Planning a trip to the beach, lake, or pool? Don’t forget to grab a beach towel! Along with a swimming suit, sandals, and sunscreen, a soft and absorbent towel should be on your list of essentials. Read on for a look at some of our favorite beach towels and how to choose a design that’s right for you.
Beach Towel Size
Beach towels average 30 inches in width by 60 inches in length. This is larger than a standard bath towel, providing more surface area to act as a barrier between your body and the sand or concrete. A large beach towel (or oversized towel) averages 40 by 70 inches in size. All products are slightly different in sizing, however, so be sure to check dimensions before you buy.
Beach Towel Materials
The majority of beach towels are made of cotton because it’s soft, durable, and easy to wash. However, don’t be surprised to find that beach towels are typically thinner than regular bath towels. Turkish cotton towels are particularly thin but widely popular because they’re lightweight and fast drying – good for travel and keeping you dry when you’re not in the water.
Non-traditional materials, such as microfiber and nylon, are incredibly sand-resistant, but not as soft as cotton.
Beach Towel Styles & Trends
Beach towels are typically bright in color and rectangular in shape, but there are many other options to choose from as well. Here are some of our favorites.
Striped beach towels with fringe are particularly popular and come in a variety of colors. This trend may stem from a growing interest in Mexican blankets (common in yoga studios), as well as Turkish towel designs.
Round beach towels are truly an outside-of-the-box idea. Popular for their oversized design (60 to 70 inches in diameter on average), these beach towels provide plenty of room to roll from side to side or make space for a small picnic. Boho-inspired medallion prints and patterns are a top choice.
Beach towels have always been a fun form of self-expression and will be for seasons to come. Plus, unique prints make you easier to spot on busy days at the pool or beach.
A cross between a beach towel and yoga mat, beach mats feature a polyester backing, cotton top, and foam mat nestled between for ultimate comfort. Most styles roll around an oblong pillow for easy transporting as well.
If you prefer a pool or beach chair, chaise lounge covers are a smart alternative to standard beach towels. They attach to the seat so they stay in place and keep you dry between dips.
Having a quality beach towel will improve your experience at the beach and pool, so don’t hesitate to invest in something new. There are plenty of options available to find a comfortable style that is perfect for you.