If your summer plans have anything to do with water—splashing in it, lounging by it, dreaming of it—these goods might be just what you need.

By Cat Dash
Updated June 26, 2019
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Beach gear that works hard and lasts all season long is great. Beach gear that does all that and looks good doing it is even better. This summer, big, bold, and beautiful is the way to go, and these editor-approved finds make being on-trend on the beach a breeze. Whether you’re looking for comfort, entertainment, or just a little aesthetic joy, this colorful beach gear has you covered.



The terms “chic” and “pool float” have rarely been used together—until now.

To buy: XL Float IZU, $50; francesvalentine.com.



Customize every detail of this waterproof speaker, from the fabric to the color of the oversize volume buttons.

To buy: myBoom 3 Speaker, $180; studio.ultimateears.com.



Fifty percent of the cost of this canvas tote will go to Charity: Water, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water to those without access to it.

To buy: Madewell x Charity: Water Reusable Canvas Tote Bag, $10; madewell.com.



A fun way to keep your little one (ages 1 to 2) buoyant in the pool.

To buy: Sharky Float Vest, $35; sunnylife.com.



Personalize the cover of this notebook with the text of your choice for a custom travel journal.

To buy: Learning to Surf Notebook by Lauren Hampton, $16; minted.com.

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Let the graphic designs on these organic cotton towels inspire you to get outside and play.

To buy: Atlas Blue and Latigo Bay Beach Towels, $39 each; westelm.com.

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Fly the coolest kite on the beach with this kaleidoscopic number, made of durable nylon for months of aerial fun.

To buy: Delta Kite, $44; areaware.com.

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This waterproof lounger folds into a compact pouch and weighs less than two pounds.

To buy: Alite Designs Meadow Rest Waterproof Lounger, $69; rei.com.

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Artist Heather Landis’s nostalgic print is a colorful reminder of the fleeting joys of summer.

To buy: Play the Day Away Limited-Edition Art, from $23; minted.com.

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When it comes to beach blankets, round is the new rectangle. Bonus points if yours has a graphic pattern and pom-pom fringe.

To buy: All Around Giant Circle Towel, $68; bando.com.

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With an inflatable insert and a removable color- blocked cover, this beach pillow is both pretty and super practical.

To buy: Tangalle Beach Pillow, $18; sunnylife.com.

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Stay hydrated at the beach, by the pool, and everywhere else summer takes you with this sparkling striped beauty.

To buy: Glitter Bomb Water Bottle, $26; amazon.com.

Photograph by Kevin Sweeney


Identify your beach finds and coastal treasures with this handy illustrated guide.

To buy: The Beachcomber’s Companion, $12; amazon.com.

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A classic silhouette plus a bold, colorful stripe lends a retro-cool vibe to this one-piece.

To buy: Madewell Solid & Striped Anne-Marie Swimsuit, $168; madewell.com.



This 35-millimeter waterproof camera will help you achieve your minimal-screen-time goals while still capturing memories (even underwater).

To buy: Underwater Camera, $24; poketo.com.