The concept of this is great. However, in practicality, it is not the best option for the beach. It is so lightweight any breeze makes it impossible to lay it on the ground. Because it is so thin, the heat of the sand makes the blanket hot and one must put a towel over it in order to lie down. I have used a flat bed sheet in the past as a beach blanket and have had as much luck with that and it did not absorb the heat. The good things are the size, the weight and the fact it is easy to put back into the attached bag. This was given to my husband as a Father's Day gift from our daughter. We will continue to use it but not as happy with it as we had hoped to be.