Beach accessories are part of what makes going to the beach so much fun, right? There’s a lot of cool beach gear to choose from these days so I’ve done the work for you and found the best of the best (really it’s just a list of all the stuff that I want!).
From popup cabanas and bluetooth speakers to coolers with built in blenders, I’ve found all the beach stuff you’ll need for the perfect vacation!
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Best Beach Accessories
Want the best beach gear for 2020? Here’s an example of some of the things you’ll find on our list…
- Small portable table
- Sand free beach mat
- Waterproof bags and phone cases
- Sunshades (for adults and toddlers)
- Cool beach chairs
- Sand toys
- Beach games
- Unique kites
- Catch & release aquarium
- Waterproof bluetooth speakers
- Solar phone chargers
- Beach safe
- Fold & carry beach grill
- Portable wine flask
- Inflatable lounger
- Cooler with built in blender & speakers
- and tons more cool beach gear!
Living in Florida, we spend a lot of time at the beach. One thing I’ve learned is that having the right beach gear can make all the difference in a great day at the beach and one that’s less than relaxing. I’ve bought lots of beach stuff over the years, with plenty of hits and a few misses too.
Now my family has built up a list of must haves for the beach that includes everything from a beach safe and portable table. to phone chargers and bluetooth speakers (I mean, we HAVE to have our Jimmy Buffet playing in the background, right?). We’ve even found some gear that rolls our favorites into one, like the cooler with built in speakers…so you can drink your margarita WHILE listening to Buffet. Beach life doesn’t get much better than that!
I’ve even shared some of these favorites on Sarasota’s Suncoast View.
So if you’re looking for the best beach accessories for your vacay, you’ll definitely want to check these out…
Beach Blanket: CGear Sand Free Blanket
How annoying is it to lay your blanket out on the beach only to have it covered in sand 10 minutes later? (I’ve usually got the kids to thank for that). Of all the things I share in this post, the CGear Sandlite Beach Mat has by far been the most popular! It’s a patented sand-free beach mat with technology that lets the sand fall through but won’t allow it to come back up. It’s even water resistant. You can check out the video on the CGear page to see just how it works.
The bonus? CGear gives you free shipping (I LOVE free shipping!) and you’ll also get 10% off when you use the code CGEAR10. Visit the CGear page here or find it on Amazon (you just won’t get the discount on Amazon).
Beach Towels: Chars Quick Drying Microfiber Towels
You can’t to the beach without towels and these super absorbent microfiber beach towels are quick drying and come in six different tropical designs. Plus, it even comes with it’s own carry bag.
Drink Holders (for your chair): Rio Gear Sip Clip
It never fails. I put my drink down and every time I pick it up to take a sip, the bottom is covered in sand. I am loving this Sip Clip that easily attaches to the side of my chair, keeping both me and my drink sand free!
Drink Holders (for the sand): Turtleback Sand Coasters
Not using a chair? Just take these colorful beach cup holders along and stick them right in the sand.
Portable Table: Rio Personal Beach Table
Even better, maybe I can bring this folding beach table for our drinks, snacks, bluetooth speaker, phone (okay, I may actually need a couple of these!).
Umbrella Tray: Ammsun Beach Umbrella Table Tray
Don’t want to pack a table but still want something to help keep all your stuff out the of sand? This umbrella table tray is compact and attaches right to your umbrella (which means your drinks will stay cool longer in the shade too).
Trying to figure out what to do with a wet bathing suit is always an issue. The Crown Waterproof Bikini Bag is perfect for keeping the wet suits separated from all the dry stuff. Need something big enough for the family? Try these Waterproof Drawstring Bags instead.
Sand Remover: Water Sports Sand-Off Mitt
Whoever came up with this piece of beach gear must have known my Keira. She gets so covered in sand that even her belly button is full. While this Sand Off Mitt won’t help much with the belly button, it’ll be perfect for getting at least some of the sand off before we pile in the car.
When it comes to beach accessories, these waterproof phone cases are essential. They also come in packs of two or four so that you can be sure the entire family is covered.
This beach cart is one of our most essential beach accessories. We cram a crazy amount of beach gear into this cart and also love the built in cooler for drinks and snacks. There’s even a slot on the side that holds our beach umbrella and the large wheels make this cart easy to push across the sand.
Beach Tote: Odysea Aruba Beach Bag
I love that this beach tote has a built in cooler as well as a waterproof cellphone case! Plus, it’s fairly big so you can pack in a good amount of beach gear. The best part? The mesh lets you see inside, making it easier to find whatever you’re looking for (because you know whatever you need is always near the bottom)!
Portable Fan: Funwell Clip On Fan
There’s nothing better than a cool ocean breeze but what happens when there’s not quite enough breeze to keep you cool? Just turn on this cool battery operated fan.
Sunscreen: Solar Buddies Roll On Sunscreen Applicator
While you add your own sunscreen, this roll on sunscreen applicator makes it super easy to apply, especially on squirmy toddlers!
Beach Umbrellas & Shelters
It gets hot at the beach but this pop up tent is the perfect way to escape when the sun is beating down. It’s got sandbags in each corner so you fill them when you get to the beach and empty them when it’s time to leave. This tent is also UPF 50+ and waterproof, making it perfect for your day at the beach.
If you just want something small to keep the little ones out of the sun, this pop up sun shade for toddlers is perfect. How cool is it that you can fill it with water to create a mini pool for them to play in? This is one piece of beach equipment my girls would have loved!
Beach Chairs: Tommy Bahama Fully Reclining Beach Chair
Not only do I love the design of this Tommy Bahama beach chair, the fact that it fully reclines is a huge bonus! Plus,it has a built in towel bar so you can dry those wet towels in the sun.
This beach chair with canopy is perfect for when I want to keep my face shaded but still want to get a little sun on the rest of my. Plus it comes with a handy cellphone pouch and drink holder.
Mini Sunshade: Air Goods Portable Sunshade
Here’s another way to avoid all that sun on your face. This small popup sunshade lets you relax on the sand and work on tanning your body while keeping your face protected.
Having trouble lugging all that beach gear back and forth? This cool backpack chair makes it easy! Plus, it even has a pouch to carry extra items and a drink holder too!
Chair Umbrella: NTD Beach Chair Clamp Umbrella
If you already have a chair but just want a little extra protection from the sun, this clip on umbrella is perfect. I love that I can just move it around as the sun shifts. It comes in different colors too so everyone can pick their favorite.
Umbrellas are definitely one of the more important beach accessories! They’re even better when they’re bright and colorful so you can easily spot them from the water. This colorful beach umbrella. is one of my favorites and you can adjust the tilt as the sun moves. It comes with it’s own carrying case too!
Sand Toys: Click ‘n Play Beach Set
It’s not a day at the beach without a few sandcastles! Bring along the Click ‘n Play Sand Beach Set so the kids can have fun playing in the sand all day long!
Mermaid Tail: Fin Fun Mermaid Tail With Monofin
Both my girls had one of these mermaid tails and it was the cutest thing ever! Perfect for the pool or the beach, they looked like little mermaids. I love this brand because it has the monofin, which makes the tail look even more realistic. Your little mermaid wannabe will absolutely love it!
Water Toys: Surfer Dudes Wave Powered Mini Surfer
These Surfer Dudes look so cool, we bought one for our last beach trip! My girls loved how it stayed upright in the waves and actually surfed. Even when ours did flip over, it righted itself and continued surfing! Choose from Costa Rica Rick, Sumatra Sam and even Aussie Alice (of course, with three girls, we HAD to get Alice).
Snorkels: Prodive Premium Snorkel Set (in multiple colors)
Want to try some underwater sightseeing while you’re on vacation? This snorkel set boasts a watertight anti-fog lens and is the perfect way to check out what’s going on under the sea!
Beach Games: GoSports Portable Slammo Game
This GoSports Slammo Game Set is the perfect game for the beach! This volleyball style game is fun for both kids and adults and when you’re all done, it fits back into a convenient carrying case.
Kites: Tresbro Ship Kite
We recently bought one of these catch and toss velcro games and I’d forgotten how much fun they were. I love that my six year old can play it as easily as we can (sometimes better) and it’s one of the best beach toys you can bring!
I remember how much fun I used to have as a kid catching minnows along the shore. Now my kids do the same and they can use this cool minnow net to do it. They can watch the minnows swim around in their buckets, or this Catch & Release Minnow Bowl, then set them free when they’re done.
Cornhole: Go Sports Beach Cornhole Game
Everybody loves cornhole but who really wants to lug an entire cornhole game to the beach, especially when you’ve got so much other beach gear to carry. This portable cornhole game (with carrying case) makes things a whole lot easier! Not only does the “board” fold up but you fill the bags with sand when you get down to the beach, then empty them before you leave. Talk about traveling light!
Cool Beach Gadgets
Want cool underwater pix for your Instagram page? This Nikon Coolpix W300 camera is totally waterproof and comes very highly rated. This camera will take your vacation pictures to a new level!
If you REALLY want some cool beach pictures, take them from up above with this drone for beginners. This is one of the more affordable models and I love that it’s designed with beginners in mind. It’s got voice control, does flips and rolls and of course, has a cool HD camera for all the best shots!
There’s no place to plug in your phone at the beach but you need to keep it charged for posting all those Facebook photos and Instastories, right? This solar phone charger uses the power of the sun…what more do you need. I think this might actually be one of the most important beach gadgets of all!
Umbrella Hook: Pole-r Bear Umbrella Hook For Towels & More
This umbrella hook is a cool beach gadget that you attach to your beach umbrella. Then you can hang your towels, sunglasses, camera and more to keep them off the sand.
Beach Safe: SAFEGO Portable Lockbox Safe
I hate having to keep one eye on my valuables when we’re splashing around in the water. This portable safe is a piece of beach gear that I can’t live without. It clips on to your chair or umbrella to keep phones, money, keys and other valuables safe. Don’t let the picture fool you…it’s bigger than it looks.
Waterproof Speaker: Comiso Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
One of our biggest beach must haves is a waterproof bluetooth speaker. We can’t possibly lounge on the beach without some Jimmy Buffet playing in the background! I’m loving this rose gold one but there are lots of other colors to choose from too.
Grill: Kikkerland Portable BBQ Grill
How cool is this portable BBQ grill suitcase? Keep it folded up until you get hungry, then break out the burgers and hot dogs!
Fun Beach Gear
When it comes to beach accessories, a cooler is at the top of the list. This colorful beach cooler packs more punch than your usual cooler because it works with your phone to double as bluetooth speakers. Throw in some cold drinks and crank up the Jimmy Buffet for the perfect beach day!
Beer Briefcase: StowCo Portable Cooler Bag
Okay, they don’t actually call this cooler bag a beer briefcase but that’s sure what it looks like to me! It’ll hold three bottles of wine, six bottles of beer or 10 cans of beer. I guess you can use it for soda and water too!
Lightweight Cooler: Icemule Backback Cooler
So I love my big cooler but when it’s just my girls and I, we have to travel a little lighter. That’s why I think this Ice Mule Backback Cooler is so perfect! I can just throw in a few drinks and snacks and sling it over my shoulder…so easy!
Wine Flask: Accmor Portable Wine Bags
Is there anything better than sunset at the beach? YES…sunset at the beach with a glass of wine in your hand! If you’re a wine lover like me, you’ll want to bring along this portable wine flask. Fill it with a little wine, throw it in the cooler and you’re good to go!
Glassware: Beach Glass Shatterproof Outdoor Drinkware
Now these shatterproof wine glasses are just plain fun! Pop one end in the sand to hold it upright and you’ve got yourself the perfect glass for the beach! Plus, these things even float (though that feature might be better tested in the pool than in the ocean!)
Inflatable Chair: Wekapo Inflatable Lounger
This inflatable lounger is perfect for getting comfy on the beach! Carry it down to the beach in the convenient tote bag, then inflate…no pump required!
Portable Bonfire: Light ‘N Go Firestarter
This Light Go Bonfire Log is perfect for creating a mini bonfire on the beach. Just don’t forget to bring your marshmallows!
Towel Clips: O2COOL Margarita Towel Clips
There’s nothing worse than having your towel fall down every time you shift in your beach chair. These margarita beach towel holders are beach must haves for keeping those towels in place.
Pet Gear: PetAmi Dog Travel Bag
Finally, we can’t forget about our furry friends! If you’re bringing your dog to the beach, this dog travel bag is perfect for holding food, water, toys, a leash and anything else man’s best friend might need.
It’s always fun for me to see what beach gear you like most from this list. Based on past purchases, these are the top 10 reader favorites:
What are your must have beach accessories?
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