Name few better things than getting horizontal and cozying up with a good book at the beach on a big ol' beach blanket; having a boho beach picnic with your person; or having a full-send beach day in the sand and surf with your entire crew. The common denominator here being the beach, and finding somewhere, something to sit that cute bum down.
It definitely helps to have a comfortable and preferably large enough beach blanket (versus just a towel) so you have room to sprawl and space to put your books and snacks. Which is why we've done the work for you, and found the best ones that'll fulfill all your needs—and then some. Here are the best beach throws to get your hands on this summer—from single-person to family-size threads, with an array of prints, patterns and soft textiles—that we’re eager to head to the coast with.
Best Overall Beach Blanket
Created in collaboration with Mollusk Surf Shop out of Los Angeles, SlowTide’s elevated surf- and photo- inspired towels and blankets attract discerning beach-goers, influencers and watermen/waterwomen of the like. The simplicity and coloring of Sol Throw Blanket’s mid-century modern print brings the sun with you wherever you go, you know, in case that weekender tends to be cloudy overcast and tampering with your vitamin D needs. Already soft as hell off the bat, the ultra-lightweight Turkish style chambray fabric gets softer with every wash. Meanwhile, the double-sided woven design with fringe detailing is chic enough to hang on the wall as a tapestry. The 100 percent sustainably sourced cotton is not only sustainably vegan, but also ideal for warmer climate outdoor trips and sun-soaked day at the beach.
Best Party-Size Beach Blanket
The popular brand that’s been making waves on Instagram as much as it has at the beach—having first made its debut on Shark Tank— just came out with its largest towel to date. Designed with bright, retro-inspired palms allover, Sand Cloud’s 100 percent Turkish Organic Cotton really puts the ‘party’ in ‘Party Blanket’ with its jumbo bandwidth. Not only is it massive in size, the four layer gauze jacquard weave makes it ultra-soft for comfortable hangs with the whole crew, while the sand-resistant technology avoids any party fails from that one clumsy friend of yours. Complete with a fringe tassel for added style points. The Party Blanket also comes in a classic ‘Checkmate’ print and a ‘Paradise’ palm frond/sun print.
Best Value Beach Blankets
Functional and fashionable, and designed out of San Diego, this 100 percent cotton Peshtemal blanket from Local Beach drapes you in comfort. Peshtemal cotton is loom woven with the softest, cleanest cotton in Turkey. From warming up on a cool summer evening at the beach to cozying up by a beach bonfire, the textured weave construction and creamy beige color blends right in with the sand. It also comes in a gorgeous gray.
With over 5,100 5-star rating on Amazon, this mega beach blanket (60”x60”) comes in seven tartan or striped patterns, and is made from a durable, waterproof material that’s easy to clean (it’s especially great for beach picnics, since you don’t have to stress if there’s a juice spill). Perhaps what’s our favorite feature is that it’s easily foldable, with straps that transform into a handle, so you don’t have to worry about folding and placing 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
An absolute fan favorite, Nomadix’s line of festival blankets has been taken camping, beaching, picnicking, on van life, and of course, to festivals. Don’t be fooled by the dainty monstera plant print, the versatility and durability of this blanket should be on you for all your nitty gritty adventures. Its soft plush top and water-resistant base keep you warm and dry at all times while this lightweight material—made out of post-consumer recycled materials—is super easy to fold up and travel with. This sand-resistant blanket-towel hybrid is an absolute must-have in the gear arsenal when heading out for an overland trip.
Most Travel-Friendly Beach Blanket
Two Australian friends made their Laguna Beach dreams come true with their Aussie/Cali-inspired brand Business & Pleasure Co., which has since taken Instagram influencers and picnic party coordinators by storm. Designed to be rolled up for easy transport and carried with an included cotton and leather carrying strap, the super-cute Beach Blanket comes neatly packed to you once hand loomed out of 100 percent cotton in Pakistan. Offered in 12 different solid colors and prints, this line of blankets also has an ingenious hole in the center so they can be simultaneously used with BP&Co umbrellas or cabanas.
Most Eco-Friendly Beach Blankets
Sold on United by Blue but brought to you by Trek Light Gear, the brand partners with Indigenous artisans to create ethical, handwoven blankets manufactured out of excess clothing material and other post-consumer recycled materials. The Lazy Daisy Blanket, in particular, is artfully handcrafted in Mexico, woven on a traditional wooden pedal loom—making it equally durable, sustainable and beautiful. Due to each blanket’s hand-crafted nature, color and details may vary. But one extra detail to note—besides the adorable yellow/white daisy print—is that one tree is planted and one pound of trash is removed for every blanket sold. Way to go United by Blue.
Designed in Canada, ethically made in Vietnam, this beach/towel hybrid makes soaking up the sun even more earth-friendly, made from organic cotton and sustainable materials. Brought to life by tassled edges, palm leaf artwork and color palettes that come in either Burlwood Pink/Periscope Grey and Agave Green/Elm White, this towel is anything but ordinary. Meanwhile, its reversible nature is an added perk in case you groggily spill your morning coffee at sunrise, or tipsily spill your red wine at sunset.
Best Cool-Weather Beach Blankets
Having grown up on the wintery Northeastern coastline with the ocean in their backyard, the brothers behind Faherty Brand know the importance staying warm. With an inimitable craftsmanship, its line of Adirondack Blankets—custom-woven on looms using long-staple cotton yarns—is rugged, comfy-warm and stylish all at the same time. With four stunning color palettes and various Native American-inspired-pattern artwork, the Adirondacks maintain an exceptionally soft, brushed, time-worn feel—and they’re made from custom-woven jacquard fabric and organic cotton. These heirloom-quality blankets are made for weather-beaten elements, meant to last a lifetime.
Think puffer jacket, but a big blanket suitable for the beach. This may not be your traditional, or most photographic blanket, but this one will definitely keep you and your S.O. super warm and cozy on those breezy, cooler nights sitting on the beach due to its recycled polyester shell and insulation. Inspired by the volcanic peaks of the High Cascades running through Washington and Oregon, the trail-tested Original Puffy Blanket boasts a DWR finish for stain and water resistance for all adventures and seasons. With a stuff sack included or storage and portability, this deceptively foldable blanket—in sizes junior, 1-person or 2-person—also comes with corner loops to pin down in the sand on windier occasions.
Most Water- and Sand- Resistant Beach Blanket
Rated as an Amazon #1 Best-Seller, the Wekapo offers sand-proof, and water resistance capabilities thanks to its 100 percent ripstop nylon. Watch as water beads up, rolls off and dries fast, making it great to lay out or dry off on after a dip in the water, while one easy, quick shake rids the blanket of any sand. Triple stitched for maximum strength and durability, the Wekapo can be pinned down on the sides and corners with the included metal stakes. Invite the coworkers, neighbors and friends, because the Wekapo’s extra large size can fit three to eight people on it (or dogs!). Notable perks are the four corner pockets for storage or as added sand anchors.
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