Name a few better things than laying flat and relaxing with a good book at the beach on a big old beach blanket; having a bohemian picnic on the beach with your person; or spend a full day at the beach in the sand and surfing with your whole crew. The common denominator here being the beach, and finding somewhere, something to sit that sweet ass on.
It certainly helps to have a beach blanket that’s comfortable and preferably big enough (compared to a simple towel) so you have room to stretch out and space to put your books and snacks. That’s why we’ve done the work for you and found the best ones that will meet all your needs, and more. Here are the best beach throws to get your hands on this summer – from single to family-sized yarns, with a range of prints, patterns and soft textiles – we can’t wait to head to the coast with.
Better overall beach coverage
SlowTide Floor Throw — $69.00
Created in collaboration with Mollusk Surf Shop in Los Angeles, SlowTide’s surf and photo-inspired towels and blankets appeal to discerning beachgoers, influencers and water men/women. The simplicity and coloring of Sol Throw Blanket’s Mid-Century Modern Print bring the sunshine with you wherever you go, you know, in case this weekend tends to be cloudy and hit your vitamin needs. D. Already soft as hell from the start, the ultra-lightweight Turkish-style chambray fabric gets softer with every wash. Meanwhile, the double-sided woven design with fringe details is chic enough to hang on the wall like a tapestry. The 100% sustainably sourced cotton is not only sustainable vegan, but also ideal for outdoor travel in warmer climates and sunny days at the beach.
Best Party Size Beach Blanket
Sand Cloud Turks Party Blanket – $148.00
The popular brand that’s been making waves on Instagram as well as at the beach – having debuted on Shark Aquarium- just pulled out its biggest towel yet. Designed with retro-inspired shiny palm trees, Sand Cloud’s 100% Turkish Organic Cotton really puts the ‘party’ in ‘Party Blanket’ with its giant bandwidth. Not only is it massively sized, but the four-layer gauze jacquard weave makes it ultra-soft for comfortable hanging with the whole crew, while the sand-resistant technology prevents any missed party for your clumsy friend. Complete with a fringed tassel for extra style points. The party blanket is also available in a classic ‘Checkmate’ print and a ‘Paradise’ palm/sun print.
Beach blankets at the best value for money
Local Beach Bondi Beach Towel
Functional and fashionable, and designed in San Diego, this 100% cotton Peshtemal blanket from Local Beach wraps you in comfort. Peshtemal cotton is loom woven with the softest and cleanest cotton from Turkey. Whether it’s warming up on a cool summer evening at the beach or warming up by a bonfire on the beach, the textured weave construction and creamy beige color blends seamlessly with sand. It also comes in a gorgeous gray.
Scuddles Store Extra Large Picnic and Outdoor Blanket — $27.00
With over 5,100 5-star ratings on Amazon, this mega beach blanket (60″ x 60″) is available in seven tartan or striped patterns, and is made from a durable, waterproof and easy-to-clean material. clean up (it’s especially great for beach picnics, as you don’t have to stress out if there’s a juice spill). Perhaps our favorite feature is that it’s easily foldable, with straps that convert into a handle, so you don’t have to worry about folding it up and putting it in its own separate bag. It has a lifetime warranty, so if anything happens, the brand will send you a new one.
Most Versatile Beach Blanket
Nomadix Festival Blanket — $70.00
An absolute fan favourite, Nomadix’s range of festival blankets have been taken camping, to the beach, on picnics, in vans and of course, to festivals. Don’t be fooled by the delicate monstera plant print, the versatility and durability of this blanket should be on you for all your serious adventures. Its soft plush top and water-resistant base keep you warm and dry at all times, while this lightweight material, made from post-consumer recycled material, is super easy to fold up and carry. This sand-resistant blanket-towel hybrid is an absolute must-have in the gear arsenal when you’re heading out for an overland journey.
Most Travel-Friendly Beach Blanket
Business & Pleasure Co, The Beach Blanket — $119.00
Two Aussie friends have made their Laguna Beach dreams come true with their Aussie/Cali inspired brand Business & Pleasure Co., which has since taken Instagram influencers and picnic planners by storm. Designed to be rolled up for easy transport and carried with an included cotton and leather carry strap, the super cute beach blanket is neatly packaged to you once hand woven from 100% cotton in Pakistan. Available in 12 different plain colors and prints, this range of covers also has an ingenious hole in the center so they can be used simultaneously with BP&Co umbrellas or cabanas.
Most eco-friendly beach blankets
United by Blue Lazy Daisy Blanket — $108.00
Sold on United by Blue but featured by Trek Light Gear, the brand partners with Indigenous artisans to create ethically handwoven blankets made from surplus clothing and other post-consumer recycled materials. The Lazy Daisy blanket, in particular, is expertly handcrafted in Mexico, woven on a traditional wooden treadle loom, making it equally durable, long-lasting and beautiful. Due to the handcrafted nature of each blanket, color and detail may vary. But an additional detail worth noting, besides the adorable yellow/white daisy print, is that a tree is planted and a pound of trash is removed for every blanket sold. Well done United by Blue.
Tentree Organic Cotton Jungle Vintage Beach Blanket — $68.00
Designed in Canada, ethically made in Vietnam, this beach/towel hybrid makes sunbathing even more eco-friendly, made from organic cotton and sustainable materials. Livened up by tasselled edges, palm leaf artwork, and color palettes available in Burlwood Pink/Periscope Gray and Agave Green/Elm White, this towel is anything but ordinary. Meanwhile, its reversible nature is an added bonus in case you groggy spill your morning coffee at sunrise or drunkenly spill your red wine at sunset.
Best Cool Weather Beach Blankets
Faherty Adirondack Blanket — $128.00
Growing up on the wintery northeast coast with the ocean in their backyard, the brothers behind Faherty Brand know the importance of staying warm. With inimitable craftsmanship, its range of Adirondack blankets, custom-woven on looms using long-staple cotton yarns, are sturdy, comfortable, warm and stylish all at once. With four stunning color palettes and various Native American-inspired pattern illustrations, the Adirondacks retain an exceptionally soft, brushed and time-worn feel. They are made from custom woven jacquard fabric and organic cotton. These heirloom quality covers are built for the weather-beaten elements, meant to last a lifetime.
Rumpl’s Original Cascade Fade Puffy Blanket – $99.00
Think a puffer jacket, but a big blanket suitable for the beach. It may not be your traditional or most photographic blanket, but this one will definitely keep you and your SO super warm and cozy during those windy, cooler nights sitting on the beach thanks to its shell and its recycled polyester insulation. Inspired by the volcanic peaks of high waterfalls crossing Washington and Oregon, the trail-tested Puffy Original Blanket boasts a DWR finish for stain and water resistance for all adventures and all seasons. With an included stuff sack or storage and portability, this deceptively foldable blanket – in junior, 1-person or 2-person sizes – also comes with corner loops for hanging in the sand on more occasions. windy.
Most water and sand resistant beach blanket
Wekapo beach blanket — $30.00
Ranked as one of Amazon’s best sellers, the Wekapo offers sand and water resistance capabilities thanks to its 100% ripstop nylon. Watch as the water beads up, rolls off and dries quickly, making it ideal for laying down or drying off after a dip in the water, while a quick and easy shake rids the blanket of any sand. Triple stitched for maximum strength and durability, the Wekapo can be pinned to the sides and corners with the included metal pegs. Invite co-workers, neighbors and friends over, as the Wekapo’s extra-large size can accommodate three to eight people (or dogs!). Notable advantages are the four corner pockets for storage or as additional sand anchors.
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