side
☞Can be difficult to fold back up
Which Beach Tent Should You Buy?
Depending on your needs, these all make great options. If you have a large group, the Michael Josh Portable and Foldable Pop Up Anti UV Nylon Beach Tent and the G4 Outdoor Automatic Pop Up Instant Portable Cabana Beach Tent are good choices because of their XXL sizes.
For easy set-up, compactness, and lightweight packing, the e-Joy 3-person Automatic Pop Up Cabana Beach Tent or the Genji Sports Instant Push Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter also make great picks. All these shelters offer shade no matter where you are, so you no longer have to suffer in the hot sun.