There are very many ways you can set a up a tarp. In this blog post we're going to demonstrate just three of them - the classic A-frame, the more open version of the A-frame and using your tart as a tent raincover.
I recently hiked to a lovely stretch of isolated beach and made these photos to show you how you can easily use your tarp as a sun shade on the beach. The day I made these images was very windy. It takes a bit of time (10-15 minutes perhaps) to set it up but a large or a small tarp provides excellent protection from the sun in case you need it.