Spending a day at the beach? Awesome. Having to carry food, drinks, and all sorts of gear around while you find a good spot? Not so much. If you like packing a full load of oceanside essentials when you hit the beach, you’ll need a way to move them around conveniently when you go on foot. For most folks, a sturdy beach wagon is the best tool to get that job done.
From coolers and beach blankets to beach shelters and beach chairs, a good beach wagon will allow you to tow all your recreational stash in one go. If you don’t have too much stuff, you may even be able to tow your kids to keep them from whining about walking too far.
These are the best beach wagons to help you haul your gear across the sand.
Rio Brands Wonder Wheeler Deluxe Beach Cart
This upright-style beach wagon comes with two large treaded wheels on one end and small articulating casters on the other, so you can push it like a handcart or tow it like luggage, depending on which you find more comfortable. The simple-looking frame can support up to 100 pounds’ worth of gear, while coming with enough room to accommodate up to four folded beach chairs on the front frame. It collapses into a pretty flat pile, too, that’s just a tad bigger than a large beach chair, making it easy enough to squeeze into the trunk for transport. There are plenty of storage options here, including the aforementioned frame for chairs, a tall mesh fabric basket, a removable tote bag sized to hold a 48-quart cooler, a side umbrella holder, and even a bottom tray. Overall, it’s just a well-designed beach wagon at a pretty affordable price. Just don’t overload it, as it’s not quite as durable as some of the heavy-duty options here.
Patio Watcher Collapsible Utility Wagon Cart
Designed to hold up to 300 pounds, this is one heavy-duty beach wagon, allowing you to haul some heavy gear all around the beach. We love the treaded wheels (7 x 4 inches, diameter x thickness), which allow the darn thing to glide on both sand and paved surfaces alike, complete with front wheels that can rotate 360 degrees, so you can turn the cart without having to lift it up. The main compartment measures 30.7 x 16.5 x 9.8 inches (width x depth x height), with open headroom, so it can accommodate an assortment of items with no trouble, while the foldable handle makes it easy to tow, regardless of what angle you want to pull it on. It measures 22.4 x 6.7 x 40.6 inches (width x thickness x height) when collapsed.
Mac Sports Heavy Duty Collapsible Folding All-Terrain Beach Wagon Cart
We love how this packs up into a really compact pile that can slide into a corner of the boot, leaving plenty of room in the trunk for the rest of your gear. When deployed, though, it offers roomy storage space that can carry all sorts of summertime supplies. It can hold up to 150 pounds, so you can throw in the cooler full of food and refreshments in there, while the extra large wheels allow it to glide over any sandy, rocky, or gravelly terrain you’re going to encounter in the beach. Features include a telescoping handle that can be locked at various points, two mesh drink holders (can also hold your phone), and a carry bag for when it’s time to fold it up back in the trunk.
Vevor Beach Cart
This beach wagon comes in a form factor that looks like a hand truck with an oversized cargo deck (23 x 15 inches), allowing you to fit big gear like coolers, boxes, and large protective cases. The handle height can be adjusted to suit whichever height you find more comfortable, while 13-inch TPU balloon tires allow it to roll on any kind of beach terrain. It can support loads up to 165 pounds on the cargo deck, while a mesh bag on the handle allows you to tidy up smaller loose gear. A pair of tie-down straps on the deck allow you to secure whatever gear you’re ferrying, while the deck itself can fold into the handle to save space during transport. Construction is aviation-grade aluminum tubes.
Timber Ridge Folding Double Decker Wagon
This double decker cart offers better organization for your gear, allowing you to slide in slimmer items like tents, umbrellas, and blankets on the bottom rack, so you can use the top rack for larger gear like coolers, tables, and chairs. It’s rated to carry up to 225 pounds while offering 11.5 cubic feet of volume capacity, so you can throw in a decent amount of stuff on there, all while folding down to just eight inches thick, allowing you to easily slide it somewhere in the trunk. The bottom rack extends to 54 inches long, by the way, allowing it to accommodate longer gear like a 10 x 10 foot standing shelter. It uses eight-inch pneumatic wheels that can turn 360 degrees out front, allowing you to turn corners without much struggle even with a heavy load in tow, while the telescoping handle can move up and down to let you find the most comfortable towing angle.
Infanzia Fishing Cart
If you need to carry so much stuff you want the sturdiest beach wagon you can find, it might be time to pick up this fishing cart instead. Constructed using thickened iron pipes (with powder-coated finish), the cart bed is rated to hold up to 500 pounds, allowing you to tow your friends when they’re too drunk to get back to the car at the end of the day. It’s collapsible, too, although it folds up a little thicker than other options in this list, but it still helps you save space in the trunk on the way to the beach. A quartet of 10-inch pneumatic tires allows you to drag it across any off-road terrain, while the detachable fabric basket comes with handy exterior pockets for various small gear. Other features include an adjustable handle, cushioned grip, five open tubes for holding fishing rods, and even an umbrella holder in the front corner.
Sea Striker Balloon Tire Surf and Beach Cart
If you have a bigger trunk, you can ditch the collapsible beach wagons and opt for this fixed cart instead, which is made with a powder-coated galvanized steel tube that’s designed to hold up to the elements. The cart bed is large enough to accommodate a 55-quart cooler, all while being rated to carry loads of up to 125 pounds. It uses 13-inch balloon wheels made from durable polyurethane that allows it to smoothly roll over soft and loose sand alike, all while coming with seven accessory holders designed for fishing rods. Do note, you’ll need to assemble this yourself after delivery, so you’ll need to pull out a screwdriver and put some elbow grease in. However, they do ship it with crappy aluminum screws, so you might want to replace those with more durable fasteners from your own toolbox before starting the actual build.