Finding The Best Beach Tent For Your Coastal Trips

Getting the best beach tent depends on your needs. Are you in need of a beach tent to simply provide shade for day trips? Are you looking for a beach camping tent for overnight stays? Or perhaps you just need a baby beach tent to keep your little one protected from the sun?

In any one of these cases there are great beach tents to tackle the job. We’ve done our best to track down some of the highest rated beach tents for each of these purposes to help you find the best option.

Browse the table below to get a sense of the different types of beach tents, along with their pricing, capacity, and average ratings. After the table continue reading for more specific details on a few of our favorite beach tents.

Comparing The Best Beach Tents Of 2017

PhotoNameCapacityFloor AreaMax HeightPriceRating
Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent2~15 sq ft47.2"$$4.8
Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent Deluxe XL3~20 sq ft52"$$$4.8
TuTu Outdoors X-Large 4 Person Beach Tent3~20 sq ft52"$4.0
Easthills Outdoors Easy Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter2~15 sq ft50"$$4.3
Summer Breeze Easy Pop Up Beach Tent3~20 sq ft52"$$5.0
Coleman 15 x 13 Instant Screenhouse641 sq ft88"$$4.3
Columbia Sportswear Fall River 10 Person Instant Dome Tent10150 sq ft84"$$$$$4.7
Clam Corporation 9281 Quick-Set Escape Shelter894 sq ft90"$$$$4.6

A Closer Look At The Best Beach Tents

Hopefully the table above was helpful in determining what type of beach tent will work best for you.

Now we’ll go into more detail on a few different types of beach tent to further clarify which tents are best for various purposes.

Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent

Best Beach Tent - Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach TentThe Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent is a bonafide crowd favorite.

This is a smaller option that measures 86.6 inches wide by 49.2 inches deep and stands at 47.2 inches tall. It is sized to accommodate two adults, and is also an option for a baby beach tent that adults can fit into.

Convenience is the main highlight of this tent. It weighs just under 3 pounds for easy transport and is a snap to set up. The popup fiberglass frame takes just a couple of minutes to get standing or take down.

Adding more convenience to this model, it has two interior pockets for storing small personal items. Purchase of the tent also includes a carrying case and stakes.

The tent’s canopy provides UPF 50+ sun protection. The sides are ventilated with large windows to prevent excess heat from building up.

Pacific Breeze also offers a 1-year limited warranty on the tent, and there is overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers who have interacted with Pacific Breeze’s customer service team.

The largest complaints about this tent stem from its small size. If all you need is space to fit two adults with chairs this tent will be fine. However, if you want to fit a cooler and other accessories in your beach tent in addition this tent is going to be too tight.

Clam Corporation 9281 Quick-Set Escape Shelter

Clam Quick Set Up Beach Tent - Best Beach TentThe Clam Corporation 9281 Quick-Set Escape Shelter is a great option for providing tons of shade for day trips to the coast.

With 94 square feet of space inside and a height of 90 inches, this tent can house 8 adults and a variety of beach furniture.

The tent canopy provides 50+ UV guard protection, while the sides are made of no-see-um mesh to provide great ventilation and allow an unobstructed view. Six tent stakes, tie down ropes, and a carrying case also come with purchase.

There is no bottom to this tent, which can either be a pro or a con depending on your needs. On the plus side, having no bottom tarp saves on cleanup compared to tents where sand can get tracked in.

Customers report that this tent is easy to set up and take down. Transport is more difficult than some other options, though. It is rather large and weighs 34 pounds. The included carrying case measures 72 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches.

Columbia Sportswear Fall River 10 Person Instant Dome Tent

Columbia Sportswear Fall River 10 Person Instant Dome Tent - Best Beach Tent for CampingThe Columbia Sportswear Fall River 10 Person Instant Dome Tent is a traditional family camping tent that is well suited to beach camping.

It has 150 square feet of interior space and an 84 inch center height, with two separate rooms. Up to ten people can sleep in the tent.

Quick drying polyester fabric (perfect for use near the water) is used for the tent canopy, while the thick tarp bottom is water resistant and durable.

This tent is particularly nice for beach camping due to its many large mesh panels that allow for ventilation and allow great views when inside.

The main downside for this tent is that it is large (weighing 38 pounds) and takes around 20 minutes for most people to set up.