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Heading to the beach? We've covered the sunscreen you need to pack—now let's talk umbrellas. The right amount of shade can make or break the perfect beach day. Here are some of our top picks.
The Beach Shade, Shibumi Breeziest
We know this beach shade by Shibumi isn't technically an umbrella, but it's all the rage in beach gear these days. The lightweight design is open-ended and uses the ocean breeze to cast ample shade. It's easy to assemble, carry and made with UPF 30+ sun protection. Keep it in your car to set up anytime, anywhere.
The Wind Challenger, L.L. Bean Sturdiest
This umbrella by L.L. Bean is meant to sustain super-high winds. It's seven feet in diameter, has an integrated two-way 45-degree tilt and provides UPF 50+ sun protection. The patented venting system at the top lets wind pass through it rather than lifting it up.
The Tonal Palm Umbrella, Tommy Bahama Biggest
Tommy Bahama, 371 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota; 140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota; online
Looking for the biggest beach umbrella? Tommy Bahama's got you covered—literally. This nine-foot, tonal palm interior umbrella is perfect for those ultra-sunny days. It's lab-tested to block 99.8 percent of UVA and UVB rays and has two 12-inch stakes to keep it secure in the sand. Fit the whole fam under it!
St. Tropez Beach Umbrella, Pottery Barn Smallest
Pottery Barn, 140 University Town Center Drive, Suite 256, Sarasota
This umbrella from Pottery Barn is what boho-chic dreams are made of. The cute stripes and fringe add style to sunny days. The umbrella is small—perfect for a solo beach trip—and is easy to set up. It also comes in a variety of colors.
The CoolCabana 5, Cool Cabanas Trendiest
Featured in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal and Pop Sugar, the CoolCabana 5 has become a summer must-have. The fun, patterned cabanas come in a medium and large size (43 square feet and 64 square feet, respectively) and have sand pockets to keep from blowing away. They are portable, offer UPF 50+ protection, and are great for hosting group picnics and barbecues.
Seven-Foot Beach Umbrella, Nautica Cheapest
Bed, Bath & Beyond, 111 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota; 6567 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; online
If you want a beach umbrella that's going to stand the test of time without breaking the bank, this one from Nautica is perfect. The seven-foot umbrella has a vented canopy and twist-in power base—guaranteed to keep it from flying away. It's also portable, easy to carry and offers UV protection.
Sun Shelter Pop-Up Tent, Food52 Shadiest
Nap time? No problem. Let the kids drift off to sleep under the shade of this pop-up tent by Food52. Setting it up takes seconds—just toss the round disc it's packed in and it snaps open. The polyester shell is lightweight, comes with stakes for extra-windy days, and has a mesh window so you can check the surf.