My husband isn’t the biggest fan of the beach. It’s not that he doesn’t like the ocean, but he doesn’t like to sit in the sun for too long. It seemed every time we went to the beach he’d be ready to leave way before I was. I’m a Florida girl. I grew up at the beach. You stay ALL DAY! You wear sunscreen. You take a nap in your lounge chair. You read an entire book.
My husband wasn’t having it.
When we had kids and my whole mindset changed about going to the beach. Kids need non-toxic sunscreen, rash guards, sunscreen sticks, and sunglasses. And that’s when I realized that we needed to start using a beach umbrella. I started with one from the drugstore. It was fine, but it was flimsy and eventually broke. Then we bought a larger one from a store like Walmart. This one was fine, but it’s only use was at the beach. That’s when I started noticing another type of umbrella at the beach. These umbrellas could stand up and provide shade like a traditional beach umbrella, or they could lay on their side and protect from sun and wind. These beach umbrellas provide a perfect napping spot for little kids. Once I investigated, I found they are the SportBrella.
Every time (every, single time) we go to the beach someone asks us where we bought our beach umbrella. And, every time we go to a sports event with the same umbrella we get asked where did you get your sport umbrella? Which leads me to why I’m writing this post. We’ve tried 3 different beach and sport umbrellas – plus numerous ones from the drug store. The Sportbrella XL is our absolute favorite umbrella and we take it everywhere! It’s totally worth the money.
Reasons we love the Sportbrella
- Easy to carry
- Air vents on two sides
- Large enough that an adult can lay down inside the tent
- Plenty of room for chairs, and all of your beach equipment (keep your cooler and drinks in the shade all day!)
- Able to use upright like a traditional beach umbrella
- Ability to lay on its side as a sport umbrella for sporting events
- Excellent workmanship
- Versatile to be used at the beach or at sports events – or any place you need shade
- Excellent Amazon reviews
We also use a beach umbrella screw. These are brilliant. You screw them into the sand, then put the stick of the umbrella into the hole in the top of the screw, and tighten a bolt to the stick. It reminds me of how you put a Christmas tree into a tree stand. We’ve NEVER had a beach umbrella blow away using these things. It’s a must for us at the beach.