Best Beach Towels For 2022

Don’t underestimate the value of a great beach towel

We know it can be a bit of a dry subject, but we take our beach towels seriously. Here we are unrolling our favorite picks.

WETCAT Turkish Beach Towel (38 x 71) - Prewashed for Soft Feel, 100% Cotton - Quick Dry Bath Towels with Lively Colors - Unique Turkish Towels for Bathroom - [Aqua]
The attractive fringed style makes it a shawl, blanket, wrap, or even a yoga mat. | WETCAT

When you look through the linen closet and realize some towels need to be headed to the garage or chore pile, why not replenish your beach towels with the plushest ones around? This aqua towel is our favorite, but there are over 30 other colors and they all arrive pre-washed. This alleviates any colors leaking onto your other items. Plus, the Turkish cotton towels are woven with only certified naturally dyed yarns. The dense fabric sheds sand with a wave of the towel.

Kaufman – 100% Cotton Velour Striped Beach & Pool Towel 4-Pack – 30in x 60in
Before using these cotton beach towels, make sure to wash them on cold with a little white vinegar to set the color. | Kaufman

The beach is so beautiful and distracting that it can be tough to find where you left your belongings. But this set of bright turquoise, tangerine, lime, and pink striped towels marks your home base with surfy style. Wrap your family up in this set of vibrant velour. These top-quality towels are 2.5 feet wide and 5 feet long and each weighs a pound.

Authentic Mexican Blanket - Park Blanket, Handwoven Serape Blanket, Perfect as Beach Blanket, Picnic Blanket, Outdoor Blanket, Yoga Blanket, Camping Blanket, Car Blanket, Woven Blanket (Coral)
For each purchase, this group makes a donation to bring water to underserved Mexican communities. | Coral

Local craftsmen and women in Tlaxcala, Mexico, still make these thick blankets in the same way as their families have for years. This woven coral-toned blanket is crafted from recycled acrylic and cotton. With nine other colors, you'll find a style to match yours. Keep one in your trunk, one in your camping bag, and a few on the backs of your outdoor dining chairs. It will feel just like you're enjoying a frosty beverage on the sand south of the border.

Kaufman - Cabana Terry Loop Towel 6-Pack - 32in x 62in
Designed not to shed too much lint, it should last long enough to visit lots of sandy shores. | Kaufman

Wrap your family in purple, royal blue, turquoise, lime, orange, and pink. Each of these machine washable towels measures a little over 5-feet long and about 2-and-a-half-feet wide. Not too thick, but still weighing a pound each, these beach towels are easy to take with you and sturdy enough to use every day.

Microfiber Sand Free Beach Towel - Quick Dry Super Absorbent Oversized Large Thin Towels Blanket for Travel Pool Swimming Bath Camping Yoga Girls Women Men Adults Boho Bohemian Palm Tree Blue Mandala
It can absorb over five times its weight in water, and it only weighs about half a pound! | Microfiber

Not just a towel, this is a lightweight beach accessory. Ready to keep your tanning time sand-free or to support your yoga, HIIT, or pilates, this towel gets softer wash after wash. Plus it dries out three times faster than cotton. We love the contrasting designs on each side of this plush towel. One side features a blue and purple mandala design, and the other side has a tropical blue palm tree pattern.

Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Islands and recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat. Islands is an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands' staff.