12 hooded beach towels for adults, kids and babies to wear by the water

Dry off in style this summer.

Long languid days spent dipping in and out of the big blue are almost here – or perhaps you’re already living by the pool if you’re brave enough. Whatever your tolerance levels are for chilly water, one staple you’re going to want this season is a hooded beach towel.

Especially handy for sunrise or sunset swims when the sun’s warmth isn’t exactly in full force, a hooded towel is a stylish and practical way of staying warm – or as an easy coverup when picking up some Drumsticks at Woolies on the way home.

Are hooded towels worth it?

No matter your age or preference for poolside or beachside laxing, a hooded beach towel is set to make any outdoor experience all the more enjoyable. Whether you decide to make a day of it, or prefer to dip and dash, a wearable hooded towel avoids the unwanted minutely readjustment that a standard beach towel brings.

Better again, with a hooded beach towel the hot sand shuffle off at the beach is made much faster. Instead of lugging the sun shelter, esky and other beach accessories to the car all the while holding up the towel, keep dry with an extra hand too (thank you hooded towels!).  

Best hooded beach towels to shop in Australia 2024

So that the whole family can dry off in style this summer, we’ve rounded up some of the best hooded beach towels for adults, kids, toddlers and even babies.

Best hooded beach towels for adults

Wearable Turkish beach towel Amazon
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Generic wearable Turkish beach towel, $71.99, Amazon

Boho-chic is the aim of the game with this wearable Turkish towel. Whether you are inclined toward the dip and dash beachside life, or you are in need of a compact drying solution for your next summer holiday, this quick drying and absorbent solution is the way to go. 


Swell hooded towel in black
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Swell hooded towel, $69.95, Surf Stitch

After riding the waves all morning long, throwing on a wearable towel is a game changer. This one from swell features side slits making it possible to move with ease. 


Hardtofind Poncho hooded towel
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Onda & Bahia poncho towel, $89.95, Hardtofind

Have you got plans for a year of early morning beach swims? Then why not celebrate the sunrise with a poncho that radiates good vibes.


Roxy womens barrel angel hooded towel
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Womens barrel angel poncho towel in Zephyr green, $99.99, Roxy

What’s better than one pocket you may wonder, well two pockets of course! Don’t be green with envy, and instead get into the green scene with this waffle style poncho from Roxy.


Dock and Bay adults poncho
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Dock & Bay adult poncho in Bondi blue, $74.95, Hardtofind

Made from 100 per cent recycled materials, sporting this striped cape across the beach will make you feel as good as you look. 


Best hooded beach towels for kids

THE ICONIC Sheridan ocean waves mini poncho
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Sheridan ocean waves mini poncho, $69.99, THE ICONIC

Popsicle coloured pastels are making waves this summer. So, if your little person is set to make a splash on your next summer adventure then this mini scalloped poncho is a go. 


Bed Bath and Table hooded light pink poncho
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Flower garden hooded kids poncho in light pink, $29.95 (usually $39.95), Bed Bath N’ Table

Floral fiends will be thrilled with this little number. Filled with all things sweet, drying up after a day at the beach or after a bath will be no dramas…hopefully. 


Myer Country Road green striped poncho
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Country Road Australian cotton logo stripe poncho in palm green, $69.95, Myer

If you have a small hulk who can’t seem to keep their towel on, then this bold striped poncho from Country Road will satisfy everybody’s needs. 


Adairs velvour kids mini me ocean stripe lemon hooded beach towel
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Velvour kids mini me ocean stripe lemon hooded beach towel, $24.99 (usually $49.99), Adairs

Easy peasy lemon squeezy is how it will be finding the kids on the beach in this stylish get-up. But wait there’s more! If you are in the market for a matchy matchy moment then Adairs has you covered with a poncho perfectly sized for adults too. 


Best hooded beach towel for babies and toddlers

Cotton on kids hooded beach towel baby
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Baby zip through hooded towel in navy white stripe, $39.99, Cotton On Kids

Zips are a saving grace when it comes to wee ones, save time and upset with this zipped hooded towel – perfect for babies aged 12 to 24 months. 


Sheridan baby cancun poncho
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Cancun beach baby poncho, $41.99 (usually $59.99), Sheridan 

This one-of-a-kind piece certainly doesn’t lack vibrancy. Woven in Portugal, the Cancun beach towel poncho offers maximum comfort and absorbency, making for the perfect seaside snuggle companion. 


Amazon Hudson baby hooded towel
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Hudson Baby animal face hooded towel, $36.66, Amazon

Mr Crab with a moustache, now you don’t see that everyday – cuteness overload! Made from 100 per cent woven terry cotton, this adorably detailed towel will be super gentle on baby’s skin. 


Looking to save money on beach towels? Check out our coupon codes for Surfstitch, The Iconic and more.

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