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The Best Beach Canopy for an Epic, Sunny, Sandy Get Together [Updated 2018]

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Bertie
Written by Bertie

There’s nothing quite like having a get together on the beach. I mean, a real get together. We’re talking a bunch of good people, a BBQ, a cooler full of your favourite tasty beverages, some comfy chairs and hours of free time. But you’d be crazy to go to all that effort and not provide a bit of shade for folks. Which means that in addition to all refreshments, you’re going to want to take along the best beach canopy your budget can buy.

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FreeLand

10' x 10'

best pop up beach canopy

$$

10' x 20'

best for families

$$$

from 5' x 7'

best beach sun shade

$$$

10' x 10'

best 10x10 canopy

$$$

13' x 13'

best for wind

$$$

12' x 12'

best budget canopy

$

Freeland - best pop up beach canopy

With heavy-duty fabric and a powder-coated steel frame, this lightweight canopy is easy to pop up and gives you a total of 64 square feet of shade. The FreeLand Pop Up Canopy Tent is easy to transport and set up. You get everything you need including a carry bag, stakes, and wind ropes. Perfect for recreational and commercial use, it features an elegant round top and slanted legs that give you extra stability.

The FreeLand Pop-Up Canopy Tent is great for sporting events, camping, and beach activities providing 10 x 10 feet of ground coverage at the base. It also has an adjustable height with 8’9” at its peak. Made with a high-grade steel frame, the FreeLand Pop-Up Canopy Tent has a white powder coat finish that stops peeling, rust, chipping, and corrosion while the fire resistant fabric blocks 99% of UV rays.

It’s small enough to put in your trunk and easy to assemble. Although you will need two people and the instructions leave something to be desired.

Giantex Beach Canopy - best large canopy for family

The Giantex EZ POP Up Beach Canopy is a high-quality tent that is convenient to transport and works for many of your outdoor needs. Perfect for recreation or commercial use, this canopy can be used for the beach, weddings, parties, or flea markets.

It can also be erected on a hard surface like driveways, decks, or the lawn. With a white powder coated steel frame, this canopy is waterproof and comes with four wall pieces with two including windows.

It’s very easy to set up and even easier to fold down. It’s really sturdy and will hold up in a still breeze, although the walls will get stressed out if the winds are too high.

Otentik SunShade - best sun shade for the beach

The Otentik Beach Sun Shade is constructed from Eurojersey, the highest quality Italian fabric, that is made with sensitive Microfibre that includes 28% LYCRA®. The manufacturer chose to make a versatile and innovative canopy for your next beach adventure. Not only can it provide shade for the beach, or to hang out by the river or playing with your children in the backyard.

The Otentik SunShade is durable and lightweight that will last you for many years with no pilling and can be set up easily by one person. It also features a level of 50 UPF and has been successfully tested in up to 18-knot winds. Weighing only six pounds, this compact canopy folds down to the size of a beach towel and features breathable qualities that are wind resistant and sand-repellent.

If you’re looking for a sun shade that’s really portable, sturdy and lightweight, look no further!

Coleman 10x10 Beach Canopy

Made with UV Guard material, the Coleman Beach Canopy can be assembled in just three minutes using only three steps to make a nice shade area on the beach. It offers your protection from the sun’s harmful rays while providing ventilation through two-way roof vents that keep air circulating as temperatures rise. The pre-attached telescoping poles are lightweight and can be assembled without reaching over your head allowing the tent to be set up by just one person.

Measuring 10 x 10 feet, this tent easily folds down and fits inside most vehicles. The Coleman Beach Canopy offers comfort grips give you adjustability that is pinch-free while locking the shelter into place. It is stable enough to be set up on asphalt, concrete, and grass due to its steel feet that are welded. It is also easy to transport and store with its carry bag that has wheels making it easy to pull.

It takes just a couple of minutes to set up and does pretty much everything you want it to. The only thing that we didn’t much like was that when the sand gets into locks and levers it can make them quite difficult to lock.


Coleman 13 x 13 - Best for Wind


Coleman 13x13 - best beach canopy for wind

Able to be set up in three minutes, the Coleman Beach Canopy easily creates a shady area on the beach. Constructed with UV Guard material, the Coleman Beach Canopy gives you protection from the sun’s harmful rays and includes two-way roof vents that keep the air circulating as the temperature rises. Telescoping poles are pre-attached and lightweight enough so that anyone can set up the tent by themselves without having to reach over their head. And it has "eaves" that draw the covering tight on the frame which is what makes it so stable in the wind.

With adjustability that is pinch-free, the shelter will lock into place with comfort grips once the canopy is completely assembled. The Coleman Beach Canopy provides stable shelter on concrete, grass, and asphalt due to its steel feet that are welded. Easily transported and stored, the Coleman Beach Canopy also includes a carry bag with wheels that is easy to pull that fits inside most vehicles.

Measuring 13 x 13 feet, the Coleman Back Home Instant Shelter features a sturdy steel frame that is one-piece and is easy to setup with Coleman's exclusive release levers that use push-buttons allowing your fingers to safe during takedown and setup. This is a heavy-duty canopy that has a hex-shape with a large center height of eight feet and four inches. It also includes SPF 50+ UV Guard protection from the sun's harmful rays and poles that are footed for security and tent pegs made of steel for extra stabilization.

Abba Patio 12x12 pop up beach canopy

​With an Oxford fabric cover that has received a water-resistant treatment on the inside and outside, the Abba Patio Folding Canopy is durable and sturdy. It also features white powder coated steel finish that stops peeling, rust, chipping, and corrosion. The legs are simple to adjust with two height options up to 8.2 feet at the peak and a total of 81 square feet of shade.

The Abba Patio Canopy is portable and lightweight weighing only 37 pounds. With its fast and easy setup, you won’t need any tools, and it is perfect for recreational, commercial, and sporting events use. It also folds down to a nice compact size that will easily fit into the trunks of most vehicles and is easy to transport with the included roller bag.

It can easily be put up by just one person and folds down nicely into the carrying case.


A Buyers Guide to Beach Canopies

When the temperature starts to rise, lots of people head to the beach to cool off. Depending on the number of people that need to seek shade from the hot sun, you will need to find the right sized beach canopy that is not only durable and wind and water resistant, but that is also easy to set up and carry. There are tons of beach canopies on the market with different sizes and features, so you decide what features are right for you and your beach canopy, you should have no problem finding the right beach canopy for your needs.

When looking for a decent canopy you’ll be asking yourself a bunch of questions:

  • Does it have to be a beach canopy? Or will any old canopy do?

  • How big does it need to be?

  • How light is too light and how heavy is too heavy?

  • How easy are these things to set up and pack away?

I’ve gone and taken a look at a whole range of options to help you navigate the array of canopies on the market. In this article I’m going to offer up few tips on what to look for in a great beach canopy and selected 6 of the best to review so that you don’t have to spend any more time than necessary making a decision. And that means you can focus on the important stuff like getting the ice packed into the cooler. (And here's a video on how to do just that...)

Types of Canopy to Consider

Slant Leg vs Straight Leg Canopy

Slant leg canopies tend to look better and they are also usually a bit cheaper. But they have two problems: firstly you lose coverage and secondly they tend to be less stable than straight leg canopies. If you want your beach canopy to hold up in strong winds, you might be better off with a straight-legged canopy which is generally more sturdy. And when it comes to space, you know exactly what you are getting.

Fixed Location Garden Canopy

This style comes with a replaceable fabric canopy and side curtains so it has the ability to turn an open-air tent into a weatherproofed shelter.

Square Canopy on Four Legs

Normally measuring 10 x 10 feet, some of these canopies with this style measure 8 x 8 feet but have feet that spread out for a total of 10 feet square size. Varying in ease of setup and portability, this style is convenient as a backyard shelter and is a popular choice for those needing to cover a temporary outdoor display like crafters.

Triangular Canopy

Often used at pools or restaurant patios, this canopy style is considered seasonal use and is connected with rope onto places that are hard to reach.

Garage Canopy

Designed to cover up to three vehicles, this style comes with a heavy-duty fabric and is often used to cover boats, cars, truck, and agricultural equipment.

Beach Canopy

Similar to a supersized beach umbrella, beach canopies have a “pop up” style that can have a reflective surface and ventilation to lessen the heat inside, plus they are sometimes rated for sun screening.

Baby Beach Canopy

These canopies are usually about three feet square and also feature a “pop up” design that works at the beach and in your backyard. I’ve reviewed a bunch of pop up tents for the beach which you can read here.

Part Canopy

Sizes range from big to small depending on the type of event being held. Used with or without sides, they can also come equipped ready for electricity and are usually measured by square footage as well as guests it can accommodate.

Considerations for Selecting a Beach Canopy

You also want to make sure you have something that is portable, easy to set up, and will do well in the wind.

Easy Assembly

Ease of assembly is often a big consideration when choosing the right beach canopy. The last thing you want is to be wrestling with a canopy in the wind in the hot sun. You may want to choose a tent that is easily set up by one person instead of requiring two people as that can indicate the difficulty level of the setup.

Make sure it has few parts that can get lost and has easy to pop up lever that is easy to secure in the wind. You also want a canopy that will disassemble just as easily and fold down well into the included carrying bag.

Portability

If you are buying a canopy for the beach, you are obviously planning to have to carry it to places. You need to consider whether the tent can be moved, but that once it is folded down and packed away, that it is easy to take back to your car.

Does the carrying case have wheels or a handle that is handy for lifting and rolling? How heavy is it once it is fully loaded and will it fit into your vehicle? You need to answer all these questions before choosing a canopy.

Side Walls

Some canopies will come with side walls to help keep out rain and wind. It also helps to create a private atmosphere or keep insects away. In some cases, it can cause an unwanted build-up of heat, so some designs allow for the side walls to be rolled up or tied back on corner posts when they aren’t needed.

Safety

You may choose a canopy for its rain protection, so make sure you check to see if the seams are properly sealed so they won’t leak. You should also look to see if the canopy is fire retardant and meets any relevant regulations. If you intend to put up your canopy on a windy day, make sure it has sufficient weight on each of its corners, usually about 40 pounds, and make sure the sidewalls are weighted as well.

Durability

Most contemporary canopies are very weather resistant and include durable aluminum poles that support it. Canopies with fewer parts are better for having less important pieces to lose, and durable fabrics are important, especially if it is a fabric that quickly dries after it rains.

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Bertie

Bertie

I’m Bertie and I’ve been enjoying the wilderness for as long as I can remember. I get out camping, hiking and backpacking whenever I can. And when I can’t, I enjoy writing about outdoor-related stuff!

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