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Wherever you spend your summer days lazing — by the lake, pool, ocean, or just perched on a lawn chair in the backyard — make sure you have a beach towel in tow to keep you protected from the hot ground and to dry you off from a midafternoon dip. We picked 11 fun designs to show off a bold and beach-ready style.
"Luxurious" is probably not the first descriptor you're looking for when shopping for beach towels, which is why this nautical-striped pick will take you totally by surprise. Crafted of 100% cotton, this oversized towel is far spongier and more absorbent than other types. It even boasts a 630 GSM (that's "grams per meter") weight, rivaling the plushy factor of your bathroom towels. For under $40, we'd say this is a real bargain for a premium-quality product.
As much as we love spending all day at the beach, toting home soggy and sandy towels has a way of really dampening the fun. This microfiber beach towel may be on the thinner side, but its quick-drying, sand-repelling material makes for a practical beach-bag accoutrement. They're available in a variety of vibrant colors in either a 63- or 78-inch-long size, and they even come with a convenient carrying case!
Just keep in mind that microfiber will cling to whatever it's tossed into the laundry with, so be sure to separate this towel from your delicates when it comes time to wash it.
No need to send your sentiments through snail mail — a quick snap of this Ban.do beach towel gets the message across loud and clear. Wherever you're spending your summer days, it makes a soft and cozy companion.
This quirky-cool cotton beach towel from Ted Baker is in the running to become our favorite surf-side accessory of the season. Its generous 36-by-72-inch size provides a comfy and spacious place to spend the dog days of summer.
This reversible Pendleton beach towel is incredibly plush, and its extra-large size is plenty roomy to wrap up with by a beachy bonfire. Its geometric design offers a style-forward, minimalist take on the relaxed boho vibe.
This tutti-frutti towel from Lacoste may be preppy, but it sure pops against a sea of bland beach blankets. Made of thick, super-soft cotton, it's just the right size for solo sunbathing.
When you simply can't spare another vacation day, spending your weekends laying out in your own backyard is the next best thing. Make the patio feel a little more like paradise with this pineapple-shaped beach towel from SunnyLife.
Keep your peace of mind as you run to the snack bar or to stick your toes in the water — this totally 'grammable towel will help keep your staked-out spot from being snagged.
Make waves with this round, tassel-accented beach towel. It sports a sunny shade paired with preppy stripes, and the terry-cotton material is perfectly plush for all-day lazing.
This chic beach towel looks right at home draped over a lawn chair, or even spread out on the prow of a yacht. (Hey, we can dream, can't we?) The interconnected, art-deco-style typography brings an upscale edge to your most relaxed moments.