This Luxe Beach Tent Will Get You Through The Hottest Days Of Summer

It's also perfect for fall nights on the beach.

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Growing up in Florida, any day is a beach day. The back of the car is always stocked with the essentials: a cooler for filling, spare flip flops, a beach towel studded with sand from the last trip. A beach tent just seemed like an unnecessary extra — but then, 's Instagram account drew me in. Photo after photo of its fringed, scallop-edged beach tents and umbrellas caught my eye. Each one seemed straight out of a vintage postcard from a resort, making me feel like if I had one of these babies, even New York City's East River would seem like the Bahamas.

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Spoiler: It did not make the East River look like Nassau's glittery turquoise shores. But it did convince me to make a little extra room in my trunk.

Business and Pleasure Co
Vintage Yellow Premium Beach Tent
businessandpleasureco.com
$299.00
I'm not kidding about a little, either. Each tent comes in a narrow carrying case, taking up less space than a typical camera tripod. Two wooden poles pop together, forming the base of this A-frame, then you slide one metal bar under the cloth tent covering, popping it onto the wooden bars to secure it. There's a tie on each corner of the fabric, as well as metal pegs to stick into the ground, so you can keep the walls from flapping everywhere. In 5 minutes, it was set up, and over the course of a few weeks, it was tested in beaches and backyards, rain and sunshine, standing up to the elements without a hitch. Even on a day so windy other umbrellas around me collapsed, this tent stood tall. Admittedly, I was stunned — I half-expected this tent to be little more than a pretty design. Its sturdiness sold me, earning a spot as one of our HB Obsessions.

Granted, this tent is not cheap (each retails for $150-$250, depending on style), which made it all the more crucial that it could withstand wear and tear while still looking chic.

Beach Tent
Carrie Stalk

It's easy to see how this Australian brand's developed a cult following. The tent's roomy enough to fit five comfortably, providing some much-needed shade during these balmy, late summer days. But I'm already planning how I can stretch its use out to early fall, blocking out some of the chillier breezes as I take in the sunset in late September.

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