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Best Swimsuits for Going to the Beach

There are few things more pleasant than a day spent lounging on the beach—swimming in the surf, taking in the sunshine, and feeling the sand between your toes. Even just reading these words probably brought you a sense of ease. And, when it comes to the beach, the most important item to pack is your swimsuit—what’s a beach day without one? If you need help deciding which kind of swimsuit is best for your day at the beach, we are here to help.

Here are the best swimsuits for going to the beach.

For Maximum Tan, Wear a Bikini

If you’re looking for the least-coverage option—which, in turn, means the option that will result in the most amount of tanned ski—a bikini is your best bet. This way, you’ll be able to get sun on your shoulders, arms, legs, midsection, and face as you lounge in the sand and water. Keep in mind, though, that a bikini is the least sturdy bathing suit option, so if you plan on chasing after your kids or doing any intense swimming (or if you live somewhere with a strong current), you may not want to wear this fairly flimsy style. But, there’s no doubt that a bikini is a great item to pair with a swimsuit cover-up and your go-to flip flops.

Or, Go For a Tankini

A tankini is a favorite swimsuit option for many people. It’s more unexpected than a one-piece yet just as covering and is a great choice if you want your midsection covered up. When it comes to tankinis, you can find scoop-neck styles, racerback options, high-neck suits (for even more coverage), v-necks and more. In other words, there are plenty of swimsuit options if you’re planning to wear a tankini to the beach.

Tankinis are ideal for someone who wants to do some swimming and be able to chase young kids around while also spending some time lounging in the sun. All in all, it’s a versatile suit that’s cute, too.

A Swimdress Is Good, Too!

Swimdress bathing suits are another classic bathing suit for a day at the beach. They offer lots of coverage (they’re basically a one-piece swimsuit with an added skirt) and give your bathing suit a bit of added flair, too. If you plan on doing some swimming at the beach, you’ll be pleased to find that the light skirt on a swim dress dries just as fast as a “regular” bathing suit, which makes this swimsuit also ideal for any beach activity. Plus, the skirt addition gives your bum that added coverage—what’s not to love about that?

Or, Try A Classic One-Piece

You can’t get much more classic than a one-piece swimsuit. They’re ideal for all beach activities, like beach volleyball, swimming, building sandcastles, collecting seashells or going for a stroll along the water, and are usually the most reliable swimsuit in your collection, too.

What’s more, you can wear this swimsuit with a skirt, pair of shorts, or a sarong and have a complete post-beach-day look that can be worn to happy hour or a beachfront restaurant.

A Rashguard Is a Good Option, Too

If you’re someone who deals with frequent sunburns, irritation from sand, or irritation from the ocean (or you just want to be a little more covered up), a rash guard may be the best choice for your beach day. Rash guards are generally long-sleeved, waterproof tops that can be worn over your bathing suit top and have UV protection built in. While most rash guards are long-sleeved, you can also find short-sleeved versions of these tops. As mentioned above, even with short sleeves, they do offer more coverage and are great for someone who is very sensitive to the sun. You can wear your rashguard with regular bathing suit bottoms, shorts bathing suit bottoms, or even over a swim dress.

It’s easy to have a good time at the beach no matter what but you’ll be even more prepared when you find the right swimsuit. Really, any swimsuit can be ideal for a day at the beach as long as you think about the activities that are ahead of you. So, if you’re planning on chasing around toddlers, you may want to try a one-piece or a tankini, for example. If you plan on just tanning in the sun, a bikini is perfectly suitable. Once your choice of bathing suit is all set, you’ll be ready for a fun-filled beach day—just don’t forget your sunblock, towel, and beach bag tote.


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