Beach Tents and Shades to Keep the Whole Family Cool

(And protect your picnic from hungry gulls!)

Family on beach with tent.
When the sun comes down and the wind picks up, you’ll still have a spot to enjoy the beach.Pexels

If you’ve ever had a day at the beach, you know how unpredictable the weather can be. One way to subvert the sun’s most intense rays is to seek shade. Beach tents and shades don’t just offer on-the-spot protection from sun—they also provide shelter from rain, wind and less than ideal weather conditions. If you’ve ever wondered how beach tents work or what to look for in an effective shade, we have you covered.

Red Suricata Family Beach Sunshade - Sun Shade Canopy | UPF50 UV Protection | Tent with 4 Aluminum Poles, 4 Pole Anchors, 4 Sandbag Anchors | Large & Portable Shelter Tarp

Easy To Set Up

Contains everything you need to secure and set up, and can cover 6-7 people at a time.Red Suricata

One thing to consider when purchasing a beach shade is how easy or difficult it will be to set up and tear down. Choosing a tent that can be transported over the shoulder, set up in just a few minutes with no extra equipment and breaks down just as fast means more time enjoying the outdoors and less time fumbling with complicated set up or lugging around bulky equipment.

Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach Tent Deluxe XL

Ventilation Is Key

Provides complete sun protection and great ventilation.Pacific Breeze Products

If you’ve ever used a beach tent on a hot day, you know that sometimes it can be hotter in the shelter than in the sun. Make sure to look for a beach shade that is well ventilated to allow fresh air to travel through it while protecting you from sun and stinging sand.

Sport-Brella Vented SPF 50+ Sun and Rain Canopy Umbrella for Beach and Sports Events (8-Foot)

UPF Matters

Highest level of UVA/UVB protection available. Sets up in seconds, and requires no extra tools.Sport-Brella

Simply having shade to retreat to isn’t enough to protect your skin from it’s damaging rays. Be sure to choose a shade that blocks UVA and UVB light to avoid sunburn and skin damage.