The cool seawater splashes gently upon the shore, while the sound of children playing fills the air. The open sky, the smell of the salt and the feel of sand between the toes, all combine to create a one of a kind experience at the beach.
Spending time at the beach has always been a favorite past time of many, and for some it occurs regardless of the season, but all have one thing in common. The wonderful experience can be ruined by excessive sun, misplaced belongings, and wind beaten skin. One easy and inexpensive solution to all of the above is the beach canopy.
Why Use a Beach Canopy?
For generations, the large umbrella has been ubiquitous at beaches everywhere. The problem with the solitary beach umbrella is that it does block the wind and since the sun changes position over time the umbrella must constantly be shifted.
A beach canopy is basically like a tent but with a wide open front that offers an extreme amount of viewing space while protected by flaps on the side that block both the sun and wind. This also creates a designated space for placing those personal belonging, coolers and beach toys in an easy to spot location. Besides being a way to stay out of the bleaching sun and hammering wind, while still enjoying the surf, the beach canopy give a person or family their own little slice of space and as such makes the day at the beach that much more enjoyable.
While anyone could come up with a beach canopy, using a premade canopy has the advantages of being specifically designed to prevent the ultraviolet radiation from the sun from penetrating and still causing sunburn. Also purchased canopies are designed to be weather resistant while maintaining their protective qualities. Also, they look nicer.
Five Great Beach Canopies
Top Beach Portable Sun Shelter
The Rio Beach Portable Canopy is a small and compact canopy that is great for a day at the beach. This quick and easy set up canopy has two internal pockets for personal storage and dual zip up windows for wind access or protection. The overall canopy has SPF 50 protection and the expansive space will comfortably sit two or more people or individuals and a small cooler.
It comes with a bag for storage when not in use and the bag has a shoulder strap for easy carrying. Small, compact and inexpensive and no one should be without one, while enjoying the beach.
Best Portable Beach Canopy
This protective canopy is a variation on the old, beach umbrella concept. This large umbrella, Sport-Brella Beach Umbrella Canopy is super easy to set up and has dual side flaps for wind, rain and sun protection. It has dual zippered windows and internal pockets.
It comes with nylon string and stakes to secure to umbrella and it provides SPF 125 protection. Small, portable and easy to set up all while being attractive makes this an great canopy for the beach and more.
Best Portable Pop-Up Canopy
This portable canopy, Picnic Time Manta Pop Up Canopy is unique in that it as a pop up with no assembly required.
It has a base and arch design that allows it to be set up super fast and still offer side, back and overhead protection. The archway is large enough to sit several people and coolers and toys and could even offer enough room for an individual to lay down.
It has a zippered back window for rear viewing and air flow and folds down into a flat disk for easy storage, when not in use. This is a great portable canopy, put it down, pop it up and away you go.
Best Beach Canopy to Buy
Weighing in at 5.5 pounds but offering an expansive space of 9X6 Feet and 68 inches high, the Texsport Combo Sport and Beach Canopy can be used for sporting events or a day at the beach.
The bright colored orange means it won’t be hard to find on a crowded beach or arena and the shock corded poles are easy to put together and the entire canopy sets up in minutes.
It has dual sides to protect against the wind and it has windows for expanding the view or air flow. It is large enough to handle chairs, coolers and a large number of people. This is great for the family trip to the beach.
Best Large Beach Canopy
Fast and easy to set up and take down, this beach canopy, Lightspeed Quick Set Up Beach Canopy Tent offers plenty of room and sun shade. The design offers maximum view area and sitting space while protecting from the sun and back wind. This canopy is designed for covering a large space and would be at home at any event, beach or even in the backyard.
It would also be a great storage space for camping. This large canopy sets up fast and take down is even faster. A canopy for any reason and season, this is great for a medium to large family.
Always remember to protect your valuables while at a beach by locking them in a car or hotel room. Always check your canopy before arriving at the beach or event to make sure the item is in good working order.