Our Favorite Beach Bags To Break In This Summer

Vegan-friendly beach bags and handbags have come a long way in recent times. For one thing, they aren’t limited to simply straw or bamboo styles—and even those have stepped up their fashion game. 

beach bag, hat and sunglasses, sitting the sand, made of straw raffia with round handles

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Beach bags can be both vegan and elegant. This means that they’re not made from any animal-based material—this includes the absence of any leather trim, patches, and labels. 

Where to buy the best beach bags of the season? From Gunas, Dagne Dover and Pixie Mood to Lulu’s and Amazon (and a heck of a lot more), read on for our extensive curated list of the most stylish and vegan-friendly beach bags to bask in the sun with this summer.

Please note: We try our hardest to fully vet the products we recommend to ensure they are vegan-friendly. If a product we have recommended has a leather tag or trim that we missed, please let us know immediately and we will remove the item from our website.

Strap On The Straw

Who says straw bags can’t be sophisticated? The St. Tropez by Gunas New York is casual enough to sport to your local beach but elegant enough to don at say, something more akin to a White Lotus kind of vacation. This roomy two-tone beach bag is handcrafted from durable faux straw and two top handles for a firm grip. The clean open interior is perfect for throwing in and quickly pulling out your essentials. Jennifer Coolidge would approve.

The Resort Bound Beige Woven Straw Tote Bag by Lulus proves that even straw bags can be compact. This baby is small and lightweight enough so that it can easily be slung on your wrist. It’s perfect as a purse for those patio nights out. If you’re looking for a larger, more traditional beach bag then you’ll love Lulu again: the Alana Beige Woven Straw Tote will stylishly house your larger-than-life straw beach hat, and a towel to boot. If you’re looking for a beach bag that can be strapped on like a backpack, then let Lulu come through for you once more: their Natural Straw Oversized Backpack is as functional as it is fashionable. Heads will turn. 

For a unique silhouette, you’ll love the Mar Y Sol Women’s Veneto Bag. If a wave of color is what you’re after, dive for the Mar Y Sol Camden Ombre Stripes Raffia Carryall Tote.  The brand also has a casual-chic version for when you want to go from the beach to brunch (and back again). 

Some other straw bags with a pop of personality: SENSI STUDIO Women’s Split Personality Canasta Tote; the Nanushka Beach Bag is classic by nature while the Mali + Lili Duncan Tote is intricate by design.

Woven And Crochet Bags That Will Look Fab By The Water

Crochet has been coming back with a passion and the beach scene has been no exception. We’re loving a range of crochet beach bags including Lulus Height of Summer Ivory Crochet Tote for its artistic nature while their crocheted Always On My Way Cream Macramé Drawstring Backpack has a summer festival vibe. For a crafty crochet look, turn to their Seaside Necessities Ivory Woven Macramé Round Crossbody Bag and you’ll be sure to stand out. Continue riding the Bohemian wave with the GGOOB Crochet Tote Bag Fairycore Hobo Bag. Weave these woven beach bags into your look for a casual kind of glamor.

Next On Deck: The Neoprene Beach Bag

We think this baby deserves a section completely unto itself. The POPUPS Neoprene Large Tote Bag is a lightweight and water-resistant neoprene bag that comes in a myriad of colors. It’s durable and affordable and you’ll find yourself falling back on it for years to come. 

What makes the material neoprene long-lasting? The synthetic rubber has superior resistance to oils and it’s actually used to make gloves and wetsuits!

We also love the beach friendly neoprene backpacks, carryalls and fanny packs from Dagne Dover.

The Beauty Of The Bamboo

Bamboo is far from boring when you’re sporting this summer bamboo bag by Vintga. This vintage inspired bamboo purse is highly original, high style, and will be high on your list for a super cute beach accessory that is a step out of the ordinary. Bamboo never looked so good.

Claim These Canvas Totes 

If you’re craving a canvas beach bag, then the Dagne Dover Pacific Tote. This bag has plenty of pockets to safeguard your phone and small tablet, as well as even more pockets to put your cords in if you’re planning on working from the beach. They also have a cute Kal Drawstring Tote in a selection of colors.

We also love the canvas Sinbono Lulu Hobo Tote Bag with black or brown vegan leather accents, and the Gunas Ruth Vegan Canvas Tote which comes in a bunch of fun summer colors!

If nautical is more your scene, then the Nevenka Canvas Tote is a classic sailor-style beach bag complete with zipper and top handle. This baby comes in a range of color stripes and prints. We’re also crazy about the Vera Bradley Deluxe Canvas Tote for its rainbow play on stripes.

You can go designer with your tote bag with the Marc Jacobs Women’s The Tote Bag in a standard large size. This baby comes in a few water-themed colors. 

Brag About Your Bucket Bag

A true-blue bucket bag will never go out of style and this spring and summer season we’re gaga over the Pixie Mood Amber Bucket Bag. This baby has a drawstring closure as well as a top magnetic button for closure as well. Comes in a collection of colors, but it may be challenging to pick just one.

Make It Mesh

HOXIS Mesh Beach Tote Women’s Shoulder Handbag is the trendy accessory to take with you to any hotspot this summer. There is also a rainbow of colors to choose from. If a sporty sort of beach bag is more your league, then the Gotdya Mesh Tote is an oversized tote with zipper and pockets. This mesh beach bag also makes for a fabulous accessory for a family beach trip.

Don The Designer Beach Bag 

If you love a bag with a designer logo, then allow us to recommend the Naghedi St. Barths Large Woven Tote and the Altuzarra Watermill Bag with cactus ‘leather’ trim and handles. This designer beach bag is made from straw and has a refined and “less is more” personality. We’re also crushing on the Paco Rabanne Cabas Disc Raffia Tote Bag, and the Paco Rabanne Disc Raffia Bucket Bag.

The devil loves Prada and so will you when it comes to their rainbow of hues Prada Raffia Tote Bags. Perfect for your phone, sunscreen, a magazine and any other poolside essentials. Style your beach look with Stella McCartney’s Logo Raffia Large Basket Bag. This sophisticated take on the traditional beach bag comes complete with a wallet. You’ll love the neutral ivory raffia and cognac vegan leather.

You Can Wade Through The Water With These Waterproof Bags

If you’re looking for proof that waterproof beach bags exist, look no further than the Esvan Water Resistant Beach Bag. Someone had their thinking (summer) cap on when they designed this baby, and it comes in a host of summery prints. Camtop also has a large beach tote that has plenty of zipper and non-zipper pockets. Ideal for magazines, books, and every other beach essential you can think of.

Sling On The Sling Bag (And Backpacks!)

Sling-ons are fab for the beach and Dagne Dover’s Nova Sling Bag is no exception. This crossbody beach bag comes in a cheery check pattern as well as solid colors. They also do a more sturdy Dakota Neoprene Backpack if you require something a little more hefty without going too big in size.

Size Matters

Compact can be where it’s at. This Lulu Vacay Daydream Ivory Straw Floral Tote is the perfect size when you want more than a purse but not quite a beach bag. This baby has a touch of the Bohemian vibe matched with a refined quality.

Keeping in step with compact bags, Dagne Dover’s Luna Shoulder Bag makes for a lovely summer companion with its playful circular shape. Comes in a bold orange burst, but also in black and neutral. Their economy-size Rio Shoulder Bag is a small beach bag for a summer’s night out or as a bag you’d take to breakfast or brunch. Nanushka’s quaint Fringe Bag is also a cute beach bag for some summer lovin’. We think this baby would also feel right at home at Coachella.

Sometimes bigger is better. Take this Tribeca Tribe Beach Bag, for instance. This large woven canvas-style tote is a beautiful Boho-motif bag that you’ll turn to again and again. The Yeti Camino Carryall 35 is a large beach bag that is also a clean-lined all-purpose utility bag. The Yeti Camino Carryall 20 comes with internal dividers if you’re inclined to keep it orderly.

Set Sail With Sea Bags

Kick your love of everything nautical up a notch with Sea Bags Recycled Sail Cloth Wharf Tote Bag. Each bag is handcrafted from recycled sail cloth on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine. This recycled beach bag for women is hand-sewn, so you can’t get any more authentic than that. Or anchor in their Navy Anchor Beach Tote because this baby is water-resistant to boot. Bonus: we love that these are packable beach bags to boot.

Make It Personal

Put your own spin on it with these personalized and customizable beach bags. The Wedding Party hosts a collection of monogrammed beach bags in every color under the sun—and they’ll even put your name on it. As the brand name suggests, this beach bag tote is great as a gift to your wedding party, or any other event you have going on. Keep it simple with the Essential Company Personalized Monogram Shoulder Bag. We’re also vibing with Boelry’s Personalized Straw Woven Tote Bag as a fab bag for summer. Another perfect bridesmaid present or the fashionista who likes to live it up poolside.

Amazon Faves

We have also added a bunch of our favorite vegan-friendly beach bags, hats, towels and sunscreen to our Amazon store.

Happy Summer!

Rachel Steenland

Rachel Steenland

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