When you can’t afford to take a vacation (or miss work), the best thing to do is stay or spend time in a small place at home dedicated entirely to rest and relaxation. And there’s no better place to “get away” than your own backyard, especially with the right decor and accessories in place. It’s easier (and cheaper) than you think to turn your backyard into a tropical paradise; you just have to get off the beaten track a bit. If you close your eyes while lounging in the perfect garden lounger under the perfect parasol, you might feel like you’ve been whisked away to the beach oasis of your dreams.
Instead of wasting money on plane tickets and spending an entire day of your vacation waiting for transportation, get straight to your summer fun by logging out of your computer, silencing calls, and stepping outside. right in your own backyard. I’ve helped take the guesswork out of building your own backyard oasis with this roundup of 20 items from Amazon that will completely transform your backyard space into a tropical paradise. From bar carts to sunscreen stations to palm trees, here are some ideas to get you started.
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01 Get a mesh gazebo to stay cool
Although a canopy gazebo is an investment, this pop-up gazebo with over 5,000 rave reviews on Amazon is well worth it and will last you for years. A gazebo helps ensure that you and anyone you invite can enjoy your outdoor space as much as possible. Not only can you enjoy much-needed shade when the sun is beating down, but it also comes with a mosquito net for those evenings.
02 Fake tropical plants will make you feel like you’re on an island
A real palm tree may be harder to come by, but these faux bird of paradise plants are the best for giving the illusion of a tropical paradise wherever you are. Some of the over 2,000 rave reviews have called it the most lifelike artificial plant they have ever owned.
03 Keep the party going with patio string lights
Don’t let the party end just because the sun goes down. Throw in weatherproof outdoor string lights and turn your garden into the ~ambience~ of your dreams. Boasting over 8,000 five-star reviews, these LED patio string lights are also eco-friendly and energy efficient.
04 Add comfortable furniture that looks more expensive than it is
Outdoor furniture doesn’t have to break the bank. Case in point: This cute and comfy set from Amazon is quite affordable and comes with four pieces. Plus, reviewers say it’s worth it. One of over 3,000 five-star reviewers said, “Looks great, feels solid, and for the price, I’m very pleased.”
05 Set the scene with this palm tree rug
If you don’t want to spend most of your budget on plants, create the illusion of them with this colorful tropical palm leaf rug. You can relax in comfort without having to worry about stepping on hot concrete and it’s the perfect background for your Instagram snaps of your ice cold drink.
06 Relax in a chair by the pool – even if you don’t have a pool
You can go sunbathe anytime, even if you don’t have a pool. Just be sure to stock up on SPF and pick one of these adjustable, reclining chairs with over 3,700 five-star reviews.
07 Get a cooler that doubles as a table
Once you’re soaking up the sun in your outdoor oasis, you don’t want to run around the house for a drink. Keep your beverage supply stocked and cold with this cart cooler that functions as a table when closed and has extra storage space underneath to stack koozies, mugs, or whatever else you need. Over 19,000 reviewers agree you can’t make it summer without it.
08 Keep the insects away with these pretty citronella candles
These citronella candles not only look AF chic with their tropical blue design, but they also ward off pesky bugs like moths and mosquitoes. This way, you can enjoy your tropical paradise without having to deal with tropical insect bites.
You know how those fancy beach resorts always have unlimited tubs of sunscreen? Why not create your own little ‘fun in the sun’ station and decorate it with big bottles of sunscreen, some cheap sunglasses for your friends and maybe even flip flops for your guests.
ten Grab an outdoor bar cart that doubles as decoration
This bar cart with over 2,000 rave reviews features a rustic chic design and you can roll it right next to your chair for easy access to refills, towels, water bottles or even a place to store your books and magazines .
If you’re in an apartment or other small space that doesn’t have much greenery, pretend until you do with this astroturf rug. You won’t have to water it down and it will always look fresh. Roll your lounge chair on it and you will certainly feel like you are relaxing in a lush garden. Over 600 reviewers agree it’s a must-have for your outdoor space.
You don’t go to the beach without an umbrella, so why are you heading to your backyard oasis without an umbrella? There are so many sturdy, weatherproof, adjustable options on the market these days, like this one with over 7,000 rave reviews on Amazon.
13 Add some green and privacy with an ivy screen
You don’t want to stare at your neighbors every time you go out, so make things cute and private with this ivy screen that will keep enemies and neighbors from judging you when you’re literally doing nothing at 2 p.m. on a Thursday.
14 Make your space luxurious with hanging plants
If there are empty plots around your garden that just need a little something, get these faux hanging plants that come in a set of three. They are perfect for empty corners, empty walls or even for hanging on the sides of furniture.
15 Create unlimited seating with outdoor floor cushions
These black and white striped floor cushions are so cute and allow you to invite an unlimited number of guests to your backyard oasis. Don’t go crazy over the furniture, just grab a few extra floor pillows for those times when the party unexpectedly swells.
16 Make sure your pup is having fun with an outdoor dog bed
Your dog also loves being outdoors, so why not give him his own doggy corner in your garden paradise? Set up a small water bowl next to this bed with over 58,000 rave reviews, and your pup will never want to leave you.
17 Add fun with outdoor games
Remember when I said you should disconnect when enjoying your outdoor oasis? Keep the fun alive by adding a corn hole game to the space. This corn hole set with over 14,000 five-star reviews stacks easily when not in use and comes with everything you need to get the party started without being on your phone.
18 Stay cool with an outdoor “fountain”
Okay, sure, this is listed as a dog pool, but if you squint, it can also be your own personal outdoor fountain for under $30. Besides, who said you couldn’t walk there several times when you needed to cool off in the blink of an eye?
19 Light up your night with light curtains
If you have a gazebo or just want to brighten up an empty wall or fence, place this curtain of lights wherever you want and you’ll forget you’re in your garden. Upstate New York is starting to look a lot more like Mexico, isn’t it?
20 Make skewers in a snap with this mini grill
An outdoor grill doesn’t have to be big, bulky, and intimidating. This little grill with over 15,000 five-star reviews gets the job done and makes you feel luxurious at the same time. Effortlessly roast vegetable skewers or hot dogs for yourself or your guests.
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