This large canvas tote from J. McLaughlin is sturdy, attractive, and is big enough to fit all your towels and beach accessories. Another plus is that you can personalize it with your zip code or anything you like to make it more "you."
But $100 for a beach bag is a little steep for me...then I saw this similar version in the Ballard Designs catalog! This bag has the same look and utility for just half the price!
And while we are on the subject of summer essentials...check out these sunglasses that I just saw at Banana Repubic! Is it just me or are they almost identical to the Tom Ford version that retails for close to $400?!