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14 Beach Towels That Will Take You from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Whether you're an ocean or pool person, these summer essentials get the job done.
By Emily Popp
May 17, 2021
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Summer weather is finally upon us, and after the year we've all had, a relaxing day at the pool or beach where we can sip on an ice-cold drink and read a juicy book is exactly what we need. Second only to sunscreen and said novel, a quality beach towel is the most important accessory in your tote bag.

If you're in the market for a new beach towel, you're in luck; we've culled together several of our favorites to help you on your search. These aren't your average boardwalk gift shop iterations—instead, we're sharing high-quality, beautiful options that will last for years. Before we dive into our top picks, however, we will leave you with this piece of advice from home improvement and lifestyle expert (and fellow beach lover) Kathryn Emery. When it comes to beach towels, size really does matter, she says. "While an average bath towel is 27-by-52 inches, an average beach towel is 30-by-70 inches. Some oversized ones are even larger," says Emery. "Go big, which will give you nice real estate on the sand." Ahead, our favorite beach towels to get you through the summer season.

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JML Microfiber Beach Towels
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Multi-Purpose Pack

If you want the best bang for your buck, consider a pack of multi-use towels that are suited for the bath and the beach, like this set of six that comes in 11 different colorways.

Shop Now: JML Microfiber Beach Towels, $41.99 for set of six, amazon.com.

Laguna Beach Textile Co. Cabana Towel
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Cabana Stripes

This is the perfect option if you want to feel like you are lounging poolside at a chic Miami resort. The absorbent fabric has 630 GSM (grams per square meter), compared to the 250 to 450 GSM found in most beach towels.

Shop Now: Laguna Beach Textile Co. Cabana Towel, $39, verishop.com.

Martha Stewart Riviera Geo Beach Towels
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Geometric Turquoise

This set of two has a vibrant geometric design, which is more modern-looking than your traditional striped beach towel.

Shop Now: Martha Stewart Riviera Geo Beach Towels, $51.99 for set of two, target.com.

Rebecca Atwood Lemon Pool Towel
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Lemon Watercolor

If you want to make a statement on the sand, this Rebecca Atwood beach towel, with an all-over lemon print, is the perfect pick.

Shop Now: Rebecca Atwood Lemon Pool Towel, $39.50, potterybarn.com.

Serena & Lily Mallorca Beach Towel
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Spa-Inspired

Transport yourself to the beaches of Mallorca, Spain, with this plush striped towel made from Turkish Aegean cotton.

Shop Now: Serena & Lily "Mallorca" Beach Towel, $68, serenaandlily.com.

Anthropologie Stephanie Beach Towel
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Marigold Tassels

If you're on the hunt for a brightly-hued luxury iteration under $70, then you'll love this gold one from Anthropologie.

Shop Now: Anthropologie "Stephanie" Beach Towel, $69, anthropologie.com.

Society6 Clementines Beach Towel
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Sweet Clementines

This citrus-themed towel has a supportive and soft poly/microfiber front and a terry cotton back that's perfect for resting on rocky or hard-packed sand beaches.

Shop Now: Society6 Clementines Beach Towel, $31.99, society6.com.

Business & Pleasure Co. Beach Towel
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Rosy Stripes

A blush pink beach towel is best paired with a cold glass of rosé (or any pink drink of your choice).

Shop Now: Business & Pleasure Co. Beach Towel, $69, revolve.com.

West Elm Palm Leaf Beach Towel
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Organic Palm Leaf

This organic cotton towel with a tropical palm leaf motif looks much more expensive than it actually is.

Shop Now: West Elm Palm Leaf Beach Towel, $17.70, westelm.com.

Pottery Barn Turkish Striped Beach Towel
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Turkish Stripes

If you want a classic Turkish towel, this striped one from Pottery Barn is perfect for all your outdoor lounging needs, whether you're picnicking or poolside.

Shop Now: Pottery Barn Turkish Striped Beach Towel, $29.50, potterybarn.com.

Brooklinen Sunset Beach Towel
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Sunset Waves

This absorbent towel from beloved bedding brand Brooklinen has an artsy print that's inspired by the ocean—with a '70s twist.

Shop Now: Brooklinen Sunset Beach Towel, $65, brooklinen.com.

Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic Towel
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Mediterranean Flatweave

Do you prefer a flat-weave towel instead of a fluffy one? This Mediterranean-inspired option from Coyuchi is ultra-absorbent, making it ideal for the beach or the bath.

Shop Now: Coyuchi Mediterranean Organic Towel, $68, coyuchi.com.

Lido Beach Towel
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Extra Plush

If you want to splurge on the luxurious beach towel of your dreams, this is it; it's super-sized and gorgeous, with outstanding drying power to boot. 

Shop Now: Lido Beach Towel, $190, frette.com.

Sand Cloud Sunrise Towel
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Morning Sunrise

Looking for something that is thin enough to roll up into your beach bag, but is also oversized? This sunrise towel from Sand Cloud is your best bet.

Shop Now: Sand Cloud Sunrise Towel, $48, sandcloud.com.