Beach Umbrella Buying Guide

A beach umbrella and a typical patio umbrella have a lot in common, since they exist for the same general purpose: to provide shade. However, there are also some significant differences between these two types of umbrellas. Beach umbrellas are made to stick into the sand at a beach, unlike table patio umbrellas or freestanding umbrellas, which come with their own stand and can be placed anywhere. While there are rectangular patio umbrellas, beach umbrellas are almost always round, with or without fabric flaps for extra protection. Beach umbrellas often use SPF or UPF fabric, are available in a wide variety of colors and designs, and usually have a carrying case.

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