Wednesday 13 December 2017

Revealed: The world's cheapest (and most expensive) beaches

What Irish beaches made the list?

Nha Trang City Beach, Vietnam. Photo: Deposit
Nha Trang City Beach, Vietnam. Photo: Deposit
Kristiansand, Norway. Photo: Deposit

Oliver Smith

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 second annual Beach Price Index – a survey of costs at 310 seaside spots in 70 countries.

The three most cost-effective were all found in Vietnam (see below), with Cua Dai, near the picturesque riverside city of Hoi An, offering beachgoers the best value for money.

In compiling the Index, the prices of sunscreen (SPF 30, 200ml), water (500ml), beer (33cl bottle), ice cream, and lunch (one person, meal and drink) were taken into account.

Visitors to Cua Dai can expect to pay the equivalent of around €1.77 for a 100ml bottle of sunscreen, 46c for a 500ml bottle of mineral water, €1.86 for a beer, 81c for an ice cream and €7.12 for lunch, the survey claims - a total of €12.02*.

The world's 10 cheapest beaches

  1. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam - €12.02
  2. City Beach, Nha Trang, Vietnam - €12.69
  3. Long Beach, Phu Quoc, Vietnam - €13.16
  4. Marsa Nayzak, Marsa Alam, Egypt - €14.99
  5. Sunken City, Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt - €15.34
  6. Varkala Beach, Kerala, India - €16.08
  7. Benaulim Beach, Goa, India - €16.37
  8. Palolem Beach, Goa, India - €16.63
  9. Cavelossim Beach, Goa, India - €16.81
  10. Sharm El-Naga Bay, Safaga, Egypt - €16.94

The cheapest European beach was Nin in Zadar, Croatia - where the basket of goods surveyed was priced at around €17.34, allowing for exchange rates.

Kristiansand, Norway. Photo: Deposit
Kristiansand, Norway. Photo: Deposit

Conversely the same five items will set you back €58.97 at Kristiansand Beach in southern Norway, the most expensive to feature on the Beach Price Index.

It will come as no surprise to learn that the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific should also be avoided if you’re watching the pennies. 

The world's 10 most expensive beaches

  1. Kristiansand Beach, Vest-Agder, Norway - €58.97
  2. Huk Beach, Oslo, Norway - €56.53
  3. Solastranda, Rogaland, Norway - €55.05
  4. Mareto Plage Publique, Moorea, French Polynesia - €53.58
  5. La Plage de Maui, Tahiti, French Polynesia - €53.32
  6. Åkrasanden, Rogaland, Norway - €52.91
  7. Hamresanden, Vest-Agder, Norway - €52.13
  8. Ribersborg Beach, Skåne, Sweden - €50.50
  9. Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia - €50.32
  10. Anse Georgette, Praslin, Seychelles - €48.70

A handful of Irish beaches appear in the Index. Killiney Beach in Dublin, where the items were found to cost around €26.38, ranks as 122nd most expensive.

Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland ranks 91st, while Gurteen in Connemara came in at 128th, with the basket of goods at around €25.66.

Tramore, Co. Waterford also features at 135th (€24.46).

*NB: Prices are approximate, taking exchange rates into account.

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