A day at the beach is cheapest in Vietnam: ranking


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Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam


Vietnam has emerged the most affordable beach holiday destination and French Polynesia the most expensive, in a new ranking that breaks down how much it costs to soak in the sun at seaside destinations around the world.
After whittling down an initial list of 900 destinations, travel website TravelBird calculated the cost of spending a day at the beach at 250 coastlines around the world, looking at the average cost of sunscreen, water, beer, ice cream and lunch.
The result is the 2016 Beach Price Index, a ranking created to serve as a budgetary guideline for holidaymakers looking at booking a beach holiday.
While the beaches of Vietnam and India dominate the lower end of the list, for example, the luxurious beaches of French Polynesia and Seychelles emerged the costliest destinations, setting sun worshippers back between $55 and $60 a day for the privilege of soaking up the tropical rays.
Because on La Plage de Maui in Tahiti, a bottle of sunscreen purchased from the resort, local pharmacy or supermarket averages about $22, a bottle of beer about $8, and lunch about $25.
That compares to Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An in Vietnam, where both sun protection and beer costs about $2, and lunch $8.
The report also breaks down the daily costs of visiting what they consider to be the top surf beaches, family beaches, most romantic and most relaxing beaches for would-be visitors.
For instance, surfers headed to Tamarindo Beach in Costa Rica, ranked the top surfing destination, are advised to budget about $28 for the day, while a day at the top-ranked family beach, Tulum in Mexico, averages about $29.
Here are some of the results:
Top five most expensive beaches around the world
La Plage de Maui, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Mareto Plage Publique, Moorea, French Polynesia
Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia
Anse Georgette, Praslin, Seychelles
Anse Soleil Beach, Seychelles
Top five cheapest beaches
Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam
Ho Coc Beach, Ho Coc, Vietnam
City Beach, Nha, Vietnam
Long Beach, Phu, Quoc, Vietnam
Varkala Beach, Kerala, India
Top five surf beaches
Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica
Watergate Bay, Newquay, UK
Cote des Basques, Biarritz, France
Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Top five family beaches
Tulum Beach, Mexico
Phra Nang Beach, Ao Nang, Thailand
Coronado Beach, California, USA
Plaka Beach, Naxos, Greece
Palolem, Beach, Goa, India
Top romantic beaches
Whitehaven, Beach, Whitsunday Islands
Kailua, Hawaii, USA
La Plage de Maui, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Cayo Coco, Cuba
Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar

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