Best beach tent and uv sun shelters for kids, babies and families

There’s nothing like a trip to the beach, or a long day lazing in the garden on a summers day to realise that it would be a good idea to have some sort of sun shelter.  The sun can get so hot, but then we also want to be out enjoying it!  Getting a uv tent could be the answer to your worries – here’s some of my favourites to help you find the best beach tent around for use at home and abroad.

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What to look for when buying a sun tent

The things that you’ll likely want to bear in mind when choosing a beach sun shade is:

  • Sun protection – does it have any and what UV rating.
  • How easy is it to put up
  • Ease of putting it away
  • Can you zip it up? some shelters do this and it makes a great changing area for kids and adults!
  • Size – can you fit everyone under it if need be?
  • How big is it packed up


Check out the latest bestsellers on Amazon here – they aren’t necessarily ones we’ve reviewed (you can see those as you go down the page) but this is an up to date list.  

Bestseller No. 1
Glymnis Pop Up Beach Tent for 2-4 Person Automatic Portable UPF 50+ UV Protection Sun Shade Windproof Sun Shelter with Zipper Door for Outdoor Family Picnic Fishing Home Garden
  • UPF 50+ UV Protection - With safe and non-toxic silver coated on the fabric, the beach tent can protect you from strong sun burn, provide you an oasis during hot summer time.
  • Easy Set Up and Take Down - With automatic pop-up design, the tent can pop up in a second without any confusing and tedious steps. And you can also take down the beach tent easily. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us .
  • Zipper Door Design - The zipper door can be fully closed to protect your privacy, you can use it as a changing room. Open the zipper door, it become the extended fabric on the floor, which expands the area of the tent.
  • Larger Size - With a size of 175 x (125+85) x 125cm , Glymnis beach tent is suitable for 2-4 person, especially for traveling with the whole family or several friends together in summer time.
  • Durable & Portable - Made of 190T Sliver Coated Polyester, our beach tent is durable, not easy to tear. Can be folded into a compact size, with our carry bag, you can take it anywhere
SaleBestseller No. 2
Wolfwise 2-3 Person UPF 50+ Portable Beach Canopy Tent Sun Shade Umbrella with Extendable Floor
  • UPF 50+ & Water Repellent: The tent bottom is made of PE cloth to make it more wear-resistant. The main fabric is polyester with 50+ UV protection grade, making it block up to 98% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. The water repellent fabric will keep you dry and relaxed in rainy days.
  • Sand Bag In 4 Corners: This beach tent is designed with four sandbags in four corners to enhance its stability. The extra four stakes and windropes fasten the tent to protect it from being blown down by the breeze, which has stronger windproof function.
  • Natural Ventilation & Extendable Floor: The beach tent features 3 high-density mesh windows combined with extendable floor to deliver 360-degree ventilation, and keep the inside cool. Through the windows, you can enjoy the beautiful beach scenery with your family or entertain the children freely on a delightful summer afternoon.
  • Spacious Space: The dimensions of the tent are 82.7” x 45.3” x 49.2” (L x W x H) providing a spacious interior shelter that comfortably accommodates 2-3 people. And it is designed with internal pockets to store some small items such as phone, key, towel and so on. It provides an ideal shade for your little boys when it has a moment of rest in the middle of the soccer game or baseball game.
  • Foldable & Lightweight:Ultra-lightweight construction allows for easy transportation with an included carrying bag. Weighing just 4 pounds and it can be folded to a compact size of 17.3” x 4.7” (L x W x H). You can put it in a suitcase or backpack. And you don’t need to worry that it’s too big to take away when traveling by plane.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Active Era® Pop Up Beach Tent - Rated UPF 50+ for UV Sun Protection - Includes Carry Travel Bag & Tent Pegs
  • UV Sun Protection: The beach tent is lined with a UPF 50+ UV protective material to provide you and your family with much needed protection from the sun’s strong UV rays
  • Fast Set Up & Pack Away: Forget confusing tent instructions and fiddly poles, our tents automatic pop-up design allows you to setup in just seconds, and pack away in minutes
  • Wind Proof: The practical design allows you to shelter from the summer wind and external sand pockets and pegs keep the tent safely weighted down to the ground
  • Good Ventilation: The open-door design and rear mesh window ensure the tent is always well ventilated to keep the inside cool and breathable, even in the heat of the summer heat
  • Lightweight Design: The tent has been specifically designed to be lightweight and easy to transport. Weighing only 0.98kg and packing away into a small 45 x 45 x 3cm bag, you can easily take the tent to the beach or park
SaleBestseller No. 4
Zenoplige Pop Up Tent, Beach Camping Tent Foldable Outdoor Lightweight Waterproof Tent as Sun Shelter Family and Dog on Garden, Beach
  • 【Blue Oversize POP UP TENT ONLY 1.1KG 】lightweight Blue Oversize pop up tent only 1.1kg with carry bag,you can the take backpacking tent for a long trip to Rhossili Bay Beach,Fox Wood Camping,have a family day with barbecue in your garden
  • 【OPEN IN ONE SECOND】No need assemble,no need waste time.You can open it in one second.Bring foldable tent to give your kids a magic
  • 【FOLDABLE & VENTILATION DESIGN】Excellent ventilation!Great airflow provides by 2 large side meash window.This beach tent sun shelter pop up creates your own HUT canopy.Foldable tent design lets you not have to worry about how to store the tent
  • 【UNTI-UV AND WATERPROOF FABRIC】The beach tent is lined with a UPF 50+ UV protective material and waterproof fabric,to protect from strong sun's ray,play fun on the beach
  • 【STABLE LIKE A SMALL HOUSE】Firm structure!High density flat wire pole and 6 pegs guarantee the durability of the ten!As an honest company,We offer a 1-year limited warranty. If you are not satisfied with our tent, please feel free to contact us. We will provide you with speedy service, your complete satisfaction is our top priority.


Best beach tent for babies, kids and families

Coleman Sundome Beach Shelter

This is the sun shelter that we have used many times in the past.  It’s a really spacious canopy that all can sit under if need be (there were 4 of us).  We had the large size but it also comes in an extra large size as well which I think I could even stand up under (I’m very short – 5ft 0!).

It can be used in a garden or on the beach with both normal pegs and guide lines or the sand pockets to weigh it down.  What I like about this version is that you can take the groundsheet and zip it up so perfect to store your towels etc if you want to walk for an ice cream or if you need to get changed.

It’s really easy to put up, it’s really sturdy and has a UPF of 50+.  It was one of the best things we bought when our kids were little!

      • comes in a blue or green colour
      • also comes in two sizes – large or extra large
      • fibreglass poles
      • Dimensions: L – w 248cm, h 118cm; XL – w – 320cm, h 165cm
      • weight: L – 1.9kg; XL – 3.3kg

great for – small or big families



BabyMoov Pop Up Anti UV tent


If you’re looking for a baby sun tent that is small and can suit just one child this one is a really good option.

It’s a pop up design, lightweight and designed specifically for babies.  It has a mesh sides and so is good for also keeping bugs and flies off your baby.  It keeps your baby in one spot too so if you’re worried about them moving around too much this will help you.

          • small and light – ultra portable
          • only big enough for babies
          • non toxic baby safe material
          • filters up to 99% of UVA and UVB rays
          • UPF rating of 50+
          • dimensions when opened – 98 x 90 x 85 cm


Perfect for when you want to make sure your baby is super protected from the harmful UV rays!



BFull outdoor automatic beach shelter



This is a pop up beach shelter that is really easy to put up – just throw it where you want it and it will go into shape!  If you want something really easy to use, perhaps if you’re on your own with a few kids, then a pop up tent is the easiest option.

This tent has a UPF rating of 50+ so ideal for sunny days and includes normal pegs for gardens and fields and also sand pockets for the beach.  It zips up and also has a mesh back to provide airflow – it’s also a really inexpensive item so perfect for those on a budget.

It’s not the easiest to get back in the bag though – perhaps needs a bit of practice!


              • silver coated fabric to provide UV protection
              • UPF rating of 50+
              • pop up design
              • inexpensive
              • dimensions – 65 x 59 x 43.3 inches (165 x 150 x 110cm)

perfect for: simplicity 



Little life family beach shelter

This is a super simple and easy to put up beach canopy that’s big enough for the whole family to sit inside if need be and has a zip up door if you want some privacy when changing at the beach etc.

It has a sun protection level of UPF 50+, only has 3 poles to fit in to the shelter and also has sand pockets to fill up to weigh it down.  It’s a great shelter that has more of a tent feel than just a canopy like the Coleman sun dome.  It is also on the pricier side of most of these shelters.

                  • UPF rating of 50+
                  • all round shelter so good for very windy days
                  • dimensions – 150 x 130 x 88cm
                  • weight – 1.45kg

perfect for: those who like a choice of a bit more privacy on the beach or for when kids need quiet time



Qeedo quick palm pop up beach shelter

Lastly we have this beach shelter from Qeedo.

This one is really popular and rightly so.  It has a really high UV rating of 80 so perfect if you’re worried about how much sun your kids are getting.  It’s also super simple to put up and really quick (10 seconds apparently!)- you know this is important if you’re struggling in the park or on the beach!

                      • really quick and easy to put up with their 10 seconds quick up system
                      • High UV rating of 80
                      • dimensions – l 230cm x w 150cm  x h 130cm
                      • weight – 2.3kg

great for: single parents or solo trips to the beach.  No hassle!