15 Stylish Beach Blankets to Upgrade Your Beach Days

Beach blankets are an easy way to take your beach days to the next level. A dapper beach blanket feels downright luxurious, and once you’ve experienced the blanket upgrade, you’ll never go back to navigating the tiny confines of a beach towel.

Whether you want more space for the whole family, your crew of friends, or just want to have plenty of space to reach your peak lounging potential, the right beach blanket will become your new favorite beach essential.   

The best beach blankets are stylish and functional, which, in beach blanket terms, means lightweight, compact, sand resistant, and soft. Lightweight and compact for easy carrying (you don’t want to be hauling anything that resembles a heavy quilt to the beach), sand-resistant for easy cleaning and maintenance, and soft because it’s simply more comfortable that way.

There are many products marketed as ‘sand free beach blankets’ and ‘water-resistant beach blankets’, but many of those products are made with rigid synthetic materials and are, frankly, the opposite of comfortable (also, not great looking). These types of ‘beach blankets’ aren’t really blankets at all – they are essentially large pieces of nylon or polyester. The word that comes to mind is: tarp. It’s like lying on a big ‘ol tarp. No thanks. 

For ultimate beach-going luxury, the most comfortable and lovely beach blankets are 100% cotton or a cotton blend. And before you think cotton equals a large heavy blanket, think again. There are many different types of cotton and weaves that are lightweight and absolutely perfect for the beach. All of the beach blankets below are 100% cotton for the best softness, quality, and durability.

For beach days close to home, our go-to setup is a lightweight cotton beach blanket with plenty of space to lay on, plus Turkish beach towels which are super versatile and lightweight as well. (To round out your upgraded beach kit, check out this roundup of stylin’ Turkish beach towels.)

Whether you’re headed to your local beach or a Highway 1 road trip up the coast, here are 15 cool beach blankets that check all the boxes and then some.

Best Beach Blankets

Slowtide Sol Blanket / $49

black and white boho beach blanket

Diamond Stripe Turkish Beach Blanket / available in 3 colors / $98

large beach towel with colorful design by Pendleton

Pendleton Towel For Two / $89

Slowtide Freeride Oversized Turkish Towel / $58

sand resistant beach blanket

Forest Song Travel Throw / $176

Business & Pleasure Co. Beach Blanket / 3 colors / $98

best beach blanket - gray and white turkish beach blanket made with 100 percent cotton

Cape Town Turkish Cotton Blanket / $84

cute yellow beach blanket that says here comes the sun

Beatles Collection – Here Comes the Sun Blanket / $65

cotton beach blanket with stripes

L*SPACE Kimana Beach Blanket / $110

best beach blanket - white and gray cotton beach blanket

Slowtide Dylan Blanket / $58

round boho beach blanket in grey

Stonewash Turkish Roundie Beach Blanket / $98

turkish beach blanket in teal with white stripes

Nautical Stripe Teal Turkish Beach Blanket / $98

cotton beach blanket with colored stripes by Faherty

Faherty Adirondack Blanket / $128

white and beige turkish beach blanket

Plush Wavy Turkish Beach Blanket / available in 4 colors / $98

black and white turkish beach blanket with tassels

Slate & Salt Turkish Beach Blanket / available in 2 colors / $118

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