Best Beach Sun Shades for Families

Here at the, our main focus is providing you with the right information for purchasing the right beach shades for you and your family. From the family beach umbrella to the cheap beach shelter we want to be sure that we’ve got it all covered, with beach shade ideas to suit all family sizes and budgets. So here’s a little review of our favourite beach shelters to suit all.

Large Beach Shelter

At 95 inches wide and 59 inches high, it’s hard to find a beach shelter bigger than the Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Beach Canopy.

This large beach shelter is designed to offer sun shade for adults and children and with an SPF of 50+ you can be sure that your family is protected. It’s simple to erect and put down with it’s umbrella style hub and pole system, ideal with young children running around.

This canopy offers 270 degree views making it easier to watch children as they potter about the beach whilst also offering extra protection from the sun. And you can be sure the shade will stay put thanks to it’s sand pockets and stakes available to weigh it down.

This shade is easily transportable, since it weighs a tiny 7lb and comes with a handy carry case with shoulder strap.

It’s no surprise that this shade is rated 4.4 stars out of 5 on Amazon, with customers loving the space stating, “very happy and fits five comfortably.” Customers were also pleased with how easily it erected, with someone explaining, “We got it and opened/completely set up within 60 seconds.” Customers also comment on how durable and lightweight the tent is. Overall customers think this shade is a great buy for larger families.

Large Beach Umbrella

If large canopies aren’t really your thing, how about a large umbrella?

The Sport-Brella XL is a 9ft version of the regular Sport-Brella canopies and is available in 7 different colours from black to bright yellow. This large beach umbrella opens up much like a regular parasol with stakes to keep the umbrella and the side flaps firmly in place. The side flaps extend the umbrellas SPF 50+ protection whilst also protecting from the wind. The umbrella also has top wind vents and zippered windows to increase ventilation.

This beach sport equipment wouldn’t look out of place whilst camping or at a sports event. Weighing in at 11.5 pounds, it’s easily portable and functional.

Of 1102 customer reviews on Amazon, the Sport-Brella XL has an overall rating of 4.1 stars out of five. Customers say that this  umbrella is very large, which is great for protecting the whole family from the sun, but may struggle to fit in the trunk of some cars, so check before you buy! Despite it’s size, customers are happy that it is light and portable with one customer explaining, “The larger ones aren’t noticeably heavier and provide significantly more shade. However, they don’t easily fit in the trunk of most cars (or even in the back seat).”

If the Sport-Brella XL is a little too large for your family, then why not try the regular sized Sport-Brella?

Offering the same easy opening and fold down technique, and a brilliant SPF 125+ coverage all around, including the side flaps, this version of the sport-brella is only 7ft long rather than 9ft and weighs 2.5lb lighter than the XL version, making it an ideal family beach umbrella. If you don’t own a van or SUV, it might be the most portable and convenient option for you.

This regular sized version of the Sport-Brella is rated 4.4 stars out of five after 1374 customer reviews. Customers loved how great it was at protecting their children, with one mother saying, “it’s a great wind block as well as sun shade.” One short review simply states, “Very well constructed. Easy to put up. Not too big so it doesn’t take up too much room on sidelines. Keeps the kids out of the constant sun.” Overall this sun shade comes highly recommended by Amazon customers who have used it.

Cheap Beach Shelter

Sometimes the budget doesn’t always stretch too far for beach shade, particularly if you’ve just paid for your vacation. Fortunately there are plenty of shades on the market which suit smaller budgets, but still offer plenty of shade. The Texsport Calypso Cabana Beach Shelter is a great little value beach tent.

At 84 inches high and 48 inches wide, this is a good size beach tent for a small family. Made of heavy-duty polyurethane-coated taffeta for increased UV protection on three sides and a roof that extends overhead, this tent offers extensive sun protection.

Also included are mesh windows with storm flaps to allow for ventilation when necessary and sand bags and stakes to ensure it stays put whilst in use, even in the wind. The tent weighs in at 2.5lb making it ultra light-weight, and comes with a handy storage bag for easy portability.

Setting up the tent requires using a three-pole pin-and-ring frame system which customers suggest takes around 10 minutes or less to set-up for the day.

468 customer reviews give this product an overall rating of 4 stars out of five. Customers were pleased with the sun protection offered by this tent, with one mother stating, “It was a great place for my 6 month old to sleep and not get sunburned. Great cross breezes with the flaps up.” Another customer explained how easy it was to set-up stating, “I am so happy we bought this tent! It is very durable so easy to set up and put back in the bag!”

So there’s a little round-up of the top family beach shelters we found on Amazon. From sporty little shades for your beach sport equipment, to large umbrellas and lower priced tents. Beach shelters offer so much versatility and peace of mind for any family with small children, and with some of them priced very reasonably, you can expect to find something that suits your family size and budget. Have a safe vacation this summer!