Get ready to hit the sand! This must-have beach gear will ensure you summer in style.
Writer: Rachel Bertone
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Protect yourself from UVA rays with this stylish SPF 55 beach umbrella. Available in eight different colors, the umbrella features a three-way tilt and mildew-resistant fabric. A special self-anchoring Power Twist sand-insertion feature makes it a cinch to set up. It also comes with a matching bag for easy transportation to and from the beach.
Keep cool at your next beach bonfire with this large, insulated, collapsible cooler. It holds up to 48 cans with ice; a pop-top in the lid allows for easy access to beverages. Even better? It comes with a lifetime warranty.
Buy it: Collapsible Party Tub Cooler, $47, Picnic Ascot; beachmall.com
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Step in style with these Shelly Jelly sandals by Lilly Pulitzer. Unlike classic rubber flip-flops, the jelly material doesn’t get hot, so your feet stay cool and comfortable despite the heat—and they’re easier to rinse off when sandy.
This lightweight chair features a storage pocket, insulated cooler pouch, and folding towel bar for beach organization. It can support up to 300 pounds and adjusts to five different positions, including laying flat.
Buy it: Backpack Cooler Chair, $48.26, Tommy Bahama; amazon.com
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Soft, fast-drying, and ultra-light, this towel makes a great choice for travel and for those who like to dip in and out of the water frequently. It absorbs up to eight times its weight in liquid and features a clear carrying case with a mesh storage pocket. Best of all, it’s machine washable.
Turn a long walk to the beach into an easy stroll with a cart designed to carry all of your essentials. Using the same technology as a baby stroller, the cart rolls easily through sand and features 10-inch wheels for comfortable handling.
Tired of uncomfortable lounge chairs that defeat the purpose of relaxing? Facedown Beach Lounger by Frontgate offers the perfect remedy. This chair features a swinging headrest and adjustable lumbar pillow for ultimate comfort. The lounger also allows you to sit upright, recline, or turn over. A strategically placed cutout for your face relieves stress on your neck and back while you lie on your stomach.
Perfect for beachside picnics, this cooler features fold-down sides that open to a sturdy picnic table. The insulated main compartment includes a removable stack tray, and the large wide wheels make for easy rolling.
Buy it: Multifunction Convertible Rolling Cooler/Picnic Table, $40; target.com
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Spanx delivers a swimsuit that’s both flattering and fashionable. The geniuses behind the popular undergarments offer a stylish line of swimwear with the same slimming technology. It’s no wonder it’s a Coastal Living staff favorite!
You don’t have to sacrifice great style when you’re at the shore. This floppy hat lends plenty of coastal glamour and features a wide metal brim, tonal ribbon accents, and SPF 50+ sun protection. Available in Black, Navy, or White, it’s sure to add a touch of sophistication to your beach look.
Avoid leaving bottlecaps along the beach with this bottle opener that comes with its own cap catcher, which stores up to 30 caps. A soft-touch removable base makes for easy disposal.
Buy it: Bottle Cap Catcher, $10, Trudeau; amazon.com
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Beach Tote Charger
This roomy, tech-savvy beach tote is the first solar-panel tote that will keep your iPod, phone, and camera completely charged while you relax. Just insert your car charger into the plug to revive your battery life. The bag features heavy-duty handles, a convenient gadget pocket, a water-resistant bottom, and a removable solar panel.
Thanks to this waterproof case, you can protect your smartphone from water damage and still use it normally. It features adjustable straps for flexibility and security, as well as a UV-stabilized material that won’t break down or fade from sunlight.
Buy it: WaterGuard Plus Waterproof Case with Padding for iPhone 4 and Droid, $15, TrendyDigital; $15; amazon.com
18 of 23Photo courtesy of Nautica
Plush and warm, these towels are on-the-sand staples. With several colorful designs to choose from, you can look stylish even when sleeping by the sea.
Start a party just about anywhere with this tiny device. Plug into your cell phone or iPod and the vibration sequences transform any object into a speaker. It works great on coolers and surfboards, so you can blast your favorite tunes at the beach.
Recommended by our Coastal Living assistant photo editor, this waterproof camera still offers all the high-performance features you would expect from a Canon. Take it scuba diving, snorkeling, or surfing for stunning underwater images with 12.1 megapixels, a 3x optical zoom lens, and an optical image stabilizer.
Decked out with speakers and an amplifier, the Igloo Cool Fusion Icy Tunes speaker is compatible with any MP3 player, so you can rock anywhere. The removable music player pouch can be connected to the sound system from the outside or inside to let you grab some grub and jam at the same time.
The playful Trapp Ball set provides a fun and simple way to play catch with a partner or on your own. Launch the ball by placing it in the net and quickly pulling the handles apart to fling it up to 100 feet in the air. The set features three different styles of balls, including one that absorbs water—perfect for some wet and wild fun at the beach or the pool.