Lining up all your friends on perfectly aligned beach towels à la Sisqo's "Thong Song" is better left, along with the throwback tune, in the 1990s. Unless you're at the beach with only one or two friends, it makes striking a conversation nearly impossible, leaving you alone with your thoughts, reading a gossip mag (or better yet, a psychological thriller), and sizzling in the sun for hours on end. Instead, enter the round beach towel.
I tried one with a group of friends this past long weekend—all sitting around in a circle playing card games—and I can vouch for how much fun it is. Better yet, place a handful of round towels in a circle, and you've got yourself a party. Yes, the advantages of the round beach towel are endless—they'll wrap you up like a burrito when you walk out of the refreshing waves, make cuddling up to your partner that much easier, and prove the perfect towel to ensure a lively day at the beach. Convinced? Here are the favorite ones we found online this year.
Make your own exclusive cabana with this chic, striped round beach towel from Kassatex.
This round beach towel says it all. Channel your summer mantra on every trip to the beach.
Jump on the polka-dot train this summer with this round beach towel by H&M.
The purveyors of the original round beach towels bring you this beauty inspired by sandy beach dunes.
Not technically perfectly round but close enough, this Monstera beach towel is giving us major tropical vibes.
Channel the Amalfi Coast with this summery beach towel with a playful Italian flair.
If, like us, you're into all things watermelon come summertime, this towel is for you.
This round beach towel was made for throwing full-moon parties. Can't you just picture it?
This elaborate John Robshaw beach towel will make you feel like you've just landed in The Little Mermaid.
Make a statement at the beach with this white-and-navy geometric round beach towel from Sunnylife.
When life gives you lemons, take them to the beach.
This towel was made for someone with a big heart (and an even bigger group of friends).
Channel the good vibes with this mandala-inspired round beach towel from Bed Bath & Beyond.
Channel the tropical vibes of the Caribbean with this lush and luxe round beach towel.
Next up: beach-bag essentials to amp up your summer swag.