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
Bestseller No. 2
PUREBOX Automatic Pop Up Beach Tent, Extra Large Lightweight Ventilated Sun Shelter Tent with Zipper Door for 2-4 Person, Rated UPF 50+ for UV Waterproof Windproof Sun Shade
  • 【INSTANT POP UP DESIGN】: The frame of our beach tent is made of Memory Wire that has good elasticity. With automatic pop-up design allows you to set up and fold down in just seconds. No assembling required. You can get the instructions from the images or from the package.
  • 【UV 50+ PROTECTION】: The eco-friendly silver coated tent surface reflects and absorbs sunlight to block up harmful ultraviolet rays which protect user from ultraviolet rays. So you can choose PUREBOX UV 50+ beach tent for all your summer activities.
  • 【BETTER STABILITY】: The pop-up tent is designed with 4 big sandbags and 2 big storage pockets to keep the tent steady in the wind. And we also provide 10 steel ground stakes and 4 durable ropes to enhance its stability. Our beach tents have stronger windproof function when compared to other brands in the market.
  • 【WATER REPELLENT & VENTILATION】: Water repellent polyester with taped seams keeps the inner shelter dry. Meanwhile a rear window made of high density mesh allows fresh air to flow freely through the tent to keep the inside cool. Besides, compared with other brands, the bottom of the back of our tents are higher, prevent sand and dust into the tent.
  • 【COMPACT SPACE & PORTABILITY】: The tent is 75 x 65 x 51inches (L x W x H) providing a spacious interior shelter that comfortably fits 2-4 people. Which is larger than others in the market. Weighing just 4.4 lbs and folds down to a travel size of 23 x 23 x 2 inches (L x W x H) for easy transportation with an included carrying bag - easy to fit in the trunk of a car.
Bestseller No. 3
Glymnis Pop Up Beach Tent 2-5 Person Portable Automatic Sun Shelter UV Protection Windproof for Outdoor Camping Fishing Picnic
  • 🌼【POP UP IN SECONDS】Save energy and esay to set up! Featuring automatic pop-up design,Glymnis beach tent is no assembly required,it can be set up in a few seconds.
  • ☀️【UPF50+ UV PROTECTION】Glymnis beach tent is made of 170T Polyester Oxford cloth and anti-UPF50+ coating lining,which help to blocks strong and harmful UV rays.In addition,the tent is equipped with ventilated mesh, so you won't feel stuffy in the tent even in the hot summer.
  • 🌟【BETTER STABILITY】Tent poles are made of galvanized iron,which are tough and not easy to break.Besides,accessories came with 4 windpoof ropes,6 tent pegs,4 seperate sand bags and 1 storage bag.Use sandbags and tent pegs on the external of the tent on windy days can better fix the tent on the ground and enhance the windproof stability.
  • 🌊【LARGER SIZE&MULTI USES】Tent size is 200 x 165 x 130cm,which can shelter 4-5 people.Ideal for various activities,like rest on the beach,camping,picnic and fishing.It can also be used in garden or at home for family happy time.
  • ✈️【EASY TO CARRY】This tent came with a carry bag allows to storage it,and the folded size is only 50 x 50 x 2cm.Can be easily carried to beach or park,aslo can be put in your suitcase for travel.
SaleBestseller No. 4
WolfWise UPF 50+ Easy Pop Up Beach Tent Sun Shelter Instant Automatic Portable Sport Umbrella Baby Canopy Cabana Blue Medium
  • Portable & Large Space: Weighing just 3.8 lbs, it folds down to a travel size of 20" L x 20" W x 1.38" H. The open size is 59.06" L x 59.06" W x 49.21" H with a 39.37” front porch, which comfortably fits 2-3 people.
  • Unique Sandbag & More Stable: The innovative sandbag design fitted with a tightening string allows you to pour sand in and out within seconds. And 4 wind ropes are added to make it hard to be blown down in windy conditions.
  • UPF 50+ & Water Repellent: The pop up tent is made of polyester and eco-friendly silver coating that effectively blocks up to 98% of the sun's harmful UV rays. And the water-repellent structure will keep you dry and relaxed when it drizzles, but please avoid using it in heavy rain.
  • 360-degree Ventilation: The large front entrance combined with the full-zippered rear door provides easy access and maximum ventilation. Zip up the front and rear door to change into dry clothes for privacy. Two mesh windows are enlarged to help circulate air and widen your vision.
  • Applicable To Multiple Scenarios: This cool sun tent is not only appropriate to be used at the beach, but also at the park, backyard, fishing, playground, playgroups, sporting events, music festivals, weekend trip, or children playhouse. The perfect idea for birthday parties, picnics, carnivals, and sleepovers.


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!