Last Updated July 15, 2020 7/15/2020

12 Best Beach Coolers For Your Summer Vacation

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Whether you’re looking for a bulk drink hauler for an epic spring break vacation, or just need something to keep a few sandwiches chilled while you dig your toes in the sand, there’s a perfectly sized, and priced, cooler for everyone. Choose a hands-free backpack or shoulder strap model if you’ll need both hands to wrangle kids, or something with tons of space and easy-clean up if the only thing you’re looking to wrangle this summer is fresh-caught fish.


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Yeti coolers have a cult following for a reason; their coolers work well and look great. If you’re heading to the beach, you may not have a big enough crowd to warrant ponying up for a 45-quart gigantic cooler that can hold a feast for 8, but this 20-quart version is perfectly sized for 14 cans plus ice.

  • Holds 18 cans with a 2:1 ice-to-can ratio or 24 lbs of just ice.
  • Flexible Handle
  • Tie-Down slots make it easy to attach to a boat or truck bed
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If you’ll be strolling the boardwalk looking for a good fishing place, or enjoying the view from a paved boulevard or public beach, a rolling cooler can make for a full day of fun. It’s easy to bring enough for the whole family to picnic under an umbrella with this 50-quart cooler. A great choice for big family barbecues or camping trips, it keeps ice cold for five days, even in temperatures as high as 90F.

  • Lid molded cup holders
  • Telescoping handle
  • Affordable
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A sturdy little cooler that’s easy to carry and operate one-handed, Igloo’s 16-quart model holds up to 30 cans, sans ice. Long popular with fisherman due to their ability to take tons of poor handling and mistreatment and keep going strong, they also clean out easily and can handle being bleached; a perfect bait cooler for that weekend fishing trip on the coast.

  • Durable
  • Versatile; great for work or play
  • Not enough space to hold drinks for a crowd
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For families enjoying their sunny holidays, a backpack style cooler makes life much easier. It’s not like parents of young children have any hands to spare lifting heavy coolers, after all. Drop in a reusable ice pack or two, and keep sandwiches, drinks, and cut fruit cold and delicious.

  • A beach tote and cooler all in one
  • Keeps your hands free
  • Requires cold packs, not ice
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Easy to store and collapsible, this soft-sided cooler is perfect for the occasional beach-goer that doesn’t want to commit to storing a large cooler during the off-season. Perfect for bringing bottled water, juice, or canned drinks along, the adjustable shoulder strap includes a convenient bottle opener for indulging in a cold brew on a hot day. A reviewer also noted that it’s small enough to fit under an airplane seat, so it’s a great choice for families flying to that beach vacation; you can pack fruit, salads, and sandwiches for an inexpensive lunch on the go.

  • Great for picnics or tailgating
  • Folds up; keep it in your car for grocery shopping
  • Zipper isn’t leak-proof- if it tips it drips
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Perfect for anyone with a boat or a beach house, this 45-quart cooler keeps drinks and snacks cool for a crowd for days. An excellent choice for camping on the beach, it’ll cut down on your resupply runs into town and keep you enjoying beautiful weather and coastal views.

  • No condensation, keep it in a tent or RV without puddles
  • Thick insulation means ice for days
  • Nearly 30lbs, empty
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Perfectly sized for use practically every day as a lunch box, or cooler for bringing cold drinks or smoothies to the gym, this Under Armor bag also makes a great beach cooler for an individual or a couple. Holding up to 24 cans, or about 8 bottles of sports drink plus ice, it makes a great choice for surfers, paddleboarders, joggers, or anyone looking to get in a beach workout that doesn’t include lugging around a heavy cooler.

  • Great for athletes
  • Lots of color options
  • Lightweight
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If you’re having a big party with big appetites to match, sometimes a lidded cooler just doesn’t make sense. When people are constantly in and out of it all day, the lid is useless anyway. Fill this thing up and you’re guaranteed to be the most popular 4th of July party on the beach. Yeti’s double handled design makes hauling easy, even when this big baby is filled with 52 cans plus ice, or a Slim Quarter keg. If you’re really concerned about saving the ice, or you’d like the option to use this cooler to haul freshly-caught fish, and all the mess that entails, they do offer a lid.

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The perfect cooler for keeping the whole crowd fed and fueled, Coleman still makes their affordable, reliable coolers stateside. Tall enough for 2-liter bottles, it’s a great choice of cooler for large families looking to spend the entire day enjoying the surf, sand, and sun. If you’re traveling to a beach with good public parking on the sand, like Daytona Beach, you can save time and effort; no need to haul a heavy cooler a quarter-mile across that deep sugar sand when you can just leave it in your vehicle and make trips back to replenish as needed.

  • Tall coolers make it easy to layer contents for ease of access
  • Good option for budget buyers
  • Not as much insulation as those 200$ coolers, clearly
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Arctic Zone’s Titan cooler comes in a range of sizes, so picking just the right cooler for your needs and budget has never been easier. The zipperless access and interior tray make it a fantastic lunch box cooler, but the attached bottle opener and front pouch for keeping essentials organized also make it a great choice for relaxing weekends under a beach umbrella.

  • Stain resistant lining also helps prevent leaks
  • Easy one-shoulder carrying strap
  • Puncture resistant materials keep ice from damaging it over time
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An adorable beach tote perfect for lugging your keys, sunscreen, and phone in it’s three external sand-resistant pockets, it doubles as an easy to carry cooler. Thoughtful finishing touches, like YKK zippers, convey the level of care taken during manufacturing. When you’ve finished all the drinks and snacks and are heading home for the day, the washable, leak-proof interior is a perfect way to carry home wet bathing suits, towels, or children’s swim gear.

  • Cross-body strap for easy carrying
  • Nautical design
  • This is a new design without a lot of reviews
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Versatile and maneuverable, reviewers rave about this wheeled cooler. It’s conveniently sized for use as a carry-on bag, if you’ll be taking a cooler with you on vacation, and lightweight enough for use as a mobile refreshments tray while golfing. The removable plastic liner is an added convenience; fix it in place if you’ll be using loose or bagged ice to keep things frosty, or leave it at home if you’re using reusable ice packs.

  • Roomy interior
  • Reasonably priced
  • Bungee cords make it easy to stack another beach bag on top
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