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Between making sandcastles with your kids, swimming in the ocean and soaking up the sun, there's nothing better than a summer beach day. While a little vitamin D is always nice, it's important to protect your skin, wear sunscreen and give yourself shade when you need it.
If you're spending this season hanging out by the beach or lake, it's time to invest in a sturdy beach umbrella. And to help make your research for the best beach canopy easier, we compiled a list of some of the top-rated and most durable beach umbrellas on the market. Many of our picks are made with UPF 50+ material which helps protect against UVA and UVB rays.
From heavy-duty beach umbrellas to pop-up beach tents, there's bound to be one sunshade on our list that will work for you and your family.
Best beach umbrellas for the summer
This Tommy Bahama beach umbrella is a great option for the summer. Made out of fade- and weather-resistant fabric, it will stay the same color the entire summer season. A carrying bag is also included for easy transportation.
Designed with a stylish green leaf pattern, this umbrella provides UPF 50+ protection and comes with a built-in sand anchor for easy set up. The powder-coated steel pole also protects against rust and corrosion.
The Rio beach umbrella provides maximum sun protection with a tilt feature for all-day coverage. It also comes with a built-in sand anchor for extra security and includes a carry bag for easy portability.
This adorable umbrella is a bestseller and it is clear why. With a colorful flower pattern and an auger screw tip poll to secure it in the sand, this is a great beach umbrella option. Eight strong fiber glass ribs support the canopy for extra durability.
For a smaller, single-person option, consider this clamp-on umbrella made by the same brand. It offers UPF 50+ protection and can adjust to any angle thanks to a 360-degree swivel design. Plus, it’s easy to carry since it packs away in a convenient carrying case.
This canopy provides up to seven feet of coverage and has an undercoating to protect against UV rays. The carrying case makes it easy to transport and the two-way tilt allows you to adjust the umbrella to your liking.
This Amazon's Choice beach umbrella will make your next outing more enjoyable. It’s lightweight, durable enough to withstand high winds, budget-friendly and folds down into a compact carrying case. Plus, it comes in a variety of cool colors and patterns.
This umbrella was designed with special vents to promote airflow and eliminate any worry of your umbrella blowing away. It’s made of UPF 50+ material to save your skin from sunburn and comes with a bag for easy transport.
This fun-patterned beach umbrella not only protects you from the sun and heat but weighs only 3.5 pounds so it is perfect to take on the go. Made with a tilt mechanism, you can be on the beach from sunrise to sunset all while staying cool.
Add a pop of color to your beach day with this seven-foot-tall umbrella. The extra-large design can withstand the heaviest of winds thanks to its fiberglass structure and ventilated top.
If you're constantly worrying about your umbrella blowing away at the beach, this Aoske canopy is a good pick. This beach umbrella is designed with a pointed prong anchor that guarantees sturdiness no matter how windy it gets.
If you are looking for an easy option to bring to the beach or sporting events, this recliner is a must-have. This chair can be put in three back positions and includes a foot rest and removable umbrella.
Easy to set up and carry around, this umbrella also features a thickened steel pole and 16 sturdy fiberglass ribs to make sure your umbrella is stable and durable. At the top are air vents to add additional stability and facilitate air flow.
This beach tent by Pacific Breeze has over 4,800 verified five-star ratings. Customers love this beach tent for its easy setup and large windows for ventilation.
This four person tent is perfect for the beach or even camping. Both waterproof and windproof, this option provides great shelter from the sun so you can enjoy a relaxing day in the shade.
This canopy umbrella takes sun protection to the next level with side panels for extra coverage. Whether you are at the beach or a sporting event, this canopy will protect you and your family from the sun, rain and wind. For hots days, this umbrella also includes wind flaps for ventilation and airflow.
While this pop-up canopy will surely come in handy on sunny days, it's also great if you get caught in the rain. Amazon customers praise its durable, water-resistant fabric. Others note the small and lightweight plastic frame that makes this option more portable than metal designs.
If you’re looking for an option that the whole family can use, this is the choice for you. This umbrella canopy is eight feet wide, and two adults (and their beach chairs!) can fit. It’s made with UPF 50+ material for sun protection, it's water-repellent and has almost 6,000 verified five-star ratings on Amazon.
This top-rated pick from Wayfair features a hexagon canopy that's water-resistant. The simple design is available in 12 colors and has a screw on the bottom to help secure it once you've picked your place on the beach.
You'll be in the shade in no time thanks to L.L. Bean's popular pop-up sun shelter. With a perfect five-star rating, this durable option is made with Lightspeed folding hub technology to get you set up in no time.
Perfect for small families and group gatherings, this abstract beach tent gives you customized shade on any terrain. Amazon shoppers also can't stop raving about how easy it is to set up and disassemble.
The BeachBub umbrella system is unique because it doesn't require a screw-in anchor. Instead, you just fill the base with sand (which takes a couple of minutes) to ensure all sides of the pole are secure. Then, just sit back and relax!
This family beach shade canopy resembles a tarp and comes in eight colors. Included with the canopy are four aluminum poles, pole anchors and sandbag anchors. Sizes for this tent range from medium, which can fit three to four adults, to large which can cover six to seven.
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