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7 Tents You Can Easily Tote To The Beach

·3 min read

Nothing beats the glorious summer sun — until it gets hot enough, and then the summer sun can sure beat us. With the season under way, we're all about prevention when it comes to combating the heat and the sun's harsh UV rays. (In case you missed us stressing the point of sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen in our beach umbrella story, then allow us to remind you once more: sunscreen).

Sun shades and pop-up tents are a severely underrated beach accessory. And with a whole market full of options that are easy-peasy to set up (seriously, all you have to do nowadays is pull a cover out of its carrying case), there's no excuse not to make sure your next beach excursion includes a nice break from the sun.

Ahead, we've made sure to pull together beach tents that are not just shady, but actively protective. Each of these picks features materials with UPF 50 (or higher) sun protection — something your skin will thank you for down the road.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h2>L.L.Bean Sunbuster Folding Shelter</h2><br>We'd say the best feature of this pop-up shelter is how quickly you can set it up (it takes literal seconds), but then we discovered the nylon pockets along the perimeter can be filled with sand to hold the tent in place. Anyone who has known the embarrassment of chasing down a flyaway beach tent or umbrella all the way across the sand bar knows just how helpful that can be.<br><br><em><strong>Shop <a href="https://www.llbean.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:L.L.Bean" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">L.L.Bean</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>L.L. Bean</strong> Sunbuster Folding Shelter, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.llbean.com%2Fllb%2Fshop%2F121281%3Fpage%3Dsunbuster-shelter-print%26bc%3D%26feat%3Dbeach%2520tent-SR0%26csp%3Da%26searchTerm%3Dbeach%2520tent%26pos%3D2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:L.L. Bean" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">L.L. Bean</a>

L.L.Bean Sunbuster Folding Shelter


We'd say the best feature of this pop-up shelter is how quickly you can set it up (it takes literal seconds), but then we discovered the nylon pockets along the perimeter can be filled with sand to hold the tent in place. Anyone who has known the embarrassment of chasing down a flyaway beach tent or umbrella all the way across the sand bar knows just how helpful that can be.

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L.L. Bean Sunbuster Folding Shelter, $, available at L.L. Bean
<h2>Neso 1 Sunshade</h2>Make it easy for friends to spot you with this punchy tent. The amount of headroom can be adjusted with the tension stretch cover, and the corner anchors are filled sand, rocks, and smooth shells — consider collecting them another beach activity! <br><br><em><strong>Shop <a href="https://www.rei.com/b/neso" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Neso" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Neso</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Neso</strong> Neso 1 Sunshade, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.rei.com%2Fproduct%2F123573%2Fneso-1-sunshade" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:REI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">REI</a>

Neso 1 Sunshade

Make it easy for friends to spot you with this punchy tent. The amount of headroom can be adjusted with the tension stretch cover, and the corner anchors are filled sand, rocks, and smooth shells — consider collecting them another beach activity!

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Neso Neso 1 Sunshade, $, available at REI
<h2>Food52 x Kate Roebuck Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent</h2><br>This gorgeous, leaf-patterned tent practically sets up itself. Just pull it out of it its travel-friendly case and watch as it pops into shape. The tropical finish makes it the ideal backdrop for your next romantic beach picnic. <br><br><em><strong>Shop </strong><a href="https://food52.com/shop/collections/food52-x-kate-roebuck-outdoor-living-collection" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Food52 x Kate Roebuck" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Food52 x Kate Roebuck</strong></a></em><br><br><strong>Food52 x Kate Roebuck</strong> Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffood52.com%2Fshop%2Fproducts%2F8332-food52-x-kate-roebuck-sun-shelter-pop-up-tent" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Food52" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Food52</a>

Food52 x Kate Roebuck Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent


This gorgeous, leaf-patterned tent practically sets up itself. Just pull it out of it its travel-friendly case and watch as it pops into shape. The tropical finish makes it the ideal backdrop for your next romantic beach picnic.

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Food52 x Kate Roebuck Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent, $, available at Food52
<h2>Stoic Sun Shelter</h2><br>Keep the whole family covered in this large, four-person tent. It may be mighty in size, but the fiberglass poles keep it lightweight enough to easily carry through the sand.<br><br><em><strong>Shop <a href="https://www.backcountry.com/stoic" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stoic" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stoic</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Stoic</strong> Sun Shelter, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.backcountry.com%2Fstoic-sun-shelter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Backcountry" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Backcountry</a>

Stoic Sun Shelter


Keep the whole family covered in this large, four-person tent. It may be mighty in size, but the fiberglass poles keep it lightweight enough to easily carry through the sand.

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Stoic Sun Shelter, $, available at Backcountry
<h2>WolfWise UPF 50+ Easy Pop Up 3-4 Person Beach Tent</h2><br>This pop-up tent is another easy-to-pitch option. It automatically springs into shape as soon as you pull it out of its carrying case. And if you're looking for a little extra ventilation, the rear of the tent fully opens, turning the tent into a little canopy.<br><br><em><strong>Shop <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/WolfWise/page/4F205D14-3891-4349-82BD-DC4CC8043C8F?ref_=ast_bln" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:WolfWise" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">WolfWise</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>WolfWise</strong> UPF 50+ Easy Pop Up 3-4 Person Beach Tent, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/WolfWise-Instant-Shelter-Sunshade-Canopy/dp/B06XWRLDML" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

WolfWise UPF 50+ Easy Pop Up 3-4 Person Beach Tent


This pop-up tent is another easy-to-pitch option. It automatically springs into shape as soon as you pull it out of its carrying case. And if you're looking for a little extra ventilation, the rear of the tent fully opens, turning the tent into a little canopy.

Shop WolfWise

WolfWise UPF 50+ Easy Pop Up 3-4 Person Beach Tent, $, available at Amazon
<h2>Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Tent</h2><br>What's a beach trip without a few Instagram-worthy photos to give those at home a little dose of FOMO? We're big fans of Business & Pleasure Co.'s beautiful, vintage-inspired beach accessories, and this pretty tent doesn't disappoint.<br><br><em><strong>Shop <a href="https://www.westelm.com/shop/collaborations/business-pleasure/?" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Business & Pleasure Co." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Business & Pleasure Co.</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Business & Pleasure Co.</strong> The Premium Tent, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westelm.com%2Fproducts%2Flcl-business-pleasure-co-the-premium-tent-d10964%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:West Elm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">West Elm</a>

Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Tent


What's a beach trip without a few Instagram-worthy photos to give those at home a little dose of FOMO? We're big fans of Business & Pleasure Co.'s beautiful, vintage-inspired beach accessories, and this pretty tent doesn't disappoint.

Shop Business & Pleasure Co.

Business & Pleasure Co. The Premium Tent, $, available at West Elm
<h2>Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader Extended Easy Up Beach Tent</h2><br>When you're headed to a public beach, a little privacy may be desired. The Instant Shader tent features an extended ground sheet that can be zippered as a front door.<br><br><em><strong>Shop <a href="https://www.amazon.com/stores/Easthills+Outdoors/page/F537870F-8C3C-4CCF-A078-CCCBD8954693?ref_=ast_bln" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easthills Outdoors" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Easthills Outdoors</a></strong></em><br><br><strong>Easthills Outdoors</strong> Instant Shader Extended Easy Up Beach Tent, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Easthills-Outdoors-Instant-Extended-Shelter/dp/B01N7KQF7X" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader Extended Easy Up Beach Tent


When you're headed to a public beach, a little privacy may be desired. The Instant Shader tent features an extended ground sheet that can be zippered as a front door.

Shop Easthills Outdoors

Easthills Outdoors Instant Shader Extended Easy Up Beach Tent, $, available at Amazon

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