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How Big of a Beach Umbrella Do You Need?

How Big of a Beach Umbrella Do You Need?

When it comes to choosing a beach umbrella, there are a few things to keep in mind:

Group Size:

  • Solo: 5-6 feet in diameter
  • Small group (2-4 people): 7-8 feet in diameter
  • Large group (5+ people): 9-10 feet in diameter, or even larger

Wind Protection:

  • For windy beaches, opt for a larger umbrella to provide adequate coverage and stability.
  • Vented umbrellas: These allow wind to pass through, reducing the risk of the umbrella collapsing.

Sun Protection:

  • Choose a dark-colored umbrella with a UV-resistant coating for maximum sun protection.
  • Consider the height of the umbrella to ensure it shades you effectively.


  • If you'll be carrying the umbrella a long distance, consider a lighter, smaller model.
  • Look for umbrellas that have a compact design or come with a carry bag for easy transportation.

Additional Features:

  • Tilt feature: This allows you to adjust the angle of the umbrella for optimal shade.
  • Sand anchor: Keeps the umbrella securely planted in the sand.
  • Water-repellent fabric: Keeps you dry in light rain or ocean spray.

General Guidelines:

  • For most beachgoers, a 7-8 foot umbrella provides a good balance of protection, coverage, and portability.
  • If you have a larger group or plan on spending extended periods on the beach, consider a 9-10 foot umbrella or larger.
  • Always check the weather forecast and adjust your umbrella size accordingly if high winds are expected


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