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Best baby beach tents 2021

Section: Family travel
beach tent

If you've ever been to a beach with a baby or toddler, you'll know how handy it is to have a tent in tow while you're there.

Not only are they great for changing the whole family in, they're also great for protecting your baby's skin from the harsh rays of the sun. 

If you're in the market to buy a beach tent for your summer holidays this year, we've rounded up the best beach tents that protect from UV rays, are easy to pop up, have good ventilation and don't break the bank. 

Best baby beach tents

This lightweight tent folds up and pops out in seconds and is easy to transport. 

Key features: 

  • UPF 50+ (protection from ultra violet rays) 
  • 86" L x 57" W x 47" H (folds down to a travel size of 29.5" L x 29.5"W x 1.6" H)
  • Comfortably fits 3-4 people ( 3 adults, or 2 adults with 2 kids).

One reviewer said: 'Very roomy, my husband is quite tall and we always have the problem with everything too small for him but this tent is just perfect for the four of us plus the backpacks and food and toys and the pockets on the sides help a lot. Just not very easy to fold down but I guess we need more practice. Easy to carry.'

This shelter will protect your little ones from wind, sand and the harmful rays of the sun. It pops out easily and stores away flat making it very easy to travel with. 

Key features:

  • Size L200, W120cm
  • Made from polyester 
  • Diameter of 64cm when folded

One reviewer said: 'Bought this tent to take to the beach and/or picnics in the summer, with my little ones. As soon as I opened it, I got very impressed with the (massive) size of the tent! There is plenty of room for me plus 2 little boys and their toys and all out picnic/beach stuff. Definitely recommended!! My eldest is above the moon with "his" tent, as he says and we also have been using it as a tent for indoor playing.'

This beach shelter is built more like a proper tent with a door that does up with a zip. As well as protecting from the wind and UV rays, it also comes with a mosquito net to protect your baby from any bug bites. 

Key features: 

  • Size (L* W* H): 105x65x50cm / 41.34"x 25.59"x 19.69" Folded Size: 35x35x3cm / 13.78"x 13.78"x 1.18"
  • 50+ UPF UV protection
  • Includes a brim sun protection hat for baby
  • Waterproof


This tent is advertised as a tent you can put up and take down in two seconds and can fit either two children or one adult. 

Key features: 

  • Sun protection (UPF 20)
  • Folds down to 56 cm disc with carry strap 
  • Wind resistant and waterproof

One reviewer said: 'Does the job. Easy to put up and down. Enough room for two people and beach bag, cool box etc. Kept us shaded and cooler. Worth every penny.'

If your baby isn't quite old enough for a paddle in the sea but they still want a splash around, this tent is ideal as it features a fun little built in paddling pool. 

Key features:

  • Designed for children under 3 years of age.
  • Dimensions: Open size: 117*79*70cm/46*31*27.5inch, Carry bag size: 19inch.
  • Pops up in less than 3 seconds
  • 50 SPF UV Protection

One reviewer said: 'The best purchase ever. It has saved my day trips out everywhere. Beach, park, friends gardens, families. So good, lightweight, easy to pack and little one loves it. I was super impressed. Very good value for money too.'

This pop up tent provides instant shade from the sun and a fun place for your baby to play or nap. 

Key features: 

  • 2.5 lbs Weight
  • 55" x 43" Footprint; 43" Height. Folding size: 18" x 1.6"
  • Mesh for ventilation
  • Can be closed as a privacy tent when needed.

One reviewer says: 'This sunshade is great! It’s much bigger than expected, the baby gym fits inside with space to spare. We use it regularly at our allotment, and I can sit in it comfortably to feed the baby. We have used with the pegs or just put something heavy in the side pockets. Mesh window is great for ventilation, think it would get very warm without it. Easy to fold away once you get the hang of it! Highly recommend for the price.'

Assembled using fibreglass poles, this tent gives you sun shelter with UV SPR50 protection. 

Key features: 

  • Made from polyester
  • UV SPR50 protection
  • H120, W120cm
  • Guy ropes and poles included.

One reviewer said: 'I recently bought this and was very pleased with the quality and how easy it was to assemble. Perfect for keeping the little ones out of the sun and giving some shade.'

  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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