Three Ways To Escape The Sun When Living The Resort Life In Your Backyard

You don’t have to drop serious dough on a plane ticket and hotel because you can even live the resort life right at home.

Stay cool on summer days even without a sunroom or enclosed porch, thanks to a number of versatile and affordable products designed to keep you in the shade—protected from the sun's harmful UV rays. Turn your backyard into a resort-worthy escape with umbrellas, canopies, and even shaded pool floats for the ultimate in hot weather comfort. The only thing not included will be your tropical drinks!

deck shade
Add some shade and style. | Amazon

Ideal for backyards, porches, and gardens, this outdoor market umbrella provides maximum shade and strong support thanks to a powder-coated, two-inch-diameter steel pole. The crank mechanism and easy-glide handle make opening and closing a breeze, while the vertical adjust function lets you keep up with the changing positioning of the sun to provide even more shade. Perhaps best of all, an air vent even helps enhance the air convection for maximum airflow.

A canopy provides way more shade at a fraction of the price of some other options. | Amazon

There's no better way to give yourself a cooling respite than with a canopy shade sail that comes in a variety of sizes and colors to fully customize your backyard space. The breathable design allows for cooling breezes and light to pass through the canopy for an overall airy and comfortable experience—as well as rain so pooling water and drooping is never an issue. But even then, you'll still be protected from up to 98 percent of the sun's UV rays.

pool shade
Shade isn't just limited to the patio or deck. | Amazon

Transform your backyard pool into a lush getaway with a floating island that can comfortably accommodate up to six people. Bells and whistles such as extra-wide pillow backrests, six cup holders, built-in cooler bag, removable sunshade, and a mesh bottom to dip your feet in the water truly take this floating island to the next level. Plus, the durable and tear-resistant PVC construction means that this float is also perfect to take to the lake or beach.