We generally perceive tents as structures that we utilize for camping or hiking, as temporary shelters at the end of a day’s activities, and places to catch a good night’s rest for the following day. People rarely consider sleeping overnight on the sand when visiting a beach, but one will still come across many tents pitched along a grainy shore. This is because a beach tent is one of the best methods of obtaining protection from the scorching rays of the sun, as a refuge from potential sunburn in the middle of the day, that acts to complement your sunscreen, or as a substitute when it has worn off. The typical beach tent is specially made to protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays, and features SPF protection with a rating of at least 35, along with abundant vents to keep the tent well-ventilated in the heat, and a ground sheet to provide a respite from the rough texture of the sand.
The simplest beach tents are little more than canopies, open almost completely for that breezy, pleasant exposure that one expects from a day in the sand and surf. After all, the primary purpose of the beach tent is shade, which a roof over your head does quite nicely. More elaborate beach tents are structured much like conventional camping tents, although their design places more of an emphasis on being spacious than in offering adequate resistance against the elements. Since solar radiation can seep in from the sides, as well, these tents are covered all around with UV resistant material, for those times when you want to take a nap without fear of waking up with the complexion of a lobster. Beach tents come in a wide variety of bright, lovely colors, from aquamarine to lemon yellow, further enhancing the festive atmosphere that a beach promotes.
A fair number of beach tent designs are pop-up in nature; that is, instead of using the usual tent pole and overlaid fabric configuration, the poles are attached and arranged in such a manner that the tent structure expands to its proper shape from a flat packed position. This obviously makes the beach tent extremely easy to pitch, once you’ve determined a suitable location. The fabric of a beach tent is usually made of polyester or nylon, and is water resistant, since you will be expecting to run into seawater at the beach. However, it allows vapor to pass through, making the tent very breathable. Beach tents may also come with sand stakes for additional stability in case it gets windy, and some models feature sand pockets which can be filled to make the tent bottom-heavy, and much less susceptible to tipping over or blowing away.
All things considered, a beach tent is an excellent option for those times when you want to take the whole family on a beach trip, so that you can keep your children out of the sun during its harshest periods, and so that you have a place to store bags, towels and extra clothing.