Our Review Of The 10 Best Beach Shades & Canopies

Nothing’s better than the summer sun—unless you’re trying to protect your skin or stay cool. But when you’re at the beach, family picnic, and campsite, shade is often in short supply. Rather than haul a heavy—and inefficient—beach umbrella on your next summer trip, consider a sunshade. We’ll help you find the best beach canopy for you, that will keep you cool, and help protect you and your family from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Today’s beach canopies and sunshades combine all the technology you find in modern camping tents: lightweight materials, easy set-up, and durable design. Here are our top picks for your next sunny-day adventure:

ZiggyShade Family Beach Sunshade

Australians know a thing or two about beach life, which is why you can trust this Australian-designed sunshade. Made from stretchy Lycra material, this simple shade looks like a large sail that’s staked to the ground. It’s available in three sizes (standard, family, and jumbo) and set up is easy.

ZiggyShade – Beach Tent – Sun Shade – with Sandbag Anchors – UPF50+ (Sky Blue, Family)
  • ★ THE PERFECT SUNSHADE at the best quality: ZiggyShade is made from UPF50+ materials, STRONG & ELASTIC quality lycra fabric, just like your swimming costume. For us at ZiggyShade, it’s really important that you and your family are protected from the sun. That’s why we’ve had our fabric TESTED & CERTIFIED UPF50+, to Australian government standards for your safety.
  • ★ LIGHT & EASY TO CARRY - ZiggyShade weighs ONLY 1.74 to 2.0 kg and comes with its own carry bag (size of a yoga mat) making it easy to take with you wherever you go, even IN YOUR SUITCASE on vacation around the world. The ZiggyShade is available in Three sizes: 'STANDARD' - 5.25x6.55ft. (unstretched) 5.5ft Tall (3.8 lbs). 'FAMILY' - 7.2x7.9ft. (unstretched), 5.5ft Tall (4.3 lbs). 'JUMBO' 8.8x8.8ft (unstretched), 7ft Tall (7 lbs)
  • ★ QUICK & EASY SETUP – ZiggyShade beach tent can be set up by a single person in less than five minutes, making it the easiest sun shelter on the market. WIND RESISTANT - ZiggyShade’s lycra material is wind resistant. Just adjust the direction of your ZiggyShade to protect from the wind. OPEN & AIRY – keep your ZiggyShade open to allow a cool breeze to flow through your shade on a hot day and to maximise views of your beautiful surroundings
  • ★ FOUR FREE CORNER PEGS – We'd like you to be able to setup your ZiggyShade simply everywhere. That’s why we are the only seller providing four pegs for FREE. If you don't have anything to fill your sandbags with, you can use the pegs instead, making ZiggyShade perfect for grass and other soft surfaces
  • ★ SANDBAG ANCHORS - Sandbag anchors make the ZiggyShade sturdy and easy to set up in less than five minutes. ADJUSTABLE SHADE - As the sun moves throughout the day, simply move your sandbag anchors to a different spot, or adjust the position of the poles, to get the best shelter from the sun and keep enjoying the outdoors

Otenik Beach Sunshade

Speaking of sunny locales, this particular sunshade is made in Florida. Like its Australian counterpart, the Otenik Beach Sunshade is made from stretchy fabric (“Eurojersey” instead of Lycra) and benefits from a simple design. Bonus: It’s available in 22 colors.

Otentik Beach Sunshade - with Sandbag Anchors - The Original Sunshade Since 2011
  • LIGHTWEIGHT ~ only 4 to 5 lbs, depending on size.
  • UPF 50 ~ made from eco-friendly, industry-leading Italian sport fabric "Eurojersey Sensitive".
  • SIMPLICITY & VERSATILITY ~ setup at the beach, while tailgating, in your backyard, camping or on any outdoor adventure! Setup takes mere minutes, and can be done by one person.
  • ADJUSTABLE ~ easily move the poles to change the angle of the shade, as the sun moves. Works well with the wind, when setup correctly.
  • QUALITY & INTEGRITY~ our customer service and quality is unparalleled. We do not take shortcuts, and do not produce these sunshades in China. Our original design will not disappoint!

Big Agnes Three Forks Canopy Tent

This canopy offers a familiar tent silhouette but without the walls. Unlike many other sunshades, its material is 100% waterproof so it’ll stand up to a brief shower or two. This model also gives you the option of adding a wall (for a windbreak or additional shade) but it must be purchased separately.

Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter Canopy Tent, Green
  • FULL SUN PROTECTION - The Three Forks Shelter is the perfect companion for beach outings, barbecues, festivals, and camping trips, rain or shine; Pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to shelter make setup quick and effortless
  • WEATHERPROOF - Durable Polyester body is fully waterproof; All seams taped with waterproof tape (No PVC or VOC's); Accessory Wall panel (sold separately) attaches to any side to block wind or sun
  • SPACIOUS & VERSATILE - Pre-bent pole architecture offers 100 sq. ft. of floor space and 6 ft. 6 in. of head clearance; Fits over picnic table; Two large, wide-open entry points make walking in and out of the shelter without having to duck, a breeze
  • STABILITY & SAFETY - Webbing frame at ground level creates additional structural stability; Reflective guylines and webbing on corners and suggested anchor points to prevent tripping in the dark
  • LIGHTWEIGHT BUILD - Weighing only 6 lbs. 12 oz. nd packing down to 7 x 28 in., you can take the Three Forks Shelter anywhere you're willing to trek; Includes canopy, lightweight aluminium poles, and 8 aluminum hook stakes

Coleman Canopy Tent

If you’re looking for a shade that’s fit for a picnic or campsite, Coleman’s Canopy Tent offers plenty of space and stability. Despite its size, it offers easy set-up. It comes with a wheeled carrying case so it’s not the best beach option but just fine for family picnics and camp-outs.

Coleman Canopy Tent | 10 x 10 Sun Shelter with Instant Setup
  • SUN PROTECTION: UVGuard material offers UPF 50+ sun protection
  • QUICK SETUP: In as fast as 3 minutes. Rugged, Polyguard 2X double-thick fabric stands up to the rigors of the outdoors
  • 1-PIECE FRAME: Folds down for compact storage
  • COMFORT GRIP: Locks shelter into place for pinch-free pole extending
  • BUILT TO LAST: Double-thick fabric stands up to the elements season after season; ground stakes and pre-attached guy lines withstand strong winds

best beach shade canopy

Oileus Super Big Canopy Tent

With its low-profile design, Oileus’s canopy provides both overhead and side protection from the sun. When you’re ready to go, it folds up into a convenient carrying case that weights only 6 pounds.

Oileus X-Large 4 Person Beach Tent Sun Shelter - Portable Sun Shade Instant Tent for Beach with Carrying Bag, Stakes, 6 Sand Pockets, Anti UV for Fishing Hiking Camping, Waterproof Windproof, Orange
  • Easy Setup and Portable - This instant beach tent features automatic patented pop up mechanism, makes it fast and easy to take down and fold back in under 30 seconds. Light weight at 4 lbs, packs down to 32" x 5" for easy carrying and storage.
  • Strong and Durable - Umbrella rated 3000mm PU coating by newest breathable 210T polyester, anti 99% harmful UV, durable floor made of 150D PE; thick 8.5mm fiberglass poles for added stability with stakes and guy rope.
  • Luxurious Space - XXL Large size: 92" x 45" x 45" providing generous space for upto ( 2 adults with 2 kids ). Spacious design provides more comfortable cooling shade and easily to relax inside.
  • New Design - Featuring an awning for extra shade, 2 windows for maximum ventilation and air circulation; providing a spacious interior shelter and has internal pocket to store personal items.
  • Package Including - 1 beach tent,1 instruction, 1 carry bag with shoulder strap, 6 sand pockets, 8 steel stakes, 4 guylines and 1 storage pouch; Please buy from the Oileus brand, otherwise we will not provide a one-year warranty; if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us though Amazon.

Kelty Noah's Tarp Sun Shelter

Kelty’s minimalist sun shelter scores high ratings among backpackers and beach-goers. It’s waterproof so it’ll keep you dry and offers a few different configurations for set-up.

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
  • Highly versatile, minimalist Noah's tarp is ideal for day & night use, protect your squad from the elements at your camping trip or sporting event
  • Features: convenient roll-top carrying bag, fully seam tapped construction, attached guyline with storage pockets
  • Seasons: Day Use, Capacity: 4-8 Person
  • Dimensions: Size (L x W x H) 144 x 144 in, Floor 144 ft, Packed Size 12 x 10 x 3 in, Packed Weight 2 lbs 9 oz, Minimum Weight 2 lbs 3 oz

WolfWise Portable Beach Canopy

If you’re looking for something beyond the basics, this model from WolfWise is a perfect tent/shade hybrid with its extendable floor and full walls. The perfect portable cabana.

WolfWise 2-3 Person Portable Beach Tent UPF 50+ Sun Shade Canopy Umbrella with Extendable Floor
  • UPF 50+ & Water Repellent: The tent bottom is made of PE cloth to make it more wear-resistant. The main fabric is polyester with 50+ UV protection grade, making it block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. The water repellent fabric will keep you dry and relaxed in rainy days.
  • Sand Bag In 4 Corners: This beach tent is designed with four sandbags in four corners to enhance its stability. The extra four stakes and windropes fasten the tent to protect it from being blown down by the breeze, which has stronger windproof function.
  • Natural Ventilation & Extendable Floor: The beach tent features 3 high-density mesh windows combined with extendable floor to deliver 360-degree ventilation, and keep the inside cool. Through the windows, you can enjoy the beautiful beach scenery with your family or entertain the children freely on a delightful summer afternoon.
  • Spacious Space: The dimensions of the tent are 82.7” x 45.3” x 49.2” (L x W x H) providing a spacious interior shelter that comfortably accommodates 2-3 people. And it is designed with internal pockets to store some small items such as phone, key, towel and so on. It provides an ideal shade for your little boys when it has a moment of rest in the middle of the soccer game or baseball game.
  • Foldable & Lightweight:Ultra-lightweight construction allows for easy transportation with an included carrying bag. Weighing just 4 pounds and it can be folded to a compact size of 17.3” x 4.7” (L x W x H). You can put it in a suitcase or backpack. And you don’t need to worry that it’s too big to take away when traveling by plane.

Lightspeed Outdoors Beach Shelter

This lightweight beach shelter offers plenty of room to stand and includes a detachable shade wall that can be moved to any of the shelter’s four sides.

Lightspeed Outdoors Tall Canopy, Beach Shelter, Lightweight Sun Shade Tent with One Shade Wall Included (Additional Shade Wall Sold Separately)
  • Easy to set up - Patented bottom-pull hub system for ultra-quick set up. Telescoping adjustable fiberglass poles offer generous head room up to 6’4”.
  • Stays put - Asymmetrical pole configuration, attached guylines, and 4 detachable sand bags give the Tall Canopy excellent stability on windy days. (We highly recommend to use the sand bags and guylines to maximize its stability during those windy days. See Video for instruction.)
  • Tons of shade - The detachable shade wall can be moved to any of the 4 sides to provide additional shade or wind protection where you need it with UPF 50+ protection.
  • Super spacious - Provides substantial space with a 7.8' x 7.8' x 6.4’ footprint. Perfect for full size beach chairs, over tables, and standing under to watch the game.
  • Take anywhere - Easy to pack up and transport in zippered carry bag. Weighs just over 9 lbs.

Lightspeed Outdoors Beach Shelter

This 4-person pop-up cabana brings the comfort of a resort to any spot on the beach. Plus, its fabric offers SPF 50+ sun protection.

G4Free Outdoor Automatic Pop up Beach Tent Anti UV Portable Cabana Shelter
  • 【Large Space & Extend Cloth】Pop up Beach Tent size: 78.7 x47 x 51 inch with a 18 inch front porch. It’s very spacious for 3~4 people, the best choice for family sun shelter. The new frame is steel wire, more solid and safety than the old version-fiberglass frame, making the sun shelter tent stably stand by itself and keep shape after long time use. Weight: 2.8 LB.
  • 【Windproof】Comprehensive wind design, 4 built-in sand pockets, 4 detachable sand bags and 6 fixed tent pegs to keep the sun shade tent against strong wind. Also with 4 extra wind ropes, the pop up beach tent will be more stable in a windy day.
  • 【Instant pop-up Design and ventilated】Just throw out your instant setup beach tent, it will pop up automatically in seconds. 3-side widened mesh windows provide excellent ventilation, enable you to enjoy the sea breeze. The pop-up beach tent comes in a portable carrying bag so you can easily fold it up and take away.
  • 【UV Protection and Versatile】The pop up shelter tent is made of 190T Silver Coated fabric, Anti-UV, UPF 50+, which will protect your family from the harmful sun rays. This beach tent also can be used as a canopy, beach cabana, beach umbrella or sun tent. Sun protection for all-day shade at park, beach, lake, fishing, sporting event or just relaxing in the backyard.
  • 【What you get】Beach tent x 1; Tent Peg x 6; Ropes x 4; Carry bag x 1; Detachable sand bag x 4. If you meet any quality issue about our tent, please contact us and we will give positive solutions within 24 hours, 100% money refund or replacement is guaranteed, your satisfaction is our target!

Clam Outdoors Quick-Set Shelter

This rugged shelter from Clam Outdoors is a great option for a camping weekend or overland adventure. In addition to its water-resistant roof, it has mesh screen sides for keeping the bugs at bay.

Quick Set 9281 Escape Shelter Popup Tent, 12 x 12, Green
  • Sets up in 45 seconds and ready to use right out of the box - no assembly required
  • 94 total square feet of interior space with a 90″ center height clearance and easily fits 6-8 People
  • Hub-to-hub 140" X 140" - Fits standard size Picnic Table inside
  • 210 denier poly-oxford fabric w/600 denier in center section of roof and 50+ UV guard protection
  • No-see-um mesh screen, water resistant roof with taped seams, triple layer corner pole pockets