I have read that you can rent chairs near MVC and Lacabana. Are there umbrella rentals too? We are thinking about spending a day at Eagle Beach (maybe) but shade is a must for us.
Yes, go down in front of Tulips, just past Paradise Beach Villas. They had cabanas to rent. Sorry I don't know the cost. You do need to get there early, they only have a few.
The vendors on the beach at La Cabana have a limited number of umbrellas. Get there early, especially if there are ships in town. Same goes for MVC. Even on Eagle Beach the early bird gets the shade.
AND huge bonus of the umbrellas is that you will have a front row seat in front of everyone in the palapas.
There is a limited number of blue canvas 'hoods' available on the beach in front of Paradise Beach villas. Each will accommodate at least two lounge chairs. They can be rented for $25/Day from the woman who operates the coconut juice truck located near the road.
we have used these kind of shade hoods here in florida at st pete beach and we felt they were too hot due to lack of breeze.
imo, i think your best bet may be the lounges in the tree area a lacabana/amsterdam manor/ paradise beach villa/ la quinta/tulip.
sure there are probably 30 or so extra steps to the water, but it is usually breezy and quite comfortable under those trees.
(do not park yourselves under trees with coconuts)