17 super beach tents and sun shelters

Beach tents and sun shelters

Beach adventures are way more fun when you’ve got a shady spot to cool off, eat an ice-cream, and prepare for the next sandcastle challenge or boogie-board bonanza.

We asked the Mum’s Grapevine community about their favourite beach tents, and the results are in. Check out these 17 super beach tents and sun shelters recommended by our readers and picked out by our savvy in-house shoppers!

1. Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent

Rio Beach Tent

A cotton canvas wonder, the gorgeous Lovin’ Summer beach tent ($179) can be put up by one person in mere moments.

2. Basil Bangs Beach Umbrella

Basil Bangs Beach Umbrellas

Go old school with a cool retro-styled beach umbrella from Basil Bangs (from $299). The wind will be your enemy, but on calm days you’ll love it. This umbrella has a hinge to angle it against the sun and can be folded in half and packed in its carry bag.

3. Sport-Brella

Sport Brella

The Sport-Brella (from $59.95) is part umbrella, part tent. Lay it on its side and fold out the ‘wings’ or use it overhead when the sun is directly overhead. It’s also rainproof, so you can use it year-round at sporting events.

4. Elwood Beach Umbrella

Elwood Beach Umbrella

UV resistant with an air vent for keeping the breeze cool the Elwood Beach Umbrella ($79.95) is retro-chic for the beach or garden.

5. Kathmandu Retreat Beach Shelter

Kathmandu Family Beach Shelter

This large Kathmandu ‘Retreat’ beach shelter ($159.98) has an extendable floor that also zips up so you can use it the tent as a change room.

6. Sombrilla


These breezy cotton Sombrilla beach shelters ($169) can be angled against the sun – and look pretty gorgeous too!

7. Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella

Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella

Stand out in the beach crowd with an immensely beautiful Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella ($220) that can be made tall or short.

8. Comocean Flounder Beach Shelter

Anaconda Beach Shelter
The Comocean Flounder Beach Shelter ($19.99) is a cheap and cheerful option that’s easy peasy to set up and take down.

9. Caribee Rapid Sun Shelter

Caribee Sun Shelter
The Caribee Rapid Sun Shelter ($79.99) is a super quick solution that takes about one second to pop up and is perfect for a couple of small fry to grab some shade.

10. SunnyLife Beach Umbrella

Sunnylife Beach Umbrella

The stunningly beautiful SunnyLife Beach Umbrella ($89.95) comes with its own carry bag with handle for easy pack-and-run fun on the beach.

11. Cancer Council Cabana

Cancer Council Beach Cabana

The Cancer Council’s beach cabana (from $99.95) offers UPF50+ protection.

12. Byron Bay Beach Shades

Byron Bay Beach Life Beach Shade

Made from waterproof and tear-resistant fabric, Byron Bay Beach Shades ($169) come in cool nautical stripes for beachy chic.

13. Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter

Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter

The handy floor extension on the Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter ($109) pins up to give the kids some privacy when they’re getting changed (or snoozing!).

 14. Maxi Tento

Maxi Tento large family beach shelter

No stakes means no worries! The attached sand stabilisers make the huge Maxi Tento ($159.95) a cinch to set up, in a bunch of different configurations.

15. Coleman Event Sun Shelter

Coleman sun shelter

For those who like ultimate comfort in the sand comes the Coleman Event 14 Sun Shelter ($329.95). Pretty much everyone will be able to stand underneath – it’s that huge!

16. Beach Tent with Awning

Beach tent with awning

There’s even more shade on offer with this pop-up beach tent ($89.95) featuring an awning at the front.

17. Ginger and Gilligan Beach Tipi

Ginger & Gilligan Beach Tipi

If boho chic is your priority then treat yourself to a handmade, hand-dyed Ginger & Gilligan Beach Tipi ($249.95).

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