Pop Up Beach Tents With UPF Provide Shade and Sun Protection

by dustytoes

I live in central Florida and visit the beach often. Using a pop-up beach tent is one way to enjoy vacation without a sunburn.

Anyone who vacations on the beaches of Florida should realize the danger of the sun. Of course the suns rays are harmful in other places, but Florida is especially dangerous.

For this reason, people with fair skin, and small children especially, should have a way to get out of the sun while at the beach.

Sunscreen is a must, but covering up helps also. I've scoured Amazon to find these beach tents with high UPF numbers which get high marks from customers.

Avoid The "Bad" UV Rays From the Sun


I'm not at all scientifically inclined, so this will be short.  There are plenty of articles about damage done by UVA and UVB rays.

UV, or ultra violet, radiation plays a part in skin cancer, cataracts and eye damage, wrinkles, and of course, sun burn.

SPF numbers will be found on Sunscreen and a high number is needed.  It is essential to wear a good sunscreen whenever you will be outside for any period of time.  And in Florida, it is necessary to wear always.  This is especially important when spending time near the water, where reflecting rays can be very harmful.  

Sunscreen combined with shade at the beach is double protection.

UPF protection applies to clothing and material.

For more information: Skin Cancer and UVA & UVB rays.

Beach Tent, Pop Up with Anti UV and UPF 50 Protection

Before setting up a tent know where the sun is and which way it will travel as the day wears on.
G4Free Large Pop Up Beach Tent 3-4 Person Instant Easy Up Outdoors ...
Only $39.99

G4Free Large Pop Up Beach Tent 3-4 Person UPF 50+

Quality tent, gets great reviews from buyers. The product page has lots of information including image of how to fold the tent.

The tent shown above is the G4Free large pop-up tent.  The material is "anti UV", which means it blocks the ultraviolet rays of the sun.  It is also rated UPF 50+ which is high.

The UPF rating is used for clothing and material, whereas SPF is for the skin. UPF tells how much of the suns UV rays will be absorbed by the fabric and not transferred to the skin.

Between using a good sunscreen and sitting inside this tent for at least part of your trip to the beach, you will be well protected.  Include good sunglasses, hat and rash guard and you will be winning the sunburn battle!

What to Look For in a Beach Tent or Cabana

When buying a beach tent or cabana, search for one that fits your needs.  Couples, singles and children will have varying requirements.

Look for something that can be anchored well and has good ventilation.  If the breeze can blow through, it is less likely to blow away.  Beaches tend to be windly.  Totally enclosed tents may be too hot.  Choose one with light colored fabric and a high UPF rating.

Set up and take down should be as easy as possible.  Read reviews from those who have already done it.  Especially practice the take down and folding of the tent.  You will be doing it in sandy, windy conditions when everyone is tired and ready to go home.  Having trouble with the tent could put a damper on an otherwise perfect day.


Popular Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent - UPF 50+

Nearly 3,000 reviews and 85% 5-star ratings at Amazon at the time of this writing.
Pacific Breeze Easy Up Beach Tent
$59.99  $55.94

Small Beach Tent For Baby or Toddler

This shade tent is for a small child.

Don't want to lug a big tent to the beach but need someplace cool and shady for the little one to play? The Monobeach Baby Beach Tent is unique in that it can be sunken into the sand to become a little pool for baby to sit in.

As long as you have a pain and / or shovel to dig a little hole, I don't see why this wouldn't work.  Be sure to keep an eye on young children even in this little bit of water.

There are videos to show how to fold this tent and put back into carry case.

Pop Up Tent For Babies

This one doubles as a little pool of water to keep baby cool and happy.
Monobeach Baby Beach Tent Pop up Portable Shade Pool UV Protection ...

Tips and Tricks From Someone Who Knows About the Florida Sun

I have lived in Florida for over 30 years off and on.  I visit the beach, go boating and know a lot about  Florida's damaging sun and what it takes to stay safe outdoors.

Sunscreen products have expiration dates.  Most sunscreen will only last 1-2 years (FDA says at least 3) and then will not be as effective.  

Buy sunscreen from a local store so you can see the expiration date for yourself.  DO NOT BUY SUNSCREEN ONLINE unless they show or tell you what the expiration date is of the product you will receive.  In Florida sunscreen products are for sale everywhere from the grocery store to gas stations.

Apply sunscreen before leaving for the beach and not when you get there.  It will have time to sink into the skin.  I use Neutrogena SPF 30 on my face - and ears - don't forget the ears.  And I wear a hat always, even in the water.  The rest of my body gets an SPF 8 or 15 but I never stay long at the beach.  For an all day visit, use a higher SPF and re-apply after swimming.  

Buy special sensitive skin products for babies and young children.

Don't forget lips.  You need a high SPF lip balm.

Worst times of day to be out in the sun is between 10:00AM and 2:00PM, but here in Florida you will burn at almost any time the sun is out.

*Bring along a container of fresh water for rinsing feet, children, faces, whatever.  Also bring a lot of drinking water.

Neutrogena Sunscreen and Expiration Date Location

This tube of sunscreen expired in March, 2018 but I am still using it. I will be buying new soon.
My sunscreen, showing the location of the Exp. date
My sunscreen, showing the location of the Exp. date

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A Beach Wagon Can Hold Lots of Items

For tourists who must walk across roads or travel a bit to the sand, this type of item is perfect.

Where I live the beaches are heavily filled with locals and tourists year round.  Many, more affordable, rental homes and condos are located across the road from the beach.  This means visitors must walk a bit to get to the sand.  I have seen this type of wagon used all the time to help carry equipment such as coolers, towels, chairs, tents, and beach toys, to the seaside. 

This wagon can carry up to 150 pounds of gear and reviewers say it goes through the sand without a problem.  

Some rentals may include something like this for guests, so be sure to ask!

Collapsable Beach Wagon to Carry All Your Gear

I see loads of people using this type of wagon. Some condos and rentals are across the road from the beach and a wagon helps with the travel. It holds 150 pounds!
Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon, Blue

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Beach Resorts and Hotels May Offer Their Own Cabanas For Guests

Hotel Cabanas
Hotel Cabanas

Know What the Resort Offers Before You Travel

Some beach resorts may have their own shady cabanas right on the beach for guests to use.  If that's the case, traveling with a beach tent is not necessary.

Where I live, on the East coast of Central Florida, people use their own beach gear.  When I visit the beach (it's a drive-on beach here) I drive past many shade supporting tents and such.  

Condos may have items like this for guests to use, so be sure and ask before you vacation.

Updated: 09/05/2018, dustytoes
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katiem2 on 10/29/2018

Beach tents and wagons are awesome and wonderful at saving both your skin and space, Folding down into a fraction of the size is a big sales point.

dustytoes on 09/19/2018

Hello Derduiu, the water for the baby tent would come from the ocean / lake - wherever you visit, unless you bring along a jug of water. The wagon shown has no cover, I think. Some wagons do have covers, and blue tends to be the "tropical" color of choice. Other than blue I would search for any light color.

DerdriuMarriner on 09/19/2018

dustytoes, Thank you for the practical information and the product lines. Where does the water for the pop-up tent for babies and toddlers come from? Is everything beach-related always in blue in Florida? Is there a cover for the wagon or is it open no matter how full?

dustytoes on 09/07/2018

Thanks Mira, I like that one too.

Mira on 09/07/2018

The Pacific Breeze tent seems great! :) Nice post!

Veronica on 09/05/2018

I like the idea of tents as I have very pale skin and burn very badly without ever tanning .
ty for posting

dustytoes on 09/05/2018

I'm not sure I would personally go to the trouble of setting up a tent, but it's a great idea when you have young children.

blackspanielgallery on 09/05/2018

Keeping out of the sun much of the time is important. These seem simple enough of a solution

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