Best Beach Umbrella

Getting some sun is a great way to increase your vitamin D intake and experience an array of health benefits. However, it’s important that you protect your skin to ensure you don’t potentially damage it and compromise your health. The journal JAMA Dermatology recommends using more than one sun safety strategy at a time, and a beach umbrella can provide the protection you need from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

What is a beach umbrella?

A beach umbrella is a large umbrella that can provide portable shade and sun protection. It can make outdoor activities more enjoyable by protecting you from the sun, so it’s a must-have for any avid pool and beach goer.

Top Beach umbrellas

BeachBub All In One Beach Umbrella System, best beach gear, beach vacations, beach travel destinationsBeachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System

The beachBUB® (50+ UPF) 7 ½ foot All-In-One, Beach Umbrella System includes the US Patented Beach Umbrella Base and Pat Pen Sand Gopher. The beachBUB® Base is the only sand base that solves both common beach umbrella problems, tipping over and fly-aways. The beachBUB® Sand Gopher is a small unique tool that makes a perfect 8″ hole in the sand in less than 10 seconds. All Beach Umbrella sand bag anchors will help prevent the umbrella fly-aways because they use the weight of the sand to keep it in place.

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Sport-Brella Versa-Brella All Position Umbrella with Universal Clamp, best beach gear, beach vacations, beach travel destinationsSport-Brella Versa-Brella All Position Umbrella with Universal Clamp

There’s no reason to search for shade, when you can bring it with you. Use the Versa-Brella for all of your outdoor adventures. Whether it’s time for your favorite player to run down the field, or you’re spending your day at the beach, you’ll be confident in your sun protection with this quick set up canopy. The UPF 50+ protection, and 99.5% protection from UVA and UVB light will keep your skin safe. We even include eye safety tips, and an underneath silver coating so you’ll have everything you need. With a compact carrying case, and weighing only 1.8 lbs. this offers you a hassle free set up and easy transportation.

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Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella, best beach gear, beach vacations, beach travel destinationsSport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella

Sit and enjoy sporting events or nature in your own environment. With an innovative design, the Sport-Brella protects you from the elements but won’t restrict your view. The umbrella is also sun-safe, with a UPF 50+ coating that protects users from more than 99.5 percent of UVA and UVB rays.  A beach umbrella, sun tent, rain shelter, and more, the Sport-Brella gives you instant, portable protection from the elements regardless of your activity. The Sport-Brella measures 8 feet wide when open, and 54 x 4 x 4 inches when folded. The unit comes with a convenient carrying bag plus tethers and ground stakes for extra stability.

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Pacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach, best beach gear, beach vacations, beach travel destinationsPacific Breeze Easy Setup Beach

Specially designed hub system showcases industry leading design. The fastest and easiest set up and take down of all beach tents on the market.  Lightweight, compact beach tent provides protection from the sun, rain and wind for all outdoor activities, UPF 50+ sun protection and large windows for ventilation. The beach tent is made from breathable polyester and is water repellent. weighing just 4.5 pounds and folds down to a travel size of 40 L x 5 W x 5 H.

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Tommy Bahama Sand Anchor 7 ft Beach Umbrella with Tilt and Telescoping Pole, best beach gear, beach vacations, beach travel destinationsTommy Bahama Sand Anchor 7 ft Beach Umbrella with Tilt and Telescoping Pole

This 7 foot Tommy Bahama Beach Umbrella has an aluminum pole with fiberglass ribs. The Vent located on the top of the canopy increases its wind tolerance and gives the umbrella more stability in windy conditions. The Tilting Mechanism allows for easy adjusting to the moving sun.  This beach umbrella features a silver lining for a UPF 50+ sun protection.

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EasyGo 8 Foot Heavy Duty High Wind Beach Umbrella, best beach gear, beach vacations, beach travel destinationsEasyGo 8 Foot Heavy Duty High Wind Beach Umbrella

This 8 foot wide canopy beach umbrella overcomes several of the design weaknesses of traditional beach umbrellas. The heavy duty beach umbrella pole is anodized aluminum constructed with fiberglass ribs and spreaders for more flexibility providing steady, reliable protection during windy conditions, unlike traditional cheap beach umbrellas which ribs go inside-out making it unusable.  It features a vented canopy, adjustable height, adjustable tilt, sturdy yet lightweight design for long lasting use, and a storage bag for shade on the go!

Purchase Now: EasyGo 8 Foot HEAVY DUTY HIGH WIND Beach Umbrella – Giant 8′ Beach Umbrella with Sand Anchor & Carrying Bag -Sturdy Pole and Thicker Fiberglass Ribs for High Wind Resistance

28 Comments

  1. Abbee

    Lots of great beach umbrella choices here! I really don’t like to use too much sunscreen, and this makes a lot more sense! I live in Missouri, so I don’t often need one around here, but the portable Sport-Brella model that clamps onto a chair would be great for taking to the lake, or even to bring on a trip to the coast! Thank you for showcasing such a wide variety of styles!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Abbee, and yes they are great for lakes, and just being at the park actually. Not just for the beach 🙂 The BeachBUB though does need sand or dirt to hold it up. It is nice because you can even put it up in an area where you can’t get it in the ground 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Emonne

    Oh my gosh! Finally, a site that has a great recommendation for beach umbrellas. I love love love going to the beach. However, I don’t love what it does to my skin, and after reading this review and seeing your list of recommendations, I don’t think that I will have that problem anymore.

    Thanks for this!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Emonne! Let me know which one you chose. I have the beachbub and love it! So easy to put up and take down, and it stays in the wind….biggest plus! Thank you for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com!

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  3. Lo

    I love this review. I honestly never knew there were so many variations of a beach umbrella and with such different uses.

    We all worry about skin protection and considering sun screen etc, but I never consider the next step of going to an umbrella. How much time during the day do you recommend being under the umbrella if you still want to enjoy the sun?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am a beach bum and I will spend only an hour on “each side :D), and the rest under the umbrella.  I don’t like to over do it and I still have a great tan 🙂  Thanks for reading about the best beach umbrella.

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  4. Tammy

    What a great selection of beach umbrellas. I especially like the Pacific Breeze one. I’m guilty of being a sun worshiper all my life. Beaches, rivers and lakes are always my vacation destinations, love the sun, but now it’s time to start watching how much time I spend in it. It’s already getting hot here in San Diego so I’ll be needing one of these umbrellas for the beach, thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Tammy! Yes, I am a sun worshiper myself. The water and the sun just calls my name! But I do use an umbrella now and watch how much time I am in the sun. Thanks for visiting BeachTravelDestinations.com.

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  5. Kerry

    Incredible site and set out beautifully.  I love the images and colors that just pop out at you.  May I ask which theme you are using? I honestly just love your site and great information on beach umbrellas!  I will be back to look more thoroughly thru your site at all the recommendations.  Thank you!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Kerry and I use Happenstance for my website.  I am glad you liked it and thank you for visiting!

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  6. sarah

    Thank you for your amazing posts. These umbrellas looks amazing, what do you think, which is the best one to buy? The video also helped learn more about the beachBub. I think it is the best one for the beach, do you? Thank you for your reviews.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you are enjoying visiting my website! I have the BeachBUB, and it is hands down the best umbrella out of all of them. It will withstand the wind, it is easy to set up, and it has UV protection. Thank you for visiting the Best Beach Umbrella.

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  7. Wing

    Finally I can say good-bye to either the flimsy umbrellas my friends bring and the rental ones that charges you an arm and a leg at the shore. One time investment and this should last me for a while. Thank you so much for posting this as it’s shore season and this definitely comes in handy.

    Look forward to other reviews soon!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, it will last a very long time 🙂

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  8. Jeanetta

    Hello Leah Rae,
    This is really good information, especially since we are heading into the summer months and will be visiting the beaches a lot. Thanks this will come in handy this summer.
    Jeanetta

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Jeanetta. It really is a great beach umbrella! Hands down the best and easiest to put up.
      !

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  9. Surrounding Beauty

    Hi there.

    Nice article on the best beach umbrella. This would definitely come in useful for my next beach holiday. The beach umbrellas provided by resorts are always occupied by other tourists, owing one will help to solve the problem. However, I do foresee bringing a beach umbrella on vacation to be a hassle since it takes up some much space!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      True, but we take it as carry-on and have the flight attendant store it for us, so not a big deal. Then we have it and don’t have to rent one!

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  10. Winny

    Hey there,

    Very interesting topic on umbrellas,

    I personally like it since I come from Thailand and I often went to beaches. Your information you have provided is very useful for me and others and want to take vacation at the beaches.

    I also like your pic and the color you chose 🙂 Normally blue stands for security and guarantee, but in your case it represents holiday and relaxation.

    Great job 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      And who doesn’t like holiday and relaxation, right? Enjoy!

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  11. ahmed

    wow this is for sure one good gadget i can grab for my family. It will make life easier for me as my wife and kids can go to the beach on their own with out the need for me to go to do the umbrella. thank you very much

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’re welcome, it really is truly a great umbrella for the beach!

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  12. ComfyCat

    Hi,

    This umbrella looks great. We always have problems with sun protection whenever I go to the beach with my family and I often tend to burn, sometimes regardless of the sunscreen that I use. It’s well-priced too. I might consider it for our next beach trip. Thanks for the suggestion.

    Sarraa

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Your welcome! Yes, we love it because I love to keep my face in the shade. My son also likes to sit/play in the shade, so it’s perfect!

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  13. Nelson

    Awesome article on the Umbrella beach system. Something to consider when my family and I go on our next vacation. thank you for sharing this with us. What I like is that its not expensive at all.
    what exactly does it come with?

    thanks again for tip and maybe I buy from you soon.
    look forward to more articles from you.

    Nelson

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Everything you see in the picture except the chair and table 🙂 So the umbrella, the umbrella pole, the beachBUB (the part that holds the umbrella up), shovel and the carrier 🙂

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  14. Emma

    WOW! This solves so many problems! I am never strong enough to get our umbrella deep in the sand, I would love to have something so easy. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Emma, this is the best beach umbrella ever, hands down. I am surprise that you can actually buy them on Amazon as the company site shows them out-of-stock. Thanks for looking!

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