Imagine sitting on the beach with your kids as the sun beats down. Even if you have layered on the sunscreen, swimming and playing at the shore can cause the sunscreen to wear off, leaving your skin exposed to the sun's harmful rays. Using a beach tent, like the Kelty Cabana, is a great way to prevent sun damage and give yourself a cooler place to sit during the heat of the day.
Other beach tents are considered sun shades or beach shades, because they only protect you from above with a small piece of canvas attached to a pole. The Kelty Cabana provides more protection because it's really a tent, complete with a top and bottom. If your kids need a nap or want to lie down, you can put them inside the tent and the tent bottom will keep their skin cool and prevent bugs from getting inside.
The Kelty Cabana is also the best beach tent because of its design, which features a zipper on the front. This gives you privacy if you're napping or changing clothes. The cabana also has a window on both sides of the tent, which you can leave open to reveal the bug screens or keep closed for more privacy. The tent is large enough to hold several adults and tall enough to fit a beach chair inside.
The Kelty Cabana also is easy to set up. The tent has three poles: two short and one long. Slide the two shorter poles through the loops on the sides and plant them in the sand. Put the long pole through the top loop, slide it into the sand and the setup is complete. One person can set up the tent.
The Kelty Cabana, which sells for $90 to $130, also comes with attached sand bags to keep it from blowing over. The bags sit on each of the four corners. Fill the bags with sand from the beach.