Skip To Content

    25 Beach Towels You'll Want To Show Off All Summer

    Beach accessories should not be limited to just sunnies 'n' sandals!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A two-pack of classic striped cabana towels you share with the lucky pal who agrees to spend the day soaking up the sun with ya'., Amazon

    Promising review: "These towels are perfect for the pool or beach. The size is great. The fabric is soft. They aren't too thin or too thick. The blue stripe is a beautiful color. I've already washed them a couple of times and they still look brand new. These towels are much nicer than anything I've seen in the stores — and this is after wasting a few hours looking around. Don't hesitate to buy these. You won't be disappointed. I think the price is very fair too." —StephTX

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

    2. A tie dye towel, perfect for lying on while you groove out to your favorite soundtrack.


    Promising review: "This tie dye towel is so much fun! I bought it as a gift for my daughter and she loves it! The fabric feels soft and plush, and the colors are bright and vibrant. Perfect beach towel for those that love tie dye. I can't wait to purchase some of the other colors available." —Tammy

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in 19 styles).

    3. An oversized towel you'll be able to wrap your entire body up in like a human burrito to protect your skin from getting fried.

    Promising review: "This towel is so beautiful! The beautiful blue and purple with the gorgeous design is so attractive. The lightweight, comfortable fabric is perfect for laying out and doing yoga on the beach. I can easily fold it up super small so that it can fit in my purse or bag and take up minimal room. The fabric is super soft and so comfortable to lay and do stretches on. This is also a super gorgeous towel to take pics with on the beach. It just looks really awesome in pics laying on it or with it wrapped around my waist of draped over my shoulders. It dries super quick like literally in less than five minutes. Overall, this is perfect for beach and pool days, and I love it!" —Taylor

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available as a circle or a rectangle and in 33 styles).

    4. An ombré towel, so stylish everyone else will want to ~sea~ it.


    Promising review: "Bright, fun colors on a soft towel! Looks more vibrant in person." —Renee

    Get it from Target for $10.

    5. A flamingo towel that'll have everyone on the beach ~flocking~ to you to say how cute it is.


    Promising review: "Cutest beach towel I've ever owned! It's about 5'6". Perfect for laying out on the beach! It looks just as pictured!" —Christian

    Get it from Walmart for $8.94.

    6. A towel with an chic all-over print you'll feel like a zen goddess lounging by the pool.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $10.32 (originally $12.90).

    7. A purrfect towel you can keep in your trunk or bag for when you want to drop everything and head to the beach.


    Promising review: "This towel is absolutely adorable for my 6-year-old kitty lover. It is printed on one side with silly, happy kitty faces. The towel is big enough to fully wrap around even an adult and has a soft velvety feel. It dries quickly in the sun for those days that kids are in and out of the pool million times. I highly recommend it for any cat lover." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon $14.99.

    8. Or a compact microfiber towel that'll prevent unwanted sand from sticking to you when all you want is a FREAKIN' MOMENT OF PEACE AND QUIET.


    Promising review: "Simply wonderful. So compact, so light, and it dries lightening-quick. Bold attractive color, generous size. If you're not accustomed to using a microfiber towel, it may feel strange initially. It works better if you 'pat' yourself dry with it, but once you realize that, you'll learn to quickly appreciate this towel for its many benefits." —lilcreative

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. A oceanic towel to give you a solid reason to shout "IT'S TURTLE TIME!" like Ramona Singer from The Real Housewives of New York.


    Promising review: "It's soft, colors are bright, and overall looks absolutely beautiful! feels like you are at the beach watching the turtles." —Pranali

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. A personalized towel that'll let you ~express yourself~ through the power of words even when you're napping in the sun.

    Heather Braga/ BuzzFeed, Personalization Mail

    I got married last year and my best friend surprised me with this towel — complete with my semi-ridiculous wedding hashtag on it. It makes me laugh every time I use it, but I can also confirm it's BIG and extremely soft. It's hands down my favorite towel.

    Get it from Personalization Mail for $34.

    11. Or a vibrant towel you can customize with your initials so no one can try and steal it at your next pool party.

    Lands' End

    Promising review: "I take a swim class three days a week and I've received so many compliments on this towel. When we're done with class we have a little ways to get to the changing rooms and it's so chilly. Not any more! It's thick and big, and covers me well. It washes and dries nicely. The lint trap in the dryer was full the first time I washed it, but it's a normal amount now. I love it." —Ginny

    Get it from Lands' End for $19.97 (originally $39.95, available in eight styles).

    12. A beach towel that is so gorgeous, you'll consider using it in your living room as an actual rug.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I couldn’t love this towel more. So soft and plush and adorable!" —callholl

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $34.95.

    13. A patriotic sea horse towel you can use to elevate your gear at any Fourth of July pool parties.


    Get it from Target for $10.

    14. A four-pack of velour towels that'll assure you always have one on hand — even on laundry day!


    Promising review: "These towels are very soft and are great quality for the price. They are NOT thin. They're just thick enough to not be too bulky and the colors are bright and cheerful. You won’t go wrong with this set at the beach or around the pool. I wishI had ordered at least two sets! Will DEFINITELY buy this brand name again!!" —Shana

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $39.99.

    15. A towel that is ~pretty fly for a cacti~ and will look fantastic in your poolside pics.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $10 (originally $12.99).

    16. A round towel with tassels all around the edges to add some ~sass~ to typically boring beach gear.

    Promising review: "As an avid beach goer, this was my go-to beach towel this past summer. The fringe detail is adorable and the color is exactly as advertised. The material is really soft and the size is perfect for one person. I've washed it in cold water with the machine set on delicate and the color did not bleed or fade." —Annmarie

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 20 styles).

    17. A Harry Potter towel you can get comfortable on while attempting to reread all the novels in one vacation.


    Get it from Walmart for $17.99.

    18. A towel that is trendy and will get the message across to ~leaf~ you alone while you're trying to get a tan.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $19.60 (originally $28).

    19. Or an intense shark towel that'll inspire you to start humming the Jaws theme song (and scare everyone else sitting around you).


    Promising review: "This towel is not only a great quality but the picture is amazingly real. Bought this for my son for Christmas and he wanted to use it as a bath towel right away. Best beach towel ever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    20. A fun towel you can ~sprinkle~ into your beach bag, so you ~donut~ have to ever worry about having something comfortable to sit on in the sand.

    TJ Maxx

    Get it from TJ Maxx for $9.99.

    21. An avocado towel, so you'll be ready to ~guac 'n' roll~ as soon as the first hot day comes around.


    Get it from Walmart for $9.97.

    22. A super absorbent microfiber towel to quickly dry you off after you get out of the pool — no more walking through the house while still dripping wet!

    Promising review: "My husband and I have these in sizes large and 2XL. We brought the 2XL sizes with us to Hawaii to use as beach towels and they were perfect! Very absorbent and we didn't feel like we were laying on wet towels, dried quicker than regular towels and sand just fell off with a shake. The towels are lightweight, even when wet, and are still easily foldable to put back in their storage bags, which also have carrying straps. They fold down nice and thin for easy packing and don't take up much space. The fabric is soft and smooth, not like typical microfiber that can kind of have an awkward feel for some people." —/T

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and in eight colors).

    23. A towel that'll fill your insatiable craving for a Dole Whip until you get back to Disney World.


    I'm salivating just looking at this towel.

    Get it from shopDisney for $34.99.

    24. A destination-themed towel from Lilly Pulitzer you can use to represent your fave vacation spot no matter where you are.

    Lilly Pulitzer

    Promising review: "This towel Is beautiful colors and a great design. We love Naples and this towel brings Naples with us when we are away. Great color scheme. Pretty and soft colors." —Christien

    Get it from Lilly Pulitzer for $58 (available in 10 styles).

    25. And an "It's Britney, Beach" towel to pay tribute to the Pop Princess' iconic one-liner.


    Get it from Firebox for $31.99.

    When your friends ask if you want to go to the beach this weekend:


    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Want to keep looking? Check out our favorite places to buy the best bathing suits online, or the best bathing suits for people with big boobs if you need a little extra support.

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Allison Krausman / BuzzFeed

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form