A family trip to the beach might assure you of one thing: You need a beach wagon to survive it. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck lugging around eight bags and an umbrella, all while making sure your kiddo doesn’t run away in the split second you’re adjusting the load on your shoulders. To make your life a whole lot easier, the best beach wagons will provide ample storage space for all your seaside essentials and will be outfitted with heavy-duty wheels and a comfortable handle to make traipsing through the sand a breeze. Plus, some of them will have convenient extras, like built-in coolers or holders for your beach chairs. When shopping for the best beach wagons consider:
Size and weight capacity: If you have a whole crew headed toward the shore, opt for a spacious wagon with a weight capacity of up to 150 pounds for umbrellas, beach chairs, snacks, toys, and more. But if you’re hitting the beach with a small group (or solo), you can get away with a more compact and lightweight beach buggy cart that gets you from the car to the sand with minimal fuss.
How easy it is to pull: Large, wide wheels are better equipped to trudge through sand, and you'll also want look for a sturdy handle, and — if you're pulling the wagon — one that's extendable, so it doesn't hit the back of your legs while you walk.
Extras: Consider what other great features you’re interested in, like an optional bench for hauling kids around, a rack for beach chairs, or built-in cup holders to keep your lemonade upright until you reach your beach spot.
Regardless of your pick, all of these options fold up for the car ride, and they're made from durable, easy-to-clean materials, so they'll last for many summers to come. With all that in mind, here's my roundup of the best beach carts Amazon has to offer.
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