Beach adventures are way more fun when there’s a shady spot to cool off, eat an ice-cream, and prepare for the next sandcastle challenge.
We asked the Mum’s Grapevine members to recommend the best beach tents available and these are the brands they recommend.
Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent
Lovin’ Summer Beach Tent ($179): A cotton canvas wonder, the gorgeous beach tent can be put up by one person in mere moments.
Basil Bangs Beach Umbrella
Basil Bangs Beach Umbrella (from $299): Go old school with a cool retro-styled beach umbrella. This umbrella has a hinge to angle it against the sun and can be folded in half and packed in its carry bag.
The Sport-Brella (from $59.95): Part umbrella, part tent. Lay it on its side and fold out the ‘wings’ or use it above when the sun is directly overhead. It’s also rainproof, ideal for sporting events and music festivals all year round.
Elwood Beach Umbrella
Elwood Beach Umbrella ($79.95): UV resistant with an air vent for keeping the breeze cool this beauty is retro-chic for the beach or garden.
Kathmandu Retreat Beach Shelter
Kathmandu ‘Retreat’ Beach Shelter ($159.98): With an extendable floor that also zips up for use as a change room, this is more than just a beach shelter. Clever!
Sombrilla Beach Shelter
Sombrilla Beach Shelter ($169): These breezy cotton beach shelters can be angled against the sun – and look pretty gorgeous too!
Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella
Vienna Woods Sun Umbrella ($220): Stand out in the beach crowd with an immensely beautiful beach umbrella that can be made tall or short.
Comocean Flounder Beach Shelter
Comocean Flounder Beach Shelter ($19.99): A cheap and cheerful option that’s easy peasy to set up and take down.
Caribee Rapid Sun Shelter
Caribee Rapid Sun Shelter ($79.99): A super quick solution that takes about one second to pop up. The perfect place for a couple of kiddiewinks to grab some shade.
SunnyLife Beach Umbrella
SunnyLife Beach Umbrella ($89.95): Stunningly beautiful, these umbrellas come with their own carry bag with handle for easy pack-and-run fun on the beach.
Cancer Council Cabana
Cancer Council’s beach cabana (from $99.95): Offering UPF50+ protection for the whole family.
Byron Bay Beach Shades
Byron Bay Beach Shades ($169): Made from waterproof and tear-resistant fabric, these handy beach shades come in cool nautical stripes for beachy chic.
Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter
Wanderer Torquay Beach Shelter ($109): The handy floor extension on this beach shelter pins up to give the kids some privacy when they’re getting changed (or snoozing!).
Maxi Tento ($159.95): No stakes, no worries! The attached sand stabilisers make the huge Maxi Tento a cinch to set up, in a bunch of different configurations.
Coleman Event Sun Shelter
Coleman Event 14 Sun Shelter ($329.95): For those who like ultimate comfort. This sun shelter is s roomy, pretty much everyone will be able to stand underneath.
Beach Tent with Awning
Pop-up Beach Tent ($89.95): There’s even more shade on offer with this clever tent that features an awning at the front.
Ginger and Gilligan Beach Tipi
Ginger & Gilligan Beach Tipi ($249.95): Every boho beach babe needs a handmade, hand-dyed tipi. We love!
Continue your search for the best beach tent
Searching for the best beach tent and still not sure if any of these are right for you? Continue your search online by jumping into one of our closed Baby groups and ask thousands of other Australian mums what they recommend – ‘What to buy’ is the most talked-about topic, followed by MIL vents!
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