Beach umbrellas are almost as necessary as suntan lotion when you head to the beach. They provide shade, shelter from the wind and rain (hopefully there won't be too much rain) and privacy. Most beach umbrellas are lightweight and easy to carry, and fold up small enough to fit in the trunk of your car.
Umbrellas for the beach come in a kaleidoscope of colors -- their vivid patterns are perfect for sun filled days at the beach. You can find just about any color combination imaginable so there's no problem finding an umbrella that suits you perfectly.
Most people take an umbrella to the beach so they can escape the glare of the sun. If you are concerned about sun exposure (and who isn't!) you should consider getting an umbrella for the beach that provides UV protection. Some umbrellas let more of the ultraviolet rays through than others, so you will see umbrellas rated with SPF numbers.
The portability of beach umbrellas means that you can take them just about anywhere. If you are going to the park for a picnic, an umbrella is a handy accessory to bring along. You can even use them as garden umbrellas and aluminum patio umbrellas!
Umbrellas for the beach are usually made from aluminum. There are some wood beach umbrellas but they are a little bit heavier and less convenient to carry around. Aluminum umbrellas usually have a tilting function which allows you to position them for maximum shade.
There are beach sets available which include beach chairs and umbrellas. Sometimes the umbrella can be attached directly to the chair or it could be a freestanding model. Beach chairs can be very comfortable so a beach set can be a great way to get the maximum enjoyment out of your day at the beach.
If you are with a large group, consider getting an offset beach umbrella. These are usually made as offset patio umbrellas, but there are also models especially designed for beach use. They can provide a big area of shade for relaxing, eating lunch, or just hanging out with your friends.
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