Those looking to lounge on the beach on their upcoming holiday, should note a ranking of more than 300 seaside destinations from over 90 countries around the globe.

The 2018 index includes a new facility fee factor, looking at the potential entrance cost, in addition to the fee for renting a sunbed and umbrella.

From year-to-year, the price of a seaside holiday can vary hugely due to fluctuations in currency and the changing cost of living.

Aiming to inspire travellers and help them to make informed choices, each location has been ranked based on the price of a typical day at the coast, to reveal which seaside destinations offer the best value for money, and which shores are provide a more exclusive experience.

An extensive catalogue of the most popular beaches worldwide was firstly examined by travel specialist TravelBird, and to calculate the affordability of each location, the price of five essentials were researched, along with the facility fee (entrance fee plus cost of sunbed and umbrella).

The essentials include the cost of a bottle of sun cream (200 ml), a bottle of water (500 ml), a beer (33 cl bottle), lunch (including drink and dessert for one person), and an ice cream.

The total cost of these six factors was then calculated to determine the overall affordability and ranking of each coastal destination.


Anse Vata Beach, New Caledonia proved the most exclusive beach in the index, at a total price of €78,57.

This was followed by Finale Ligure in Liguria, Italy which priced at €76.59, followed by Yonaha Maehama Beach, Okinawa, Japan (€70.32), with Sardinian beach, Solanas Cagliari in Italy rounding out the top 4 most expensive beaches (€65.46).

On the opposite end of the scale, 3 beaches in Vietnam proved the least expensive, with Cua Dai Beach (€13.44) topping the list of least expensive beaches, followed by City Beach (€14.47) and Long Beach (€16.03).

Unsurprisingly, no European beach made the Top 10 list for least expensive beach, which was rounded out by locations in India and Egypt.

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