10 Chic Beach Bags That Hold Up and Look Good Doing It

A trip to the beach is no casual affair. You need blankets, towels, libations, sunscreen, the latest book, a small bluetooth speaker, and an extra sundress in case plans pop up. Now maybe that seems excessive to some of you (I prefer to be prepared for whatever), but nevertheless, you need a strong, sturdy, and stylish beach bag to protect your must haves for a day in the sun.

As a person who has gone on many trips to the country club pool and spent summers at the lake, I have a high criteria of what qualifies as a beach-ready bag. From straw, woven, mesh, and waterproof, I've found you all (and myself) 10 snazzy beach bags that can carry all your essentials — and look good doing it.

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Solid & Striped The Cleo Bag

Lightweight and made with waterproof coated canvas, this over-the-shoulder tote bag comfortably rests on your shoulder as you walk along the shore searching for the perfect spot to make camp. Big enough to fit your oversized towel, this beach bag comes with a zipper closure to keep your wallet, keys, and phone safely tucked away. This spacious bag is also a great size for weekend getaways and errand runs! ($218; anthropologie.com)

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& Other Stories Clear Tote Bag

Ever think you lose something, but really it's just buried deep in your bag? Skip the frantic searching for your Ray-Bans and find them instantly with this clear tote. The plastic keeps your electronics protected from splashes, and you won't end up having 10 pairs of cheap sunglasses at the end of the summer to replace the ones you thought you lost. ($79; stories.com)

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Shiraleah Mirabel Woven Jute Round Tote

The shape, the colors, the tassel! If we had to describe this beach bag in an emoji, it would be heart eyes. This vintage-chic round tote is made for the girl who's ready for summer and isn't afraid of a bold bag. Pairs well with poolside bikinis as well as light linen date-night dresses. ($53; nordstrom.com)

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L*Space Cameron Cooler Bag

Staying hydrated while you lie out is super important, but how do you keep your drinks cool when the weather is packing heat? Answer: this straw beach bag that—plot twist—is actually a cooler! Covered in a woven straw exterior, this bag has a removable cooler pouch that keeps your drinks and snacks cold and out of the sun. ($139; revolve.com)

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Billabong Chasing Paradise Tote

I'm tired of the dark neutrals of winter, and this vibrant Billabong beach bag is like summer in a tote. Decorated in an eye-catching graphic print, this roomy bag can carry necessities for a day outdoors. It's also designed with a terry-cloth fabric for easy cleaning, and you can always toss a towel in it to make a nice, soft pillow. ($45; nordstrom.com)

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Filt French Market Tote Bag

I own a couple of these mesh market tote bags and cannot recommend them enough! They are unbelievably strong and stretch to hold a wide variety of shapes and sizes. I use this bag at the pool, farmers' market, and even as a lunch bag for work. It also shrinks down small enough to be thrown in your purse so you always have a reusable bag on hand. ($20; anthropologie.com)

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Mar Y Sol Pompei Tote

Pink, white, and covered in pom-poms, what more could you ask for? This woven raffia beach bag is made from renewable materials and made by artisans in Madagascar and Kenya. With the purchase of each tote you're not only making a stylish fashion choice, you're also helping families gain economic independence and an education, and you're helping the environment. ($135; shopbop.com)

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Vera Bradley Quilted Beach Bag

If you've ever owned a Vera Bradley bag before, you know just how durable they are. I have had a weekender Vera Bradley bag since college and, I kid you not, there isn't a single sign of wear or tear on that baby. There's no doubt this bag will stay robust despite the pounds you pile into it. So go ahead, let your boyfriend toss his things in your bag, it can carry both of your beach baggage. ($70; verabradley.com)

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Mar Y Sol Zadie Backpack

Two things that don't mix well together: biking and tote beach bags. I've been there, done that, and it ain't easy. Rather than feeling unbalanced while on two-wheels, I highly suggest a beach backpack if a bicycle is your mode of transportation. This sunflower-colored, raffia backpack will keep your keys, towel, and phone in place, leaving your hands free to steer. ($150; shopbop.com)

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Nannacay Belle Tote

Hand woven by artisans in Peru, this vivid, straw beach bag is unlike any other bag on the shore. Because it's handmade, each piece is unique and no two are exactly the same, so you won't mix it up with the other hundred beach totes chilling in the sand. You'll also be able to nail your waterside, carefree Instagrams thanks to the wide mouth of this bag that's perfect for fitting in oversized beach towels and trendy pool floats. ($185; revolve.com)

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