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Grab your flip-flops: these are the world’s most and least expensive beaches of 2017

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We all love a palm tree-fringed beach fantasy of powdery white sands and glistening azure sea. 

Yet, some of the world’s most treasured coastal stretches are dramatically more expensive than others.

TravelBird’s annual beach report is out today, highlighting the gaping difference between wallet-friendly shores, and those that will make your debit card wince in anticipation.

The Amsterdam-based travel experts looked at prices of five essential items – sunscreen, water, beer, ice-cream and lunch for one – at 310 beaches across the globe.

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach in Goa, where a bottle of water costs 24p

While we tend to think the odd gelato here and there won’t make much difference, the new figures indicate a striking contrast in prices, depending on your destination.



The world’s cheapest beach, Cua Dai in Vietnam, costs a total of £10.93 for a day's worth of typical purchases. This is almost five times cheaper than the most expensive beach of 2017, a dubious honour which goes Kristiansand beach in Vest-Agder, Norway. Here, the sum total of everyday beach costs will set you back a teeth-grating £51.03.

In Anse Georgette in the Seychelles, beach-goers are obliged to shell out £21 for sunscreen, compared to £3 in Kerala’s Varkala Beach. An ice-cold beer in Sharm El-Naga Bay costs a mere £1.55 compared to £5.91 in Tahiti’s La Plage de Maui.

Norway and French Polynesia locations dominate in the world’s most expensive beaches, while Vietnam, India and Egypt hot spots sweep the board when it comes to affordability.

Scroll down for the illuminating breakdown of figures, below, and raise a toast to sun-soaked slices of paradise that don’t cost the earth...

Prices based on the xe.com exchange rate quotes for 22/06/2017

The world’s most expensive beaches of 2017

Kristiansand beach in Norway

Kristiansand in Norway; the world's most expensive beach, where a day's essentials cost over £50

​​​​​​1. Kristiansand Beach – Vest-Agder, Norway
Sunscreen $21,58 (£17.04)
Water $2,65 (£2.09)
Beer $8,48 (£6.70)
Ice-cream $4,53 (£3.58)
Lunch $27,37 (£21.61)
Total: $64,61 (£51.03)

2. Huk Beach – Oslo, Norway
Sunscreen $20,67 (£16.33)
Water $2,97 (£2.35)
Beer $8,83 (£6.97)
Ice-cream $5,09 (£4.02)
Lunch $24,38 (£19.26)
Total: $61,94 (£48.92)

3. Solastranda – Rogaland, Norway
Sunscreen $20,14 (£15.91)
Water $2,83 (£2.24)
Beer $7,63 (£6.03)
Ice-cream $4,71 (£3.72)
Lunch $25,02 (£19.76)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $60,33 (£47.64)

4. Mareto Plage Publique – Moorea, French Polynesia
Sunscreen $21,96 (£17.34)
Water $2,01 (£1.59)
Beer $7,30 (£5.76)
Ice-cream $3,99 (£3.15)
Lunch $23,43 (£18.50)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $58,69​​​​​​​ (£46.36)

5. La Plage de Maui – Tahiti, French Polynesia
Sunscreen $20,88 (£16.49)
Water $2,01 (£1.59)
Beer $7,49 (£5.91)
Ice-cream $3,53 (£2.79)
Lunch $24,49 (£19.34)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $58,40​​​​​​​ (£46.11)

The iconic Anse Georgette in Praslin, the Seychelles

The iconic Anse Georgette in Praslin, the Seychelles, where sunscreen will set you back £21

​​​​​​6. Åkrasanden – Rogaland, Norway
Sunscreen $22,26 (£17.58)
Water $2,57 (£2.03)
Beer $8,47 (£6.69)
Ice-cream $4,24 (£3.35)
Lunch $20,44 (£16.14)
Total: $57,98 (£45.78)

7. Hamresanden – Vest-Agder, Norway
Sunscreen $22,97 (£18.13)
Water $2,39 (£1.89)
Beer $7,42 (£5.86)
Ice-cream $4,35 (£3.44)
Lunch $20,01 (£15.80)
Total: $57,14 (£45.11)

8. Ribersborg Beach – Skåne, Sweden
Sunscreen $17,38 (£13.72)
Water $2,12 (£1.67)
Beer $6,79 (£5.36)
Ice-cream $3,31 (£2.61)
Lunch $25,73 (£20.31)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $55,33​​​​​​​ (£43.68)

9. Anse Vata – Noumea, New Caledonia
Sunscreen $15,33 (£12.10)
Water $1,82 (£1.44)
Beer $7,42 (£5.86)
Ice-cream $2,28 (£1.80)
Lunch $28,29 (£22.33)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $55,14​​​​​​​ (£43.54)

10. Anse Georgette – Praslin, Seychelles
Sunscreen $26,63 (£21.02)
Water $0,94 (74p)
Beer $6,89 (£5.44)
Ice-cream $1,24 (98p)
Lunch $17,66 (£13.95)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $53,36 (£42.13)

The world’s cheapest beaches of 2017

Vietnam's Cua Dai beach

Vietnam's Cua Dai, the world's cheapest beach, at just over £10 a day for key items

1. Cua Dai Beach – Hoi An, Vietnam
Sunscreen $1,95 (£1.54)
Water $0,50 (39p)
Beer $2,04 (£1.61)
Ice-cream $0,88 (69p)
Lunch $7,81 (£6.17)
Total: $13,18 (£10.41)

2. City Beach – Nha Trang, Vietnam
Sunscreen $2,32 (£1.83)
Water $0,33 (26p)
Beer $2,14 (£1.69)
Ice-cream $0,88 (£69p)
Lunch $8,23 (£6.50)
Total: $13,90 (£10.93)

3. Long Beach – Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Sunscreen $2,57 (£2.03)
Water $0,43 (34p)
Beer $2,09 (£1.65)
Ice-cream $0,99 (78p)
Lunch $8,34 (£6.59)
Total: $14,42 (£11.39)

4. Marsa Nayzak – Marsa Alam, Egypt
Sunscreen $6,61 (£5.22)
Water $0,21 (17p)
Beer $1,96 (£1.55)
Ice-cream $0,83 (66p)
Lunch $6,83 (£5.39)
Total: $16,44 (£12.98)

5. Sunken City – Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt
Sunscreen $7,12 (£5.62)
Water $0,20 (16p)
Beer $2,02 (£1.59)
Ice-cream $0,84 (66p)
Lunch $6,64 (£5.24)
Total: $16,82 (£13.28)

Palolem Beach in Goa, India

Grab an ice-cream at Palolem beach in Goa for just 53p

6. Varkala Beach – Kerala, India
Sunscreen $3,98 (£3.14)
Water $0,37 (29p)
Beer $3,32 (£2.62)
Ice-cream $0,73 (58p)
Lunch $9,21 (£7.27)
Total: $17,61 (£13.91)

7. Benaulim Beach – Goa, India
Sunscreen $4,65 (£3.67)
Water $0,31 (24p)
Beer $3,20 (£2.53)
Ice-cream $0,61 (48p)
Lunch $9,15 (£7.23)
Total: $17,92 (£14.15)

8. Palolem Beach – Goa, India
Sunscreen $4,65 (£3.67)
Water $0,24 (19p)
Beer $3,13 (£2.47)
Ice-cream $0,67 (53p)
Lunch $9,52 (£7.52)
Total:​​​​​​​ $18,21 (£14.38)

​​​​​​​9. Cavelossim Beach – Goa, India
Sunscreen $4,65 (£3.67)
Water $0,37 (29p)
Beer $3,41 (£2.69)
Ice-cream $0,83 (66p)
Lunch $9,15 (£7.23)
Total:​​​​​​​ $18,41 (£14.54)

10. Sharm El-Naga Bay – Safaga, Egypt

Sunscreen $7,12 (£5.62)
Water $0,21 (17p)
Beer $1,96 (£1.55)
Ice-cream $0,84 (66p)
Lunch $8,44 (£6.67)
Total:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ $18,57 (£14.66)

See the full list of all 310 beaches on TravelBird

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Anna Brech

Anna Brech is a freelance journalist and former editor for stylist.co.uk. Her six-year stint on the site saw her develop a vociferous appetite for live Analytics, feminist opinion and good-quality gin in roughly equal measure. She enjoys writing across all areas of women’s lifestyle content but has a soft spot for books and escapist travel content.

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