18 Cutest Beach Bags You’ll Use All Summer
From functional to fashionable—we've got the best beach bags to take you from the sand to the street.
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It’s in the bag!
A beloved summer pastime, there’s nothing better than a fun day at the beach. Whether you live in a coastal city, have a tropical vacation in the books, or just plan to picnic in your neighborhood park, we’ve got the best carryalls you’ll want to add to your cart. If you’ve already bought your warm-weather essentials: Swimsuits, sun hats, flip flops, sunglasses; and purchased your beach must-haves like umbrellas, beach towels, beach chairs, and face sunscreen, then all that’s left is to secure the bag.
Beach bags come in all shapes and sizes, so we found the best options for every type of style (and at every price point!). Some prefer to focus on practicality, like celebrity stylist Victor Blanco. He says the bigger the better, so he can fit at least two towels, a change of clothes, and of course, snacks. Blanco suggests looking for fabrics that are easy to clean, like cotton: “Anything you can throw in the laundry machine so it’s like new again,” he says.
Fashion stylist El Shane favors fashion when it comes to her beach accessories: “As a New Yorker in Los Angeles, I appreciate the difference in beach fashion mentality. In New York, it’s an adventure to go to the beach—an excursion, a planned weekend, a train, a hotel room, a road trip. In Los Angeles, it’s sometimes as simple as a cocktail hour above the sand. Less planning, more ease. Because of this, I opt for beach bags in L.A. that feel equally suited for a day of bopping around Beverly Hills.” She adds: “If you can slap the bag a few times and the sand shakes off easily, then it’s good enough for the beach in my eyes.”
Whether you’re looking for trendy totes, affordable arm candy, or waterproof options, we’ve got the top picks, no matter your destination.
Sun Squad Beach Backpack
From towels to sunscreen and bathing suit cover-ups, this oversized tote will hold all of your fun in the sun necessities. The standout feature is the backpack straps, which make schlepping around your stuff a breeze. An interior lining has a drawstring closure to keep everything contained. Plus, it collapses and folds flat for easy storage. The best part? It’s only $10!
Mark & Graham Oversized Straw Beach Tote
There’s a reason this chic tote is one of Mark & Graham’s best-selling items: The versatile number works just as well as a beach bag, an everyday carryall, or even a travel companion. Handwoven from straw, it features long handles for easy toting. Add an embroidered monogram for a personal touch to stand out from the masses. Choose up to three characters and pick from 12 different fonts in 13 colors for your custom creation.
Sunnylife Call of the Wild Beach Towel Tote
We’re a sucker for multi-use products, which is why we adore this two-in-one tote. Textured spots bring a touch of wild style to this convenient beach bag, which unfolds into a cotton terry towel once you hit the sand. It’s super soft, highly absorbent, and has an exterior pocket ideal for stashing your summer accessories.
Anthropologie Ring Handle Gingham Clutch
This handcrafted stunner is the ultimate arm accessory. The glass bead embellishments and metal ring handles are like a work of art. “I’m drawn to the structured, more refined details of the beading, yet I appreciate the ease of the open bag for throwing in all of my beach essentials,” says Shane.
Genovega Extra Large Beach Bag
When buying a beach bag, you want something that can withstand the elements of the sand and sea, which is why we love this waterproof pick. It’s made of a rip-stop canvas cloth made to withstand wear and tear. The lightweight extra-large durable design is machine-washable and features sturdy braided straps, a zip-top closure, cotton lining, and an internal pocket to secure your valuables. It’s available in six different prints and will only set you back $23.
FITFORT Mesh Beach Tote
The best beach bags are big enough to fit all your gear so you aren’t stuck lugging around multiple totes. This oversized mesh design does the trick, it’s huge—seriously, it can hold up to 150 pounds! With an interior large enough to easily hold four oversized towels, there are also convenient side pockets designed to store sunscreen, phones, sunglasses, and other knick-knacks. A padded shoulder strap makes it comfortable to carry, and it even has a sand-resistant exterior. The best part? The bottom compartment is a detachable and spacious cooler that can hold a 12-pack or two bottles of wine!
Stella & Dot Straw Beach Tote
This soft-sided beach tote is ready to be packed in your carry-on bag as you head to your next beach vacation. It has a hidden zip pocket to keeps your phone and keys safe, plus a water bottle pocket so you can stay hydrated as you hit the sand. A colorful snake ombre print lines the generously sized interior.
Qoolife Floating Dry Bag
This bag offers peak practicality: Not only is it 100 percent waterproof, but its roll-top closure system provides a secure watertight seal so your valuables stay dry, and it’s made of a flexible PVC material that allows it to float. Take your beach hang to the next level with a built-in solar and USB-powered Bluetooth speaker. There’s also an integrated multi-color LED light that can set the mood while listening to tunes, be used as a night light or outdoor lantern, or be put in SOS mode for emergencies.
Mercado Global Rosa Printed Canvas Tote
“I’m typically drawn to beach bags that look vintage and unique as if I found them along the way on my travels, and sometimes I do,” says Shane. “My favorite beach bag I ever purchased was from a street market in Florence,” she shares of the silk flower-adorned design. If an exotic trip isn’t in your future, this uniquely shaped tote is the next best thing. Each cotton canvas bag is handwoven by indigenous women artisans in the highlands of rural Guatemala. It’s the perfect beach-to-boardwalk carryall for all of your outdoor activities.
Urban Originals Pool Day Tote Bag
Looking to make a statement on the sand? The fun floral print and fashion-forward silhouette of this tote ensures you do just that. You’ll not only look good but feel good knowing that this bag (and everything Urban Originals creates) is endorsed by PETA: the brand’s entire collection is certified vegan, putting it right up there with the best sustainable clothing brands. This stylish style is made from sustainable and recycled materials, has an easy-to-clean nylon lining, one inner slip pocket, and magnetic snap closure.
Shade & Shore Mesh Sling Handbag
The crossbody strap on this pretty pink design makes it the best hands-free option on our list—especially for moms who need to wrangle their kids. The neoprene mesh construction is an optimal fabric for a beach bag, and an elastic closure helps keep your items contained inside. The cute hobo shape can easily be styled to take you beyond the sand, whether you’re totting it to the gym or grocery store.
L Space Cameron Picnic Cooler Bag
You’d never guess this chic carryall doubles as a functional cooler. A modern upgrade to the traditional hard-case bulky versions that are a pain to haul around, this sleek straw design features an insulated interior that can be filled to the brim with beverages, snacks, or beach day booze. The woven exterior gives off picnic-day vibes and the adjustable straps provide a pop of color and personality. And because we appreciate multi-purpose beach bags, the cooler liner is also removable so you can use it to chill refreshments during the day, then wear it as a summer tote at night.
QOGiR Neoprene Multipurpose Beach Bag
Made of quick-drying neoprene (the same material as wetsuits!), this expandable tote has two water-resistant inner pockets to keep valuables safe, sturdy sailing rope handles, and a special aqua seal finish that repels dirt and sand. Plus, it’s machine washable! More than 1,400 glowing five-star reviews on Amazon confirm it’s one of the best overall beach bags. It’s loved for its roomy interior, lightweight fabric, and ability to fold flat for easy storage.
Bluboon Beach Pool Bag
Tie-dye continues to be one of the biggest trends for summer, and we’re swooning over the pastel hues of this waterproof design (it’s also available in 11 other eye-catching prints like leopard, marble, and rainbow stripes). Four pockets on the outside provide easy access for sunscreen, flip-flops, and other accessories. What makes this one of the best beach totes? The spacious interior with a separate smart-design wet compartment means you won’t have to worry about damp towels or wet swimsuits leaking in your bag.
Meisohua Travel Laptop Tote Bag with USB Charging Port
Go from the office to the ocean with this floral number that’s an equally efficient laptop bag as it is a beach tote. For work, a soft shockproof foam padding pocket on the inside protects electronics. Stay connected at all times with the included USB charging cable and headphone cable. When it’s time to play, use the adjustable detachable shoulder strap to turn it into a crossbody beach bag. The water-resistant material and RFID protection system makes it an excellent choice for traveling near or far.
BTB Los Angeles Social Distancing Straw Tote
For anyone who is hesitant to get back to their everyday lives, carry this straw tote with a powerful message that serves as a reminder to those around you to keep their distance. The lightweight construction and fully-lined spacious interior are ideal for a day at the beach. The pearl-adorned “Social Distancing” statement also makes it a superb selection for an everyday bag. Pair it with jeans, a T-shirt, and sneakers for errands; or wear it with a floral frock for a picnic in the park.
Poppy + Sage Eliza Tote
“It’s important for a beach bag to not overwhelm your entire look,” advises Shane. She suggests skipping the oversized carry-all, and choosing a bag that feels “stylish, effortless, and current.” This white crochet-wrapped straw number is a neutral design that will go with any outfit. Handmade by talented women artisans in Bali, each woven pattern is unique, making your tote a totally unique one-of-a-kind creation.
Stephen Joseph Turtle Beach Tote & Sand Toys
Beach bags aren’t just for adults. This turtle-shaped tote is specifically made for kids. They won’t mind carrying around the bright rainbow bag when they know it’s packed with toys (including a sand rake, shovel, and three shapes). Whether it’s at the beach for a family vacation or even a backyard sandbox, it’s the perfect companion to encourage play.