Revealed: the world’s cheapest (and most expensive) beaches
Beach bums in search of a bargain could do far worse than head to Vietnam, new research has suggested.
When it comes to the cost of food, drinks and an all-important bottle of sunscreen, the country’s beaches are the world’s cheapest, according to the Beach Price Index – a survey of costs at 250 seaside spots in 66 countries.
The four most cost-effective were all found in Vietnam, with Cua Dai Beach, near the picturesque riverside city of Hoi An, offering beachgoers the best value for money, followed by Ho Coc Beach in the south of the country, Nha Trang’s City Beach, and Long Beach on the island of Phú Quốc.
Conversely the same items will set you back £41.50 at La Plage de Maui on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, the most expensive to feature.
Other cheap beaches include several in the Indian states of Goa and Kerala, a clutch in Indonesia and Thailand, and – surprisingly, perhaps – a handful in Germany. The five items cost £13 at Timmendorfer Strand on the Baltic Sea.
Nin, on the Croatian island of Zadar, and Bacvice, beside the Croatian city of Split, also featured at the more affordable end of the scale, as did beaches in the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Algeria, Cyprus, China, Malaysia and Greece.
The world’s 20 cheapest beaches
- Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam – total cost of five items* – £9.34
- Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc, Vietnam – £9.44
- City Beach, Nha Trang, Vietnam – £9.87
- Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam – £10.23
- Varkala Beach, Kerala, India – £11.23
- Benaulim Beach, Goa, India – £11.44
- Palolem Beach, Goa, India – £11.61
- Cavelossim Beach, Goa, India – £11.76
- Agonda Beach, Goa, India – £11.98
- Mandrem Beach, Goa, India – £11.99
- Radhanagar Beach, Havelock Island, India – £12.32
- Dhanushkodi Beach, Pamban Island, India – £12.56
- Timmendorfer Strand, Ostholstein, Germany – £13
- Railay Beach, Krabi/Ao Nang, Thailand – £13.35
- Eckernförder Bay, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany – £13.38
- Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia – £13.44
- St. Peter-Ording, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany – £13.46
- Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia – £13.52
- Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia – £13.52
- Borkum, Lower Saxony, Germany – £13.64
*The five items are sunscreen (SPF 30, 100ml), water (500ml), beer (33cl bottle), ice cream, and lunch (one person, meal and drink).
It will come as no surprise to learn that the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific should be avoided if you’re watching the pennies.
Tahiti may be beautiful, but with sunscreen priced at £14.96, beers at £5.22 a bottle, ice creams at £2.45 and lunch at £17.51 per person, it’s not for the budget traveller.
Beaches in the Seychelles, New Caledonia, the Cook Islands and Fiji were also rated amongst the most expensive.
Other pricey countries for a beach break include Japan, the US, South Korea, Italy, Australia and the Maldives.
The world’s 20 most expensive beaches
- La Plage de Maui, Tahiti, French Polynesia – £41.50
- Mareto Plage Publique, Moorea, French Polynesia – £40.28
- Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia – £38.73
- Anse Georgette, Praslin, Seychelles – £37.44
- Anse Soleil Beach, Seychelles – £37.40
- Beau Vallon, Mahe, Seychelles – £36.68
- Poe Beach, New Caledonia – £36.58
- Nishihama Beach, Okinawa, Japan – £35.95
- Yonaha Maehama Beach, Okinawa, Japan – £35.03
- Main Beach, East Hampton, New York, USA – £33.72
- West Palm Beach, Florida, USA – £32.75
- Haeundae Beach, Busan, South Korea – £32.38
- Titikaveka Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands – £32.07
- Finale Ligure, Liguria, Italy – £31.75
- Muri Beach, Rarotonga, Cook Islands – £31.38
- Point Dume, Malibu, USA – £31.25
- Maria Pia, Sardinia, Italy – £31.08
- Long Beach, Kadavu, Fiji – £30.90
- Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia – £30.79
- Spiagga Rossa, Sardinia, Italy – £30.75
Several UK beaches appear in the index. Priory Bay Beach on the Isle of Wight, where the items were found to cost £27.97, was considered the 52nd most expensive, followed by Watergate Bay in Newquay (54th), Camber Sands in East Sussex (57th), Barafundle Bay in Wales (65th), Pentle Bay on the Isles of Scilly (69th) and Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland (91st).
Anyone considering a holiday in Vietnam should note that its value extends beyond the seaside. Earlier this month a survey of costs in 20 cities by TripAdvisor found that Hanoi, the country’s capital, was the cheapest.
It compared the total cost of a three-night stay in a four-star hotel, meals, transport and sightseeing, all of which came to £373.29 in Hanoi – almost £1,000 less than in the most expensive city to feature, New York.
The cost of a city break in 20 popular destinations
- Hanoi – total cost £373.29*
- Mumbai – £424.75
- Cape Town – £438.20
- Kuala Lumpur – £471.04
- Bangkok – £484.30
- Moscow – £493.07
- Bali – £509.56
- Madrid – £550.93
- Berlin – £663.36
- Vienna – £734.82
- Rio – £773.54
- Rome – £779.11
- Sydney – £843.25
- Hong Kong – £852.79
- Singapore – £892.58
- Paris – £925.96
- Cancun – £1,024.67
- London – £1,060.49
- Tokyo – £1,142.59
- New York City – £1.372.28
*According to TripAdvisor’s TripIndex Cities, which compared the cost of “a four-star hotel for three nights, a visit to three attractions, lunch each day, a taxi to and from dinner each day, plus the cost of dinner itself”.
Source: The Telegraph Date: 27 July 2016