You’ll agree when going to the beach you want to savor every moment and experience—views included. There are many reasons why you might want to include a pair of binoculars for your day out at the beach. Whether it’s to have a clear look at those incoming waves or just watch the birds, a crisp view will make it even more epic.
But with advances in technology, it becomes difficult to know what equipment you should invest in. What will give you your money’s worth? With the help of this review, choosing the best binoculars for the beach is now easier.
We compiled a few options to make your next beach day easier on the eyes.
Best Best Binoculars for the Beach Reviews
1. Occer 12 x 25 Compact Binoculars with Low Light Night Vision
First on our list is this high-powered Occer pair. If you’re serious about your bird watching or any other outdoor activity, add these high powered binoculars to your collection. We like that not only are they compact but they’re lightweight.
The whole point of binoculars is to see things clearly regardless of their distance, right? With that said, these binoculars have a magnification of 12X. What does this mean? It means you can view a distant object 12 times larger than you would if you were not using binoculars.
You’ll enjoy a crisp view thanks to the 25mm objective lens and large eyepiece. The size of the objective lens is important because larger lenses collect more light than smaller lenses. As a result, objects will appear brighter if the binoculars have a large objective diameter.
For your convenience, this pair comes with a neck strap to carry them with ease if you don’t want to put them in your pocket. This brand’s exterior is made of non-slip rubber armor giving you a comfortable and secure grip. The rubber also makes them waterproof, shockproof and durable.
Enjoy crisp images with no color distortion if you pick this pair because of its multi-coated lens. However, you might not get the best view during night time.
2. Skygenius 8 x 21 Small Compact Lightweight Binoculars
This lightweight pair of binoculars is the most portable type you’ll find. The pair is foldable and small enough to fit in your pocket—which is one of the reasons we chose it.
These binoculars are designed for short distance viewing and are perfect for a number of outdoor recreations including climbing and birding. Your kids can join in the fun too as the mini binoculars are user-friendly. Plus, you can carry it around easily thanks to the strap.
Enjoy a large field of vision of up to 1,000 yards. You’ll agree the area you’re able to see when you look through your binoculars is important; it should enhance, not limit, your view of the area, right? This view—commonly known as field of view—is determined by the size of the lens and magnification.
Put simply, larger lenses—larger field of view. This pair doesn’t disappoint. Thanks to the 8x magnification and 21 mm objective diameter you can enjoy an exceptional view.
However, note that you might need to adjust the smooth center focus knob for a better view in some cases.
3. Eyesky 10 x 42 Professional Waterproof Binoculars
Though a bit heavier than the other models, these high-performance binoculars offer you powerful magnification to see even the furthest things—as far as 1,000 yards.
You can expect images with exceptional contrast and brightness if you choose this pair because they have coated lenses designed to enhance color. Binoculars worth buying have at least one coat over the lens which results in protection from scratches. Because of this feature, the Eyesky binoculars will last longer, although it might take you a bit of time to properly align these lenses when viewing.
The rubber armoring makes this pair of binoculars easy to hold and it gives them a shockproof feature. You can easily focus on your target objects by using the large center focus knob.
If you wear glasses, you’ll get a full view without straining your eyes by using the long eye relief feature and twist-up eyecups. This is one feature you might want to consider if you wear glasses—and why this pair made it onto our list of recommendations. Picking binoculars that have sufficient eye relief means you can enjoy the same field view as everyone else.
You don’t have to worry if the waves splash onto your binoculars because they’re 100% waterproof. Depending on the environment, binoculars are often exposed to harsh weather elements resulting in extensive damage. Luckily this pair is designed to withstand water thanks to the high-grade rubber material.
4. Nikon 8252 ACULON A211
Being able to see things that are far away without sacrificing sight quality can be tricky but these binoculars from Nikon perfectly fit the bill. They feature a central focus knob that is smooth to operate, allowing users to quickly focus and move rapidly from one focal point to another, which is especially great when viewing birds or animals.
The zoom lever is mounted on the eyepiece and makes it incredibly easy to change magnification levels from 10x all the way to 22x, making finding your preferred subject easy. This is one of the many features that set these binoculars apart from others and make them so comfortable and easy to use.
The lenses in these Nikon binoculars are designed to be not only lighter in weight than traditional compositions but also to enhance the brightness of the image. This means that they are wonderful to use in both high and lower light conditions and that users will be able to easily see fine details when looking through these binoculars.
In addition to allowing fast zoom and focus, these binoculars are designed to be very ergonomic and comfortable to use for longer periods of time. They have rubber eyecups that turn and slide so that users can adjust the fit so that they don’t suffer from eyestrain or pain when using the binoculars.
One problem with a lot of binoculars is that they aren’t designed to withstand all kinds of weather but these Nikon binoculars can easily withstand bad weather without any problems. They feature a non-slip rubber coating that keeps them from becoming slippery even when used in light rain or fog.
Not only are these binoculars comfortable and easy to use but they are backed by Nikon’s no-fault repair and replacement policy. This means that Nikon stands behind these binoculars and will repair or replace them as long as long as the damage meets certain criteria, which is great for users who want to take their new binoculars out into the field and into extreme conditions.
5. Bushnell H2O Waterproof Compact Binoculars
Taking binoculars to the beach, out on a boat, or even just in humid locations can always feel as if it is a bit of a gamble as they can easily be ruined when water gets into them. Luckily, these binoculars have been designed to prevent any water damage from occurring, making them a great option to use around bodies of water or even in very humid conditions.
Not only are they waterproof and designed to be very easy to hold onto when they are wet but they have multi-coated optics that provide great light transmission without causing blurred vision. This means that users will be able to use these binoculars even in lower light conditions and still be able to easily see.
They feature 8x magnification as well as 25mm objective diameter, which allows users to easily focus on items to see the fine details. With a 12mm eye relief and 15-foot close focus distance, users can focus not only on objects far away but also ones closer up if they want to check the detail.
The large center knob provides focus adjustments and is easy to grip and to turn. Thanks to its central location on the binoculars, it is easy for both right- and left-handed users to turn the knob to improve their vision.
Eye pain and strain can be very common when using binoculars but these are designed to be very comfortable on the eyes. The soft twist-up eyecups provide comfort when using the binoculars for long periods of time and are designed to completely block out light from entering near the eye, which can make it difficult to focus.
Not only are they incredibly powerful and surprisingly easy to use, but these binoculars are very light, which makes them perfect to put wear around the neck or to put into a backpack. At 0.75 pounds, they are easy to carry and are perfect for younger users as well as they won’t be too difficult for them to hold up when looking through them.
So What's the Verdict?
The reviews are in and which one impresses you more? For a day out at the beach you want binoculars that provide you with a crisp image and are easy to carry around.
The Occer binoculars set seems like an ideal pick. Why? This pair will not only provide you with a clear view but there’ll be no color distortion. They’re compact and lightweight, making them portable. For those long afternoons on the beach you want binoculars that are easy to carry around. A compact and lightweight pair is always ideal. If they come with a pouch like these do, it is an added advantage.
Whether you wear glasses or not these binoculars are easy to focus thanks to the two adjustable rotating goggles eyepiece. Your kids can also use them because of the easy-to-adjust knob. So why not grab a pair and enjoy the view—clearly.
Megan Jones is the lead author of Seaside Planet. She is an avid surfer, scuba diver, and travel enthusiast who takes any opportunity she can to spend time in the ocean. You can learn more about Meg and the rest of the editorial team here.