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Camping out at the beach for a day has a way of relaxing the soul. Even when you use sunscreen, you can enjoy yourself so much that you don’t protect yourself enough from harmful UV rays. 

The sun can have harmful effects including skin cancer, eye damage, and premature aging. Prop up a beach umbrella tent for some extra protection from the sun while continuing to enjoy the warm sand in between your toes and the gentle rocking of the waves.

Beach umbrella tents are lightweight and easy to transport from the car to the beach. They come in fun colors and patterns, too! This post will outline our favorite beach umbrella tents in 2016.

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The Best Beach Umbrella Tents In 2020 Reviewed

1. [Overall Best] Sport-Brella Portable Sun and Weather Shelter

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5

Get immediate protection from the sun, rain, and wind under this rugged umbrella with side flaps. It sets up super fast and stakes to the ground for secure installation.

It has top mesh vents and side zippered windows for breezy ventilation and efficient airflow. It’s coated for SPF 125 sun protection. After your day at the beach, pack it into the carry bag, and be on your way.

Things We Liked

  • Side flaps for full shelter protection
  • Dual canopy with top wind vents
  • 4.5 mm steel ribs and a 5mm steel stretcher

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not easy to use it on a hard surface

Editor's Rating: 4.7/5

This is a beach umbrella with 7 panels and 2 of the panels that rest on the ground to give it stability. The pole adjusts to provide different angles as the sun changes location. It has left and right flaps that are easily removable.

The windows are vented with mesh openings to allow for air flow, while blocking blowing sand. Prop your family under a blue or red umbrella for a day of shade and swimming.

Things We Liked

  • Keeps the skin safe from UVA/UVB rays
  • Allows two people to sit comfortably in full sized chairs
  • Unique asymmetrical canopy shape

Things We Didn't Like

  • Weak stitching on the bag

Editor's Rating: 4.6/5

This beach tent is lightweight and has a rust-free anodized, aluminum pole. The stakes are designed to easily insert into sand or dirt. It has an extra metallic UV coating to protect against UV rays.

Extend the pole to the full 8’ height or anywhere in between. The canopy is vented and has an adjustable tilt.

Things We Liked

  • Vented for better air release to avoid cover inversion
  • Rust-free anodized aluminum pole
  • 16 fiberglass ribs provides enhanced durability and extended protection

Things We Didn't Like

  • The joints feel rickety

Editor's Rating: 4.5/5

This beach umbrella shelter pops open in seconds for instant shelter from the sun. Get sun protection from up to UPF 50+ for all-day fun. It easily fits a family of four, along with all of their beach gear.

It provides 270 degree views while giving protection from the sun. It has a built-in side wall to provide extra sun and wind protection. It comes with sand pockets, stakes and guylines.

Things We Liked

  • Easy up and down hub system
  • Lightweight at 7 lbs
  • Carrybag, sand pockets, stakes, and guylines are included

Things We Didn't Like

  • Sometimes the poles bend the wrong way

Editor's Rating: 4.5/5

This is the sister product to the popular Sport-Brella. It’s easy to set up and take down and stores away compactly. It is a rugged structure with side flaps for full cover protection.

It has vents on the top and side zippered windows for efficient air flow. It’s water repellent and protects from the sun with UPF 50+ protection. It has internal pockets and comes with ground stakes for stability.

Things We Liked

  • Side zippered windows for efficient airflow
  • Water repellent
  • Telescoping pole with a metal tip held in place by steel screw

Things We Didn't Like

  • It wouldn't fit in most car boots as it would be too long

Editor's Rating: 4.4/5

This beach umbrella is made with nylon taffeta and comes with an umbrella hook that keeps your personal items up and away from the sand. Stand tall under the 6’ canopy. It’s lightweight at about 3 ½ pounds. Get the optional sand anchor device for a secure set up.

People are much more health conscious than ever before, especially when it comes to protecting their skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Sunscreens do part of the job, but it’s difficult to apply them so that every part of your exposed skin is protected. Get the best sun protection by using a combination of sunscreen, a sun hat, and a beach umbrella tent.

Things We Liked

  • Very light weight and portable
  • Sturdy and really stands up to a heavy wind
  • Good sun protection

Things We Didn't Like

  • Difficult to open the first time

Beach Umbrella Tent vs. Party Tent 

If you’re having a beach bash for 10 or more people, an event tent with removable side walls is something to consider. They’re roomy enough for a crowd and they’re easy enough to set up and take down. If you’re looking for something smaller for a family of four or under, a beach umbrella tent works great.

Regardless of whether you use a tent at the beach, you’ll want to take plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin. You won’t have to worry about getting overall lotion coverage when you add an umbrella tent to your summer beach entourage. Beach umbrella tents pop open or set up easily by putting a few stakes in the ground.

They’ll lend a bit of privacy while you enjoy the beach and protect you from sand blowing in the wind. Put your baby down for a quick nap under the shade of a beach tent. Store your lotions and other personal items in the handy tent pockets. For a lightweight, portable tent for your baby check these out.

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